Posted Aug 29th 2012 9:14AM
As with its platform-mate, the Ford Fiesta, the Mazda2 hasn't exactly made hay with the monthly sales numbers. Unlike it's Ford relative, however, Mazda isn't committed to sticking it out with the Mazda2. Ford has gone on record as saying it will remain committed to the Fiesta in North America, while a report in Automotive News claims the next-generation Mazda2, due around 2014, might skip our shores. The lack of momentum in the American subcompact market is one of the causes, as is the Mazda2's price: with an asking price of $14,095, it is only $1,800 less expensive than the very popular four-door Mazda3.
The Japanese company is focusing on its volume models and on getting its Skyactiv technologies fully integrated throughout the line. We've now got a full look at the Mazda6, and AN suggest the 2.2-litre twin-turbo diesel with 170 horsepower and 310 pound feet of torque could come to North America after the sedan is launched here.
The next Mazda3 will be a showcase of lightweight and efficient Skyactiv tech, with 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre direct-injection engines on offer, a diesel and i-Eloop regenerative braking being considered. The lighter, more powerful MX-5 Miata is expected to be here in about two years time, and a rotary-powered sports car is still being worked on well behind the scenes.
Click here for a video on the Mazda2's initial North American launch.