Lightweight Mazda2 has excellent ride and handling, and is sure to be popular in Canada.
Jeremy Cato - THEGLOBEANDMAIL
- Nov. 20, 2009
Sounds promising, I just hope Mazda can keep the Mazda3's smiling front end treatment away from the Mazda2. --Ed.
The slow, official rollout of the 2011 Mazda2 will finally begin in earnest next month.
In early December at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mazda will begin parcelling out certain details about the North American version of the Mazda2. We'll get the full nuts and bolts story on content, pricing and on-sale timing later next year, closer to the official launch date.
That's likely to be in the fall of 2010, though rumours have begun to circulate that the car will not actually hit dealerships until close to the end of 2010.
Mazda Canada, naturally, would like this front-wheel-drive car right now and so would many Canadian consumers. Mazda's upcoming five-door hatchback, a car smaller than the Mazda3, is aimed at the Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Aveo, Kia Rio and Nissan Versa. Subcompacts such as these account for about one-quarter of all new-car sales in Canada.
Yet by the time the Mazda2 hits showrooms, Mazda will be competing with not just a host of well-established models, but also the 2011 Ford Fiesta. Ford Canada plans to launch the subcompact Fiesta next summer in both sedan and hatchback versions, too.
Here's the twist: the Mazda2 and the Fiesta share the same platform, though the top hats the body and interior will be unique to each. Alas, Ford Canada may steal much of Mazda's thunder before the 2 is even launched. ... [Read More]