2016 Mazda 2's U.S. Launch on Hold | Edmunds

2016 Mazda 2's U.S. Launch on Hold

IRVINE, California — Car shoppers may want to scratch the redesigned 2016 Mazda 2 subcompact hatchback off of their lists for the time being.

"The Mazda 2 launch in the U.S. market is on hold in order to evaluate the B-car segment and enable us the opportunity to focus on the launches of the refreshed Mazda 6 and CX-5, and the all-new MX-5 roadster and CX-3 subcompact crossover SUV," wrote Eric Booth, a Mazda spokesman in response to an Edmunds query on Monday.

Key competitors to the Mazda 2 include the Chevrolet Spark, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit.

"Cheap gasoline and tight supplies from a new factory in Salamanca, Mexico, have persuaded Mazda Motor Corp. to forgo selling the redesigned Mazda 2 in the U.S," Automotive News said.

Toyota's Scion brand plans to sell a Mazda 2-based sedan in the U.S. It is the 2016 Scion iA.

The 2016 Mazda 2, which is spun off the Mazda Hazumi Concept shown at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, features a stylish redesign.

The EPA said the 2016 Mazda 2 with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 33 mpg in city driving and 43 mpg on the highway, making it one of the fuel economy leaders in its class.

The Mazda 2 is known as the Demio in Japan.

Edmunds says: The 2016 Mazda 2 was supposed to shake up the market for small, practical runabouts. But car shoppers still have lots of good options.

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