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.
"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.
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.