Mazda chose Montreal’s International Auto Show as the launchpad for its all-new 2016 sub-compact Mazda2 (aka Demio in other world markets).
There’s no real science behind this decision, as the province of Quebec is well known as a lover of all cars small. In fact, Mazda introduced the 2 in Montreal back in the summer of 2010.
Despite all the hoopla upon the car’s arrival, let’s be honest here, the 2 wasn’t exactly what we would call a smash hit. With competitors like the Honda Fit, Nissan Micra, Ford Fiesta, and Chevrolet Sonic/Spark, the 2 had its work cut out for it.
This time around, Mazda ain’t messing around. SKYACTIV is the word and the technology that will define the car as it has with the 3, 6, CX-5 and upcoming CX-3.
The 2016 Mazda2 will sport a SKYACTIV–G 1.5L gasoline engine and will be FWD. Transmission choices will reside between a 5- and 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual (no confirmation as to which will be offered in Canada), as well as a 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic.
KODO design will supply the 2’s dynamic looks. The current crop of Mazda products is lined with stunners. As such, the next 2 should be equally pleasant to gawk at. Pictures seem to do it justice, but we’ll see it in the flesh in mid-January 2015.
We’re expecting many good things from the all-new Mazda2 including, but not limited to, a great drive.
Production has begun at Mazda's Hofu Plant No. 1 in Yamaguchi, Japan and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO), the company's new plant in Mexico.