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U.S. Launch of 2016 Mazda2 Delayed

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/26/2015 Jake Holmes

If you were waiting to buy a new Mazda2 subcompact hatchback, keep waiting. Mazda confirmed today it is delaying the launch of the new car in the U.S. market. A Mazda spokesman confirmed an Automotive News report that the automaker currently doesn't have a timeline for bringing the new 2 here.

"The Mazda2 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 Mazda6 and CX-5, and the all-new MX-5 roadster and CX-3 subcompact crossover," Mazda said in a statement.

Automotive News reports that Mazda is concerned that low gas prices could hurt the car's sales. Mazda senior vice president of U.S. operations Robert Davis told AN that, "I wanted to allocate resources to those products that make us and our dealers considerably more profit than a Mazda2 does." MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Mazda plans to focus its efforts on launching the new CX-3 crossover and the refreshed CX-5 crossover, the latter of which is the company's second best-selling U.S. model. While Mazda hasn't officially ruled out selling the 2 in the U.S., we don't expect to see it any time soon. That said, the EPA has certified fuel-economy ratings for the 2016 Mazda2, suggesting that development of the car for U.S. sales was fairly advanced. The 2 will also be sold in Canada and overseas; the Japanese-spec model is pictured.

That's not to say you can't buy a 2 in the U.S., however. The 2016 Scion iA subcompact sedan is based on the new 2, and is built at a joint Mazda- Toyota factory in Mexico.

Sources: Mazda, Automotive News (Subscription required)

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