2009 Los Angeles: Mazda Officially Unveils 2011 Mazda2 for U.S.

Automobile Staff

We've already spent a year with a Mazda 2, but seeing as Mazda's officially bringing the b-segment hatchback to the U.S, you can too...

Utilizing the same basic underpinnings as the 2011 Ford Fiesta, the subcompact Mazda2 not surprisingly shares the same length as its distant Blue Oval cousin. In terms of design, it wears a milder case of Nagare, the brand’s styling philosophy, with a less Joker-esque grin up front and milder lines leading into the short back end.

Mazda President Takashi Yamanouchi introduced it at its L.A. show debut as a “car only Mazda could build” and touted what he says is the Mazda2's superb craftsmanship, attractive design, and a dynamic driving character. It hits U.S. dealerships next summer.

Mazdaspeed also had a pair of modified 2s on hand, presumably previewing forthcoming performance and aesthetic accessories.

Below are some preliminary specifications for Mazda’s smallest, most fuel-efficient gasoline model to date.

North America Specification MAZDA2 / Basic Figures

Body Type 5-door hatchback

Dimension Overall Length 155.51 in.   Overall Width 66.73 in.   Overall Height 58.07 in. (w/o roof-rail)   Wheelbase 98.07 in.

Engine Displacement 1.5L

Transmission 4AT/5MT

Suspension (Fr/Rr) MacPherson Strut / Torsion Beam

Tire 185/55R15

By: Nate Martinez

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