Mazda has seen so much enthusiasm for its compact Mazda2 hatchback that the vehicle will go on sale in North America a bit earlier than originally planned. Takashi Yamanouchi, president and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation made the announcement yesterday.
Thanks to the “tremendous response from consumers and our dealers in Canada and the United States,” the executive explained, the car’s introduction schedule was put in high gear, ending up with an on-sale date in early summer, rather than late summer.
First introduced in 2007, the Mazda2 has sold over 400,000 units in Europe, Japan, and Australia. Its curvy design lines, designers say, are said to give the hatchback sportier character, rather than one of only functionality or economy.
The interior looks largely the same as the European Mazda2, leading us to wonder why official photos have been delayed so long. The overall layout is neat and tidy, with silver-colored trim accenting mostly black panels. Black fabric seats are given red piping, and we especially like the body-color trim surrounding the interior of the rear window.
Below are the initial 2011 Mazda2 specs. More details and pricing will be available closer to its launch this summer, so stay tuned.
North America Specification MAZDA2 / Basic Figures
Body Type 5-door hatchback
Overall Length 155.5 in.
Overall Width 66.7 in.
Overall Height 58.14 in. (w/o roof-rail)
Wheelbase 98.0 in.
Interior Volume 100.4 cu. ft.
Headroom (fr/rr) 39.5/37.8 in.
Shoulder room (fr/rr) 52.8/51.2 in.
Leg Room (fr/rr) 42.1/34.8 in.
Trunk Room 13.3 cu. ft.
MacPherson Strut / Torsion Beam
185/55R15 V-rated all-season