2016 Mazda Mazda2 hatch on hold for America
Although the all-new 2016 Mazda Mazda2 hatchback goes on sale in Puerto Rico later this year, the automaker has decided to forego introduction of the subcompact 5-door in this country for at least the foreseeable future as it reassesses its options and allocates resources to potentially more lucrative new products. In an official statement, Mazda described the car's status in the U.S. "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 SUV."
Speaking to Automotive News, Robert Davis, Mazda's senior vice president of U.S. operations, noted that the current low gasoline prices coupled with American buyer's dramatically expanding preferences for small crossover/SUVs made the Mazda2 expendable, at least for the moment. However, he did note that since all requisite federalization processes have been completed, this stylish hatch could return to the Mazda lineup at any time should market conditions warrant. For now, the only Mazda2-based vehicle set to appear U.S. showrooms will be the new 2016 Scion iA, a restyled and rebadged version of the Mazda2 sedan that like the Mazda2 hatchback will be built at the firm's new plant in Salamanca, Mexico.
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