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This just in: that fantabulous little Mazda we've admired from afar for the past couple years, the Mazda2 (also known as the Demio in Japan), is coming to all of North America, the U.S. included. President and CEO of Mazda's North American Operations Jim O'Sullivan has just told the automaker's top dealers that the diminutive Mazda, which shares its platform with the also incoming Ford Fiesta, will go on sale in the U.S. around the end of 2010. That's just about the same time that the Mazda2 will go on sale in Canada, as well.

O'Sullivan cites the changing tastes and attitudes of consumers towards smaller cars as shifting the business case in favor of selling the Mazda2 here in the States below. While no other information was given, dealers were told they can expect to see the North American-spec Mazda2 debut later this year at the 2009 LA Auto Show.

What this means for Ford and the similar-in-almost-every-way-but-styling Fiesta remains to be seen. Knowing that the Mazda2 is on its way, would you reconsider buying a Fiesta in favor of test driving the same thing with a little extra Zoom Zoom?

Gallery: 2007 Mazda2



[Source: Mazda via Mike Spinelli, auto123]

BREAKING: Mazda2 coming to the U.S. originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Sep 2009 15:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Hmmm ... that last questions is making me ponder ...

How Much Zoom-Zoom are we talking about over the Fiesta?

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i used to really like the look of the 2. after seeing the fiesta though, the 2 looks kind of wimpy.
 

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But wimpy means light ... so if it is lighter and has the same power ... it might have some better go and better mileage for less weight to pull around.

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Okay ... I can agree with that. The Fiesta (Along with most of the new Ford Line) has more style to it than the Mazda here ... makes mazda more of a blah yesterday style compared to the Fiesta.

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We can only dream about one at this point.

At least they're taking steps in the right direction.
In that, you can have an economy car that's fun to drive for a change instead of a sensory deprivation box.
 
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