LOS ANGELES -- When it unveils the redesigned CX-9 crossover this fall, Mazda will have built an entire lineup of products with Skyactiv technology and Kodo design. Over the next two years, Mazda will freshen the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 to keep customers interested.
Mazda2: Production of the redesigned Mazda2 began last fall at Mazda's new assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico, but U.S. executives didn't raise a hand for the subcompact car, powered by a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder Skyactiv engine.
It's possible the Mazda2 hatchback will arrive in U.S. showrooms once it is no longer in short supply. After all, it has been certified to U.S. standards so Toyota can sell the Mazda2 sedan as the Scion iA -- and Mazda can sell the hatchback in Puerto Rico.
But it isn't a priority for U.S. executives, who want to move the Mazda brand upscale. Unless fuel prices climb, Americans develop a taste for subcompacts or U.S. executives are asked to move metal from the Mexican factory, the Mazda2 likely won't be offered.
Mazda3: Mazda plans to give the Mazda3 a freshening in late 2016, with most of the changes in the interior. Then, in 2018, the compact car will get a full redesign. It's a crucial step: With the next-generation Mazda3, the company will begin its transition away from Kodo styling toward a new "seventh generation" design.