Next Gen Mazda2 to be Based on New Yaris Hybrid

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Mazda has said the next gen Mazda2 hatchback will be based on the new 4th gen Toyota Yaris hybrid as a replacement for the current generation model. The two Japanese automakers have a long-running technical partnership that includes working on future electric vehicles.

Mazda says it aims to use its partnerships with other manufacturers to enhance its product range including a plan to launch an “OEM-supplied model based on Yaris THS (Toyota Hybrid System)” in Europe within the next two years.

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The 4th gen Toyota Yaris hatchback

According to Autocar, the model would be built for Mazda by Toyota at its factory in northern France. Having a hybrid hatchback would help Mazda to meet its European Union CO2 emissions target. The current Mazda2 which has been on sale since 2014 doesn’t feature a hybrid powertrain. According to Mazda:

“We’re continuing with our multi-solution approach that offers appropriate solutions to match power mix, uniqueness and customer needs in each country and region. As one of the multi-solution measures, we concluded that the THS is the optimum solution to respond to each region’s needs and requirements. This collaboration is the result of discussions based on our Toyota-Mazda partnership policy to use both companies’ business resources efficiently while respecting each other’s brand and management independence.”

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The Mazda2 based North American Yaris that was discontinued earlier this year

This isn’t the first time that the Yaris and Mazda2 will be sharing a relationship, as the latter was used as the basis of Yaris sold in the US in both sedan & hatchback form and was discontinued earlier this year. In a similar deal, Toyota has also provided Suzuki with rebadged versions of the Corolla hybrid estate and RAV4 plug-in hybrid SUV, named as Swace and Across respectively.

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