In an about-face move, Mazda has announced it drop the Mazda2 from its Canadian lineup.
Earlier this year, the company confirmed that the Mazda2 will be dropped from the U.S. market and now Mazda Canada has made the same decision. The company did a “thorough evaluation of the B-car segment” and has decided not to launch the new-generation subcompact, pointing to the fact that the segment is rapidly shrinking and has lost considerable share of the market this year.
Mazda also attributed the decision to the growing crossover segment, more notably the new subcompact crossover market that is becoming one of the fastest growing segments in Canada this year.
As a result, Mazda Canada will focus its resources on the biggest growth opportunity, which is the CX lineup of crossovers that include the CX-3, CX-5 and the all-new CX-9 that will make its official debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show later this week. Check back with AutoGuide.com as we’ll be reporting live with the debut of the CX-9.
In a way, the Mazda2 is available in the U.S. and Canada in the form of the Scion iA (sold as the Yaris sedan in Canada), a subcompact sedan based on the new Mazda2.