A fresh report out of the United Kingdom suggests Mazda will replace its Mazda2 small hatchback with a rebadged Toyota Yaris by 2023.
According to Autocar, Mazda will introduce a “restyled” version of Toyota’s hybrid-powered Yaris to replace its ageing supermini. The report suggests the new Yaris-based model will be produced by Toyota in France, with the hybrid powertrain helping Mazda to meet its European Union emissions targets.
“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,” Mazda told Autocar in a statement.
“As one of the multi-solution measures, we concluded that the THS [Toyota Hybrid System] 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.”
For the record, the fourth-generation Mazda2 (which has been badged as the Demio, too) was unveiled in 2014. Interestingly, the since-discontinued Yaris for North America was based on that model.