Mazda working on new powertrains, new Mazda3 and Mazda2 for U.S.

Mazda wants to replace its entire powertrain lineup in the near feature. By 2015, the partly Ford-owned automaker will have E85 flex-fuel, direct injection, spark ignition and start/stop technology in order to improve fuel-economy. Mazda will also cut weight off its vehicles by at least 220 pounds to reduce fuel-consumption.

Now that the compact-car segment is getting hot, Mazda is reconsidering its decision not to bring the Mazda2 to the U.S. The car was recently spotted in Death Valley but it still has to pass some U.S. tests. According to Automotive News, the Mazda2 may arrive by 2010 as a 2011 model year.

The Mazda3 will be redesigned and re-engineered and will make its debut in 2009 as a 2010 model. As for the MX-5 Miata – chances of a MazdaSpeed edition look slim due to the current condition of the industry. The redesign as been pushed out to 2012. The RX8 redesign will arrive in 2012 as a 2013 model year. The Tribute SUV will be replaced by the CX-5 which will share components with the Ford Kuga.

The 2009 Mazda6 is slowly arriving in dealerships as we speak but Mazda recently canned plans to offer a hybrid variant of the mid-sized sedan.

Mazda is also working on a compact city-car known as the Mazda1. A concept version will debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.


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