Mazda to redesign core models in 2 years, plus a new SUV in the works

Mazda is hoping that a new generation of existing models and a new SUV/crossover model will help its sales increase to 1.6 million in 4 years. Robert Graziano, Vice President of Marketing in China, told Automotive News that Mazda will redesign its core models in the next two years including the Mazda3, Mazda6 and the Mazda 2 which just made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Mazda is saying that a “new core model” is in the works, which insiders are saying will be a new SUV/crossover based on the Mazda3 and the Mazda6. We reported earlier that Mazda is working on a CX-5 based on the Hakaze concept

The company is also looking to introduce an E85 fuel compatible flex-fuel engine in northern Europe by 2009 and a new diesel for Japan and the United States by 2010.

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