Toyota To Receive SkyActiv Engines For Upcoming Subcompact

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Toyota’s line of engine/body mashups continues, this time with their upcoming Mazda2-based subcompact powered by Mazda’s SkyActiv engine family.

Automotive News reports the subcompact, set to replace the current Yaris by 2016 at the latest, will be assembled alongside the new Mazda2 at Mazda’s newly opened Salamanca, Mexico factory. Approximately 50,000 of the factory’s total annual output of 230,000 units will be allocated to Toyota for the subcompact, with the SkyActiv transplant assembled on-site.

Though few details regarding either subcompact have been released, Mazda’s partnership with Toyota will allow the former to achieve greater economies of scale for the factory by supplying engines and possibly other SkyActiv-related components to Toyota.

Production for Toyota’s subcompact is set to begin next year, while Mazda2 production may begin as soon as the second half of 2014.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Stephen7 Stephen7 on Mar 07, 2014

    Toyota seems to have no problem building and *selling* B-segment cars elsewhere. I think that all this deal says is that the segment is not profitable enough in the US to design a model catered to the market nor import at a loss. Same reason why the next gen Honda Fit will come from Celaya.

  • Brettc Brettc on Mar 07, 2014

    One question I wonder about - Will the new Yaris (or whatever it will be called) rust out prematurely like a Mazda? Or will Toyota have them treat the body panels to their specs? I don't see a lot of rusty modern Toyotas but I still see a shocking amount of rusty Mazdas that aren't very old. Imagine if Mazda took over Sprinter production. It might crumble into a pile of rust while it's still on the lot.

    • Wheeljack Wheeljack on Mar 08, 2014

      Sprinters rust pretty well on their own. At least 1st gen ones sold under the freightliner brand did.

  • 84Cressida 84Cressida on Mar 07, 2014

    BMW, Subaru, and now Mazda. They seem hell bent on partnering with every terrible automaker they can. Can't wait until Chrysler builds the next gen Corolla.

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    • Redav Redav on Mar 08, 2014

      If BMW, Subaru, & Mazda are terrible, I wonder which ones are 'good'?

  • Redav Redav on Mar 08, 2014

    I wonder if the new Yaris will get the "SkyActiv" badge on them. If so, that would be a major coup for Mazda. Not only could it prompt customers to give Mazda a look, but it also would legitimize the SkyActiv brand as something real and not just marketing jargon.

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    • 95_SC 95_SC on Mar 09, 2014

      @redav Wasn't the 2 platform developed with Ford for the Fiesta...or is this the next gen car?