Mazda2 RE May Appear Soon, But Only In Select Markets

Cameron Aubernon
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mazda2 re may appear soon but only in select markets

The oft-rumored Mazda2 RE PHEV, powered by a range-extending rotary engine, may soon become reality, appearing sometime after the next-gen hatch debuts in showrooms between October and the new year. reports the PHEV won’t be making its global debut with the rest of the new Mazda2 family in August, nor will it likely appear in showrooms where government support is lacking, according to Mazda Australia Managing Director Martin Benders:

The only markets in which you can justify bringing something like that out, to get at least a reasonable amount of volume to justify setting it up as a saleable model, are ones where there’s government support for those types of models.

Benders adds that the current crop of Skyactiv engines do a better job of reducing CO2 emissions and boosting fuel economy than the more expensive PHEV technology, with subsidies and sales quotas hindering the case for hybrids in countries where the support isn’t there. However, Benders doesn’t believe government money should be used to promote the technology, preferring the market to decide what lives and what dies.

As for the new-gen Mazda2, which will take its cue from the Kodo design language found in vehicles like the Mazda3 and Mazda6, power will be supplied by a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine and a matching turbo diesel; the latter will likely not make it to the United States when the new compact arrives next year.

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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  • Redshift Redshift on Jul 11, 2014

    Well, looks like I'll have to buy one of these too in order to complete the set.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 11, 2014

    This should be called the 212. Also, if you get a flat just break out an Oreo cookie, should fit on there nicely.

  • Blowfish Blowfish on Jul 14, 2014

    RE engines were suppose to run on constant rpm. the fluctuation of rpm did all those NSU RO80 in then. Some survived well when drove mainly on autobahns.

  • SOneThreeCoupe SOneThreeCoupe on Jul 14, 2014

    But will we get the three-door? I won't buy a small car that's not a 3-door. I'm to the point where I don't want to keep putting miles on my E36 M3, and would prefer to have something stupid economical, yet fun, to commute back and forth to work. The Mazda2 is light and small with good steering and aftermarket support. Add some 14x6.5s with 185/60 ZIIs and that seems like a match made in small car heaven. It's either a Mazda2 (only if a 3-door) or a vintage Mini for my next daily, and I'm a wee bit more likely to walk away from an accident in the Mazda2.

    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 14, 2014

      You're also a wee bit more likely to make it to work in the Mazda.