Mazda’s participation at the 2009 LA Auto Show will now include the Mazda2. With automakers now making a concerted effort to bring in hatchback models to the US market, the Mazda2’s attendance in LA should go a long way in introducing the car to the US.

Right now, the Mazda2 is being sold in a lot of markets all over the world, thanks to a relatively affordable and efficient package, which comes with a number of engine variants including a 1.3 and 1.5-liter gas engine and a 1.2 and 1’6-liter diesel variant.

The car’s entry into the North American market has been widely anticipated after the car scored the distinction of being voted World Car of the Year in 2008.

There’s no word yet as to how much the car will be sold in the US and technical specs have also yet to be released. Nevertheless, the Japanese brand is excited about bringing the car to one of the world’s major auto markets. The car is expected to go on sale at the latter part of 2010, where it will be rebranded as a 2011 model.

Press release after the jump.

The long-anticipated 2011 MAZDA2 will make its North American debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show next month. Designed and engineered by Mazda, and already an award-winner in countries all over the world, the MAZDA2 brings a level of style and driving dynamics to the North American subcompact segment that no other competitor can offer. The vehicle will be sold in the U.S. and Canada beginning in late 2010.

Takashi Yamanouchi, representative director, president and CEO, Mazda Motor Corporation, will address the media at a press conference, scheduled to begin at 11:05 am, Wednesday, December 2. In addition to a stock MAZDA2, a selection of unique MAZDA2 vehicles will be on display to showcase the car’s creative potential and versatility.

"Bringing MAZDA2 to North America completes the bookends in our lineup," said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. "With the seven-passenger crossover CX-9 at one end and the subcompact MAZDA2 at the other, Mazda’s lineup now spans the most significant product segments in the industry, and is the strongest, best-designed, best-built we have ever offered. MAZDA2 will be true to everything that makes our cars stand apart from the competition: it will be stylish, fun-to-drive and a heck of a value. In short, it will be the definition of Zoom-Zoom."

MAZDA2 has been a sales and media success in markets around the world, winning 48 awards and being recognized as Car of the Year in more than 20 countries. Additionally, MAZDA2 was named "2008 World Car of the Year," besting all other new cars around the world.

In addition to the North American debut of MAZDA2, Mazda will showcase its full 2010 lineup at the Los Angeles Auto Show, including the MAZDA3, MAZDA5, MAZDA6, MX-5, RX-8, CX-7 and CX-9.

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in the United States in 2010, Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

Source: Mazda

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  (328) posted on 08.17.2011

The good thing was the car offer a better fuel economy. I was wondering if they will be making a SUV version in their future production?

  (399) posted on 08.17.2011

I really love the decency of this production. Well, I wonder on what will be the figure production of this car?

  (238) posted on 06.15.2011

Due to the awesome look and speed of this car. Well, it really makes this as the World car of the year! I really love the platform of Mazda car it seems to be cute and sporty at the same time.

  (577) posted on 05.18.2011

Wow!It seems that even in the US , Mazda invades its market! Well, this is just a
proof on how successful is this model. However, its just quite upsetting that this country needs to be last one to experience the best car in the industry.

  (580) posted on 05.18.2011

Well, among the Japanese car, I would say that Mazda is quite a successful brand.
And I think it wouldn’t be bid deal if they will be making a hatchback version, differ from their coupe version.

  (676) posted on 04.26.2011

i think Mazda2 has been so popular model and because of the outstanding look and impressive power delivered.

  (613) posted on 04.26.2011

I like the detailing of this car and i think the performance is great as well as expected from this car is was simply amazing.

  (579) posted on 04.20.2011

I like the color of this car and the efficient package offered by the Mazda2. In no less time I bet this car would be sold in the US soon!

  (692) posted on 04.20.2011

The good thing about the Mazda is it always have this decent and clean look that makes it sporty and aggressive.

  (449) posted on 03.4.2011

Who said that trunks are useless part of the car? IMO, it adds a level of privacy and security for your personal belongings when you are not in your car. But I just wondering why I don’t see any hatchback on Russia?

  (409) posted on 03.4.2011

Mazda 2 has the same chassis with Fiesta that’s why Ford and EU Fiesta screw up because the Mazda 2 handles better. And hatchback are more practical. It could carry around ten bags of grocery!

  (808) posted on 12.22.2009

Well that’s a great news that Mazda will have a debut to the world auto market. That will help a lot on their sales especially Japanese will improve their cars for having this opportunity to conquer the marketplace.

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