Ford building Mazda2-based sub-compactEnlarge Photo
Mazda has raised the bar in terms of quality, standard equipment and refinement for more affordable cars, especially with its mid-sized Mazda3 and Mazda6 models. It’s not surprising that Ford’s latest vehicles are increasingly being based on designs from its Japanese subsidiary. Ford has already used the Mazda6 platform for its Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans, as well as the Edge and MKX crossovers. Ford CEO Alan Mulally is currently in Japan talking with Mazda execs after announcing earlier this week that he “expects the deep ties between Ford and Mazda to extend into the future and become even stronger."
The new car will be sold in areas as diverse as Europe, Asia, South America and North America, but will be modified to suit each region with different levels of trim and even revised sheet metal. Fields wasn’t willing to give a release date, but experts predict it should arrive within two years time. An inside source claimed production will be handled at a plant in Brazil but this may still change. Original plans to expand Ford’s Mexican facilities have been ruled out due to the high costs involved.