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Mazda2 pushed ahead; arrives in early summer

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Mazda2 pushed ahead; arrives in early summer

Hans Greimel

Automotive News -- March 1, 2010 - 12:01 am ET

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- Mazda Motor Corp. is bumping up the North American launch of the 2011 Mazda2 by about two months to meet dealer demand for the five-door hatchback.

U.S. and Canadian dealers now will get the car in early summer instead of late summer as originally planned, said spokesman Garett Carr. He did not give a specific launch date.

"Since the Mazda2 made its debut at the Los Angeles auto show last December, we have had a tremendous response from consumers and dealers," Mazda Motor Corp. President Takashi Yamanouchi said at the Canadian International Auto Show last month.

The Mazda2, a platform mate of the Ford Fiesta, is one of three arrivals from Mazda this year. The others are a redesigned Mazda5 compact minivan and an updated CX-7 crossover.

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