That raises the question for us: why on earth is Mazda introducing a Toyota Yaris Hybrid as a supplement to the current 2? In the press information, the Mazda 2 Hybrid is even called "a very important car". Important for Mazda's goals, which aims to reduce its average CO2 emissions by 50 percent between now and 2030. However, this Yaris with a different logo strikes us as a bit of an emergency measure. A quick solution to avoid a European fine for excessive fleet emissions. Because Mazda is lagging behind other brands in the field of electrification.
Anyway, the Mazda 2 Hybrid is coming and will go on sale from spring. It has a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which together deliver 116 hp. On paper, the Toyota powertrain is good for a fuel consumption of about 1 in 26. The interior of the Mazda is equal to the inside of the Yaris and you can hardly see the difference from the outside. The only points where the cars differ are the logos and the type designation. It is not yet known what the Mazda will cost. The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is available from 21,695 euros.
It is not the first time that there has been a cross-pollination between the Mazda 2 and Toyota Yaris. The current 2 was available in the United States as a Toyota Yaris until 2020, also as a sedan. The Toyota models had a distinctly different grille than the Mazda. In the first model year (2016), the model was also sold as Scion iA. Scion was a 'youth brand' of Toyota, which operated in North America from 2003 to 2016. It was fairly successful in the early years, but the interest of the buying public quickly faded, resulting in disappointing sales figures.
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