A Mazda 2 MPS hot-hatch is under consideration and could emerge later in the third-generation city car’s lifecycle, according to the brand’s international sales boss.
Mazda Motor Corporation global sales and marketing general manager Yasuhiro Aoyama said a sports variant of the all-new Mazda 2 could be introduced down the track to maintain interest in the model as it ages.
“One of the challenges we are currently considering is how to maintain the product competitiveness throughout the lifecycle,” Aoyama-san said.
“Once we introduce one model the competitiveness will gradually deteriorate… so we need to maintain the competitiveness of the vehicles.
“For some markets a sportier version would work. We are currently considering any kind of potential … and the sportier version is definitely one of the considerations.”
Mazda 2 deputy program manager vehicle development Kengo Fukushima struggled to contain his excitement at the suggestion of a higher-performance variant of his car.
“MPS? I want to have that! I am looking forward,” Fukushima-san said.