Though the two curtained-off stages at the Mazda stand here at the first press day at the Los Angeles auto show were merely ceremonial—everyone knew they covered the new 2011 Mazda2—there were still some surprises.
For one, Mazda brought out a couple of Mazda2 models tricked out with lifestyle accessories—hinting that Mazda plans to offer a wide range of dealer-installed options. Secondly, Patrick Dempsey made an appearance in the crowd, posing up with the Mazda2 for a brief time with Mazda alternative marketing manager Jim Jordan.
What does the Gray’s Anatomy star have to do with Mazda? He’s been piloting Number 40, the SoBe Beverages Mazda RX-8 GT, in the Grand American Rolex Series GT and for quite a while now has been a pretty high-profile Mazda fan.
Pointing to its light weight and fuel-efficiency, Mazda’s president and CEO Takashi Yamanouchi called the Mazda2 the “right car for the right times.”
2011 Mazda2 faceliftEnlarge Photo
The changeup comes as Laurens van den Acker leaves to pursue his own goalsEnlarge Photo
For the full story on the upcoming 2011 Mazda2, look to our companion site GreenCarReports.com, which has already posted, it seems, more information on the upcoming pint-size Mazda than was available at Mazda’s press conference.