Mashup Derby: Ford Fiesta VS. Mazda 2

December 9, 2009
Right about now there should be some pretty peeved engineers over at Mazda getting a bit mad over the fact that their ex-taskmasters Ford Motor Company are now taking credit for a lot of their work. First off, Motor Trend names the Ford Fusion (based on an old Mazda 6 platform) as their annual "Car of the Year" and totally ignores the 6 or MazdaSpeed3 (the 3 was probably in a ditch thanks to all that torque steer).

Now as we head into the magical "LA Auto Show" season Mazda is trying to steal a little bit of Fords lightning and thunder as we enter the hype-fest known as the launch of the Ford Fiesta. And how do they plan to do steal some hype? By launching their own cute subcompact runabout known as the Mazda 2. While it doesn't look all that much like the Fiesta if you look a little deeper you will find they both share many parts, dimensions and suppliers. Just the engines and looks are different.

While I do say the 2 and Fiesta look different I am not saying that one looks like a pickup truck. They both look a bit like hyperactive squirrels to me. Always ready to hop about and go hunting for their next nut (the shopping to put in the back). Both cars are probably best with just four aboard. I didnt even want someone else in the backseat of the Fiesta when I was riding back there.

So why is Mazda, suddenly slightly freer of Ford ultimate control, being so bold as launching a European compact here in the land of the fat and the wide? Previously Mazda had claimed that there was no business case for selling the 2 on our shores. Does anyone else think that Ford bosses in Dearborn didn't want the competition? You read it here first: RAMPANT INTERNET CONJECTURE!

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