Mazda’s SKYACTIV engine to power Toyota’s next sub-compact car

Toyota’s replacement for the Yaris will not only borrow its platform from the new Mazda2, but also its SKYACTIV engine. The new sub-compact car will therefore become one of the few direct-injected models within the large Toyota family.

The Salamanca assembly plant in Mexico, which began Mazda3 production in January, is expected to start building the new Mazda2 in mid-2014. Total capacity is set at 230,000 units annually, 50,000 of which will be allocated to Toyota. Deliveries will commence sometime between April 1st, 2015 and March 31st, 2016.

The deal between Mazda and Toyota will help make the Salamanca plant profitable and further promote Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology.

Toyota is used to platform and engine sharing, having developed its Scion FR-S sports coupe alongside the Subaru BRZ, and relied on a Yamaha powerplant to drive the defunct Lexus LFA.


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