Small cars and Mazdas are very popular in Canada. The Mazda3 is constantly battling with the Honda Civic for the title of "Best Selling Car", and models like the Mazda5 and RX-8 are seen far more frequently in the Great White North than the United States.
With that said, Canada is naturally a very important market for the Mazda2 subcompact, and to commemorate the release of their new hatchback, Mazda is offering the Yozora special edition. Featuring black paint, big alloy wheels (with a snow tire package for good measure), chrome tailpipe, rear spoiler and a graphics package with the numeral "2" motif splashed all over the front fenders, the Yozora is a little peculiar looking at first glance.
Dig a little further in the press release, and you'll find a couple interesting nuggets. First is that the Yozora is based on the "entry-level" GX model. Second is that the new rims come shod with Toyo Proxes T1R tires, which are some pretty serious rubber. The base Mazda2 is likely to come with some kind of low-end tire biased towards comfort and low road noise, so the Yozora should be a hoot to drive. If Mazda takes a cue from Porsche and offers a no charge graphics delete option (like the 911 GT3 RS), we'll be even happier.
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