The New Mazda 2 is a 1991-94 Mercury Capri
This is really odd. When the 1991-94 Mercury Capri and XR2 came out it sold for around $14,000. The car, although was a Ford product, was designed in Italy, assembled in Australia and its chassis and engine were, well, Mazda (which Ford owned at the time). The Miata in those years, shared many things with the Capri from the engine and parts of the suspension. Why would Ford, which owned Mazda and knew the Miata was coming out in 1990, decide to create their own clone to compete with a product they partly owned? Weird.
Who knows but fast forward to 2010. Mazda just released for 2011, the Mazda 2, which is rather ugly and has already received bad reviews for its performance and ride. The Mazda 2 is really a reinventing of the Capri judging from the specs of both cars, yet the Capri seldom got bad reviews.
The Mazda 2 has a 100 hp 1.5L, the Capri had a 1.6L 100, 115, or 132 hp (XR2). The Mazda hit 60 mph from a standstill in 9-10 sec. The Capri hit 100 mph in 9 seconds. The Mazda 2 wheelbase is 98", the Capri 94"; overall length for the Mazda 2 is 155", and 166" for the Capri; both have the same curb weight; both have a 11 gal. gas tank; both have similar front head room (within 2" of each other). The main difference is the cargo, since the Mazda 2 is a hatchback and not a convertible, it has 27 cu. ft, while the Capri 8.5 cu.ft.. The engine torque in both are also similar. Both have very similar width. Both are front wheel drive, 4 cyl DOHC and same disc brake size. The Mazda 2 has 15x6 wheels, the Capri 14x6 or 15x6. Both have aluminum engines. Both have the same steering and suspension.
The reviews have hammered the car for its horrible, rough ride and it slow performance, which makes the car very slow in acceleration, a dog, much like the automatic Capri did with its 100 mph engine. The reviews call the car an expensive cheap car quickly to be ignored.