Washington, D.C. – Japanese automakers plan to increase their exports of small cars with engine displacements of 1.0- to 1.5-litres by the end of 2010, according to the Green Car Congress, including a new Mazda for North America.

The report said that Mazda will start exporting its 1.3- to 1.5-litre subcompact, sold as the Demio in Japan and the Mazda2 in other markets, to North America. The company expects to sell 40,000 to 50,000 vehicles per year in the North American market.

In June, Nissan will launch European sales of the 1.0-litre Pixo, made by Suzuki Motor Corporation in India, while Suzuki will start to produce its new Alto in China, where it expects to sell 60,000 units per year. Suzuki is also considering selling the Splash in China, starting in 2010.

Toyota will strengthen its marketing of the Yaris in Europe and Asia, and plans to accelerate the development of low-cost small cars for emerging nations, while Honda plans to start selling the Fit, with a displacement of up to 1.5 litres, in India and China at an unspecified date, and launch production of the car in the U.K. this fall. Honda also intends to develop a small car for emerging nations within three years.

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