• Jun 3rd 2008 at 6:32PM
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Amazing how $4-per-gallon gas can make us sit up and notice formerly innocuous economy cars. In all fairness, cars like the Mazda2 have always shown brightly on our radar. Sporty and stylish with a bargain-basement price tag and a fuel-sipping demeanor that will keep more of those dead presidents in our pockets, it sounds like a perfect fit. When you add in the Zoom-Zoom nature of your typical Mazda, the fun factor just shoots up to 11. We've already discussed this car a bit here at AB, and have even shown you 3- and 5-door hatches we've seen in the metal, but now we are starting to get more glimpses of the sedan version undergoing desert testing. Pictures like these from Fastlane Daily give us hope that this fun little car might finally be greenlighted for sales Stateside. The car might end up being identical to the sedan we saw in China, but all of that camo makes it hard to say for certain. Whatever we end up getting, it will probably be another fun option at the low end of the car market.

Catch the latest version of FLD, co-starring the BMW X1, Nissan GT-R and Cadillac CTS wagon, after the jump.

[Source: Fastlane Daily]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      That is a Mazda3 not a 2. Check the other 3 spy shots, it's identical. The 2 has a beltline that plunges downwards at the front and its front mirror housings almost go into the A pillar.
        • 7 Years Ago
        for new mazda3
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is the new mazda3 http://www.leftlanenews.com/mazda-3-future.html
        Autoblog never posted these 'new' spy shots that surfaced like 2 weeks ago which are identical to these including dual exhaust. As well they show the new interior.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed, this car has dual exhausts, which none of the Mazda2s have shown but the new Mazda3 has.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Why the Camo? Didn't they unveil this model in China some months ago?

      I would rather see the 5dr model, but the sedan isn't bad either.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do the Mazda 2 and the Ford Fiesta share the same platform?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yuck. I want a hatch.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hate to bust anyones bubble, but that is a 2010 Mazda 3.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Totally agree, hatches make much more sense for maximizing internal space. When 4 door sedans get really short, they start looking like cartoon cars, but Americans really love having a regular trunk. Just as long as they don't skimp out on the 3 and 5 door hatches here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Im gonna take my RSX and cover it up in heavy Camo and ride around.

      maybe it would spark some interest in a second gen RSX.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Ricers should put camo on their cars instead of cheap bodykits and wings lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think you meant "shone", not "shown".

      I agree with the other commentators. Not every hatch needs a sedan version. To wit: Suzuki SX4 and Nissan Versa sedans simply do not look as good as the hatches. They become generic and bland-looking, not to mention the fact that a hatch is way more practical and useful for stowing things than a small trunk.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ummm ... yourself. Obviously I realize quite well that "shone" is the pp of "shine". I'm trying to advise you that that's what you probably meant to write.

        You're talking about a blip on a radar screen, or put another way, "a point of illumination", so yes, "shone" is the correct choice, because it's the past-participle of "shine". Using "shown" is really difficult to justify here, and a pretty awkward usage, if that's truly what you meant to say, but I am skeptical of that, if you say it was what you meant.

        I understand though. English is hard for all of us ;-P

        Ummm ... I appreciate your attitude of condescension though. You rock!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Umm, unless there is some pun or witticism I'm missing, no. "Shone" is the past participle of "shine". "Shown" is the past participle of "show", as in, to display or to reveal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If this things size/engine makes it more fuel efficient than the 3 I might trade mine in.
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