Geneva Preview: New Mazda 2 has its coming out party

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Mazda will be taking the wraps off the all-new Mazda2 at the Geneva Motor Show in a few weeks and they just released the first official photo. This isn't just a new B-Class model for Mazda however, as the platform of the 2 is also expected to appear under the next generation Ford Fiesta. The folks in Dearborn have acknowledged that they are working on a new small car below the Focus for the 2009-10 time frame in North America. It's unknown whether the Mazda will come to the US but the underpinnings will almost certainly be here before long. Judging from the profile shown in the photo, this stylish sub-compact should make the trip from Hiroshima, because it displays some of the swoopy curves of the recent Mazda concepts on a very nicely proportioned body. The press release is after the jump.

[Source: Mazda]

HIROSHIMA, Japan – Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of the all-new Mazda2 (known as the Mazda Demio in Japan) at the 77th annual Geneva International Motor Show to be held from Tuesday, March 6 through Sunday, March 18, 2007. Also on display at the Mazda stand will be the Mazda Hakaze design concept car and a Mazda3 (Mazda Axela in Japan) armed with Mazda's high-powered diesel engine.

Officially titled the Salon International de l'Auto de Genève, the Geneva Motor show press days are March 6 and 7, and the public days are March 8-18. Mazda will hold its press conference on Tuesday, March 6, at 2:15 p.m. (local time).

The all-new Mazda2 is more than just a model freshening of the current Mazda2. In 2002, the Mazda6 heralded the arrival of Mazda's new generation of Zoom-Zoom vehicles, and now the Mazda2 becomes the first of these to evolve to the next level. As such, the new Mazda2 represents the progression of Mazda's Zoom-Zoom brand promise. Plans to import Mazda2 to North America continue to be considered. However, at this time, there is no current intention to do so.

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