Is Mazda Working on a MINI Cooper Rival?

Is Mazda Working on a MINI Cooper Rival?
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Mazda is looking to expand its hatchback offerings to compete with European rivals.

Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year was the Hazumi concept (seen above), which previewed the next-generation Mazda2. But reports are surfacing that the concept will spawn a more upmarket hatchback that will rival the MINI Cooper and Audi A1. In Japan, Mazda has sold a more upscale version of its Mazda2 called the Verisa since 2004 and the new Mazda2’s platform will likely serve as its replacement for the next generation.

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According to a source reporting to Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine, Mazda is positioning the Verisa successor to be a global model as a “small yet premium and fashionable compact car like Mini and DS3.” The DS3 is a hatchback from French automaker Citroen, which is not sold in the U.S.

Mazda’s European division is reportedly working on the new model’s development and could result in a more performance-oriented variant for the European market.

GALLERY: Mazda Hazumi Concept Live Photos

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[Source: Cars Guide]

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