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3-door Mazda2 bows at Geneva Auto Show

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Mazda's successful 2 is a small and economical hatchback that's all the rage in Europe- though it hints at a possible future model we may wind up with in Canada. Currently available as a five-door, the Japanese automaker announced yesterday that a sportier and more affordable three-door model will be on display at the 78th annual Geneva International Motor Show. Don't get too excited though, as the purpose of the 2 three-door is to grow Mazda's brand in Europe, not North America.

Motivation for the 2 lineup comes from a pair of gasoline engines and a diesel mill. In gas models, 1.3 litre and 1.5 litre MZR-series power is available. A 1.4 litre common-rail diesel engine can be fitted for enhanced cruising range and fuel efficiency. Engine choices are the same in either body configuration.

The 2 three-door boasts the same distinctive style as its five-door brother. This is Mazda's first new-age vehicle to apply their new styling language, so even if the 2 doesn't ever hit our shores, its great looks will. Sculpted lines and wrap-around tail-lamps work towards a flowing look, and a hatch-spoiler, styled wheels and black bumper insert suggest sportiness.

The Geneva motor show is held March 4 through March 16.