211/ , EUROPA; SCHWEIZ, GENF, Datum: 03.03.2014 12:00:00: 84 INTERNATIONALER AUTO SALON in Genf 2014 84e Salon International de l'Auto et accessoires, PALEXPO - Stefan Baldauf / SB-Medien

This is the Mazda Hazumi concept, which previews the next-generation Mazda 2 hatchback. Mazda’s next generation B-segment car is set to debut in 2015, replacing the current third-generation Mazda 2/Demio that has been around since 2007.

The name Hazumi means to “bound” or “spring up” in Japanese, a name suited to a small Japanese car that appears to be ‘bursting with energy’. It takes on Kodo design cues from its larger siblings, the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6.

The interior features a instrument cluster that has a family resemblance to the Mazda 3’s. The air-condition vents are circular and we only see three – we think the production car is likely to get a few more vents especially in the middle of the dash, where they will be tasked to blow air to the rear as well since rear air-con vents are unlikely in a B-segment car.

What do you think? Has Mazda’s Kodo design language translated well to a short and compact car like the Mazda 2? And will Mazda build a sedan version of the production car with this generation?

Live pix by Stefan Baldauf / Robert Kah

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