Wait a minute – isn’t that the new eighth-gen Suzuki Alto? Well it is… and it isn’t. They’ve actually been the same car for some time now, and Mazda’s Carol is in fact an older nameplate, so there.

To be sold through Autozam dealers in Japan from end-January, the new Mazda Carol shares nearly everything with the new Suzuki Alto, from its 660 cc three-pot motor, through six-speed manual and CVT gearboxes, to its 37 km per litre JC08 consumption, and even its 847,800 yen (RM24,600) starting price!

More similarities abound – regenerative braking, auto stop/start, Eco-Cool (keeps air-con cool when engine is off), Radar Brake Support (a collision-mitigation braking system) and hill hold control are offered on some variants, while stability control is standard across the range. Seven body colours are offered, including two new shades – Pure Red and Chiffon Ivory Metallic.

No Kodo, no SkyActiv and not exactly Zoom-Zoom – but which of the twins do you prefer in terms of looks? Or is the Suzuki Alto Turbo RS concept more up your alley?