We've seen the Mazda Kiyora many times, and contemplated the Nagare design evolution it represents. And now that we know the Mazda2 is U.S.-bound, we're contemplating how much of an influence the Kiyora will have on the latest subcompact.

Mazda Kiyora – The Eco-Friendly City Car
Mazda Kiyora is a small, friendly concept car designed to meet the needs of young urbanites and indicates the direction Mazda could take with a car this size in the future – especially in terms of technology. It features components that are being developed at Mazda for use in the near future – like a next-generation 1.3-litre DISI* engine, a new automatic transmission, and a rigid and lightweight bodyshell for very high fuel efficiency and low emissions. Kiyora's design supports these technologies with aesthetic features that are expressive of the water theme yet highly functional.