MONTREAL – As the ’11 Mazda2 began to take shape, one thing became clear to Mazda Motor Corp.: the boxy, minivan-esque look gaining prominence among today’s small cars was not going to cut it in North America. “They’re cool cars, but a totally different thing,” Mazda’s North American design director Derek Jenkins says of vehicles such as the Scion xB and Honda Fit. “They’re not sleek and sporty.” The ’11 Mazda2, arriving in North America next month, needs to convey the brand’s signature ...

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