Mazda Motor Corp. reportedly will begin selling a subcompact in North America as early as 2007. A Japanese news agency quotes Mazda President Hisakazu Imaki as saying a 1L-1.5L car is needed in the region soon because of rising gas prices. Mazda's larger Japanese competitors, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., will all bring subcompact models to the U.S. next year. (See related story: '06 Model Year Preview) Mazda, which already sells the Mazda2 in Japan, ...

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