TOKYO — Mazda Motor Corp. says it may sell its new Premacy multipurpose passenger car in the U.S. as well as in Japan and Europe.

Mazda originally decided against marketing the Premacy, a subcompact minivan, in the U.S. because of the vehicle's size, reports say. However, after reviewing the finished product, Mazda is weighing its options.

Although U.S. consumers generally aren't excited by small utility vehicles, the Premacy offers the utility and functionality U.S. customers might be interested in, Mazda says.

The automaker plans to sell 3,000 Premacy units a month in Japan and between 2,300 and 2,350 units a month in continental Europe. Sales in Australia, Hong Kong and other markets are expected to reach between 100 and 150 per month.

The Premacy features 5-seat and 7-seat models and possesses an interior size equivalent to Mazda's Familia and Protege subcompacts.