When the Mazda2 was introduced to the U.S.
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Companies love to wax misty-eyed poetics about how their production cars are "concept-derived" until Robert Pinsky throws a fit, and Mazda keeps its production teasers in line with the rest.
Fiat and Mazda recently announced a partnership, and Fiat is taking it a step further by announcing that the Italian automaker is open to building Mazdas at its plants.
Italians have a reputation for building alluring, hopelessly pretty, fragile roadsters—witness the Alfa Romeo Duetto from The Graduate, for starters.