We know that the grass is always greener on the other side… but do the cars also have to be greener elsewhere too? Mazda's Carol micro-mini is only available in Japan yet its excellent fuel economy, affordability and specifications read like a wish list for commuters the world over - 4WD, 55 mpg, CVT, keyless entry, keyless start system, immobilizer, DOHC VVT motor, four-wheel ABS, electronic brake distribution (EBD), brake assist, split folding rear seats, heated seats… there's even wing mirror heaters to prevent fogging on cold mornings.

The newly announced Carol GS4 has added four-wheel drive (4WD) and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to the existing Carol range for the first time. The motor is still the 660cc DOHC VVT, but with such a small car, acceleration is still quite acceptable and you'll simply love the GS4 when you pay for the gas – 55 mpg in US measures and 66 mpg in imperial measures. How much? JPY 1,120,350 (approx. US$12,000) including tax.

Is it just us, or do you think Mazda should have the Carol on showroom floors everywhere?