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Alain de Leon's a longtime reader of TheCarConnection.com. Imagine his good luck at Carl's Jr., in scenic Barstow, when instead of his usual double cheeseburger, he spotted this mystery vehicle parked nearby.

His first take: The car's a new Kia Rio. "I think it's a Rio just by the shape, but maybe I'm wrong." Our first guess is a member of the Hyundai/Kia family as well--but possibly, a new Toyota midi-van that's been rumored for the United States.

The Chrysler PT Cruiser sitting alongside it is a good indicator of size. The Michigan manufacturer's plate could tell all, and we're trying to run it down.

What's your take? Tell us in a comment below.

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  1. Looks to me like a smaller Toyota Venza, but the cutlines on the fenders aren't right. The badge hole is the wrong shape to be a hyundai or a Kia, being as how it almost looks perfectly circular. Judging by the detail on the hatch, my first guess would be a new crossover based on the Versa/Sentra/Megane platform, for Nissan, the grille has similarities to the new Maxima as well. Best bet would be to run down who the plate is registered to in Michigan, and/or what badges match the shape of the badge-placement indentations.
     
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  2. It's either a Nissan or a Mazda. Not Toyota or Korean, ceretain design elemnts just don't add up. The tailights tell me it's more a Mazda product.
     
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  3. You nailed it Adam. Looks nice.
     
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  4. Hmm, looks like a Honda to me. I have no idea of Honda is prepping a model in this segment, but the lights front and rear, and the wheels, are right out of the Honda stylebook. Course, somebody could be "borrowing" those styling cues.
     
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  5. Since Adam confirmed that this was indeed a Toyota (I knew by looking at it), I'm pretty sure that this is the new Sienna minivan.
     
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  6. I wonder how it would look with a Lexus badge?
     
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  7. the pt might be trevling with it .If so than maybe the rumored nissan buitl chrysler small car???
     
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  8. Its a japanese-market toyota model, I dont know the name but I'm positive. As far as size goes, its a bit larger than the Matrix.
     
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  9. Its certainly a Toyota Mark X Zio. The minivan isn't sold anywhere else, expect from Japan. It is believed that the minivan is running on hydrogen.
     
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  10. What if it's a Buick? A small Buick in the works? The headlights are bubblish, sort of like the Enclave. The grille is sort of like the Buicks. The rear window also goes up in the botton middle in the shape of the logo, same thing happens on the Enclave.
     
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  11. Are you people stupid? Even if you couldn't tell is was a Toyota from the overall design, Adam was kind enough to link to proof that it is, in fact, a JDM Toyota. And you people are still speculating that it's a Honda, Nissan-built Chrysler, and even a BUICK? Come on... Compare the rear of this to an Enclave and a Yaris and see what it resembles more. Not to mention Honda, Buick, Nissan, and Chrysler/Dodge logos would not fit into that empty oval. Speculating that this PT Cruiser sized thing to be the new Sienna is also pretty laughable.
     
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  12. It's a Toyota... look at the badge emblem / oval on the backend... it matches the 'new' Prius shown immediately below in the next spy shot. Could it even be a Prius midi-van spin-off? Regardless... it's ugly.
     
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  13. Totally a Toyota, just look at the logo bulge by the rear window. Typical Toyota fussy-overdone design. I agree with "Sweets"... this car was beaten silly with the ugly stick.
     
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  14. Yea my fault, when I wrote my initial post I didn't realize that this prototype didn't even have the sliding rear doors that would qualify it as a minivan in the first place. If this was a new Sienna, that would imply that Toyota was looking way back to the first-gen Odyssey, PT Cruiser, or other cross-overs as a target. That doesn't make any sense.
     
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  15. Did anybody peep the pictures Adam provided??? Why are all the women sitting in the back? Even in the "above the car interior" shot, the woman looks like she's getting dropped off from a date, where she's been sitting in the back the entire care ride. Now, I've experienceed this personally, I was riding with some Chinese exchange students in my car (I was driving). Two females and myself. They both voluntarily sat in the back. Im like WTF?!?! I'm not sure what nationality those people are in the pictures Adam provided, but can someone clear this up for me. NO JOKES, I'm REALLY curious! Is that some kinda oriental cultural, maybe subordination thing???
     
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  16. Does anyone know how many vehicle manufacturers are there in Michigan? As you can see this car has the Michigan's manufacturers license plate.. and if you take a look at the 2010 mustang spy shots you'll see also the Michigan's manufacturers license plate (024 025).
     
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  17. Alain --> Well of course you know that GM and Ford both have Headquarters and Technical/Design Centers and plants there. Also Nissan has a Technical/Design Center in Farmington Hills it may have a plant there. That's about all I help.
     
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  18. This looks like a Toyota. Clues: Shape of the front grille, headlights, shape of the back window and the oval shape and position of the badge indents. Front imitates the Camry a bit. Might be a hybrid.
     
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  19. Adam has it right - I live in Japan (US military) - its a Mark X Zio - was introduced here about 9 months ago. Its a medium sized tourer that seats 4 and is based off the Mark X sedan that has either a 2.5 or 3.0 V6.
     
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  20. If it is a Toyota they must be realy desprate because it looks like a medified Nissan Versa!!!
     
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  21. it's a hyundai. the door handles are from the sonata and the hood lines are very simular to the sonata and the fact that hyundai is making a car to go agaisnt the PT and then add in that a PT is next to it, my conclusion is , its a hyundai.
     
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  22. it’s a hyundai. the door handles are from the sonata and the hood lines are very simular to the sonata and the fact that hyundai is making a car to go agaisnt the PT and then add in that a PT is next to it, my conclusion is , its a hyundai
     
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  23. Nissan because of the hump over the emblem in the back window, typical of what they have done on all there crossovers.
    It could be a toyota, very avalon-ish from the side, very toyota like in the details and finishing of the surfaces.
    Either way its boring! Who would buy this???
     
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  24. Its a Mazda, Fenders resemble the Mazda 6. and those round blank spots on the hood and rear fit the seagull emblem of mazda
     
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