Mazda has launched a fully updated Carol micro-mini for the Japanese market. Sales commenced on Thursday.

If it looks familiar, it's because it's built on an OEM basis by minivehicle specialist Suzuki and is a barely-disguised variant of that automaker's new Japan-market Alto launched earlier this week.

Price range from JPY899,850 to JPY1,167,600 and the sales target is 800 units a month.

The car has a DOHC 660cc petrol engine with variable valve timing and comes with five-speed manual transmission, four-speed automatic or a CVT.