L.A. auto show preview: Teaser reel

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Normally, we like to wait for the full gallery of photos or an in-person look before passing judgment on a new or redesigned vehicle. But often the teaser photos that trickle out ahead of an auto show tell stories on their own about the messages automakers want to telegraph to the marketplace. Messages such as:

The Mazda3 hatchback, if you tilt your head just so, could pass for a crossover.