Ever since the latest version of the Honda Stream hit the JDM market, there has been a buzz that the U.S. would get the people mover. Streams have been spotted in the Los Angeles area, however that in and of itself doesn't mean that it will be imported here. Recently there was a Bloomberg story that speculated about Honda bringing the Stream to the USA. The Stream has been featured on Temple of Vtec's "New Model Release Matrix" for quite awhile and now Automotive News is stating in it's annual "Future Product Series" that the Stream may be imported for the 2010 model year.
The Mazda5 has had a recent surge of interest and no manufacturer likes to see a competitor eat cake all alone. While it's true that the Mazda5 does have sliding rear doors and greater seating capacity (at least in the U.S. market) the Civic/CR-V platform mate Stream is a very good looking car and would probably do well, easily eclipsing the Mazda5's sales numbers. Automotive News is speculating that the Stream would probably be offered in five seater (two row) configuration here in the U.S, forgoing the more cramped seven seat (three row) capacity available in Japan.
My own prediction? It's a lock!