Thursday, August 30, 2001

Mazda RX-7 Retail Prices

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Excluding Tax) (Unit: 1,000 yen)

Mazda RX-7
Mazda RX-7

Engine Name Transmission Maximum output Price (nationwide)
13B RE-W Type R
Bathurst
5-speed manual
transmission
206 kW (280 PS) 3,398

Features of the Type R Bathurst R

The Type R Bathurst R takes as its basis the Type R, the lightest power-weight ratio among RX-7 series, and adds custom height-adjustable dampers designed specially for this limited edition model. This provides a unique driving experience to match the individuality of the customer. Carbon tone interior panels accentuate the sporty feel.

Mazda Speed RX-7 R
Mazda Speed RX-7 Bathurst R

- Custom "Bathurst R" decals
- Height-adjustable dampers (custom designed for the limited edition model)
* Adjustment is performed by the dealer with request of customers
- Carbon tone panels (center panel, center console, power window switch panel and small storage compartment cover on driver's side) (manufactured by Mazda Speed)
- Carbon shift knob and parking brake lever (manufactured by Mazda Speed)
Available body colors: Sunburst Yellow (exclusive to the limited edition model), Pure White, Innocent Blue Mica

RX-7 Limited Edition Model

Mazda Motor Corporation has released a limited edition version of the RX-7 rotary engine real sports car. Equipped with features designed to enhance driving pleasure and its sporty appeal, the new Type R Bathurst R goes on sale today at Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.

Mazda RX-7 Type R
Mazda RX-7 Type R Bathurst R

The RX-7 has a particularly distinctive design, brimming with originality. Its lightweight, compact, high-output rotary engine allows it to raise responsive handling and performance to an exceptionally high level. The RX-7 is a sports car that exemplifies the Mazda spirit.

The new limited edition model is based on the Type R, with the lightest power-weight ratio among RX-7 series, and features custom height-adjustable dampers designed specially for the limited edition model for enhanced driving excitement. In addition, employing the carbon tone cockpit reminiscent of a racing car adds up to a thoroughly sporty feel. Three body colors are available, including exclusive color for this limited edition vehicle: Sunburst Yellow.

The name Bathurst was chosen to commemorate the Bathurst 12-hour car race in Australia, where the RX-7 has been victorious for three consecutive years (1992 through 1994). Since that time all limited edition versions of the RX-7 have carried the Bathurst name.

Sales of the RX-7 Type R Bathurst R are limited to 500 units for all of Japan.

RX-7 Limited Edition Model

Mazda Motor Corporation has released a limited edition version of the RX-7 rotary engine real sports car. Equipped with features designed to enhance driving pleasure and its sporty appeal, the new Type R Bathurst R goes on sale today at Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.

The RX-7 has a particularly distinctive design, brimming with originality. Its lightweight, compact, high-output rotary engine allows it to raise responsive handling and performance to an exceptionally high level. The RX-7 is a sports car that exemplifies the Mazda spirit.

The new limited edition model is based on the Type R, with the lightest power-weight ratio among RX-7 series, and features custom height-adjustable dampers designed specially for the limited edition model for enhanced driving excitement. In addition, employing the carbon tone cockpit reminiscent of a racing car adds up to a thoroughly sporty feel. Three body colors are available, including exclusive color for this limited edition vehicle: Sunburst Yellow.

The name Bathurst was chosen to commemorate the Bathurst 12-hour car race in Australia, where the RX-7 has been victorious for three consecutive years (1992 through 1994). Since that time all limited edition versions of the RX-7 have carried the Bathurst name.

Sales of the RX-7 Type R Bathurst R are limited to 500 units for all of Japan.

Friday, August 3, 2001

AutoAlliance International

Philip G. Spender, formerly Managing Director of Ford India Limited has been named president, chief executive officer and chief operating officer for AutoAlliance International, Inc. (AAI, Flat Rock, Mich, USA), the joint manufacturing venture owned by Mazda Motor Corporation and Ford Motor Company.

Mazda AutoAlliance International
AutoAlliance International, Inc. (AAI)

Spender will replace current President, CEO and COO Deborah Stewart Coleman, effective September 1, 2001. He has been with Ford Motor Company for more than 24 years and has a rich experience gained through various cross-functional assignments in the company. He has an engineering background and contributed to the development of global manufacturing practices for Ford. He also has been involved in the planning and development of many new car launches.

"We are excited to welcome Mr. Spender as our new president. He brings many years of experience in automotive manufacturing, and I hope he will be an astute manager," said Takashi Yamanouchi, AAI chairman of the board, and senior managing director, Mazda Motor Corporation.

Coleman, who had previously served as Ford's Quality Director of Vehicle Operations, and has been at the current position since September 1999, will be assigned as Group Managing Director and CEO of the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa effective September 2001. "We're grateful to Ms. Coleman for her outstanding leadership and service at AAI," said Yamanouchi, "I hope her best wishes for her upcoming career."

The AutoAlliance plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, started production in 1987 and achieved the 2 millionth production in June 1999. It produces the Mazda 626 and the Mercury Cougar. The company employs approximately 1,800 people, and has an annual total capacity of 240,000 units (at straight production).

Sales Operations in the UK

Mazda Motor Corporation's wholly owned distributor, Mazda Motors UK Limited, started operation August 1 under James Muir, newly appointed Managing Director. Mazda Motor Corporation established Mazda Motors UK Limited (Mazda UK) on May 31, 2001. The new company's capital is 4 million pounds (approximately 7 oku yen).

Mazda Motors UK Limited
Mazda Motors UK Limited

Mazda took over the distribution business in the UK from Mazda Cars (UK) Limited (MCL Group), a company owned 60 percent by Itochu Corporation and 40 percent by Inchcape plc. Mazda reached agreement in the spring to take over Mazda business. Through a combination of investments in the distribution network, products, and marketing actions, Mazda UK expects to develop the brand significantly and grow volume substantially over the next five years. The new company will also reduce costs and improve efficiency through maximizing synergies with other Mazda operations.

Mazda plans to reinforce distribution networks in major markets as part of its Millennium Plan which defines the company's strategy for growth through 2004. In the European market, Mazda's strategy is to take control of distribution in those markets where direct manufacturer involvement maximizes growth opportunities.

Mazda's wholly owned sales companies in Spain and Italy began operation in 2000. Mazda acquired the distribution business in France from Inchcape plc in April 2001 and has been the distributor in Portugal since 1995. It has successfully operated a distributor in Germany, Europe's largest market, for many years.

Mazda's objective in the Millennium Plan for Europe is to have more than 70% of the sales under Mazda's direct control by the end of 2001.

Mark Fields, President of Mazda Motor Corporation said," With the successful execution of the direct control initiatives in Europe, we will come very close to achieving more than 70% direct control target by the end of 2001. Our operations in Europe have made another strong stride to achieve our Millennium Plan objectives."

Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Committed Credit Facilities

On July 25, Mazda Motor Corporation established Committed Credit Facilities of 1,000 oku yen with 27 of its key banks. The facilities were arranged by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. Sumitomo Trust and IBJ served as co-arrangers.

Mazda Credit Facilities
Mazda Credit Facilities

At the present time, Mazda has no plans to use these new facilities. The purpose of these facilities is to provide Mazda with greater funding flexibility, incremental funding capacity, and an improved liquidity position in the future. If Mazda chooses to use these new facilities, they most likely would be used to refinance existing debt from other sources.

Mazda President Mark Fields commented: "These new Committed Credit Facilities are another step in our ongoing initiatives to strengthen the financial structure of Mazda. As a result of the Facilities, Mazda will have a stronger balance sheet and be in a more stable financial condition by having access to a large amount of readily available funds at agreed upon terms and conditions.

We have reduced Mazda's group net debt by over 50% since FY1995 at comparable consolidation accounting standards. We intend to reduce it further in the current fiscal year in line with the forecast we issued last May."

Wednesday, July 18, 2001

AZ-Wagon FM-G Prices

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Excluding Tax)
(Unit: 1,000 yen)

Mazda AZ-Wagon Model
AZ-Wagon FM-G Prices

Drive Engine Transmission Price (nationwide)
2WD DOHC VVT 5MT 978
Column 4AT 1,063
4WD DOHC VVT 5MT 1,090
Column 4AT 1,175

Notes:
* All 4WD models are wintry-weather-equipped. The wintry-weather equipment is optional for all 2WD models with an additional 10,000 yen.
* Add 25,000 yen for ABS.
* Add 20,000 yen for Pearl White body color.

FM-G AZ-Wagon

Mazda Motor Corporation has added a new special edition of the AZ-Wagon micro-mini vehicle. Commemorating the 12th anniversary of the Mazda Autozam dealership chain, new FM-G Limited goes on sale today at Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan.

Mazda AZ-Wagon FM-G
FM-G Limited AZ-Wagon: Two-Wheel-Drive Column 4AT Model

FM-G Limited, based on the FM-G model equipped with an air conditioner, keyless entry system and power windows, also offers other high-class features. It includes an MD/CD audio system (cassette players and AM/FM radio), driver and passenger side SRS* airbags, remote controlled retracting electric side mirrors, and dark tinted glass (rear door and rear quarter windows, back door window) at an affordable price. FM-G Limited delivers an even more youthful and lively feel.

Mazda Limited AZ-Wagon
Limited AZ-Wagon

All AZ-Wagon models are certified according to the "excellent low emissions (50% lower emissions than the 2000 standard )." In addition, all two-wheel-drive models, and the four-wheel-drive five-speed manual-transmission models meet the 2010 fuel efficiency standards, allowing them to qualify for the "Clean Tax Incentive" system set by the Japanese government. Under this system, buyers are entitled to a 9,000 yen reduction in the vehicle acquisition tax (on vehicles delivered through March 31, 2002).

The FM-G Limited is available in three body colors: Cyprus Blue Metallic (new), Pearl White and Silky Silver Metallic.

* SRS: Supplemental Restraint System

Monday, July 16, 2001

Millenia Retail Prices

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Excluding Tax)
(Unit: 1,000 yen)

Engine Transmission Tokyo/Hiroshima/
Yamaguchi
Osaka/
Nagoya
Sapporo Sendai Fukuoka Okinawa
V6 2000 4EC-AT 2,511 2,518 2,557 2,528 2,536 2,576

* The model is wintry-weather-equipped as standard.
* The manufacturer optional Mazda Telematic compatible DVD Car navigation costs an additional 240,000 yen.

Special equipment Millenia

Special equipment provided on the Millenia "20M Premium Edition"

Mazda Millenia black
Millenia 20M Premium Edition

- Authentic leather seats (beige), & beige interior
- Authentic leather shift knob & leather parking brake lever (both beige)
- Snow flake white pearl mica body color (New color)
- Soft tinted glass (rear windshield & rear door)
- Water repellant glass (front windshield & front door)
- Water repellant door mirrors with heated defogger
- SRS side airbag system with head protection (driver, passenger seat)

Millenia Special Limited Edition

Mazda Motor Corporation has added a special limited edition to the high-class "Millenia" sports sedan. Equipped with authentic leather seats and a new "snow flake white pearl mica" body color, Millenia "20M Premium Edition" goes on sale today at Mazda / Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.

Mazda Millenia
Mazda Millenia: 20M Premium Edition

This special edition model will provide more elegance and beauty to this high-class sports sedan and will offer high quality with its special equipment in a 2-liter class. The Premium edition, based on the Millenia 20M and equipped with leather seats, stands out from all other white colors with the availability of the new color that delivers a rich shadowing effect. The contrast between the beige interior and the new body color offers an unprecedented deluxe feel and beauty. In addition, Mazda has newly adopted a water repellant glass for the front windshield of this limited model. Safety and privacy has also been enhanced with SRS* side airbags with head protection and soft tinted glass (rear windshield and rear doors).

Millenia delivers Mazda's brand personality. It is "stylish," "insightful," and "spirited," and it's Mazda's flagship model. This sports sedan features flowing and dynamic styling, functional and luxurious interior space and agile driving performance. Its four-wheel multi-link suspension and powerful V6 engine have been well received in Japan and overseas.

Suggested retail price in the Tokyo/Hiroshima area is 2,511,000 yen, a savings of 139,000 yen. Mazda plans to produce 250 units of the limited edition Millenia.
* SRS: Supplemental Restraint System

Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Premacy Retail Prices

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Excluding Tax)
(Unit: 1,000 yen)

Engine Drive Capacity (# of
Passengers)
Model Japan Nationwide Retail Prices
1800 DOHC 2WD (FF) 5 C 1,598
G 1,688
L 1,798
7 C 1,678
G 1,768
L 1,878
4WD 5 G 1,908
L 1,998
7 G 1,988
L 2,078
2000 DOHC 2WD (FF) 5 Sport 2,068
7 2,148

Notes: All models equipped with column type automatic transmission (EC-AT).

Major Changes to Premacy

1.Modification to Exterior and Interior Design

Mazda Premacy Exterior

Mazda Premacy Exterior


- The front and rear bumpers, headlights, rear combination lamps, aluminum wheels, and wheel covers have been modified to create a more lively styling.
- The front has a sportier look thanks to a sharper looking five-point grille and front bumpers with enlarged openings.
- The Sport model is equipped with aerodynamic parts (front and side air dam skirts, rear roof and under skirts).
- New seat upholstery, new door trim fabric and enlarged door trim fabric surface area give the interior a more deluxe look. The C and G models have a gray interior, the L model has a beige interior, and the Sport model has a black interior. The Sport model features a carbon colored center panel and power window switch bezels for the front doors to match the black interior and create a more sporty impression.
- New body colors
The Sport model is available in the new Starry Blue Mica and Classic Red body colors. The G model is available in the Blazing Green Metallic body color. In all, there are a total of eight body colors to choose from.

2.Improved Dynamic (Driving) Performance

Mazda Premacy Interior

Mazda Premacy Interior


[Improvements to Driving Performance adopting a 2.0-liter DOHC Engine]
- In addition to the highly regarded 1.8-liter DOHC engine featured on previous Premacy models, a 2.0-liter DOHC engine with a maximum output of 121 KW (165 PS) and maximum torque of 177 Nm (18.1 kg-m) is available with the Sport model (FF only). The larger engine delivers high power and superior responsiveness, for a more pleasant driving experience both in the city and when travelling at high speeds on the expressways.
- The Sport model achieves reduced emissions of HC, NOx, and CO. It has received the "good-low emissions (25% reduction from emissions standard for 2000)" rating from the Ministry of Transport.

[Improvements to Maneuvering Stability, Ride Comfort and Quietness]
- Body rigidity has been improved in many places through the efficacious addition of reinforcing materials. In addition, careful tuning has been performed on the front and rear suspension systems. These improvements combine to produce a more comfortable and quieter ride, while further enhancing the excellent maneuvering stability Premacy has been known for since its initial release. Stability is improved both when traveling straight and when changing lanes, either in the city or when traveling at high speeds on the expressway. At the same time, Premacy becomes even more fun to drive.
- In addition to increased body rigidity and the carefully tuned suspension, other improvements have been made in order to significantly reduce noise while driving. These include the use of double door seals, thickened front door windows and increased noise-absorbing material in the engine compartment.

3.Enhanced Comfort and Convenience

Mazda Premacy 7-Passenger seats

Mazda Premacy 7-Passenger


- A wide collapsible armrest (with storage box) for the driver's seat, a seatback pocket on the front passenger seat, and a picnic table (with cup holder) for the second row of seats are standard on all models except the C model.
- A seatback pocket on the driver's seat and a driver's side vanity mirror (with ticket holder and lid) are standard on all models.
- The configuration of the front seats and the second row of seats has been modified to make them more comfortable.
- The driver' s side power window control has a "quick refresh" mode that lowers the window 3 centimeters with a single touch of a button to let fresh air in.
- Users can easily add functions to the new-concept audio system by purchasing additional audio kits.
- A DVD car navigation system compatible with the Mazda Telematics information service and allowing access to the Internet is available as an option on all models except the C model.
- A "rear entertainment pack," including a DVD player with built-in rear video monitor, six speakers, rear AV jacks, rear 100 V power supply, and easy-clean seats, is available as an option on the G model (A similar rear entertainment pack is available as an option on the MPV).

4.Improved Safety
- The Sport is equipped with rear disc brakes.
- The Sport features DSC (dynamic stability control) as standard equipment. It automatically stabilizes the behavior of the vehicle in situations where skidding to the side could occur during turns.
- All models are equipped with water-repellent side mirrors and front door windows. Four-wheel-drive models feature heated side mirrors and wiper deicers to improved visibility and safety.
- All models except the C model feature, as standard safety equipment, ISO-Fix compliant child seat securing mechanisms that reduce the likelihood of accidents caused by improper mounting, and an anchor for a top tether belt to prevent the child seat from dipping forward in the event of a head-on collision (right and left seats in the second row).

Premacy with 2.0-liter Engine

Mazda has added major enhancements to Premacy to enhance maneuvering stability, ride comfort, quietness and safety. The enhanced Premacy goes on sale today at Mazda, Mazda Anfini, and Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan.

Mazda Premacy Sport Model
Two-Wheel-Drive 2.0-Liter DOHC Engine 7-Passenger 'Sport' Premacy Model

Premacy has a compact body that provides enough interior room to accommodate three rows of seats and up to seven passengers.

Mazda also has made major improvements to enhance its stylishness and liveliness through modifications to the exterior and interior design and has created a more sporty feeling while retaining the best points of the original Premacy. The addition of a 2.0-liter engine version strengthens Premacy's "dynamic DNA," a common characteristic for all Mazda vehicles.

With its flexible seat arrangements and excellent driving stability, the Premacy has been well received among young families since its introduction in April 1999.

The major changes to Premacy are as follows.
- Modifications have been made to the bumpers, headlights, and rear combination lamps to create a more active styling.
- The seat upholstery and door trim fabric have been changed, for a more deluxe interior feel.
- The Sport model features a 2.0-liter engine providing more power and better responsiveness.
- Body rigidity has been improved in many areas and the suspension has been tuned to provide better maneuvering stability, a more comfortable ride, and further quietness. These enhancements increase stability and offer more driving pleasure.
- Comfort and convenience have been improved through the addition of a wide collapsible armrest for the driver' s seat and a power window control on the driver's side with a "quick refresh" mode that is useful for letting in fresh air.
- Safety improvements including water-repellent side mirrors, DSC (dynamic stability control) (Sport model), and ISO-Fix* compliant child seat securing mechanisms with top tether hooks as standard equipment (on all except the C model) have been made.

Monthly sales target of Premacy is 1,800 units.

* ISO-Fix is a child seat securing system conforming to standards established by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization).

Monday, June 25, 2001

Bongo Friendee City Runner Prices

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Excluding Tax)
(Unit: 1,000 yen)

Mazda Bongo Friendee 2WD
Mazda Bongo Friendee 2WD Normal Roof Model

Drive Engine Trans-
mission
Roof Capac-
ity
Tokyo, Nagoya
Osaka,
Hiroshima
Sapporo Sendai Yamagu-
chi
Fukuoka
2WD 2.0
gasoline
4EC-AT Normal 8 2,098 2,154 2,121 2,116 2,123
AFT* 2,298 2,354 2,321 2,316 2,323
2.5
gasoline
4EC-AT Normal 8 2,418 2,474 2,441 2,436 2,443
AFT* 2,618 2,674 2,641 2,636 2,643
4WD 2.5
diesel
4EC-AT Normal 8 2,896 2,952 2,919 2,914 2,921
AFT* 3,096 3,152 3,119 3,114 3,121

* AFT: "Auto Free Top"

Bongo Friendee Major special equipments

Major special equipments are as follows:

Mazda City Runner
Mazda City Runner

- Exterior:
Spoilers on front/side sills/rear under overhang,*1 Rear roof spoiler (with built-in LED high-mounted brake light), Dark tinted windows (sides and rear) with ultraviolet light filtering function, Black front door sashes, Electric retracting color side mirrors, Custom decals,*1 Front fog lamps,*3 Aluminium wheel*3

- Interior:
Folding-up third-row seat,*2 Jacquard moquette fabric seat upholstery and door trim, Seat-center armrests, Large ottoman-style footrests, White meter dials,*1 Gray-keyed steering wheel and column cover, Electric rolling curtains.*4

- Equipment:
Twin fully automatic air conditioners (with rear heater function), Sound system with AM/FM tuner and four speakers, Easy-to-close sliding door

*1 Only for normal roof version, *2 Only for "Auto free top," *3 Only for 2.5-liter gasoline and 2.5-liter diesel, *4 Only for "Auto free top" with 2.5-liter gasoline and 2.5-liter diesel.

City Runner III Bongo Friendee

Mazda Motor Corporation announces the release of the City Runner III, a limited edition version of the Bongo Friendee. It goes on sale today at Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.

Mazda Bongo Friendee City Runner III
Bongo Friendee City Runner III: 2.5-Liter V6-Enigne 2WD Normal Roof Model

Customers can choose between a normal roof and "Auto free top." With the normal roof version, aerodynamic exterior accessories and white dial meter deliver a sporty and stylish appearance, while the "Auto free top" version creates further versatile interior/luggage space. Customers also can choose the City Runner III equipped with one of the following powertrain combinations: 2.0-liter two-wheel-drive, 2.5-liter two-wheel-drive and 2.5-liter diesel four-wheel-drive.

Like other Bongo Friendees, City Runner III also features a roomy interior and flexible seat arrangements.

The most discounted model of the "City Runner III" costs 280,000 yen less than the existing model with the same equipment. Mazda will build only 1,300 units of this special model, available only in Japan.

Demio 1.3-Liter Purel Model

Features of the New Models
Points of Difference From the Base Model (1.3-liter LX-S)

Mazda Demio

Mazda Demio


1. Purel
- Colored front grille
- Center antenna (removable)
- Three-spoke steering wheel and tilt steering column
- Tachometer
- No roof rails
- Color coordinated interior and exterior

Mazda Demio Model

Mazda Demio Model


Exterior color Interior color (seats, door trim, sides of center panel)
Blazing green metallic* Orange
Sparkling silver metallic*
Pure white Light blue
Sunlight silver metallic
Gray shell silver metallic

Note: New colors marked with an asterisk (*).

Mazda Demio 1.3-liter LX-S

Mazda Demio 1.3-liter LX-S


2. Aeroactive
- Front under spoiler, side sill protectors, rear under spoiler
- Black mesh front grille
- Black window sash
- Center antenna (removable)
- Custom seat upholstery
- Three-spoke steering wheel and tilt steering column
- White meters (with green illumination), tachometer
- 14-inch tires, aluminum wheels
- No roof rails

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Excluding Tax)
(Unit: 1,000 yen)

Engine Model Transmission Nationwide retail price
1300
SOHC
Purel 5MT 1,208
4EC-AT 1,298
Aeroactive 5MT 1,308
4EC-AT 1,398

Two New Demio Models

– Dazzling color-coordinated Purel and sporty Aeroactive –
Mazda Motor Corporation announces two new versions of the Demio: the Purel,* featuring color-coordinated interior and exterior for a classy look, and the Aeroactive,** with a design that emphasizes a sporty feel. They go on sale today at Mazda, Mazda Anfini, and Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan.

New Mazda Demio Model
New Mazda Demio Model

The two new Demio models, equipped with a 1.3-liter engine, are positioned to meet the requirements of younger customers – people who want classy, fashionable and sporty styling.

Mazda Demio 1.3-Liter Purel Model
Mazda Demio 1.3-Liter Purel Model

Mazda Demio Purel features dazzling color schemes: 1) Warm, and inviting orange interior with two options of exterior color in new blazing green or sparkling silver. 2) Blue Interior with three options of exterior color in glacial silver, sunlight silver, or pure white. These color combination delivers distinctive youthful energy and a high fashion look. A custom-colored front grille and a center antenna complete the new look.

Mazda Demio Aeroactive features aerodynamic parts, a center antenna (removable), aluminum wheels, and a special interior with custom seat upholstery and white meters. The look inside and out is active and sporty.

Sales of the Demio are expected to continue at the current level of approximately 6,000 units per month.

The Demio, which created a new "compact wagon" genre when introduced in August 1996, has been one of Mazda' s best-selling products. Its compact body makes it easy to park and maneuver in traffic or in multi-level parking lots. Its roomy and comfortable interior, stylish appearance, flexible and creative seat arrangements, and responsive handling and performance make it a pleasure to own and drive.

* "Purel" was coined from the word "pure."
**"Aeroactive" was coined by combining the words "aero" and "active."

Thursday, June 21, 2001

Mazda Hofu Plant

Mazda Motor Corporation today held a ceremony at Hofu plant, to celebrate the number of automobile transmissions manufactured at the plant (Nakanoseki district, Yamaguchi Prefecture) reaching a cumulative total of 20 million units. Some 550 people, including Mr. Shimono, General Manager of the Hofu plant, employees and business partners participated in the ceremony, and celebrated the achievement.

Mazda Hofu Plant
Transmissions Manufactured at Mazda Hofu Plant

In December 1981, the Hofu plant (Nakanoseki district) began the production of automatic transmissions for Ford, and the production of manual transmissions for Mazda* in September 1982. Of the 20 million units, 8,750,000 units were manufactured for Mazda, with 11,250,000 units for Ford. Transmissions included 6,300,000 manual transmissions for front wheel drive vehicles, 8,700,000 automatic transmissions for front wheel drive vehicles, and 5,000,000 manual transmissions for rear wheel drive vehicles.

At the Hofu plant, Nakanoseki district began its operation in 1981, followed by Nishinoura district, which produces vehicles, in 1982. The Hofu plant aims to improve customer satisfaction by offering high quality vehicles as a "People-Friendly Automotive Plant," focusing on saving on resources, environmental conservation and the working environment. Nishinoura district obtained ISO14001 certification in1998, with Nakanoseki district being certified in 1999. In addition to this, the plant is promoting community clean-up activities as a part of their "Caring for Hofu Activities" and participating in "Caring for Hofu Flea Market," to make an active contribution to the community.

*Transmissions for Mazda vehicles and Ford vehicles manufactured by Mazda.

Friday, June 15, 2001

Mazda 787B vs RX-8 Design Model

Mazda celebrates this month the 10th anniversary of its remarkable victory at the 1991 Le Mans 24-hour endurance race.

Mazda 787B vs RX-8
Left: Mazda 787B (59th Le Mans Race winning model)
Right: RX-8 Design Model

In June 1991 Mazda became the first and only Japanese manufacturer to win the coveted Le Mans title, and the Mazda 787B became the first and only car powered by a rotary engine to win this prestigious race.

In its 1991 victory the Mazda 787B completed 4923.200 km (3,059.79 miles) at an average speed of 205.133 km/h (127.49 mph). The drivers were Bertrand Gachot, Johnny Herbert and Volker Weidler.

Today, Mazda, the only company in the world to produce a pure rotational internal combustion engine, is developing a four-door, four-seat RX-8 sports car powered by the revolutionary next-generation RENESIS rotary engine. Mazda revealed the design model of the RX-8 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year.

Today, Mazda displays the 787B in a museum at the company's Hiroshima, Japan headquarters.

Friday, May 25, 2001

The Millennium Plan

The Millennium Plan, announced in November 2000, is designed to strengthen Mazda's business structure and its long-term competitive position through growth, based on the following elements:
- A strong brand
- New product launches
- Strengthened distribution
- Proactive actions to reform and restructure our business
- An enhanced and clear role in the Ford Motor Company group
- Developing our people to their maximum potential.

Mazda has already begun to implement the Millennium Plan. In FY2000, Mazda announced plans to begin production of its next-generation small car for Europe at a Ford plant in Valencia, Spain. The company also reduced its employment of indirect workers by more than 2,200 through an Early Retirement Special Program in March and announced that it will close its Ujina 2 assembly plant in Hiroshima by September 2001.

In FY2001, Mazda aims to improve customer satisfaction through various initiatives, assume control of distribution in selected markets in Europe, and continue to strengthen distribution in Japan and the U.S. We will begin production late in this fiscal year of the first of a new generation of products that fully embodies the Mazda brand DNA, including the first application in a Mazda vehicle of a new family of large I4 engines. We also will adjust domestic production capacity, continue to progress the development of other major product actions, prepare for the start of production in Europe in 2003, and strengthen employee development.

All members of the Mazda team are committed to delivering our business targets for FY2001 to ensure we continue to progress along a path of profitable growth as envisaged in the Millennium Plan.

Note:
- Dollar equivalents compiled at 124 yen to the dollar (Exchange rate prevailing on March 30, 2001).
- Euro equivalents compiled at 109 yen to the euro (Exchange rate prevailing on March 30, 2001).

Financial Results, Projection

Mazda Motor Corporation announced a net loss of 155.2 billion yen (US$1.3 billion, 1.4 billion euro) for FY2000 (April 1, 2000-March 31, 2001). The company also announced its financial projection for FY2001 (April 1, 2001 through March 31, 2002), reaffirming its plans to achieve consolidated net breakeven.

Mazda's consolidated revenue was 2,015.8 billion yen (US$16.3 billion, 18.5 billion euro), down 6.7% from the previous fiscal year. This decrease was primarily because of the adverse impact of a strong yen and lower sales of vehicles, parts, and components. Operating loss was 14.9 billion yen (US$120 million, 137 million euro). Ordinary loss was 29.7 billion yen (US$240 million, 272 million euro).

Consolidated cash flow was 52.2 billion yen (US$421 million, 479 million euro), reflecting management's continued focus and commitment to strengthen Mazda's financial structure. As a result, the company reduced consolidated net debt by 52.4 billion yen (US$423 million, 481 million euro), with a balance at year end of 484.6 billion yen (US$3.9 billion, 4.4 billion euro).

Non-consolidated revenue totaled 1,322.7 billion yen (US$10.7 billion, 12.1 billion euro). Operating loss was 31.3 billion yen (US$252 million, 287 million euro), and ordinary loss was 32.3 billion yen (US$260 million, 296 million euro). Net loss was 127.5 billion yen (US$1 billion, 1.2 billion euro).

Non-consolidated cash flow was a positive 5.9 billion yen (US$48 million, 54 million euro).


Financial Projection for FY2001 (Consolidated)
Mazda is committed to achieve consolidated net breakeven and a positive cash flow in FY2001, the first full year of the Millennium Plan.

In Japan, Mazda projects a slight increase in industry sales of 0.5%, to 6 million units. Overseas, a decline of 4.9% is projected for the U.S. industry and a decline of 2.4% for Europe.

Mazda forecasts an exchange rate on average of 115 yen against the U.S. dollar and 110 yen against the euro.

Under these conditions, our projection of consolidated financial results for the FY2001 is as follows:
Sales revenue: 2,140 billion yen (US$17.3 billion, 19.6 billion euro)
Operating profit: 17 billion yen (US$137 million, 156 million euro)
Ordinary profit: 2 billion yen (US$16 million, 18 million euro)
Net income: Breakeven
Cash flow: 5 billion yen (US$40 million, 46 million euro) including payouts required for the Early Retirement Special Program and funds to support an aggressive product plan

Latest Personnel Changes

Effective on June 1, 2001

Name New Post Current Post
Kei Kado Senior Managing Director
In charge of R&D, Quality Assurance and Six Sigma
Senior Managing Director
In charge of R&D and Quality Assurance

Changes of positions and responsibilities of Directors, new Directors and Corporate Auditor, Effective on June 26, 2001 after 135th General Stockholders Meeting.

Name New Post (Effective on June 26, 2001) Current Post (As of June 1, 2001)
Robert L. Shanks Representative Director, Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
In charge of Subsidiary & Affiliated Companies
Representative Director, Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
In charge of Corporate Planning, Cost Planning and Subsidiary & Affiliated Companies
Ryoichi Hasegawa Senior Managing Director
In charge of IT Solution, e-Business, General Affairs, Legal Affairs and Osaka Branch; Assistant to the CFO
Managing Director
In charge of IT Solution, e-Business, General Affairs, Legal Affairs and Osaka Branch; Assistant to the CFO
Gideon Wolthers Managing Director
In charge of Corporate Planning and Cost Planning;
General Manager, Corporate Planning Div.
.
Keishi Egawa Director
General Manager, General Affairs Dept.
Director
In charge of Financial Services and Domestic Dealer Financial Administration; General Manager, Financial Services Div.
Hiroshi Hosaka Director
General Manager, Domestic Sales Div
Senior Advisor
General Manager, Domestic Sales Div.
Nobuhide Inamoto Director
General Manager, Business Logistics Div.
Senior Advisor
General Manager, Business Logistics Div.
Kiyoshi Ozaki Director
In charge of Financial Services and Domestic Dealer Financial Administration; General Manager, Financial Services Div.
.
Teruhiro Shimono Corporate Auditor (Full time) .

Director and Corporate Auditor to step down from their positions:
- Masakatsu Takeyari, currently Director, will assume the position of Representative Director and Vice President of Mazda Ace Co., Ltd.
- Keiichiro Yoshikawa, currently Corporate Auditor (Full time), will step down from the position.

Thursday, May 24, 2001

Mazdaspeed Familia, Roadster Prices

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices and Participating Dealerships
[Mazdaspeed Roadster] (excluding sales tax) (Unit: 1,000 yen)

Engine Transmission Seating capacity Japan suggested retail price
4-in-line 1,800 DOHC 6MT 2 2,548

- Dealership: Mazda Anfini and selected Mazda dealerships throughout Japan.

[Mazdaspeed Familia] (excluding sales tax) (Unit: 1,000 yen)

Engine Transmission Seating capacity Tokyo, Nagoya,
Osaka, Hiroshima
Sapporo Sendai Yamaguch Fukuoka
4-in-line2,000 DOHC 5MT 5 1,998 2,048 2,018 2,008 2,018

- Dealership: Mazda, Mazda Anfini, and Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan.

Note: MP3 Compatible Audio System
- Except for personal use, reproducing (recording) and distributing or disseminating music, etc., without the permission of the copyright holder is prohibited.
- CNever paste labels, stickers, tape, etc., on the label or recording surface of CD-R or CD-RW discs.
- CD-R and CD-RW discs are more susceptible than ordinary CDs to hot and humid environments. Playback of some discs may not be possible under such conditions. Also, fingerprints or scratches may impede proper playback.
- Some CD-R or CD-RW discs may deteriorate if left in an automobile for extended periods of time.

Limited Edition Mazdaspeed Familia

- Base model: Sedan RS (1.5-liter DOHC engine)
- Principal special equipment (points of difference from the base model)

Limited Edition Mazdaspeed Familia
Limited Edition Mazdaspeed Familia

Mechanical 2.0-liter DOHC engine (maximum output: 175 PS)
- This is a specially tuned version of the engine used in the S-Wagon Sport 20 by making modifications to the pistons compression ratio, cam shaft, flywheel, and more. It provides boosted output and improved engine response.
5-speed manual transmission (short stroke type)
- The 5-speed manual transmission is not available on the base model. This is also a "short stroke" format with a shorter shift lever.
"Sporty sound" muffler (Mazdaspeed)
- Produces a distinctive sports car engine growl.
Custom stainless steel exhaust manifold
- Improves engine exhaust efficiency.
Custom sports tuned suspension
- Increased roll stiffness for improved maneuvering stability
Custom front and rear stabilizers
205/45 R 17 tires
17-inch aluminum wheels (RacingHart)
Front and rear 15-inch disc brakes
Strut tower bar
Exterior Custom body color: Starry Blue Micax
Custom body color: Starry Blue Mica Custom aluminum wheel color: Gold
Aerodynamic parts (Due to this feature, the color side molding of the base model has been omitted)
Custom front bumper air splitter, custom rear under skirt, custom rear spoiler (with high mounted brake light), front aerodynamic bumper with large fog lamps, side skirts
Decal with "MAZDASPEED" logo (on left front fender)
Interior Silver panel (center portion of floor console)
Carbon tone center panel (side portions of air conditioner and audio panel)
Genuine leather 3-spoke steering wheel (Nardi) and genuine leather shift knob
Aluminum pedals
MP3 (*) compatible multi-control CD car audio system manufactured by Kenwood and ten speakers

Limited Edition Mazdaspeed Roadster

- Base model: RS (1.8-liter DOHC engine, 6-speed manual transmission)
- Major special equipment (points of difference from the base model)

Limited Edition Mazdaspeed Roadster
Limited Edition Mazdaspeed Roadster

Mechanical Four-level adjustment damper (Mazdaspeed)
- Allows the user to adjust the attenuation by four levels to match the driving conditions.
Custom exhaust manifold (Mazdaspeed)
- Improves engine exhaust efficiency.
"Sporty sound" muffler (Mazdaspeed)
- Produces a distinctive sports car exhaust sound.
Reinforced engine mount and differential mount
- Stiffer rubber at the locations where the engine and differential are mounted on the body allows motive power from the engine to be conveyed to the drive system more directly.
Colored front suspension tower bar (matches body color)
Hood insulators (noise dampers)
Exterior Custom body color: Starry Blue Mica
Custom aluminum wheel color: Gold
Aerodynamic accessories
Front air dam skirt, side air dam skirts, rear under skirt, rear spoiler, headlamp and rear combination lamp bezels, front fog lamps
Decal with "MAZDASPEED" logo (on left front fender)
Interior Carbon tone center panel
Blue metal plated meter rings
Blue stitching
- Stitching on seats, steering wheel, shift knob, and shift boot is blue to match exterior color.
MP3 (*See note below) compatible multi-control CD car audio system manufactured by Kenwood and four speakers

Mazdaspeed Roadster and Familia

Mazda Motor Corporation announces the release of limited edition versions of the convertible sports car "Roadster" and compact four-door sedan "Familia." Designed to offer improved driving performance, the Mazdaspeed Roadster and Mazdaspeed Familia are available today at dealerships throughout Japan.

Mazdaspeed Roadster

Mazdaspeed Roadster


Mazda defines "the driving pleasure of feeling at one with the vehicle" as "dynamic (driving) DNA," a common characteristic for all Mazda cars. The goal is to achieve a feeling of oneness between car and driver by providing a high level of integrated balance in basic functions such as accelerating, cornering, and stopping.

Mazdaspeed Familia

Mazdaspeed Familia


The new Mazdaspeed Roadster and Mazdaspeed Familia offer improved performance thanks to the modified specifications associated with the Mazdaspeed brand*. This further enhances fun-to-drive feeling.

The Mazdaspeed Roadster employs a damper that drivers can adjust easily among four levels to match driving conditions. It also features an exhaust manifold that provides improved exhaust efficiency and a "sporty sound" muffler for a distinctive sports car exhaust sound.

Mazda engineers equipped Mazdaspeed Familia with the 2.0-liter DOHC engine previously offered only on the S-Wagon Sport 20, and they have specially tuned on the model for improved dynamic performance. In addition, they have added large-diameter tires and a specially developed suspension system to enhance maneuvering stability. Large-diameter brake rotors deliver improved braking performance.

Finally, Mazda has equipped both limited edition models with aerodynamic parts and a distinctive exterior color scheme that features a blue body and gold wheels. The interiors also have special touches designed to add a sporty feel.

Mazda plans to produce 200 units of the limited edition Mazdaspeed Roadster, and 100 of the Mazdaspeed Familia.

* Mazda designs and develops tuning parts and accessories for the motor sports market under the Mazdaspeed brand.

Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Tribute Retail Prices

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (excluding sales tax) (Unit: 1,000 yen)

Engine Drive Grade Nationwide price
3.0-liter V-6 2WD LX 2,048,000
LX G package 2,211,000
4WD GL-X L package 2,645,000

- All models are cold region specification vehicles.
- The LX G package is offered as a manufacturer's option to the LX. The G package includes aluminum wheels, electric retracting colored side mirrors, dark tinted glass, keyless entry system, and SRS side airbags with head protection.

New Tribute Packages Overview

New Mazda Tribute

New Mazda Tribute


(1) 2-wheel drive, 3.0-liter V-6 LX and LX G Package
- Equipment is the same as that for the previous two-wheel drive/four-wheel drive 2.0-liter and four-wheel drive V-6 3.0-liter LX and LX G packages.

(2) 4-wheel drive, 3.0-liter V-6 GL-X L Package
(Additions to the GL-X)
- Genuine leather seats
- Driver's seat with lumbar support
- Large console box (with driver's side armrest)
- Cup holders and ashtrays (mounted on center console)
- Chrome plated aluminum wheels
- Aldehyde-eliminating air filters
(Exterior and interior colors) Pure white, passion red mica, silky pearl mica

Note: All are two-tone schemes (lower portion is moonlight gray M); all interiors are beige.

Two-Wheel Drive Tribute 3.0 V-6 Engine

Mazda Motor Corporation announces three new versions of the Tribute sport utility vehicle (SUV):

* LX with two-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter V-6 engine
* LX G with two-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter V-6 engine
* GL-X L with four-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter V-6 engine and deluxe features like genuine leather seats.

Mazda Tribute

Two-Wheel Drive Tribute models with 3.0-Liter V-6 Engine


All three go on sale today at Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.

The latest additions to the Tribute lineup respond to the requirements of even more discriminating customers who pursue individuality and luxury. The additions also address the increasing demand for two-wheel drive SUVs.

The Tribute 3.0-liter V-6 engine was originally available only in a four-wheel drive format. The new LX and LX G packages provide two-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The V-6 engine delivers powerful acceleration and smooth cruising at high speeds. The LX is priced at 2,048,000 yen and the LX G, which includes aluminum wheels, electric retracting colored side mirrors, dark tinted glass, keyless entry system, and SRS side airbags with head protection, is priced at 2,211,000 yen. This affordable pricing brings the enjoyment of driving a Tribute within reach of an even broader range of customers.

The new GL-X L package is based on the four-wheel drive GL-X. It adds features such as genuine leather seats, chrome-plated aluminum wheels, and a large console box for a high-grade, luxury feel.

Tribute can handle rough terrain and off-road surfaces while delivering on-road maneuverability at a level not previously found in SUVs. Tribute also offers roomy interiors and distinctive styling.

With its 3.0-liter V-6 engine power, available in light SUV models for the first time, and sports car performance, handling and maneuverability, Tribute has been favorably received since last November's launch.

Mazda LX G Package Tribute Model

Mazda LX G Package Tribute Model


Monthly sales of the Tribute are projected at about 1,500 units.

Monday, May 21, 2001

Micro-mini vehicles from Suzuki

Mazda Motor Corporation (Headquarter Office: Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture; President: Mark Fields) and Suzuki Motor Corporation (Takatsuka-cho, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture; President: Masao Toda) have confirmed that Mazda continues to have the OEM procurement for micro-mini vehicles from Suzuki.

Mazda AZ-Wagon

Mazda AZ-Wagon


Currently Suzuki supplies six models, including "AZ-Wagon" (Suzuki "Wagon R") to Mazda on OEM procurement. Based on this agreement, Suzuki has started developing the next OEM micro-mini models, which are fully-changed versions of currently supplied models.

The tie-up between Mazda and Suzuki began in December 1987 with the "Agreement on Production Cooperation of Micro-mini Vehicles." Suzuki began supplying micro-mini commercial vehicles on OEM procurement in May 1989 and core parts for passenger vehicles, including engines in October 1989. Mazda has been procuring all micro-mini vehicles from Suzuki since the launch of the new standard micro-mini car models in October 1998.

The total sales of the OEM procurement and models for which parts are supplied by Suzuki, are 674,000 units (registered vehicles as of the end of April, 2001). Mazda and Suzuki have reached this agreement, satisfied with the co-existence of the companies, and their healthy competitive relationship.

Tuesday, April 24, 2001

Laputa Retail Prices

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (without sales tax)
(Unit: 1,000 yen)

Mazda Laputa XE Extra

Mazda Laputa XE Extra


Doors Drive Engine Grade Transmission Price nationwide
5 2WD DOHC VVT XE 5MT 898
4AT 973
SOHC turbo XE Extra 5MT 938
4AT 1,013
XG 5MT 993
4AT 1,068
DOHC turbo S 4AT 1,278
4WD SOHC turbo XE Extra 5MT 1,055
4AT 1,130
XG 5MT 1,110
4AT 1,185
DOHC turbo S 4AT 1,395


Mazda Laputa XG

Mazda Laputa XG


Notes:
- Add 20,000 yen for pearl white outer panel color.
- All models are wintry-weather equipped.

New Laputa Changes

New Mazda Laputa

New Mazda Laputa


- Emissions 50% below the exhaust emissions limit value for the year 2000 for "excellent low-emissions vehicle" (XE) classification.
- Models equipped with a turbo engine (XE Extra, XG, S) quality for "good low-emissions vehicle" classification.
- All models equipped with lightweight, impact absorbing body designed to withstand offset front collisions at speeds of 64 km/h.
- New instrument panel design provides better legibility and improved ease of operation.
- The meter panel has also been redesigned. S grade models feature sporty meters including a tachometer, while XE, XE Extra, and XG grade models are equipped with highly legible silver meters.
- The seat backs are larger and the seat upholstery fabric has been changed for improved appearance and enhanced comfort.
- The driver's seat is equipped with a "seat lifter" function (XE models excluded) that allows the height of the seat cushion to be adjusted to match the driver's body size. On 4-wheel-drive models, the driver's seat is equipped with a seat heater (XE models excluded).
- Except for the XE grade, all models are equipped with dark tinted windows as standard.
- XG grade models feature a 2-DIN size cassette audio system with a CD player and AM/FM radio as standard equipment.

Mazda Laputa 5 doors

Mazda Laputa 5 doors

Mazda Laputa 2WD XG

The upgraded Mazda Laputa delivers cleaner emissions, improved safety, and an enhanced interior. The new micromini Laputa goes on sale today at Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan.

Mazda Laputa 2WD XG

Mazda Laputa 2WD XG


Laputa is designed to deliver maximum utility in a minimum space while providing a smooth, comfortable ride. Its attractive styling, excellent maneuverability, and easy handling make it a micromini that embodies the stylish, insightful, and spirited Mazda brand personality.

Mazda Laputa XG Red

Mazda Laputa XG Red


Laputa's latest improvements include lower emissions (50% below the exhaust emissions limit value for the year 2000, thus qualifying it for the "excellent low-emissions vehicle" (XE) classification), and a lightweight, impact-absorbing body designed to withstand offset front collisions at speeds of 64 km/h. In addition, the design of the instrument panel, meter panel, and seat upholstery fabric has been changed, enhancing comfort and giving the interior a refreshed appearance. While incorporating these upgrades, the new Laputa remains at approximately the same price level.

Mazda Laputa XG Interior

Mazda Laputa XG Interior


The company expects to sell 400 units per month.

Monday, April 23, 2001

@NAVI SPORTS Series

Body and Interior Colors

Model Outer Panel Color Interior Color
MPV Platinum Silver Metallic (for limited edition)
Classic Red
Sunlight Silver Metallic
Pure White
Gray
Capella Wagon Platinum Silver Metallic
Pure White
Black
Familia S-Wagon Platinum Silver Metallic (for limited edition)
Pure White
Black


Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Not including sales tax)(Unit: 1,000 yen)
MPV @NAVI SPORTS


Drive Engine Transmission Tokyo/Osaka
Nagoya/Hiroshima
Sapporo Sendai Yamaguchi Fukuoka
2WD 2.0L DOHC 4EC-AT 2,398 2,443 2,419 2,416 2,423
V6 2500DOHC 2,598 2,643 2,619 2,616 2,623
4WD V6 2500DOHC 2,798 2,843 2,819 2,816 2,823


Capella Wagon @NAVI SPORTS Series

Drive Engine Transmission Tokyo/Osaka/Nagoya/
Hiroshima/Yamaguchi
Sapporo Sendai Fukuoka
2WD 2000cc DOHC 4AT (Activematic) 2,198 2,225 2,217 2,207

Note: add 30,000 yen for side airbags.

Familia S-Wagon @NAVI SPORTS Series

Drive Engine Transmission Tokyo/Osaka/Nagoya/
Hiroshima/Yamaguchi
Sapporo Sendai Fukuoka
2WD 1500cc DOHC(S-VT) 4AT (Activematic) 1,798 1,848 1,818 1,818

Note: add 30,000 yen for side airbags.

Familia S-Wagon @NAVI SPORTS Series

Base grade Modifications to Base Model
2WD
1.5-liter RS
Telematics compatible DVD car navigation system (TV tuner: option), aerodynamic parts (front air dam skirt, side air dam skirt, rear under skirt, roof spoiler), 15-inch tires and aluminum wheels, customized door trim fabric, customized seat upholstery, genuine leather wrapped steering wheel (manufactured by Nardi), dark tinted windows, keyless entry system with answer back function, customized designed key, carbon colored center side panels, color side panels, name decal


Mazda Familia S-Wagon
Mazda Familia S-Wagon SPORTS Series

Values for money: saving of 400,000
Sales volume: 1,800
Dealership: Mazda, Mazda Anfini, and Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan

Capella Wagon @NAVI SPORTS Series

Base grade Modifications to Base Model
Additional Features Not Included
2WD
2.0-liter SX-Sport
Telematics compatible DVD car navigation system (with TV tuner), 16-inch tires and aluminum wheels, customized door trim fabric, customized designed key, name decal Fog lamps


Mazda Capella Wagon SPORTS Series

Mazda Capella Wagon SPORTS Series


Values for money: saving of 262,000 yen
Sales Volume: 1,650
Dealership: Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan

MPV @NAVI SPORTS Series

Models and Specifications of the Limited Series @NAVI SPORTS

Mazda MPV SPORTS Series

MPV @NAVI SPORTS Series


Base grade Modifications to Base Model
2WD 2.0-liter
Urban Break S
Telematics compatible DVD car navigation system (with TV tuner), 9-speaker sound system with power amplifier, customized interior color (gray), customized seat upholstery, genuine leather wrapped steering wheel, water repellant windshield and side mirrors, bright rear garnishes, bright inner door handles and parking brake release button, carbon colored panels (instrument panel and front door bezels), customized designed key, name decal
2WD
2.5-liter Sports
4WD
2.5-liter Sports


Value for money
- Two-wheel-drive 2.0-liter DOHC engine model: saving of 231,000 yen
- Two-wheel-drive 2.5-liter V6 DOHC engine model: saving of 231,000 yen
- Four-wheel-drive 2.5-liter V6 DOHC engine model: saving of 271,000 yen
Sales Volume: 9,500 (total of three versions)
Dealership: Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan

Mazda MPV @NAVI SPORTS

The DVD car navigation system of the @NAVI SPORTS models facilitates a safe and comfortable trip. With the free Mazda Telematics membership and the optional adapter, users can access the Mazda Telematics Center to pull down information on motels, restaurants, gas stations, parking facilities and other sites and attractions through the Internet. This navigation system also can link to the i-mode service,*** provided by NTT DoCoMo Inc, which enables users to access a variety of i-mode services.

Mazda MPV @NAVI SPORTS

Mazda MPV @NAVI SPORTS


Additionally, Mazda opens up the new i-mode-designated Mazda Telematics website today. Designed exclusively for i-mode users, this website offers services, such as Mazda Telematics Town Information, weather forecasts and entertaining driving routes.
* Optional adapter unit (including hands-free device) and a mobile phone are required to connect to the Mazda Telematics Center using a compatible car navigation system. Cdma-One and PHS mobile phones are not compatible. Customers are responsible for the connection charges for the phone company and the Internet provider.
** "MM project" stands for "MORE MAZDA." It also connotes a close connection between "Mazda" and "Market."
*** "i-mode" is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. This product has no relation to NTT DoCoMo, Inc. To use the "i-mode" service, users need to enroll in the "Packet-data transmission," "i-mode" and "800MHz mobile phone" services. To use "i-mode" services on Mazda Telematics car navigation, an adapter unit (combined with a hands-free system) and a car navigation-compatible "i-mode" mobile phone are required.

Limited Series @NAVI SPORTS

Mazda Motor Corporation has created a special @NAVI SPORTS limited edition series with three popular models: the MPV, the Capella Wagon and the Familia S-Wagon. Each of the models comes equipped with a DVD car navigation system* compatible with the Mazda Telematics driving information service and features aerodynamic parts. All three models in the @NAVI SPORTS series go on sale today at car dealerships throughout Japan.

Mazda Limited Series @NAVI SPORTS
Mazda Limited Series @NAVI SPORTS

The @NAVI SPORTS series, the fourth offering of the "MM Project,**" features new products that embody Mazda's brand personality of stylish, insightful and spirited more clearly than ever before and reflect customer suggestions.

The three new @NAVI SPORTS series models come with the advanced DVD car navigation system as standard equipment. They feature a high-grade platinum silver metallic color theme, special aero parts on the outside and carbon panels on the inside, giving the cars a sporty look. With these extra features, Mazda offers these models at an affordable price, enabling customers to save 231,000-400,000 yen.

The company offers limited number of @NAVI SPORTS models: 9,500 units for the MPV, 1,650 units for the Capella Wagon and 1,800 units for the Familia S-Wagon.

Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Titan Dash Retail Prices

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (not including sales tax)
(Unit: 1,000 yen)

Engine Specification Tokyo/
Hiroshima
Osaka Nagoya Sapporo >Senda Yamagu-
chi
Fukuoka
2.0-liter
CNG
model
1.5-ton cargo capacity,
standard cabin, wide-low,
long body, 5-speed
manual transmission
3,040 3,050 3,045 3,115 3,066 3,055 3,080


Notes: Prices in Sapporo and Sendai regions reflect wintry-weather equipment. Add 5,000 yen for wintry-weather equipment. Models without the cargo compartment cost 60,000 yen less than the indicated prices.

Friday, April 6, 2001

Mazda CNG-Powered Titan Dash

Mazda Motor Corporation has introduced an environmentally friendly Titan Dash truck powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Mazda released the original Titan Dash last October.

Mazda CNG-Powered Titan Dash

Mazda CNG-Powered Titan Dash


With a cargo capacity of 1.5 tons, a standard cab and a wide-low and long body, the CNG-powered Titan Dash goes on sale today at Mazda and selected Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.

Consisting primarily of methane, natural gas is a clean energy substance that has gained attention as an alternative to petroleum-based fuel resources. Mazda also offers a CNG-powered Demio.

The CNG-powered Titan Dash is based on the latest Titan Dash model, which offers a spacious, comfortable cabin. Its size is comparable to those in the 1.5-ton cargo capacity truck segment. The CNG Titan Dash also features the 2.0-liter CNG engine, which has been cost-effectively developed based on the original 2.0-liter petrol engine, an onboard computer that maintains an optimal vaporized fuel ratio and the special catalyst that dramatically reduces the CO and NOx exhaust emissions.

The two steel fuel canisters installed on the sides of the chassis frame can store 37 cubic meters of fuel (total tank capacity is 185 liters, 92.5 liters each tank.) Fully loaded with CNG, this Titan model can go up to 280 km in urban areas. Maximum engine power is 58 kW (79 PS)/5,000rpm and maximum torque is 145 Nm (14.8 kg-m)/2,500rpm.

The company expects to sell 35 units of the CNG-powered Titan Dash annually in Japan.

Buyers of the CNG-powered Titan Dash qualify for a substantial purchase subsidy (50% of the difference in price between the base model and the purchase model) based on the MITI clean energy vehicle promotion project.
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