Tuesday, February 27, 2001

MX Sport Tourer Driving Pleasure

Driving Pleasure of Providing Feeling of "Oneness between Car and Driver"

MX SPORT TOURER employs a powerful and efficient front-wheel-drive 2.0-liter S-VT direct-injection gasoline engine and an electric rear-wheel-drive motor and offers three types of driving modes:

- Economical front-wheel-drive gasoline engine mode for normal onroad conditions
- Zero-emission rear-wheel-drive electric motor mode for urban areas
- Gripping four-wheel-drive mode for highways and rugged terrain

Additionally, pressing the "Zoom-Zoom" button on the steering wheel activates the electric motor, generating additional drive power to pass other cars in traffic, offering the driving pleasure, barely found in existing hybrid vehicles.

MX SPORT TOURER uses a newly developed four-wheel multi-link suspension and M-SDS (Mazda Skyhook Damping Suspension) dampers that continuously vary attenuation, optimizing body motion.

Mazda's original toroidal CVT for front-engine, front-wheel-drive models conveys power efficiently to the drive system, and a wing shift mechanism on the steering wheel column allows the driver to switch to manual shift operation, if necessary.

The 370-mm diameter disc brakes (six pad holes for front and four pad holes for rear), along with 20-inch tires, generate exceptional braking force. Mazda's Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) are electrically controlled with the regenerative braking system that helps recharge the battery of the rear motor, facilitating better fuel economy and safety.

Its dynamic ability in running, cornering and braking delivers a feeling of "oneness between car and driver."

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