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-
Roof Capac-
Tokyo, Nagoya
Sapporo Sendai Yamagu-
2WD 2.0
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
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
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
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.
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