Thursday, September 7, 2000

New MPV Features

Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase four special equipped vehicles for the disabled Tuesday through Thursday, September 12-14 at the 27th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition 2000* at Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo. The four models include the MPV, which goes on sale today at Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan, the prototype "Premacy i," "Demio-i" and "AZ-Wagon i."

New Mazda MPV
The special equipped MPV model for the disabled includes a lift-up passenger seat which can be built into the passenger seat compartment of all new MPV models except for the 2.0-liter engine B model. Using a lever at the lower part of the special seat, the passenger can rotate it 90 degrees to face left and lower it 50 centimeters to the ground for easy ingress and egress. This mechanism helps passengers moving between a wheelchair and a vehicle seat. The yearly target sales figure is 180 units for the Japan market.

Based on the existing model with three rows of seats, the "Premacy i" features a specially lowered floor to load a wheelchair. Its rear gate frame incorporates a ramp to allow the caregiver to push a wheelchair into the vehicle. The second row of seats consists of two removable seats, while the third row features a removable two-passenger bench seat.

Even when the third row of seat is taken out and a wheelchair is loaded, "Premacy i" is spacious enough to accommodate five adults. With the third-row-seat, the vehicle can handle six adults. The second row of split seats accommodates a center aisle, which enables occupants to gain access easily to the passenger in the wheelchair in the rear compartment. The specially-lowered floor at the rear enables the passenger in the wheelchair to have almost the same eye level as the other occupants. Other specially equipped vehicles on display include "Demio-i" and "AZ-wagon i."

Incorporating the theme "more care, more convenience," the company has named its special equipped vehicles for the disabled "i-Series"-"i" is the Japanese pronunciation of the word "love."

* The 27th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition 2000 reveals products for the disabled and those assisting the disabled and manufactured by approximately 600 companies from 16 countries. The exhibition will run from Tuesday, September 12 until Thursday, September 14, 2000.

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