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[ Other  m20  Cars ]

Mazda Motor Corporation (マツダ 株式 会社) matsuda kabushiki kaisha

Models: AZ Wagon; Chantez; Flair Wagon; Laputa & Spiano.

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m20   Related image  ‘AZ Wagon

[1994]

The Mazda AZ Wagon a rebadges Suzuki Wagon R was presented to the market in September 1994. Using the Suzuki F6A engine, this model was marketed through Mazda’s Autozam network as part of an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) deal.

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 m20    Chantez-F.jpg   ‘Chantez

[1972 – 1976]

The Mazda Chantez, chassis code KMAA was introduced by Mazda in July 1972 and built at the Hiroshima Plant in the Chūgoku region of Western Honshu, Japan’s largest island.  The Chantez had a longer wheelbase at 2,200 mm (86.6 in) than most of its competitors and featured the powerful 2-stroke ‘AA’ engine also seen in the Mazda Porter.  With 35 PS (26 kW), top speed was 115 km/h (71 mph) and the 400-meter sprint was dispatched in a sprightly 20.6 seconds.  In more recent testing of a 1972 GF II, 0–100 kph came up in 35.8 seconds.  The name ‘Chantez‘ is French and means ‘to sing‘.

The 3A  Rotary Engine:  

Built as a 2-door front-engined rear-wheel drive the Chantez had been planned to use a single-rotor Wankel engine, but the other kei manufacturers considered this unfair and blocked Mazda’s plans.  As a result of not being able to build the car they had originally planned, Mazda lost interest in the kei market and sales halted without a replacement in 1976, on the eve of new kei-car regulations.  Mazda did not market another kei passenger car until 1989 with a reintroduction of the Carol, and to this day still choose not to make their own engines for the kei class market.

   Chantez GL II   

Equipment levels ranged from the lowest spec ‘L’ with less chrome, body-coloured bumpers and B-pillars, via the ‘LX’, ‘GL’, ‘GF’, & ‘GL II’ to the top of the line ‘GF II’, which featured a sports interior, radial tyres, and optional 2-tone paint.  In late 1974, anticipating a changing law at the turn of the year, the boot-lid and front bumper were modified to fit larger-size license plates.

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m20   Related image  ‘Flair

[2009 – 2012]

In 2009 the Mazda Flair Wagon was released as an OEM version of the Suzuki Palette.  The Mazda Flair a rebadged  5th Generation Suzuki Wagon R was presented to the market in October 2012.  The Mazda Flair Custom Style a rebadged Suzuki Wagon R Stingray was introduced at the same time.

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m20   Mazda Laputa.jpg   ‘Laputa

[1999 – 2006]

The Mazda Laputa is a rebadged Suzuki Kei and was introduced in 1999 as a sort of SUV/kei car mix.  It was restyled slightly for 2001 and was retired in 2006.  It was available with front or all-wheel drive and as a 3-door hatchback or 5-door station wagon.  Both SOHC and DOHC engines were used.

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m20       ‘Spiano

[2002 – 2008]

The Mazda Spiano was manufactured under an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Suzuki’s Autozam marque from 2002 until 2008.  It was based on the popular Suzuki Alto.  The Mazda version has different styling details, including a different front end.

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