Mazda MX Sportif concept is potential replacement for 323
By Mark Rechtin
Automotive News Europe / March 10, 2003
While not the exact replica of this autumn's replacement for the Mazda 323, the MX Sportif concept unveiled here carries many design cues for the car.
The MX Sportif is a look at the replacement for the 323, while a four-door sedan will also be made.
The 323 replacement will be called the Mazda3, and will share a platform with the next Ford Focus and Volvo 40 series.
The Mazda3 will have a 2640mm wheelbase, about 50mm longer than the current version, said Hideki Suzuki, chief designer at Mazda's Japanese advanced design studio.
While many concept cars lose much of their character because of cost restraints or production difficulties, Suzuki said the front and rear fascias, pronounced shoulders, projector-beam headlamps and upscale interior will make the final Mazda3.
Engine power is expected to be 150hp, up from 130hp for the current car.
My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.
My next Ford.....