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Mazda is thinking sporty as it plans future of MPV minivan
The next-generation Mazda MPV, coming in about 2005, may adopt sport-utility characteristics, says Norio Minato, program manager for the vehicle at Mazda Motor Corp.
He was interviewed by Product Editor Rick Kranz at the 2002 Mazda MPV press introduction.
In 2004, Ford Motor Co. will introduce a vehicle that is part minivan, part sport-utility, the Ford CrossTrainer. Will Mazda share that platform?
Mazda has to go its own way in the market. I didn't care for the Ford way. We have to develop the sportiest vehicle.
Is Mazda considering a two-minivan strategy, with a larger minivan for the United States and the current size for Japan and Europe?
It is difficult to say right now. If we separated the vehicles for the United States and Japan, we would need a higher amount of money to develop two vehicles. So to say we will need a common platform for Japan and the United States is a fair assumption, but we haven't decided yet.
When will the replacement for the current MPV be introduced?
Around the 2005 calendar year.
Several automakers are developing vehicles that combine minivan and sport-utility characteristics. Is that being considered for the next MPV?
We are searching for a new direction because the minivan market will change in the near future. The minivan and SUV markets are very large, and in the near future there will be a new direction with a kind of cross-functional vehicle.
We are searching for the opportunities in this new segment, but we haven't decided what we will do. Mazda aims for a sporty image, and each vehicle, including the minivan, needs to support that image with a sporty interior and exterior, and dynamic performance.
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