• Dec 3rd 2007 at 2:27PM
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The Mazda5 seems to be a few quarts short of Zoom-Zoom juice compared to the rest of Mazda's lineup. It just has never seemed able to generate the same excitement from customers as the brand's other cars. Perhaps that's because it's fundamentally a little minivan, a type of vehicle that by its very nature defies the Zoom-Zoom culture. Nevertheless, Mazda will be introducing a redesigned Mazda5 at the Bologna Motor Show this week with a fresh face and new features that the automaker hopes will attract new customers in Europe and likely the U.S., as well.

New features include power sliding rear doors that open and close in less than five seconds, a new DVD-based nav system with a 7-inch touchscreen and a rear-view camera. Additional insulation and a resonator have also been added to the air intake to reduce engine noise seeping into the cabin. The 5's MZR 2.0L gets an electronic throttle and sequential valve timing, and at least in Europe you can order one with a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. We'll likely find out at the Detroit Auto Show in January what new features will carryover across the pond, but we'll let you know what the new Mazda5 has in store for U.S. customers as soon as we find out.

[Source: Mazda]


Mazda5 now even more Family Friendly

Leverkusen, 3rd December 2007. Mazda's multi-activity vehicle, the Mazda5, will hit showrooms in early 2008 in a facelifted version that is even more family friendly with enhanced comfort, convenience and safety, combined with lower driving costs.

Talk about family values! The Mazda5 is the only MAV in the C-segment with two sliding rear doors, each with an impressive door opening width of 700 mm, which allows you to enter the vehicle with a baby in your arms.

The Mazda5 facelift takes this convenience even further by introducing optional new power sliding rear doors that open and close in less than five seconds and stop automatically if obstructed. They are operated by a button from the driver's seat, by the door handles or by the remote control key,
which is especially convenient for families with small children.

Not only is the Mazda5 facelift more convenient to use, it is also more fun to drive. The MRZ 2.0-litre petrol engine has been completely revised and now has electric throttle and sequential valve timing (S-VT), which makes maximum torque available at a much lower engine speed than before for quick engine response in every gear. Two newly-introduced transmissions enhance the lively and agile character of this engine: a six-speed manual transmission as standard and an optional five-speed automatic – a first for the Mazda5 line-up. Yet despite its fun-to-drive nature, the new MZR 2.0-litre uses 4 percent less fuel than the outgoing 2.0-litre, which means lower operating costs on a daily basis.

Mazda5 facelift retains its predecessor's uniquely communicative interior with Karakuri seat and storage flexibility, and adds new navigation and audio systems for even more fun and convenience. It has a new DVD navigation system with a new 7-inch multifunctional touch screen now integrated into the centre panel, which makes it easier to read and use. And the system allows you to use Mazda5's rear-view camera for stress-free parking. Also new is an auxiliary (AUX) jack and recessed niche at the front of the floor console – for hooking up and listening to an MP3 player using Mazda5's audio system – and a new in-dash, 6-CD changer for hours of non-stop music. And if you need to stay in touch while driving, a new Bluetooth mobile phone system with steering wheel control is now available as well.

To enjoy these new features to the fullest, Mazda5 facelift's interior is now quieter and more comfortable. It has a new multi-resonator located around the fresh air intake duct that lowers engine noise, strengthened wheel rims and Thinsulate® insulation sheeting newly added to the roof liner to reduce road noise. Together these updates make listening to music or talking with the kids much more enjoyable.

New front dampers and a refined suspension provide enhanced riding comfort and maximum stability when cornering at high speeds, while a newly optimised brake booster is introduced for precise feedback and optimal brake response.

Mazda5 facelift will make its European debut at the Bologna Motor Show, starting 5th December 2007.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I searched for more info on the show in Bologna but all that came up were reviews of Meatloaf's last show there. I must have clicked something I shouldn't have and now the head-cheese of our IT department is on my ass about all the Spam I'm getting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Perhaps this doesn't excite YOUR little world, but the rest of the world seems to be plenty happy with a smaller minivan. I don't know I think Mazda hit this bang on the head with their little 5. I know for sure of at least 5 or 6 new families that would love to have one of these in their driveway. I guess if it were 3 times bigger, accelerated 0-60 in sub 6 seconds and cornered like it was made of Jello then it would sell great in the States. Look outside your boarder, there is a whole world where people like to drive smaller cars with 4 cyl engines that don't drain an oil field to get groceries. I see these cars every day so they must be selling quite well. From the country that awarded "green car of the year" to a FULL SIZE SUV I think you should shut up about how well a car is received around the globe, you know not of what you speak!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well I actually OWN a 5 sport (least expensive model). It has standard front AND side curtain airbags AND a/c -- maybe the standard features are different outside of the states. We love this vehicle. While I wouldn't expect adults to sit in the 3rd row on long trips, it has however come in handy on several occasions. Adults in the 1st two rows, kids in the back. Gas mileage is ok -- we average 24mpg (mostly city and some highway). And anyone who says this vehicle isn't quick enough hasn't driven one. One more thing, it cost us $18k out the door. One heckuva deal. IMHO the Rondo looks like an overstuffed turkey.
        • 7 Years Ago
        GM does the optional safety stuff on models that need a refresh, but at least it's not trim-limited.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In Canada the base 5 is _really_ base. I can forgive the no A/C, but stripping out safety features and offering them only on the high-line trim really ticks me off.

        Toyota does it, too. Hence the reason I don't own a Yaris or Matrix.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like it. If it had a 2.3 turbo motor instead of the 2.3 NA it has here i might get one. I have kids and it is just the right size to zoom through city traffic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry that rant is directed at the author of the article, John, not these fine upstanding fellow posters who seem to be on the right wavelength.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My wife and I bought a 07 Mazda5 back in July and we love this mini-mini van. It's blast to drive, very versatile and a really nice alternative to all the small suv's out there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have driven the Mazda5 and it has more zoom zoom than most 6+ people movers. It just needed more zoom zoom under the hood and better MPG. Hopefully both are rectified in this generation. These maxi-wagon/mini-minivans are so much more useful than CUVs and SUVs for most people. Hopefully they will sell for Mazda.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 5 is unique little vehicle. I considered one on/off but despite the sharp styling, it's just a little too much mini van and not enough wagon for my tastes. Sorry, the Dodge Caravan ruined the idea of owning a mini van for all time. Still, kudos to Mazda for doing something different.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does the fact that a minivan having a manual transmission seem weird? I know Mazda = sportiness, but still (on that thought, maybe Mazda should make a compact truck-ute like what Pontiac will have)
        • 7 Years Ago
        That would be the Tribute, which they still make, though I'd be hard-pressed to say why.

        The 5's problem is part marketing, part content. Mazda never pushed it, instead choosing to throw dollars at the CX-series instead. The second problem is that, when you look at it, the base 5 is really shamefully decontented in ways that matter to families: no air and no side airbags are the noticeable gaps. Mazda hoped to get people in the door and upsell them, which doesn't work as people resent being manipulated.

        This is why the Rondo sells better: Kia didn't cut the car down and then sucker people into the higher trim.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Redesign? Looks more like a facelift to me.

      Anyway, the Mazda5 is a fine vehicle. We need more compact minivans in the US.
        • 7 Years Ago
        actually, the last MPV was the
        "right size" for me!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sat in one of these "vans" and found it to be barely comfortable for two. The second row, if the driver's seat is adjusted for my height (5' 9") destroys my legs, and the third row seat requires cutting off everything below the knee in order to barely fit. I didn't bother driving it so I can't comment on that.

      I agree that there's a market for sub-mini vans, but if you can't seat even four people comfortably, then you have a problem. I hope the redesign addresses this issue.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is already available in Canada... (the 08 model just got this redesign, and is available in several dealerships).
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