• Jan 29, 2011
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Mazda has officially announced that it will supply the Mazda5 minivan to Nissan beginning in May of this year. But before you go dreaming of a Nissan micro-minivan here in the United States, know that this will be a Japan-only affair. As of this writing, mum's the word on what the Nissan-badged Mazda will be called in the automaker's home market. The Mazda5, or Premacy as it's known in Japan, will "enrich [Nissan's] minivan lineup in the Japanese market" – a place where small MPVs are sold in great volume.

This is not the only collaboration between Mazda and Nissan in Japan. Currently, Mazda provides its Bongo Van/Truck to Nissan under the name Vanette. Likewise, Nissan supplies its AD/AD Expert to Mazda, sold under the name Familia Van. Follow the jump for the official press release.



[Source: Mazda]
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Nissan and Mazda Agree on New OEM Contract

YOKOHAMA/HIROSHIMA, Japan (Jan. 28, 2011) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that the two companies have agreed to expand the scope of Mazda's original equipment manufacturing (OEM) supply to Nissan. Under the agreement, Mazda will begin supply of its Premacy minivan to Nissan from May 2011.

Nissan's OEM business involves a large number of automakers across the globe, with all schemes ensuring win-win relationships that benefit both OEM suppliers and recipients. Through this agreement, Nissan will enrich its minivan line-up in the Japanese market with the addition of a model based on Mazda's global minivan. The agreement will also contribute to Nissan's global investment efficiency.

Mazda developed the Premacy as a global minivan and markets it in approximately sixty countries and regions around the world. Outside Japan it is sold as the Mazda5. It is one of Mazda's major products with a cumulative production volume of over 885,000 units (March 1999-December 2010). Under this agreement, Mazda will supply a clearly differentiated version of the Premacy to Nissan for sale in Japan. Mazda and its affiliates expect to enjoy increased profits resulting from the growth in production.

Mazda and Nissan also collaborate under an existing mutual OEM agreement. Mazda provides the Bongo Van/Truck to Nissan (sold as the Nissan Vanette Van/Truck), while Nissan supplies the AD/AD Expert to Mazda (sold as the Mazda Familia Van). The two companies will continue working with each other as major business partners maintaining their long-term relationship.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      It'll be interesting to see what Nissan does with it style-wise. If it looks significantly better than Mazda'a questionable re-design, I'd like to see it here. Drop the powerfull yet very efficient 1.6 turbo from the Juke in it with the 6-speed manual had you'd have one hot little vanlet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Want to take a good look at the C-Max when it arrives and compare with the 5! Would like to see the Honda Stream and Toyota Wish here, hopefully as Hybrids! Question, how is the protection in the 3rd seat on the 5 and has anyone checked it out on the C-Max at the Detroit or any other autoshow? A bit worried if I were to have my grandkids back there!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are these comments for real or are they computer generated? What man actually logs on a blog for mini vans??? LOL I can see soccer mom/gals on here but come on guys....... Serious I'm curious are these real?

      Kenny Nash

      youtube KENNY NASH "HALF WAY TO MEMPHIS" in a mini ...LOL
      • 3 Years Ago
      They took the best minivan on the market.
        • 3 Years Ago
        they're just vans
        • 3 Years Ago
        More like the only Minivan on the market.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wrong, they are minivans. Mini doesn't refer to something being extremely small, only that it's smaller than something else. Despite all the minivans I listed getting larger, they're still smaller than the fleet sold vans from those manufacturers (Nissan, Ford, and Chrysler especially).

        By the way, the new C-Max is quite large. About as big as a Dodge Caravan.

        Ford C-Max - E-Series/Transit
        Nissan Quest - new NV-Series
        Dodge Caravan - B-Series
        gadvrules9000
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo

        Oh? Last time I check the Dodge Caravan was 202.5 inches long while the new C-Max is only 178 inches.

        • 3 Years Ago
        @Subarub

        Then what is the Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest, Toyota Sienna, and Chrysler Town & Country/Dodge Caravan?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. There is nothing mini about those vans anymore- they are all freaking huge. The Mazda (and soon the Ford C-Max) is the only true minivan you can buy in the US
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo

        You need to educate yourself. The C-Max is the same thing as the Mazda right down to the tumble and fold seats. The C-Max is by no means in the same class as the Odyssey or Sienna.

        And mini while relative does refer to size. Mini to me means relatively compact. If the Odyssey is mini, then what is mid-sized? You wouldn't surely call the Explorer a mini SUV or compact, would you?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed, a note to all, the Mazda5 is more or less the same size as the original Dodge Caravan, arguably the first minivan, but does the category name really matter? There's nothing mini about minivans, there's nothing sport about SUV's, etc.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's nice, but doesn't the Mazda share some compents/underpins with the c-max?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont belive this "news" couse nissan have like 5 vans models on japan market....so why they will do this?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow that is one of the ugliest vehicles ever I mean wow youd have to be bliond to wantg that piece or garbage plus its a mazda eww....Seems like bunch of people posting who don't know much about cars mini vans and vans are very different. mini vans are smaller more family designed while things like the Ford E-150 thru E-350 are vans much bigger then a mini van such as the dodge caravan. the new Ford cmax i have no idea what to call that uglly duckling. maybe some new platform but with its euro looks it definately isn't a looker by any means thats for sure.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they would bring it here with a CVT and the Altima/Rogue engine, I'd definitely buy one. My wife's lease on her Altima is up next year, and I really like the look of the new Quest. But honestly, we don't need that big of a minivan, so we're at least going to look at the 5. We'll see.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That would never happen. The whole point of rebadging an existing car is to save money on engineering costs. Putting in an entirely different powertrain costs a lot - its not like doing an engine swap at a tuner shop.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, I know they wouldn't bother with that kind of swap. And I completely understand why they wouldn't bother with bringing this to the US as a Nissan when Mazda can't sell 20,000 of them a year on their own.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll buy one if I can have a Bongo Friendlee version.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The JPN ver odyssey looks the best
      and the honda stream is the 2nd
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is the bloody point?! unless it gets a Nissan CVT and one of those turbocharged 1.6L Nissan and Renault co-developed I absolutely see no benefit in such deal.
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