Mazda updates the Carol X in Japan

Mazda has just launched a revamped version of their micro-car, the Carol X, in Japan. The four door Carol gets a reworked front end and interior with new seats and trim. The power-train features a 660cc engine mated up with a choice of 5 manual and three or four speed automatic transmissions. This tiny machine is also available in both front or wheel drive versions. The new version is also certified as an SU-LEV in Japan making it eligible for Green Tax reductions. The exhaust emissions come in seventy five percent below the 2005 Japanese standards and it also exceeds the 2010 fuel economy standards by ten to twenty percent. The Mazda press release is after the jump.
[Source: Mazda via TheAutoChannel]

- Remodeled inside and out and even more fuel efficient and eco-friendly -

HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation has given the Carol, one of its micro-mini vehicles for the Japanese market, a fresh new look. The Carol has been a popular model with women due to its charming design and practicality, and this freshened version goes on sale nationwide at all Mazda Autozam, Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers from today.

The upgraded Carol features a modified front end, seats and door trim design, together with improved fuel economy and eco-friendliness. Two new body colors have also been added as options: Antique Rose Metallic and Lime Green Metallic.

The target sales volume for the entire Carol model range is 800 units a month.

Main features of the upgraded Carol
- Redesigned front bumper with integrated grille (all grades)
- Separated headlights and turn indicators as part of its new design (all grades)
- Blacked-out A-pillars and door sashes (X grade)
- Tea-colored material used for seat upholstery and door trim (all grades)
- The freshened Carol qualifies for Japan's Green Tax reductions by being certified SU-LEV (because it emits 75 percent fewer exhaust emissions than the levels prescribed by Japan's 2005 emissions standard) and by exceeding the 2010 fuel economy standard by 10-20 percent (all FWD models and the 4WD G II with 5-speed MT).
- Two new colors, Antique Rose Metallic and Lime Green Metallic, bring the full range of available body colors up to eight.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices *Price of the model in the attached photo
Grade Engine Drive Transmission ABS Price (yen)
With Tax Without Tax
GII 660 DOHC FWD 5-speed MT No 811,650 773,000
Yes 837,900 798,000
3-speed AT 890,400 848,000
4WD 5-speed MT 966,000 920,000
3-speed AT 1,018,500 970,000
X FWD 4-speed AT 1,005,900* 958,000
4WD 1,134,000 1,080,000
- If the special body color Pearl White is selected, the price increases by 21,000 yen (with tax).
- A separate recycling fee of 9,370 yen is necessary in addition to the manufacturer's suggested retail prices listed above (with tax).

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