MAZDA INTRODUCES ALL-NEW MAZDA5 TO THE FIVE BOROUGHS AT
2005 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
— Innovative Design of MAZDA5 Provides Refined Comfort and Functionality —
NEW YORK – "Start spreadin’ the news…" Mazda’s all-new MAZDA5 multi-activity
vehicle will be turning heads in the city that never sleeps when it goes on
display at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. The MAZDA5, a
six-passenger multi-activity vehicle that drives like a sports car but
efficiently transports people and equipment like a large SUV, continues to
demonstrate Mazda’s infusion of stylish, insightful and spirited vehicles
into every segment in which the company competes.
The MAZDA5 blends style and functionality with Mazda’s signature Zoom-Zoom
driving experience. Designed from the inside out for maximum comfort,
convenience and functionality, the MAZDA5 also is an amazingly versatile
vehicle with a fun-to-drive quotient to match.
Inside, the vehicle’s unique and flexible seating arrangement yields a space
that encourages reconfiguring for occupant seating and cargo versatility,
while the flowing wedge-shaped body, with its solid proportions, defines the
vehicle as unmistakably Mazda.
"The MAZDA5 provides a transportation solution for young, professional
families and fits perfectly with their active lifestyles," said Weldon
Munsey, MAZDA5 vehicle line manager for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).
"Mazda is leading the emergence of this new multi-activity vehicle segment,
and the MAZDA5 is intended to play the role of taxi, work vehicle,
limousine, shopping cart and fun-to-drive car."
Mazda’s commitment to innovative design has yielded an adaptable interior
that is both comfortable and spacious. The MAZDA5 boasts room for six
occupants, plus a space in the center of the cabin that promotes
communication, even when the exchange is between the front- and third-row
seats. Through its unique approach to interior space, MAZDA5 offers easy
ingress and egress, ample seating arrangements, handy storage space and
practical yet visually pleasing appointments.
Thanks to tiered "theater-style" seating, all occupants enjoy ample head-
and leg-room and third-row passengers will appreciate the comfortably tall
hip point, as well as clear sightlines through the front windshield. The
MAZDA5’s large sliding doors and low floor allow for fluid ingress and
egress, and a one-touch walk-in mechanism offers easy access to the
third-row seats. Considerable time was spent developing an all-new sliding
door mechanism that needs little more than one finger to open or close,
eliminating the need for costly, heavy and slow-powered doors. Even the rear
hatch mechanism was re-thought, with a double detent that allows it to stop
at two different heights allowing easy reach for users of all heights.
To achieve maximum cabin comfort, Mazda engineers addressed a number of
challenges, including developing a low-profile fuel tank to realize a low,
flat cabin floor without sacrificing fuel tank integrity or capacity. Mazda
also angled the rear roof pillar back toward the liftgate to add extra head
clearance, which simultaneously improved the MAZDA5’s aerodynamic
To ensure the MAZDA5 delivers the same level of functional excellence for
transporting cargo as it does for passengers, the second- and third-row
seats easily can be arranged in a number of flexible patterns to allow
maximum space efficiency. In addition to their long slide adjustment and
reclining functions, the second-row seats each feature a double-fold
mechanism. Folding down the second- and third-row seatbacks creates an
expansive luggage area with a virtually flat floor.
The MAZDA5 is powered by an all-aluminum 2.3-liter, four-cylinder MZR series
engine shared with the popular MAZDA3 subcompact, producing 157-horsepower
and 148 lb-ft of torque. Sequential Valve Timing (S-VT) provides brisk
throttle response and plenty of torque both under acceleration and at
cruising speeds. Transmission options are a five-speed manual or four-speed
Sport AT automatic with manual shift mode.
Also shared with the MAZDA3, a vehicle which has earned acclaim worldwide,
is the underbody architecture, including the suspension design and
componentry, floor stampings and body and chassis rigidity. To suppress body
roll, Mazda engineers chose MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link
suspension in the rear. The high-performance suspension combination limits
the natural body-lean effects of the relatively tall height when cornering,
yielding predictable, neutral handling.
Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
combine with Mazda's own Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system to ensure
stability and control under braking, regardless of load or weight
distribution. EBD ensures that brake pressure is apportioned properly, and
works in concert with ABS to minimize stopping distances. In the event of an
emergency, mechanical brake assistance boosts braking force to ensure a
shorter stopping distance.
Mazda engineers optimized every detail of the body to deliver the rigidity
needed for a comfortable ride and exacting handling – if this vehicle was to
carry the Mazda badge, it was critical that it contain the Mazda
driving-performance DNA from the outset of development. The MAZDA5 enjoys
solid footing on the road at all times, and minimal road noise invades the
cabin, despite the wide openings for the sliding side doors and large
liftgate in the rear.
Mazda engineers evolved the company’s own highly rigid Mazda Advanced
Impact-energy Distribution and Absorption System to match the
characteristics of the MAZDA5's body design. Accident scenarios were tested
at speeds well above global regulations to protect passengers against the
unpredictable variety of real-world accidents. This commitment to safety is
indicative of Mazda’s efforts to protect both driver and passengers through
both active and passive measures.
Other passive safety features designed to protect vehicle occupants include
an airbag-supported supplemental restraint system, front and side airbags
for the driver and front passenger, and airbag curtains large enough to
protect all three rows of seats.
Active safety measures include a driving position oriented for safety with
minimal blind spots and maximum visibility through the side windows and an
extremely capable braking system. Mazda firmly believes that a responsive,
easy-to-drive vehicle makes it easier to avoid accidents, and minimizes the
chance of occupant injury.
Interior styling benefits greatly from Mazda’s functional design approach.
The center of the dashboard is raised to position the controls within easy
reach for the driver and much closer to eye level, allowing the driver to
monitor gauges without taking an eye off the road. In addition, clinical
analysis of muscle movement when operating the transmission shifter led to
the development of a center panel that positions the knob at an optimum
angle for operation without bending one’s wrist. Even the gauges benefit
from a thorough functional examination; the large speedometer dominates the
three-gauge instrument cluster and is easily viewable in all light
conditions, thanks to its white back-plate and clear lettering.
The exterior of the MAZDA5 benefits from the same dedication to form and
function as the interior. The wedge shape and sleek proportions yield a
clean, stylish appearance. A strong character line along the side of the
body runs from nose to tail, where it merges with the subtle finish of the
sliding door’s center rail.
The strong hood line and raked windshield provide a sleek, motion-inspired
appearance. To enhance the MAZDA5’s solid proportions, short front and rear
overhangs are complemented by sophisticated 17-inch alloy wheels. The
overall toned look of the MAZDA5 creates a sense of athletic tension while
hinting at the Zoom-Zoom driving experience within.
The MAZDA5 multi-activity vehicle will be available in either Sport or
Touring trim levels. The Sport trim level includes an AM/FM/CD stereo, power
windows and locks as well as cruise control. Touring trim includes all of
the amenities of the Sport level and adds climate control, front fog lamps,
attractive rear spoiler, sleek side skirts, an in-dash six-disc AM/FM/CD
changer and a power moonroof. Striking 17-inch alloy rims and a
comprehensive airbag safety system are standard on both models.
Mazda North American Operations is responsible for the sales and marketing,
customer parts and service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., MNAO has more than 700 dealerships