Wednesday, December 16, 2009
2009 Mazda AZ-Wagon Launched in Japan
Shortly after Suzuki introduced the new Wagon-R and Wagon-R Stingray into the Japanese market, Mazda announced the sales launch of the fully redesigned AZ-Wagon which as you can clearly see in the pictures, is a rebadged version of Suzuki’s kei car. As with the donor vehicle, the AZ-Wagon is offered in two flavours, the standard car and the ‘sportier’ looking Custom Style which is the equivalent of the Suzuki Wagon-R Stingray
Japanese buyers can opt between naturally aspirated and turbocharged 660cc engines, matted to a 4-speed automatic, a 5-speed manual or a CVT transmission with seven-speed manual mode as well as between FWD and AWD versions. Retail prices in Japan (including consumption tax) range from 924,000 to 1,482,600 yen ($8,700 - $14,000) for the AZ-Wagon, and from 1,270,500 to 1,687,350 yen ($12,000 - $15,910) for the AZ-Wagon Custom Style. Mazda’s target sales volume for the entire range is 2,000 units a month compared to Suzuki’s goal for 18,000 units a month.