Mazda MPV History

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Mazda MPV


Mazda MPV

The MPV (also sold as the Efini MPV in is a minivan. It was introduced in 1989 as a wheel drive model and was in 2000 with a more front wheel drive


The minivan boom of the caught the Japanese car makers by Each maker had its own response: was first with an adaptation of mid-engined Van, based on the Town-Ace in 1984. Nissan and quickly followed suit conversions of cargo vans in

None of these were successful, since all were and only offered 4-cylinder

The 1989 MPV was radically different. It was from the ground-up as a minivan for the market. Mazda started the best platform they the 929’s HC, to develop the MPV’s LV and equipped the MPV with a V6 engine and all wheel drive.

Like the later Honda it featured traditional hinged instead of sliding rear though the original MPV only had a rear door.

The van was a hit with the being named to Car and Driver Ten Best list for 1990 and and featured as one of their vehicles for the (fuel) crisis. Initial were strong as well, but fell off once other introduced all wheel drive and V6 However, Toyota’s 1991 Nissan’s 1993 Quest, and 1995 Odyssey all featured platforms and eroded Mazda’s

Although the Mazda MPV was well-received by the and public, crash testers less impressed. The MPV recieved one out of four in the Australian ANCAP tests and a Marginal rating in the IIHS crash tests.

The van was in 1996, with the I4 engine for the United States, though it was with a similar 2.5 L unit for the of the world. The all wheel drive MPV was now in the United States as the All Sport. similar to most minivans on the the All Sport was mildly restyled and as a crossover SUV.

This provided a brief bump, but the entire minivan had turned against rear drive by that time. The MPV was retired after the 1998 year.


The MPV was replaced for with a front wheel LW platform based on the 626. second-generation MPV was much more with sliding rear and front wheel drive. differentiating factors included a seat that folded into the floor and rear-door that rolled down.

Mazda MPV

The MPV was initially underpowered, using the AJ (which was actually Ford’s 2.5 L V6. This was replaced in a 2002 with Mazda’s AJ 3.0 L V6 and a 5-speed transmission that produces 200 and 200 lb-ft. of torque. Also at this time were the which now was larger, with a chrome bar at the top rather than a surround.

The look was refreshed in 2004, with a more look and new headlights and taillights.

With the upcoming introduction of the and CX-7 to the North America, predict that Mazda may the MPV, since it does not three Mazda minivans in the market.


2000-2001 2.0 L I4 (non-US)

2000-2001 2.5 L GY-DE I4

2000-2001 2.5 L AJ V6

2002-2005 3.0 L AJ V6

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