Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Will there be a new Mazda 929 or 9 ?

After reading that last piece on the Mazda CX-9, I was wondering what ever happened to the 929. It was Mazda's top of the line, well below the Milenia which I think everyone would rather not mention in mixed company. Could/Should Mazda offer a new Mazda9 ?

Why couldn't they build something off the Volvo S80 platform like Ford did with the Fivehundred? Would it sell? I don't see why not. I mean if Mazda really believes they need a 7 passenger crossover why couldn't they sell a sedan larger than the Mazda6 ? While the Fivehundred doesn't seem very Zoom Zoom, don't underestimate the chassis, after all the S-80 is the source. And what would Mazda do with it's first V8? At least I've never heard of a factory V8 from Mazda.

What do you think? Should Mazda bring out a 9 ?

1 comment:

Ben Kraal said...

As a Mazda fan, yes, a Mazda9 would be cool. They could sell it against the new Honda Accord.

As far as I know, there was never a factory V8 from Mazda though I recall them talking about V12s around the time all the Japanese makers were doing crazy stuff like that. I think only Toyota ended up with a V12 though. I think Mazda went rotary with their high-end luxury cars, the triple-rotor JC Cosmo in particular springs to mind, though you couldn't get that engine in a saloon/sedan.