Mazda Az-wagon Custom Style Series: Bolder, Better

By: Lauren Woods


The Mazda Motor Corporation announced the addition of the new Custom Style series to its AZ-Wagon micro-mini range. The said series unites a bolder styling to make the A-Z wagon even better than its predecessor. The flashy exterior of the car is blended with the classy black interior so as to boost quality look and feel. Sales transactions have commenced since 23 February at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan.

The Mazda AZ wagon offers two grades - the Custom Style DI that comes with a direct injection (DI) turbo-charged engine, and the Custom Style X which now offers a variable valve timing (VVT) engine. Manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRP) range from 1,197,000 to 1,608,600 yen and that is inclusive of the consumption tax. The target monthly sales of the car are 2,200 units.

The Custom Style DI flaunts the premium quality grille with xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights to offer a prominent stance. The distinct bonnet and the wraparound bumper enhanced the bolder appearance of the car. Aside from the bolder and more stylish exterior, the car also features an interesting blend of taillights to boost the styling given on the Custom Style models.

The Custom Style series are also equipped with exclusively designed 14-inch alloy wheels, turn indicator lights that are attached to the door mirror covers, and striking body colors to make every passerby be stunned by its grandeur. The Mysterious Violet Pearl which is a deep purple body color is made available for the first time. Other body colors for the vehicle include Pearl White, Silky Silver Metallic, Bluish Black Pearl 3 and Azure Grey Pearl Metallic. If the Mysterious Violet Pearl or the Pearl White is chosen by a purchaser, the price will be increased by 21,000 yen already inclusive of tax. Also, a separate recycling fee of 9,370 yen is required in addition to the MSRP listed. The said amount also is tax inclusive.

The classy black interior is augmented by the use of black fabric on seats and door trim. The glittering effect of the light reflecting particles on the door armrests and instrument panel center stack garnish made it more regal and fascinating. The interior of the Custom Style series flaunts the black metallic aura that is further boosted by the airvent and meter dial bezel rings of same color.

Aside from style, comfort is also given a greater importance. Enhanced ergonomics features include the Advanced Keyless Entry & Start system, which is made standard; and a fully automatic air conditioning to maintain cool and pleasant ambience. A high-grade sound system is also part of the Custom Style DI model grade package. The system includes an exclusive audio tuning unit with a seven-speaker setup that covers front and rear door speakers, front tweeters and a sub-woofer, to produce an invigorating audio environment inside the car.

The Mazda AZ wagon, based on the Suzuki Wagon R and Autozam minicar marque, was introduced in Japan in 1994. It uses the same 3-cylinder 657cc engine that the Mazda Carol uses. The new 658cc DOHC engine substituted the aging SOHC 657cc. It is complemented by Mazda cold air intake to push the car's performance to a notch higher. The design of the car was refreshed in 2001. Now, the car is ready to cater to customization desires as it endeavors to be more imaginative, striking and personal.

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