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Toyota ECHO, Chevrolet Aveo, Kia Rio, Nissan Sentra, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris, Kia Spectra, Suzuki Forenza, Sedan
Aug 26, 2003 (5:51 am)
Nice photos Dinu. Holy schnikey does that sedan version of the new baby Mazda ever look like a 3 series BMW! One nice thing about the current Pro is that the new 6 looks like a giant version of it. So even though there will be a new small Mazda, the old one will not look horribly out of date. This is a complaint I have have from some buyers of the 2002 Corolla which was only made for about 3 months before the early intro of the totally revised '03 (though I really like mine).
Iluv: Do you still own a Sephia (judging by your name). I have a colleague here who drives the Acura version of the Civic (Canada only) and seriously needs a second car to replace one that has gone to a better place. She drove a Sportage in Florida as a rental and absolutely loved it. She is now sold on Kias and is thinking about a Spectra or Rio. I see quite a few Kias around here in Toronto. I have not had any personally experience with them but they look do nice
Aug 26, 2003 (9:02 am)
I saw a Suzuki hatchback (forget the name) in the most recent Automobile Mazagine with a 1.3l engine making 110 horsepower, and 4wd. I think they said the price would be around $10,000. I'm sure it will never come to north America, but I wish it would.
Aug 26, 2003 (9:40 am)
Look closely at the new BMWs' front end from a profile look, then compare that to the 3 - very close.
The HB has soem hints of Murano in it.
#2309 of 3871 dinu and muffin
Aug 26, 2003 (12:16 pm)
You are right about the Murano influence on the hatchback. I really like it.
I saw the spy photos of the new 2005 Nissan Sentra recently and that also looks quite BMW ish albeit with a truncated rear. That could be interesting. I like Nissan cars but the current Sentra is built in Mexico and not much to look at. It is also one of the old Nissan designs - where they copy what Toyota does and make it even duller looking. The interior or the Sentra looks a lot like the last generation of the Corolla.
muffin: If you are in Japan you must get to see all kinds of interesting small cars that we do not get in North America. The only Suzuki car we get is the quirky Aerio - IMHO the worst interior available on any car today. Even worse than the Cavalier/Sunfire. The Aerio has a really cheap looking steering wheel and a digital dash. The car does drive well though and I do not mind the unique exterior styling. I am sure like other Suzuki products, it is a very reliable car.
Aug 26, 2003 (2:13 pm)
I lived in Japan for a few years, and left the flag on my profile, but I'm in California now.
A friend of mine owned a Suzuki dealership there, and the cars available are much different from here, as you might imagine. I agree with you about the Aerio, I was really turned off by the test drive, even though it's a good value.
Suzuki's strengths are in its small cars. They were building 8500rpm Swifts back in the late 80s. I'd love to see them build a presence based on their sport hatchbacks in the US.
#2311 of 3871 dunworth-yeah, I traded in my Kia Sephia in 2001 for a
Aug 26, 2003 (4:42 pm)
2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 and have really enjoyed it. It rides like a truck but handles itself fairly well around town for a 4WD rig. I usually get around 25 mpg, too, if that's a consideration. Kia is working on a new Elantra-based unitized body Sportage replacement for early 2004 as a 2005 model that will be FWD w/an available option of AWD. That should be interesting, too and not real expensive. No actual pricing is available on it yet. That Suzuki Aerio sedan looks interesting though I doubt I would be interested in it as a purchase it looks kind of lovably quirky. My mind seems stuck on the new Tibby...nice pics of the new M-6 dinu01! They've done what looks to be a fine job with it!
#2312 of 3871 M3 iluvmysephia, M3
Aug 26, 2003 (5:16 pm)
The M6 is out and we can all agree it's the best-looking midsize out there, right?
#2313 of 3871 Ahh, I was looking at the new Mazda M3?
Aug 26, 2003 (6:36 pm)
Just goes to show you how our minds can more accurately decipher and interpret information that we're MOST interested in, eh? Know what I mean?
Aug 26, 2003 (6:44 pm)
Mazda3 or Mazda Mazda3 or Mazda M3 or M3 or MZ3 - you got the idea.
#2315 of 3871 Mazda3 sedan
Aug 26, 2003 (6:54 pm)
Looks great, in and out. But... did they have to put the ION-esque (or Maxima-esque, to be kind) forward-slanting C-pillar on it? I'm already getting tired of that styling trick. If Mazda has dialed in a little more ride compliance on the 3, ala Focus, it will be the low-end car to beat (assuming they start at under $15k).