Last post on Dec 21, 2004 at 4:50 AM
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Mazda Protege, Mazda Protege5, Sedan
Discuss future Mazda Protege models here!
Sep 10, 2002 (8:02 pm)
Hey, I agree the current edition is great. I'm still getting to know and love my 2002 Mazda Protege5, but my father is part owner of a Mazda dealership and the Protege is our bread and butter car in Canada (currently sitting as the #2 best selling car in Canada, behind the Civic)
That's why I'm interested in the next gen. Mazda needs to hit a home run with it. If the hatchback in the link above is accurate, I have a feeling that the new car will be a Mickey Mantle 550 foot home run.
#17 of 86 Hatchback Photo in post #13
Sep 19, 2002 (11:18 pm)
I had the opportunity to chat with someone who went to special showing of future models that Mazda hosted for dealer principles in New York last Spring and as far as his memory serves the phot is authentic.
In other words, that is in fact the next gen. Protege5. Very, very impressive looking vehicle.
Sep 20, 2002 (1:19 pm)
Hey check out this site I just found,
It is hungarian, and the word across the fuzzed out car means "coming shortly" I think we are looking at the first pic (albiet fuzzy) picture of the Mazda3!
Sep 20, 2002 (1:33 pm)
looks suspiciously coupe-like, or has midget-sized rear doors. Hope that's only a concept photo/artist's impression. Although it seems to be the same proportions as the hatchback in post #13!
Sep 20, 2002 (4:50 pm)
I think even that fuzzy picture looks very exciting. Apparently - as my lucky friend who was in New York says - the styling cues fromthe RX-8 are quite strong in the new Mazda3.
If that's the case, it should bea very good looking car.
Sep 20, 2002 (7:58 pm)
I sure hope the belt line isn't as high and the glass area as narrow on the production car as it is on the prototype in post #13. That would be a bit claustrophobic! I love the visibility in my 2002 Pro. Also, that rear quarter panel looks a little derivative (a la Pontiac Vibe).
Sep 20, 2002 (9:56 pm)
Nope, I believe that is the actually car. All the reports say that the car is quite coupe like even though it has four full-size doors. Lots of the styling cues look like that of the wagon shot (roof line, kink in rear window, etc...) Plus this is linked to the official Hungarian Mazda website. I bet it is the real thing, why would they fuzz it out if it wasn't? Do you guys think the 3 will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show?
Sep 20, 2002 (11:44 pm)
I hate to see Mazda trade the clean, classy styling they've used on the Protege for that. I doubt it will age well!
Sep 21, 2002 (8:47 am)
I think the new design is even more classy and looks much more expensive looking which is what Mazda needs if they want to be the Japanese BMW. I love the current Protege but think it is time for a change (plus my lease will be up in 7 months and I want the next generation) All the reports indicate the Mazda3 is going to be a real stunner and I wouldn't argue with that. I see nothing gimmicky in the new design. Only well though out, clean, up scale lines. I can't wait!
Sep 21, 2002 (9:31 am)
It's hard to tell from a photo. I may really like it once I see one in person (particularly the sedan). I hope I have the same reaction as I did with the current generation when it first came out. I was coming up on a '99 from the rear and thought it was a Mercedes C class at first! That's when I knew I wanted one!