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You are in the Sedans
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Mazda MAZDA6, Mazda 929, Mazda Millenia, Sedan
#111 of 160 rock44x
Apr 25, 2004 (7:22 pm)
"and also the mazda9 was at the NY auto show it was called the Lincoln Zephyr."
Very astute observation. Hmmmmm.
Apr 28, 2004 (7:50 pm)
If Mazda were going to produce the Mazda9 I would think it would me an SUV. This new SUV that they are going make along side the next Aviator. I don't think Mazda wants a larger car than the Mazda6. It would be nice to see a Mazda9 sedan, but I just do not see it happening.
Apr 29, 2004 (6:10 am)
mazda is currently working on a $30-40K suv that should be bigger than the tribute but smaller than an Explorer. It may even end up being a crossover like the future avaiator. It is not green lighted for production yet, but it's deff in the works for serious consideration.
#114 of 160 Another Volvo/Ford/Mazda platform maybe?
Apr 29, 2004 (7:58 am)
"But overall, I think the thing to considering is the platform, and where this vehicle will stem from. There's 2 possibilities being tossed around, the current 500/Montego/Freeestyle platform, or an enlarged Mazda6 platform."
That's interesting that you bring the former possibility up. Those three vehicles are built on the Volvo S80 platform. Since Mazda Ford and Volvo built the platform for the current Mazda3/Euro Focus/S40 together could it be possible that they might do it again for a larger platform that will be used to build the next gen of their respective models?
I don't see why not.
Apr 29, 2004 (12:04 pm)
That's what's being tossed around currently. Also, Europe's Ford Galaxy minivan is said to be Volvo P2 platform derived since it's quite flexible as well. This will leave open options.
Another thing to note, the Next Volvo S60 will share platforms with the next generation Jag X-type.
So it brings out many possibilities.
#116 of 160 Re: [ANT14 #115]
May 29, 2004 (3:33 am)
Isn't the Ford Galaxy also rebadged as a Volkswagen Touran in Europe? (either the Touran or the Sharan, I don't remember)
May 29, 2004 (7:29 am)
Yes it is, although that joint project might be desolved pending contract.
Jul 25, 2004 (8:21 pm)
That's not even close to the whole story. There's more to an engine than size, horsepower and torque. There's also where in the curve your horsepower and torque peaks are. Now, the reason Japanese get such high horsepower out of their engines is because they sacrifice torque to some degree, and their torque peaks are pretty high. GM tends to get lower pure horsepower and torque numbers because their torque peaks are REALLY low.
Then you have to factor in what kind of technology they use (Overhead cams, variable valve timing and/or lift, variable intakes, exhausts, etc). A pushrod 4L won't get as much power in some cases as a SOHC 4L, but the SOHC engine is more expensive to produce, and harder to work on because of greater complexity.
Simply put, The 3.5L Duratec most likely CAN get 300 HP, depending on the choices and comprimises they make.
Jul 25, 2004 (9:27 pm)
What about the 4.6 in the Cobra? That puts out 390hp and 390lb/ft, those are fairly decent numbers, wouldn't you say?