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#357 of 859 Mazda 5 and Rondo sales in Canada for March
Apr 15, 2008 (7:40 pm)
here is the model breakdown for KIA and Mazda for March in Canada
Rondo - 764 (2007 - 407)
Year to date - 2,194 (2007 - 1,066) - over 100% increase!
Mazda 5 - 1,560 (2007 - 1024)
Year to date - 3,323 (2007 - 2,367)
looks like Mazda is doing extremely well with their new Mazda 5 and a lot of Canadians are enjoying it. It appears that the niche market these two vehicles occupy is coming along in leaps and bounds!
to give you an idea about a couple of the so-called competitors:
HHR - 360
PT Cruiser - 275
Drives: 2008 Rondo EX, 5-seater, 2.4L
Location: Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
#358 of 859 Pics of seven in the Rondo
Apr 26, 2008 (12:25 am)
Perhaps I misspoke about that pic of six in the roofless and sideless Mazda5 as being "photoshopped." Take a look at this behind-the-scenes pic of a promotional shoot of the Carens/Rondo. Yeah, they actually removed the roof:
And now for something completely different:
Have a gothy Christmas everyone. If you want to see more pics of the Carens with Magyars dressed as Szent Mikulás and as Slipknot roadies, see here (yeah, I know Slipknot isn't really goth, but that's besides the point).
#359 of 859 Reverse beauty contest
Apr 26, 2008 (12:49 am)
Lookee what I found during my Internet travels, a poll entitled, Which is uglier, the Kia Rondo or the Mazda 5? Unfortunately, the poll is now closed, so all of us forum members can't flood the poll with our fair and balanced picks.
Here are the results:
Which is uglier?
34% (14) Kia Rondo
24% (10) Mazda 5
9% (4) Both are ugly
26% (11) Neither is ugly
4% (2) Looks are secondary/irrelevant when I evaluate a vehicle
Total: 41 votes
#360 of 859 Re: Reverse beauty contest [medicineman]
Apr 26, 2008 (6:58 am)
Whom did they ask? Teenagers? Or men?
#361 of 859 Re: Reverse beauty contest [irismg]
Apr 27, 2008 (4:33 am)
Or women? Or martians? Or owners? 41 people is a very small sample anyway...
#362 of 859 Re: Pics of seven in the Rondo [medicineman]
Apr 27, 2008 (4:41 am)
One article discussed earlier here the "smaller car" suspension issues with a full load of adults (focused on Rondo, but it may be the same case for the Mazda5, except one less adult) so I believe this pic below a good example. Now imagine driving through potholes and speed bumps
#363 of 859 Rondo and Mazda 5 sales for April 2008 - USA
May 01, 2008 (4:46 pm)
Rondo: 2,583 vs 1,183 for 2007 a 118.3% increase
Mazda 5: 2,011 vs 1,214 for 2007 a 65.7%
as I said before this segment of the market is really doing well
#364 of 859 Re: Pics of seven in the Rondo [coolmazda5]
May 02, 2008 (9:16 am)
Considering there's still a gap between the top of the rear tire the fender, I'd say the suspension is really good if this car is full of 7 adults. I've seen a lot of bigger vehicles looking really low in the back when fully loaded. Plus the ground clearance on the Mazda 5 or Rondo isn't much different than a full size minivan.
#365 of 859 Re: Pics of seven in the Rondo [bobw3]
May 02, 2008 (10:18 am)
A gap? I see a fender shadow over the tire, not a gap (unless the rear tires are a very low profile, irregular ones).
Let me repost the MotorTrend review extract I was referring to earlier:
Although it's adept at hauling a variety of gear, the Kia is less proficient at transporting a full load of adults: "We drove over to a restaurant with seven passengers, and the engine and suspension felt tapped out-it's clearly not made for adult passengers all of the time."
#366 of 859 Re: Pics of seven in the Rondo [coolmazda5]
May 03, 2008 (1:16 pm)
But I've seen fully loaded bigger cars where part of the rim was covered by the fender, and that's no where near the case for the Rondo. I've been to Europe many times and have seen fully loaded cars zipping down the road at 100mph, so I think it just that most Americans have an incorrect perception of the amount of power required. American may like big cars, engines, etc., but they're not necessary.
Plus I don't know anyone carrying 7 big adults all the time looking at buying a Rondo, so let's be realistic. With the average family consisting of 4 people, 2 adults and 2 kids, the Rondo or Mazda5 are plenty big.
And for those obese families with obese kids, maybe if they drove around in a Rondo or Mazda5 they might have more incentive to lose some weight