Mazda Mazda5

Starting with the awards, the MAZDA5 was named "Best New Multipurpose Family Vehicle" in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards. Further, Consumer Reports ranked the Mazda5 as the best tall wagon in their test, though the car failed to gain a "recommended" rating due to unknown reliability. This is of course a fairly significant ding to the car's record. But that didn't prevent other awards from being offered, in April 2006, the Japan New Car Assessment Program awarded the Mazda5 a maximum 6-star rating for front-occupant crash worthiness. In Europe, the Mazda5 was awarded a maximum 5-star adult occupant safety rating in September 2005 by the Euro-NCAP. The Mazda5, which was formerly known as the Mazda Premacy in its home market and in Europe, is a compact Multi Purpose Vehicle built by the Japanese manufacturer Mazda since 1999. The first generation Premacy was built in Japan and exported to Europe and Asia. Later, a rebadged version was sold by Ford in a few Asian markets as the Ford Ixion or the Ford MAV. The second generation is sold worldwide as the Mazda5. As of March 31, 2005, an impressive 285,258 and Mazda5 models had been sold worldwide. The first generation Mazda5 (Premacy) was a 2-row, 4 or 5-passenger vehicle, while the second generation adds a third row of seats for up to 6 passengers. Both generations were true vans with near-flat floors, folding or removable 2nd row and fold-flat rear seats. By 1999 Mazda5 used Mazda's CP platform. It was available with either front or all wheel drive and was equipped with automatic transmission. As the Mazda5 had only five seats, it was less favored than some if its competition such as the Opel Zafira and the Honda Stream. Nevertheless, the second-row seats could be folded and removed as on many other minivans.