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Mazda Premacy concept makes North American debut at Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO - Today's car buyers demand more from their vehicles than ever before - more style, more versatility, more functionality. The Mazda Premacy concept, which makes its North American debut at the Chicago Auto Show this week, is designed to deliver more. Based on a vehicle that has proven to be a hit for Mazda in Europe and Japan, the Premacy combines the best features of sedans and minivans in a compact, stylish package.

The Premacy concept is based on Mazda's best-selling global compact platform. While it offers the flexibility and functionality of a larger minivan, the Premacy concept's compact exterior dimensions make it more nimble and easy to drive.

The versatile seats of the Premacy concept flip and fold to provide everything from seating for five to all-out cargo hauling, including the ability to store two mountain bikes inside (with the front wheels removed).

Because it is based on Mazda's highly acclaimed compact global sedan platform (the same platform that forms the basis for the award-winning Mazda Protegé sedan and MP3 sport compact), the Premacy offers exceptional driving stability and responsiveness.

Compared to the Protegé, the Premacy concept rides on a wheelbase that is 2.3 inches longer (105.1 in.), while its overall length is 5.2 inches shorter (169.1 in.). The seats are placed high, for ease of entry and exit, and the rear seats are higher than the front for better visibility.

The styling of the Premacy concept is chiseled and sophisticated. The front end slopes up sharply to the windshield, providing excellent forward visibility. The four-doors are large and open wide, making it easy to enter and exit the vehicle. The large rear hatch opens at bumper level, facilitating loading and unloading. The rear window echoes the shape of the five-point grill on the front.

The Premacy concept sports an aero package consisting of a deeper front air dam with fog lights, sculpted side sills, a lower rear valence and a spoiler above the rear window. Six-spoke alloy wheels complete the sporty look.

A 130-horsepower, 2.0-liter, DOHC, four-cylinder engine powers the Premacy concept, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

The suspension design uses MacPherson struts in front and Mazda's Twin Trapezoidal Link arrangement at the rear. Front and rear stabilizer bars reduce body roll during cornering.

The Premacy concept features power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. The brakes are ventilated front discs and rear drums with ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). EBD automatically distributes braking force between the front and rear wheels depending on vehicle load, ensuring optimal braking performance.

Mazda is showing the Premacy concept to U.S. buyers in order to gauge consumer reaction to the vehicle. There are currently no plans to market the Premacy in the U.S.

Mazda North American Operations is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer parts and service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., MNAO has over 700 dealerships nationwide
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