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    Thread: The Archive: Autozam (Mazda) AZ-1

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      10-27-2008 07:41 AM #2
      wasn't there a feature in "CAR" mag on this too?
      cool looking minicar!

      wasn't hp around 68-69?

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      10-27-2008 08:39 AM #3
      There was an excellent Robert Cumberford article from years ago, Automobile Magazine iirc. He described what was truly unique about this car, which was the manufacturing process. It was the first time in modern memory that whole subassemblies of a vehicle had been designed separately and farmed-out to different suppliers. The subassemblies would arrive from different locations for final assembly under one roof. At the time, this was a testament to newly-developed CAD processes and Just-In-Time manufacturing.

      I have searched and searched online, but can't find that article.


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      10-27-2008 10:50 AM #4
      Quote, originally posted by andlf »
      wasn't there a feature in "CAR" mag on this too?
      cool looking minicar!

      I'll have to take a look through my back issues and see if I have it.


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      10-27-2008 12:57 PM #5
      Were these ever sold in the US? I wonder what one would go for now, if you could even locate one.
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      10-27-2008 12:59 PM #6
      I have an unhealthy obsession with Kei Cars.

      I would love to sit in the AZ-1. I think they even made a Mazdaspeed version!

      My legend dates back to the 12th Century you see. My legend is quite old. The 12th Century was a long time ago. It was summer and so cold from the snow because it was actually winter or maybe it was Monday. It could have been a Thursday or possibly a Saturday or was it Tuesday though it could have been Wednesday or a Monday.

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      10-27-2008 01:01 PM #7
      The AZ-1 is *sooooooooooooooooo* cute! I want to hug it.

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      10-27-2008 01:06 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by trigtm »
      Were these ever sold in the US?

      Are you kidding me?


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      10-27-2008 01:06 PM #9
      Here's one next to a Fiat 500


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      10-27-2008 01:11 PM #10
      I love those things thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much. I want one.
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    11. 10-27-2008 01:13 PM #11
      I am obsessed with the Autozam. I want one RIGHT NOW.

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      10-27-2008 01:23 PM #12
      Quote, originally posted by FastGTi »
      Here's one next to a Fiat 500




      Modified by andlf at 1:27 PM 10-27-2008

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      10-27-2008 01:45 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by FastGTi »
      Here's one next to a Fiat 500


      I can't decide if this an example of just how small the AZ-1 is or how bloated even "superminis" have become?

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      10-29-2008 07:58 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by HerrGolf »

      I can't decide if this an example of just how small the AZ-1 is or how bloated even "superminis" have become?

      both!

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      10-29-2008 08:19 AM #15
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      I have one in Forza for kicks

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      10-29-2008 08:27 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by HerrGolf »

      I can't decide if this an example of just how small the AZ-1 is or how bloated even "superminis" have become?

      This, and I'd like to see both of them next to an "old" 500 just for reference. And make sure there's a bat in the picture, because it's almost Halloween.

      Cool car, though. I am pretty sure there is one in either my Forza or GT garage as well.

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      10-29-2008 08:29 AM #17
      I LOVE this thread soo much.
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      10-29-2008 09:10 AM #18
      I really wonder how many Mazda would have sold in the US if it could have. 10? 20?

      I'd love to own one. Maybe I need to go back to New Zealand and see if I can source one!

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      10-29-2008 09:42 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by gtivr4 »
      I really wonder how many Mazda would have sold in the US if it could have. 10? 20?

      I'd love to own one. Maybe I need to go back to New Zealand and see if I can source one!

      More like 3... haha. I'll take one though, along with a cappuccino

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      10-29-2008 01:29 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by DISI 2.3T »
      I have an unhealthy obsession with Kei Cars.

      I would love to sit in the AZ-1. I think they even made a Mazdaspeed version!

      Wait- was Mazdaspeed around in the mid 90s? And this class of car had a mandated peak horsepower IIRC. So a Mazdaspeed model would be what?

      and Suzuki also sold this for one year as the Suzuki Cara IIRC.

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      10-29-2008 01:42 PM #21
      I've seen a couple here in Vancouver. They are indeed microscopic, but their awesome factor is massive <3

      Oh to be short...


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      10-29-2008 08:06 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by nickthaskater »

      Oh to be short...

      and narrow. These things are not very wide inside.

      I posted that pic next to the motorcycle because it illustrates nicely just how the AZ-1 resembles a gocart with a body.

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      10-29-2008 08:11 PM #23
      Next question... how the hell did that end up being 1600 pounds?

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      10-29-2008 08:21 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by bhtooefr »
      Next question... how the hell did that end up being 1600 pounds?

      probably for the same reason this weighed 2400lbs (50% more than the AZ-1).

      Just because they are small doesn't mean they don't have everything a normal car has- albeit in 3/4 size.

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    25. 10-29-2008 08:31 PM #25
      Quote, originally posted by bhtooefr »
      Next question... how the hell did that end up being 1600 pounds?

      really easy, you make it a death trap


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      11-01-2008 10:01 PM #26
      Quote, originally posted by jonkarter »

      really easy, you make it a death trap


      And the Lotus Elise is any better?

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      11-01-2008 10:06 PM #27
      jonkarter: No, I'm thinking 1600 pounds for that is heavy, not lightweight.

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      11-01-2008 10:09 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by bhtooefr »
      jonkarter: No, I'm thinking 1600 pounds for that is heavy, not lightweight.

      That's how I interpreted your post.

      Can you show an example of another 'modern' normally equipped similar sized car that weighs significantly less, even without gullwing doors?

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      11-01-2008 10:36 PM #29
      That car is GNARLY, like it.

      Lets get a modern version mazda, or shall I say Autozam

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