Mazda Premacy

Last updated
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Manufacturer Mazda
Also calledMazda5 (2004–2018)
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Predecessor Mazda Capella wagon
Mazda MPV (North America)
Successor Mazda CX-9 (North America)

The Mazda Premacy (Japanese: マツダ・プレマシー, Matsuda Puremashī) is a compact MPV that was built by the Japanese manufacturer Mazda from 1999.


The first generation Premacy was built in Japan and exported to Europe and Asia. A re-badged version was sold by Ford in a few Asian markets (including Japan) as the Ford Ixion or Ixion MAV.

The second generation onward is sold outside Japan as the Mazda5. Ford Lio Ho in Taiwan, which assembles Mazda5 for the local market, adapted a re-badged version as the Ford i-Max from 2007 until 2011.

The first generation Premacy was a two- or three-row, five- or seven-passenger vehicle, while the second generation adds a third row of seats for up to six passengers in American form, and seven passengers outside the United States. Both generations feature near-flat floors, folding or removable second row, and fold-flat rear seats.

First generation (CP; 1999)

First generation (CP)
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Also calledFord Ixion
Haima Freema I (China)
ProductionMarch 1999–December 2004
2004–2014 (China)
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door station wagon
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Mazda CP platform
Related Haima Freema II
Mazda Capella
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length1999–2002, Haima Freema 2004–2007: 4,295 mm (169.1 in)
2002–2005: 4,305 mm (169.5 in)
Width1999–2002: 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
2002–2005, Haima Freema 2004–2007: 1,705 mm (67.1 in)
Height1999–2002: 1,590 mm (62.6 in)
2002–2005, Haima Freema 2004–2007: 1,600 mm (63.0 in)
Haima Freema 2010: 1,579 mm (62.2 in)
Curb weight 1,210–1,355 kg (2,668–2,987 lb)

The first generation Mazda Premacy was unveiled on 9 March 1999 at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. When released in April 1999, the Mazda Premacy was one of the least expensive seven-seaters available on the market. The 1999 Premacy used Mazda's CP platform. It was available with either front or all wheel drive and was equipped with four-speed automatic transmission. As the Premacy was based on a sedan platform, it was less modular than some of its adversaries such as the Opel Zafira and Toyota Ipsum and was therefore relatively easy to maneuver. The second and third row seats could be folded and removed as on many other minivans.

This generation Premacy was also sold in some Asian markets as the Ford Ixion, from 1999 until 2003. The Taiwanese Ixion (later the Ixion MAV) was built until 2005. The first generation Premacy was also manufactured by China's FAW Haima Automobile where it is called the Haima Freema until it was replaced by the second generation Freema based on the same platform.

It was powered by a number of engines:

Ford Ixion

The Ford Ixion is a redesign of the first generation Premacy/Mazda5, designed by Ford Lio Ho in Taiwan.[ citation needed ] Due to the fact that Mazda was controlled by Ford Lio Ho from 1998, Ford models were able to be launched at an earlier date before equivalent Mazda models were launched, and at a more competitive price with better specifications. [2] The Taiwanese market Ford Ixion MAV features exclusively designed front and rear with Ford's design identity and was launched in Taiwan in 1999. [3] It arrived two weeks before the local launch of the first generation Mazda Premacy. The Halo Gold color of the Premacy in the Japanese market at the time was reserved exclusively for the Ford Ixion MAV in the Taiwanese market, and features such as the Panasonic AV800 audio system, satellite navigation system, and optional reverse cameras were only offered on the Ford. However, sales of the Ford Ixion in the Taiwanese market dropped behind the Mazda Premacy starting from the second month, and sales was mediocre until discontinuation in 2005. [4]

The Ford Ixion MAV in Taiwan is only available with a 1.8 liter 16 valve DOHC engine producing 135 hp/6200rpm and 16.5 kg-m/4500rpm mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission shared with the Ford Tierra. The MAV name means Multiple activity vehicle and is exclusive to the Taiwanese model. The Ford Ixion MAV was sold in two trim level priced at NTD 659,000 yuan and NTD 699,000 yuan. [5]

The international version of the Ford Ixion was fitted with different grilles, bumpers and rear lights, and the styling adapted to Ford’s New Edge design theme. The model gave Ford an entry into the compact MPV market in Asia. It was built in Japan and exported to parts of Asia, and was essentially a re-badged version of the Premacy with only minor differences. It was built alongside the Premacy and was identical mechanically while sold in a few Asian markets including Japan and China. The international version of the Ford Ixion shares the two Mazda Premacy home-market engines. In 2001 the model received minor changes, with the two-row models discontinued. The whole product line was discontinued in 2003 as Ford started the global one Ford policy and ended production of its re-badged cars in Japan. [6]

Second generation (CR; 2004)

Second generation (CR)
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Also calledMazda5
Ford i-Max
ProductionDecember 2004–April 2010
Designer Moray Callum
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door minivan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Mazda BK platform (Ford C1 platform)
Related Mazda3
Ford Focus (Euro Mk.2)
Ford Focus C-MAX
Volvo S40
Wheelbase 2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Length4,610 mm (181.5 in)
4,505 mm (177.4 in) (Japan)
4,554 mm (179.3 in) (JDM S)
Width1,755 mm (69.1 in)
Height1,631 mm (64.2 in)
1,665 mm (65.6 in) (Japan/Europe)
Curb weight 1,470–1,610 kg (3,241–3,549 lb)

Initial release

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The new model has been for sale since 7 February 2005 in Japan and mid-2005 in export markets. It is now sold as the Mazda5 in all markets except Japan. [7] While classified by Mazda as a mid-sized wagon, it competes with other vehicles classed as Compact MPVs in Europe, and is viewed as a mini-minivan in the United States. It is based on Ford's global C1 platform, meaning it shares many parts with the Mazda3. The Mazda5 replaced the Mazda MPV as Mazda's minivan offering in most export markets.

The Mazda5's closest relative in Asia is the Ford I-Max based on the same platform. In Europe, the closest is the European compact MPV, Ford Focus C-MAX, though the Mazda5 uses minivan-style sliding doors in the rear while the Focus C-Max has four conventional front-hinged doors. This version of the vehicle was also introduced for sale in the United States, making it the first compact minivan in that market since the 1994 Mitsubishi Expo (in the United States) and 1995 Nissan Axxess (in Canada). The Mazda5 is marginally larger than the 1984–1989 Toyota Van. Competition joined the North American MPV market in 2006 with Mercedes-Benz's B200 (in Canada and Mexico) and in 2007 Kia Motors followed suit with the 2007 Kia Rondo (in the United States and Canada).

In North America, due to safety regulations, the Mazda5 fits six passengers using three rows of seats, with two seats per row. Elsewhere, it is sold as a seven-seater using Mazda's "Karakuri Seating System", which means the car has three rows of two seats, with the seventh seat a fold away jump seat in the centre of the middle row. The Mazda5 has three-point seat belts on all seven seats.

The middle row of seats recline and slide front-to-rear, and fold flat. The rear row also folds flat.


The wheelbase is 2,750 mm (108 in) with an overall length of 4,610 mm (181 in). For the Japanese domestic market it is C model/F model – 4,505 mm (177.4 in) / S model – 4,565 mm (179.7 in).

Engine options:

  • 1.8  L MZR I4, 85  kW (116 PS/114  hp)
  • 2.0 L MZR I4, 110 kW (150 PS/148 hp)
  • 2.3 L MZR I4, 117 or 119 kW (159–162 PS/157-159 hp)
  • 2.0 L MZR-CD I4 Diesel, 89 or 105  kW (105–143 PS/103-141 hp)


Mazda was forced to recall[ when? ] the Mazda5 in the United States shortly after production began due to a risk of exhaust system fires. Owners that were not made aware of the manual shifting mode ("sport mode") of the 4-speed automatic transmission would mistakenly leave the shifter in that position, resulting in high temperatures as the car would remain in second gear. Mazda's solution was to add a heat shield around the muffler and to alter the vehicle's software to not allow excessively high engine speeds beyond a short period of time when in "sport mode". Although the five-speed manual transmission equipped cars would seemingly not need to be recalled, Mazda chose to retrofit all Mazda5 versions with the new parts and software. The company also gave customers US$500 (for Canadian owners, it is C$500) plus a loaner car while the problem was mitigated. 2,700 vehicles were affected.

2006 model year update

For the 2006 model year, Mazda offered fewer Mazda5 options than in other markets. The North American version lacked the front-to-back roof rails that were included as standard in other markets. Other notable Mazda5 options not offered in North America included a back-up camera, power-assist side doors and even a choice of engine (2.3 L only). A second-row DVD entertainment system was eventually offered as a dealer installed add-on. Mazda produced a limited number of Mazda5 units featuring all-wheel-drive but this version was not made available outside Japan for the 2006 model year.

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid (2007)

The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid was a version of Mazda Premacy with a two-rotor Wankel engine supporting hydrogen or gasoline fuel. The hydrogen tank with 110 l (24 imp gal; 29 US gal) at 350 bars (35,000 kPa) stores up to 2.4 kg (5.3 lb) of hydrogen and is in addition to the 60 l (13 imp gal; 16 US gal) petrol tank. [8]


The Mazda5 was named "Best New Multipurpose Family Vehicle" in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards. 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.

In April 2006, the Japan New Car Assessment Program (J-NCAP) awarded the Mazda5 a maximum six-star rating for front-occupant crash worthiness. In Europe, the Mazda5 was awarded a maximum five-star "adult occupant" safety rating in September 2005 by the Euro-NCAP.

2008 update

For 2008, the Mazda Premacy/Mazda5 received a mid-cycle refresh with updated front bumper, wheels and rear LED lights for Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The automatic gearbox was updated to five-speed. The interior received a few changes to the dash including luminescent gauges, an updated radio control layout with auxiliary input, a rear A/C vent, center console, and a full set of armrests for the first and second seating rows on North American models. Mazda first released the 2008 Mazda Premacy in Japan, with other markets to follow.

2010 update

For 2010, Mazda added electronic stability control and traction control to the Mazda5, [9] safety features that were formerly cited as oversights on the vehicle. [10]

Ford i-Max

The Ford i-Max was developed by Ford Lio Ho in Taiwan to replace the Ford Ixion MAV that had been discontinued in 2005. Ford Lio Ho applied Ford's "Kinetic design" design language with styling changes including a redesigned front end, horizontal tail lamps, and the addition of Ford S-MAX inspired side air-vents. [11]

The Ford i-Max is powered by Duratec-HE 2.0 liter inline-4 gasoline engine producing 148hp/6000rpm and 19.2kgm/4500rpm mated to a sequential sport shift 4-speed automatic gearbox. [12] The fuel consumption is 8.9km/l in cities, 13.8km/l on highways, and a combined average of 11.5km/l. The i-Max debuted in July 2007 and the starting price was priced at NTD 699,000 yuan featuring duo airbags for the front seats, anti-lock braking system/ Electronic brakeforce distribution, Emergency brake assist, and HID headlamps. There are four trim levels including the 5-seater GLX priced at NTD 699,000 yuan, the 7-seater Ghia priced at NTD 779,000 yuan, the 7-seater Ghia-X priced at NTD 82,000 yuan, the 6-seater Ghia-Limited priced at NTD 879,000 yuan. [13]

A facelift was introduced in 2010 featuring an additional rear fog lamp, smoked headlamps, and red tail lamp lens. [14]

Third generation (CW; 2010)

Third generation (CW)
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Also called
ProductionMay 2010–February 2018
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door minivan
Platform Mazda CW platform
Related Mazda3
Wheelbase 2,751 mm (108.3 in)
Length4,585 mm (180.5 in)
Width1,750 mm (68.9 in)
Height1,615 mm (63.6 in)
Curb weight 1,470–1,568 kg (3,241–3,457 lb)
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The second generation was the first car to use Mazda's new Nagare design language, with the curve of the front fender flowing past the wheelwell and onto the car's flank. "Nagare" means flow and was first developed for the eponymous show car of 2006. [16]

In Europe, the new Mazda5 is offered with either a 1.8-liter four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with direct-injection and Mazda’s i-stop start/stop technology, which will reduce emissions by 15 percent. Both engines include a six-speed manual transmission as standard, [17] as well as new environmental friendly features. [18]

For 2012, the US Mazda5 comes with a 157 hp (117 kW) 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in the base model, with a five-speed automatic optional while both the Touring and the Grand Touring come with a five-speed automatic with manual mode. The third generation began production on 13 May 2010 and began sales in Japan on 1 July 2010. The Mazda5 comes in three grades: 20CS, 20E and 20S. The base model CS does not include i-stop.

Nissan Lafesta Highway Star (2011–2018)

The Nissan Lafesta Highway Star is a version of Mazda Premacy supplied to Nissan by Mazda Motor Corporation on an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) basis. Unlike the Premacy, the new Nissan Lafesta Highway Star ditches the Nagare design.

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Nissan Lafesta Highway Star (Japan)

Only sold in Japan, the Lafesta Highway Star went on sale on 15 June 2011. [19] [20]

2013 update

Mazda Premacy (2013–2018)

Changes to Mazda Premacy include the introduction of Skyactiv-G 2.0L engine and 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission. The Skyactiv variant of the Premacy will have a fuel economy of 16.2 km/L based on Japan's JC08 mode.

Japanese market models went on sale in January 2013. Early models include 20C-Skyactiv, 20S-Skyactiv, 20S-Skyactiv L-package, 20CS, 20C, 20S. [21]


Taiwanese market models of Mazda5 were produced by Ford Lio Ho Motor Co., Ltd. [22] [23]

2015 model year update

In the United States, 2015 was the last year that the Mazda 5 was to be imported, due to sluggish sales volumes. Mazda shifted its focus to crossover vehicles growing in popularity, like the Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5, and the Mazda CX-9. [24] [25]

2016 model year update

For 2016 and 2017, the Mazda 5 continued to be sold in Canada. It has been retired in the United States. [26]


Sales of the MPV (Mazda 8) ended in March 2016, while the Premacy and Biante ended on 23 February 2018. [27]

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