Thursday, September 13, 2007, posted by Auto Rider at 6:22 PM

For the 2008 model year, Mazda announced that the freshened Premacy is now available to Japanese consumers. The Premacy is known as the Mazda5 in the United States and in Europe.

Japanese automaker Mazda's offering in the United States and in Europe includes the Mazda5. But in the Japanese auto market, the said vehicle goes by the name of Mazda Premacy. The changes made to the Premacy are part of the automaker's "Communicative and Dynamic" product concept. The Premacy also uses reliable components.

The changes made to the Premacy are part of the automaker's "Communicative and Dynamic" product concept. On the outside, Mazda engineers gave the new Premacy a smoother look with clean lines connecting the hood of the multi-purpose vehicle to its bumper. The headlight design was also changed from the previous version of the nameplate. For upscale version of the Premacy, LED indicator lights are embedded on the door mirrors as well as giving it LED rear combination lights.

On the performance side of things, the new Premacy now uses Mazda's sequential valve timing or SV-T. The use of the said technology increased the performance level of both the available engines for the Premacy. These two engines are the 2.0-liter and the 2.3-liter MZR engines. For the front-wheel drive variants, electronically-controlled five-speed automatic transmission has been thrown into the mix of its features. The addition of these features made the transfer of torque and linear acceleration better.

According to the automaker, all front-wheel drive Premacy with the 2.0-liter MZR engine are certified to meet Japan's 2010 fuel economy standards. The vehicles in fact exceed the standards which makes them eligible for the country's Green Tax exemptions. With that certification, the Mazda5 can surely meet California's stringent emission standards. The automaker also announced that both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variants of the Premacy have been certified by the Japanese government as Super-Ultra –Low Emission Vehicles.

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