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Facelifted Mazda offers protection

6th May 1993, Page 22
6th May 1993
Page 22
Page 22, 6th May 1993 — Facelifted Mazda offers protection
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• Snapped on test in Scandinavia, this is the minibus variant of Mazda's latest E-series van: a longer, facelifted version of the long-established panel van range. Increased overhang at the front end to improve crash protection for the forward-control cab is disguised by the shallower slope of the windscreen, giving the van a much less ungainly appearance; the rear end remains largely unaltered. The changes will increase the weight of the van, which retains its current petrol and diesel engine options. Mazda is not planning to introduce this or any other new commercials to the UK this year.

E Also seen on test, this time in Italy, is the chassis-cab variant of the new Sevel van. The Fiat/PSA vehicle—currently sold in the UK as the Fiat Ducato, Talbot Express and Citroen C25—gets more rounded styling: a trend seen in most of its rivals. These include the VW Transporter, the Ford Transit, and the replacement Mercedes Ti (CM 8-14 April). The Sevel partnership is based at Val-diSangro in Italy, but a new plant in France will increase production capacity ready for the van's launch next year. The prototype's disguise fails to conceal its deep windscreen and angled, Transit-like side windows. Also apparent are the long wheelbase and its substantial front crumple zone.

The Severs interior will be completely revised, and might include the unusual dash-mounted gear lever seen on other prototypes.


People: Mercedes Ti

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