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post Aug 29 2006, 01:32 AM
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The Mazda 121 "bubble" redefined the budget small car with cute lines, high quality and spacious cabin. Under siege from the Koreans, Mazda was later forced to strip $2,000 out of the car.

On its November 1990 launch, the new Mazda 121 was lifted well clear of its budget predecessor with an obvious link to the MX-5 that took the market by storm only a year earlier. Its efficient 1.3-litre engine was a 16 valve development of proven 323 and Laser B-series powerplants while its curved, high cabin matched the space of more expensive small cars.

Initially presented as a top shelf model only with painted bumpers, large 14 inch wheels with premium Astina-style wheelcovers and lavish cabin trim and equipment, it was not cheap as it nudged $20,000 when specified with 4 speed auto, power steering and air-cond. As Mazda took the high ground, Ford plugged the gap with the Korean version of the previous model badged as the Festiva.

A premium Mazda 121 Funtop with folding canvas roof arrived in January 1993. These early examples were bought by well-heeled buyers who looked after them. Mazda split the range into a stripped-out 1.3 model in January 1994 while the top of the range version continued with a new 1.5-litre engine. The stripped-out 1.3 model felt noisier and cruder on the road.

A Mazda 121 Shades extra-value pack based on an upgraded version of the 1.3 sold well into 1997 as the final model of this series and ran for almost a year alongside its 121 Metro replacement.










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- moethepaki   Mazda 121 "Bubble"   Aug 29 2006, 01:32 AM
- - z0ne   Yep, no poll.   Aug 29 2006, 05:49 AM
- - moethepaki   Fixed.   Aug 29 2006, 06:09 AM
- - Pinecone   Uncool   Aug 29 2006, 05:27 PM
- - Mr b00st   it's a cheap little economy car, and not an at...   Aug 29 2006, 06:00 PM
- - PAULIE_D   Wow. This car should have been marketed as "s...   Aug 29 2006, 06:04 PM
- - infinity935   QUOTE(PAULIE_D @ Aug 29 2006, 10:04 PM) W...   Aug 29 2006, 06:06 PM
- - clarkma5   That's just about bottom of the cool barrel..u...   Aug 29 2006, 06:13 PM
- - Phix   I swear that's the interior of the MX-3.   Aug 30 2006, 12:40 PM
- - dukenukem   ewwwwww   Aug 30 2006, 09:06 PM
- - Mr b00st   QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Aug 29 2006, 10:13 PM) T...   Sep 19 2006, 02:46 PM
- - Synesthesia   I see nothing cool about this car.   Sep 19 2006, 05:33 PM
- - bing5500   Driving this car would be the type of punishment f...   Sep 20 2006, 01:58 PM
- - chris   They also done a hatchback model, didn't they.   Mar 3 2007, 08:39 AM
- - jimeegee   First car I ever drove. It was frozen for me back ...   Jan 26 2008, 06:09 PM


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