The MPV first arrived in 1989 as a rear-drive "Multi-Purpose Vehicle" featuring seating for five or seven people. In 1999 Mazda's minivan earned its first redesign with sliding rear side doors replacing the previous swing-out doors while the 2000 model switched to front-wheel drive.
Current Mazda Equivalent:
The closest comparison today is the BT-50 or CX-9. Work vehicle during the week and a home away from home over the action-packed weekends, the BT-50 has all the grunt and towing torque to get you where you need to be in comfort. While the seven seat CX-9 can ferry the whole family - and all their friends - around in luxurious comfort.