Mazda Designs for the Handicapped

Mazda in Japan has launched some interesting special-needs versions of its vehicles that enhance accessibility for the handicapped.

Mazda in Japan has launched some interesting special-needs versions of its vehicles that enhance accessibility for the handicapped.

One is the Premacy—known in the U.S. as the Mazda5—with a front row lift-up seat. The seat lowers to a height of 430 mm—or 16.9 in.—to provide the means by which people in wheelchairs can more readily get into that seat.

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Then there’s the Biante—a Japan-market-only “tall wagon” based on the Mazda3 platform—with a similar setup to the Premacy, although in this case it is for the second row.

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Clearly, this is important design work.

(By the way: in the forthcoming issue of Automotive Design & Production we’ll be looking at the MV-1, a purpose-built vehicle for the handicapped that recently went into production at the AM General plant in Mishawaka, Indiana.)