Autozam Revue
Overview
ManufacturerAutozam
Mazda
Also calledMazda 121
Mazda Revue
Production1990–1998
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact
Body style4-door sedan
PlatformMazda DB platform
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
  • 5-speed manual
  • 4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,390 mm (94.1 in)
Length3,800 mm (149.6 in)
Width1,655 mm (65.2 in)
Height1,470 mm (57.9 in)
Curb weight806 to 860 kg (1,776.9 to 1,896.0 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorMazda 121 (DA)
SuccessorMazda 121 (DW)/Mazda Demio

The Autozam Revue is a subcompact car that was sold by Autozam, introduced in 1990. The demise of that marque led to the cars being renamed as the Mazda Revue in some markets. The car was also sold in many export markets as the Mazda 121, where it replaced the previous 121 that had been based on the first-generation Ford Festiva.

The Revue was available in most markets as a small four-door saloon with an optional canvas sunroof added in February 1991. Its unconventional, tall and rounded look with a very short, separate trunk caused some consternation.[1] While everyone else was chasing aerodynamics, the tall Revue/121 had a very uncompetitive drag coefficient of Cd=0.40.[1] 1.1-, 1.3- and 1.5-litre engines were offered, with either five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

In 1996, the 121 name was shifted to export versions of the Mazda Demio, a tall, five-door hatchback, which became exported as the Mazda2 in its second generation. A Ford Fiesta, assembled at Ford's Valencia plant barely modified, but rebadged as the Mazda 121, was also sold in some markets after 1996 (where the Demio was sold at the same time with its original name). Sales of the Revue ended in Japan in June 1998.

Australia

The Mazda 121 was often referred to as the "bubble car" or "jellybean" or "the hat"[2] with the car's colour often added to the latter, for example: The little green jellybean. Australian models came standard with the 1.3 litre engine paired with the standard 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission. The 1.5-litre engine was added to the Australian range in 1994 and was used until 1996. This generation was sold alongside its successor, the Mazda Demio also baring the 121 nameplate, for a short time between 1996 and 1997.[3]

Europe

Sold as the Mazda 121 from 1991 until 1996, the unconventional saloon was first replaced by a badge-engineered Ford Fiesta, and shortly afterwards also by the Mazda Demio 5-door estate. Sales in Europe were generally meager, in part because it was priced very close to the larger 323. At the time of introduction, European-market cars were typically fitted with the 8-valve 1.3-litre engine with 73 PS (54 kW), with the 1.5 being reserved for Japan.[4] Mazda also offered the 1.1-litre version of the engine for certain European markets where the tax and insurance regulations suited it.

In Belgium and the Netherlands, it is often referred as "de Bolhoed" (the Bowler Hat) because of its bubble shape.[5]

Engines

References

  1. ^ a b Söderlind, Alrik (1991-08-22). "I fin form" [In fine form]. Teknikens Värld (in Swedish). Vol. 43, no. 16. Stockholm, Sweden: Specialtidningsförlaget AB. p. 6.
  2. ^ "Boyd Briese's 1991 Mazda 121". evalbum.com.
  3. ^ "Mazda 121 Australia specs".
  4. ^ Söderlind 1991, p. 8.
  5. ^ "Kieskeurig 1990". Archived from the original on 2021-12-22 – via www.youtube.com.
  6. ^ Quattroruote: Tutte le Auto del Mondo 1992 (in Italian). Milano: Editoriale Domus S.p.A. 1992. p. 469.
  7. ^ Tutte le Auto del Mondo 1992, p. 472