"The Mazda Biante will enable us to appeal to an even wider range of customers with vehicles that ‘look inviting to drive, are fun to drive, and make you want to drive them again.’"

It didn't take Mazda long to put its recently announced Mazda Biante 8-seater minivan into production, better yet yesterday Mazda celebrated the Biante job #1 ceremony at its Ujina Plant in Japan. The new Zoom-Zoom minivan will go on sale in Japan on July 8 2008 and pricing will start at yen 2,199,000 and ranges all the way to yen 2,689,000 including taxes.

The Mazda Bianta comes with a choice of two engines, a 2.0 liter DOHC DISI (Direct Injection) and a 2.3 liter DOHC, and front-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive. The 2.0 liter engine is coupled to either a 4 speed automatic (FWD) or a 5 speed automatic (4WD) while the 2.3 liter power plant is mated to a 5 speed automatic with manual mode.

President Imaki said: “The launch of the all-new Biante marks Mazda’s entry into Japan’s mid-size ‘tall’ minivan segment. In terms of sales volume, it is second only to the compact car segment.” The tall minivan measures 4,715 mm in length, 1,770 mm width and 1,835 in height and offers plenty of room for its eight passengers.

Prices mentioned are without optional packages, so it is safe to say that the 'skate-board' wheels can be upgraded to something more wheel-arch filling.

Mazda Biante Production Start (JA)