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  • Amati Cars


    Amati was a luxury marque planned by Mazda in early 1992. It was to begin selling in late 1993, challenging Acura, Infiniti, and Lexus in North America. This would have followed Mazda's diversification in the Japanese market in the late 1980s with the launch of the Autozam, Eunos, and ɛ̃fini marques, in addition to the Mazda and Ford brands already marketed there. However, Amati never materialized to sell any cars under its marque due to high costs. The initial Amati range was to include the Amati 300 (which became the Eunos 500/Xedos 6 in Japan and Europe), the Amati 500 (which became the Eunos 800 in Japan and Australia, the Mazda Millenia in the U.S., and the Mazda Xedos 9 in Europe) and a luxury sports coupe based on the Mazda Cosmo. By far the most ambitious Amati vehicle out of the line up is the Amati 1000. This vehicle featured a 4.0 litre (3981cc), 3-bank, naturally aspirated W12 DOHC gasoline-powered engine that was proposed to be limited to per the Japan auto industry's gentlemen's agreement, but actual horsepower amounts have not been found. Each cylinder bank had a displacement of 1327cc, or three proposed Mazda series B3 engines mated together at the crankshaft. The W12 engine featured an aluminum engine block, Magnesium cylinder heads and oil pan, and fitted with ceramic valves and pistons (perhaps ceramic coated). However, neither the 1000 nor the W-12 were never put into production. The Amati marque was eventually scrapped before any cars were sold. The entire brand diversification experiment was ended in the mid-1990s. The following vehicles were planned for the Amati brand. Those that were rebadged versions are noted in parentheses. Amati 300 sedan (Eunos 500/Xedos 6) Amati 500 sedan (Eunos 800/Xedos 9/Mazda Millenia) Amati 1000 sedan (Mazda Sentia) Unnamed luxury coupe based on the Mazda Cosmo coupé

  • Honda Civic (third generation)


    The third generation Honda Civic is an automobile which was produced by Honda from 1983 to 1987. It was introduced in September 1983 for model year 1984. The Civic's wheelbase was increased by 2–5 inches (13 cm) to 93.7 inches (hatchback) or 96.5 inches (sedan). A three-door hatchback/kammback, four-door sedan (also known as the Honda Ballade), the five-door "Shuttle" station wagon, and sporting CRX coupé shared common underpinnings. This included MacPherson strut suspension with torsion bars in the front and a rear beam with coil springs. However, the body panels were largely different between models. The Civic-based Honda Quint five-door hatchback also underwent a model change, and became the Honda Quint Integra, available as both a three- and five-door fastback. The Quint Integra (soon just "Integra") was sold at the Japanese Honda Verno dealership along with the CR-X. The Civic in Japan was now exclusive to Honda Primo, along with Honda's kei cars as well as superminis like the Honda City. At its introduction in 1983, it won the Car of the Year Japan Award.

  • Honda Odyssey (North America)


    For the North American market, the Honda Odyssey is a minivan manufactured and marketed by Japanese automaker Honda since 1994, now in its fifth generation. The Odyssey had originally been conceived and engineered in Japan, in the wake of the country's economic crisis of the 1990s – which in turn imposed severe constraints on the vehicle's size and overall concept, dictating the minivan's manufacture in an existing facility with minimal modification. The result was a smaller minivan, in the Compact MPV class, that was well received in the Japanese domestic market and less well received in North America. The first generation Odyssey was marketed in Europe as the Honda Shuttle. Subsequent generations diverged to reflect market variations, and Honda built a plant in Lincoln, Alabama, United States, incorporating the ability to manufacture larger models. Since model year 1999, Honda has marketed a larger (large MPV-class) Odyssey in North America and a smaller Odyssey in Japan and other markets. Honda also offered the larger North American Odyssey in Japan as the Honda LaGreat beginning in June 1999 through 2005.

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