Mazda Carol

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Mazda Carol
ManufacturerMazda
Production1961-present
PredecessorMazda R360
ClassKei car
Body style(s)2-door sedan
Mazda P360
Production1961
Engine(s)358 cc OHV I4
Mazda P600
The 1 millionth Mazda Carol
Production1962
Body style(s)2-door sedan
Engine(s)586 cc OHV I4
Mazda Chantez
Production1972-1977
Body style(s)2-door sedan
Engine(s)359 cc 2-stroke V2
Autozam Carol Mk I
Production1989
Body style(s)2-door sedan
Engine(s)547 cc F5B I3
RelatedSuzuki Alto
Autozam Carol Mk II
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Production1990-1994
Body style(s)2-door sedan
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)657 cc F6A I3
RelatedSuzuki Alto
Autozam Carol Mk III
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Production1995-1998
Engine(s)657 cc F6A I3
RelatedSuzuki Alto
Mazda Carol Mk III
Production1999-2000
Engine(s)658 cc I3
RelatedSuzuki Alto
Mazda AZ-Offroad
Mazda AZ-Wagon
Mazda Carol Mk IV
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Production2001-2003
Engine(s)658 cc I3
RelatedSuzuki Alto
Mazda Carol Mk V
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Production2004-present
RelatedSuzuki Alto
Nissan Pino

The Carol is a name used by Mazda for its kei cars since 1961.

1961 P360 Carol

The R360 was replaced in 1961 with the Mazda P360 Carol, the company's first 4-passenger car. It was larger than the Mazda R360 it replaced, running on a 193 cm wheelbase for a total length of 298 cm. It used a rear-mounted water-cooled 358 cc 4-cylinder OHV engine, which is one of the smallest 4-cylinder automobile engines in history (only Honda's 356 cc DOHC alloy 4-cylinder unit, used in the T360 truck, was smaller).

1962 P600 Carol

The Carol 600 appeared in the fall of 1962 with a larger 586 cc OHV engine and a longer 320 cm length. It was available as a 4-door sedan in late 1963. The car was called the 'Carol' in Japan, and the '600', 'P600', and 'N600' in other markets.

1972 Chantez

The Chantez (or Chante) had a longer wheelbase at 220 cm than most of its competitors and boasted the powerful 2-stroke engine from the Porter. Sales halted in 1977, and Mazda did not produce another kei car until 1989.

1989 Autozam Carol

The Carol name appeared again in 1989 on the Autozam Carol. The Carol was produced for Mazda by Suzuki, and while it used the Suzuki Alto's platform, its interior and exterior were completely unique to Mazda. It was a front or all-wheel drive kei car with a SOHC 547 cc 3-cylinder F5B engine and a 233 cm wheelbase.

1990

New regulations brought about the replacement of the 1989 Carol within 4 months. The new car was 6 cm longer and used a larger 657 cc F6A engine. In 1991, Mazda offered a turbocharged engine, and the car was lengthened to 329 cm in 1992.

1996

An updated Autozam Carol came out in October 1995 as a 1996 model. Again, it was front or all-wheel drive and still riding on the same platform.

1999

An entirely new Carol appeared in October 1998 as a 1999 model, this time with the Mazda brand name. Unlike previous Carols, this model was a straight rebadged Suzuki Alto. This Carol was available with either front or all-wheel drive and used the old 657 cc F6A engine or a new 658 cc DOHC unit. It was closely related to the AZ-Offroad and AZ-Wagon introduced at the same time.

2001

The Carol was updated with a new look for 2001. Emissions (with a new VVT engine) and safety were also improved.

2004

As Suzuki released a replacement for the Suzuki Alto, the rebadged Mazda Carol was also replaced.