Mazda Laputa

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Mazda Laputa
Mazda Laputa.jpg
ManufacturerMazda
Also calledSuzuki Kei
Production1999-2006
SuccessorMazda Spiano
ClassKei car
Body style(s)3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
Engine(s)659cc petrol
ManualsService Manual

The Mazda Laputa was a clone of the aptly-named Suzuki Kei. It was a kei car from Mazda in Japan. The Laputa was introduced in 1999 as a sort of SUV/kei car mix. The Laputa was restyled slightly for 2001 and was retired in 2006. The Laputa was available with front- or all wheel drive and as a 3-door hatchback or 5-door station wagon. Both SOHC and DOHC engines were used.

Global market

The car's name derives from the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift [1]. Similarly to the Nissan Moco and the Mitsubishi Pajero, the name is fortuituously unfit for Spanish-speaking countries, since "la puta" in Spanish means literally "the whore" ("moco means "snot" or "booger" and "pajero" may be understood as "wanker").