|Also called||Eunos 800|
|Class||Mid-size Executive car|
|Body style(s)||4-door sedan|
|Platform||Mazda T platform|
|Engine(s)||2.0L 140 hp (104 kW) V6|
2.5L 170 hp (127 kW) V6
2.3L 210 hp (157 kW) Miller cycle V6
|Transmission(s)||4-speed automatic , 5-speed manual (European 2-liter only)|
|Wheelbase||108.3 in (2751 mm)|
|Length||189.8 in (1995-2000)|
191.6 in (4867 mm) (2001-02)
|Width||69.7 in (1770 mm)|
|Height||54.9 in (1394 mm)|
The Mazda Millenia was originally planned as the second of three luxury cars for Mazda's luxury brand, Amati. As Mazda's dwindling finances no longer permitted the launch of the Amati brand, the Millenia was launched in the autumn of 1993 in Europe (as the Xedos 9) and Japan (as the Eunos 800) under the Mazda brand. The car was launched in the US in 1995 as the Millenia, and replaced the 929 as Mazda's flagship sedan offering there. The Millenia was facelifted for the 2000 through 2003 model years. There was no model link to the other Mazda marque Ẽfini.
Having been developed for a separate audience from typical Mazda customers, the Millenia boasted a myriad of finer details. It was engineered to far greater levels of perceived quality than existing Mazda cars, such as interior plastic, panel gap and thicker paint coating. The Millenia/Eunos 800/Xedos 9 was assembled along with the smaller Eunos 500/Xedos 6 in a new production line, presumably set up for Amati cars.
The Millenia does not have a predecessor or replacement in the Mazda product line. It appears to have received a brand-new platform, although the multi-link suspension at both ends strongly resembled that of the 1991 Mazda Sentia, with minor changes such as replacing the lower I-arm with an A-arm for front wheel drive. It was the only production car in the world to employ a Miller cycle engine (The current Demio/Mazda2 features Miller Cycle on one of its engines). Yaw-sensitive 4-wheel steering was available as an option in Japan; Mazda claimed that with this feature, the Millenia was capable of passing the elk test at speeds comparable to the BMW 850i, surpassing the Z32 Nissan 300ZX.
In 1997 the Japanese Eunos 800 was also renamed the Millenia as Mazda folded the Eunos brand. This name change was accompanied by a significant facelift that included some cost-saving measures. For instance, the hood was downgraded from aluminum to steel.
In the USA, the Millenia was available with or without the Miller Cycle engine (The "Millenia S" spec).
The first mention of the Amati luxury brand was in Motor Trend magazine February 1992 page 118, the article written by Maryann N. Keller. In the June 1992 issue, the Amati logo was displayed in green, and they mentioned that the advertising campaign was to be handled by Los Angeles based Lord, Dentsu & Partners who had an advertising campaign budget of $75 million, with a launch to be slated at the end of 1993. The November 1993 issue on page 18 stated that after Amati had been cancelled due to recession, the Millenia was originally was to be sold as an Amati.
Production for the Millenia ended after 2002, and was replaced by the Mazda6 for 2003. The Mazda6 is roughly similar in size to the Millenia, and larger in certain dimensions.
2.0 L also available in Europe at launch
http://www.japan-partner.com/Auto/849/Mazda/EUNOS/car-for-sale.html Eunos 800 retrieved 2/11/08
http://www.fastlane.com.au/Reviews/mazdaeunos.htm Australian review of Eunos 800 retrieved 2/11/08
Specifications and performance
|Engine(s)||2.3 L KJ-ZEM V6 (Miller cycle)|
|Price As Tested||$36,345|
|Engine Type||2.3 Liter V6|
|Engine Size||2255 cc/2.3 L|
|Horsepower||210 hp (157 kW) @5300 rpm|
|Torque||210 lb·ft (285 N·m) @ 3500 rpm|
|Wheelbase/Width/Length||108.3 in (2751 mm)/69.7 in (1770 mm)/189.8 in (4821 mm)|
|Curb Weight||3,410 lb (1,550 kg)|
|Fuel Type||Premium Unleaded|
|Fuel Capacity||18.0 US gal (68 L; 15 imp gal)|
|Brakes (F/R)||Disc (ABS)/Disc (ABS)|
|Domestic Content||4 Percent|
|Coefficient of Drag (Cd.)||0.29|
|EPA Economy, miles per gallon
|20 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp)/28 mpg-US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp)/23 mpg-US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg-imp)|
|0-60 mph||7.8 Seconds|
|1/4 Mile (E.T.)||15.9 seconds @ 89.2 mph (143.6 km/h)|
|Top Speed (Est.)||142 mph (229 km/h)|
Mazda automobile timeline, North American market, 1980s–present
|Sports||MX-5 Miata||MX-5 Miata||MX-5|