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Mazda ɛ̃fini ‘MS-6’ Legacy: A Brief Yet Impactful Era

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TEXT: 島崎 七生人(SHIMAZAKI Naoto)  PHOTO: 島崎七生人(SHIMAZAKI Naoto)

  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction
  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction
  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction
  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction
  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction
  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction
  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction
  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction
  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction
  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction
  • MS-6 was discontinued just over three years after its introduction

It had a short sales period of just over three years after its introduction

The ɛ̃fini MS-6, which went on sale in November 1991, was, as the car’s name suggests, released exclusively through Mazda’s ɛ̃fini dealerships. It was a derivative model based on the company’s Cronos and featured a five-door hatchback style. Once again, we look back at the catalog of the time.

The model adopted a style that seems to be a forerunner of the ‘coupe look’ of today

The ɛ̃fini MS-6 is a five-door version of the Mazda Cronos, so to speak, and is the car that has the closest relationship with the Ford Telstar TX5, which also has five doors, like a sibling car. The MS-6, along with the Cronos, was positioned as the successor to the Mazda Capella (Ford Telstar), and although it was not offered as a wagon (or coupe), the sales channels were divided between sedan and 5-door models, which must have been difficult for the sales staff.

The MS-6 catalog, with the copy on the top page reading “V6 & wide round proportions, ɛ̃fini MS-6. This copy suggests that the MS-6 was a high-quality, high-end-oriented car, and in a sense, it was an ambitious concept in the Japanese market, where the reputation of 5-door cars has been difficult to establish for a long time.

In terms of proportions, the Cronos, a 4-door sedan version, had a relatively simple and clean 4-door sedan style, whereas the Cronos was originally designed to be rounded.

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