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Mazda Freshens Up Carol's Face

By Stacey Wilson

Carol, Mazda' Motor Corporation's keicar, is made more stunning by entertaining one major facelift. Both the façade and the interior of the car benefited from said enhancements. In addition, the remodeled version is made more fuel efficient and eco-friendly than its predecessors.

Carol is famed for its rich curves, stunning design and practicality. With the latest enhancements and upgrades made to Mazda auto body parts, a freshened and more stunning car is produced. The new version is now on sale at all Mazda Autozam, Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers across Japan.

Upgraded features of Carol include a modified front end, seats and door trim design. Also, two new body color options were added – the Antique Rose Metallic and the Lime Green Metallic – the additional colors bring a full range of 8 options. Also, a redesigned Mazda grille and front bumper are also integrated in the car. Mazda headlights are separated in the new version of Carol. Turn indicators also form part of the significant upgrades. To further enhance Carol's looks, it has been given a tea-colored seat upholstery and door trim.

In 2001, Carol entertained upgrades to create a brand new façade. Emissions of the car were also improved with the introduction of VVT engine. Safety features of the car were further enhanced to match performance and ergonomics.

Mazda Carol is a keicar, also known as keijidōsha. It is a micro-mini vehicle for the Japanese auto market. Keicars are small vehicles that include passenger cars, vans and pickup trucks. They are manufactured to exploit insurance relaxations and local tax. They are exempt from complying with the certification of adequate parking space.

Carol qualifies for Japan's Green Tax reductions by being certified SU-LEV. It emits 75 percent fewer exhaust emissions compared to the levels prescribed by the territory's emissions standard for 2005. It has also exceeded the 2010 fuel economy standard by 10 to 20 percent. Carol is priced at $6,500 to $9,080.

The use of keicars like Carol, originated in the milieu where Japanese could not afford to purchase full-size cars yet but have enough to purchase a motorcycle. To improve auto market in Japan and to deliver alternatives to its populace, keicar standards were formulated.
About the Author
As a former news correspondent for an auto-related website, Stacey has gathered extensive knowledge and experience in the automotive industry. This 34 year old mother of two from Memphis is a genuine car lover.

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