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2019 Mazda MX-30

You would like to take the enthusiasm for Mazda's first all-electric car from the responsible engineer Tomiko Takeuchi, but it doesn't quite work out. Most likely in the interior, whose seats are supposedly upholstered in recycled PET bottles. And it all looks much better than you would imagine the basic material.

The company was founded in 1920 as Toyo Cork Kogyo, so it mainly refined cork and now proves in the interior of the MX that it is possible to produce such an environmentally friendly material as before. The '30' in the name is intended to illustrate the dimensional proximity to the CX 30. As the year of its foundation reveals, next year the company will be 100 years old, so it's high time for an electric car. The interior is really cosy. There is even an additional seven incher for the operation of the air conditioner etc.

The irritation begins with the name, because with 'MX' you immediately get the sports car that Mazda has been successfully using to experience emotions since the early nineties. Explanation for this strange synchronous step: 'MX' is the formula for all outlaws, i.e. cars that deviate from the usual line. After all, those who love SUVs can't deny the bodywork's skilful lack of frills despite its proximity to the coupé shape.

Irritation no. 2: The performance of the battery is 'only' 35.5 kWh, probably the gross amount, because the range is specified by 200 km (WLTP). That's not much, even considering the price of 34,000 Euro, but we have to wait for the later base price. Of course, this battery would not be suitable for a stately car with a special engine performance. But there remains a quite passable torque.

Mazda wouldn't be Mazda if they hadn't come up with a story. The intention is to use simple combustion engines as range extenders soon, and in the following year even space-saving Wankel engines. So from BMW was not only copied the confounded door concept without need, but also the fight against the fear of being without energy.

Mazda claims that the door concept comes from the much earlier RX-8.

Of course, it doesn't quite fold, just like the rear doors, which always require the front doors to be opened first. One should have asked in Munich how the concept would have proved itself, then it would probably not even be introduced because of the enormous consumption and the associated CO2-emissions, even though fewer batteries would have to be produced. 12/19br>

In Europe, the range extender of the BMW i3 is no longer available.

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