I love me them little JDM micro-mini kei cars. The little things are just totally so adorable, and Mazda's just released shots of their new re-design of their tiniest model. It's called the Spiano and it's a re-badged and re-branded Suzuki Lapin. That's right — this boxy little retro-styled mini-Mazda's not made by the FoMoCo-owned automaker, but instead they've contracted with Suzuki to fill their tiniest of model line-up holes. It's a practice we're told is pretty standard in Japan, especially to fill order of low-volume niche products. And it doesn't get more low-volume than the Spiano — a micro-box with a sales target of a mere 300 units a month. But hey, you can't beat a price range that runs from just under $8,500 all the way up to a not-so-high $11,392 — and we bet it gets pretty decent gas mileage too. One more picture of the interior and the press release after the jump.
MAZDA HATCHES FRESHENED SPIANO LINEUP
HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that updated Spiano micro-mini models, known for their friendly exteriors and comfortable interior cabins, are on sale from today at Mazda Autozam, Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.
The models offer newly designed seat and door trim fabric, an improvement which gives the interiors a fresh new atmosphere. The XS grade has a new chrome front grille, and the Spiano GS includes newly added split rear seats.
The sales target volume for the Spiano range is 300 units a month.
Main features of the freshened Spiano
- New high quality chrome front grille (XS grade)
- Newly designed upholstery and door trim (GS and XS grades: blue or bright orange patterned fabric; SS grade: black and silver monotone design)
- White leaf-pattern instrument panel garnish (XS grade)
- Split rear seat that enables various seat arrangements (GS grade)