SAN FRANCISCO – AmericanMotor Co. Inc. may show a multipurpose vehicle concept at this fall’s Los Angeles auto show, a company official tells Ward’s here.
However, a production MPV is unlikely, as sales of the only true MPV in the U.S. market,Motor Corp.’s Mazda5, are below expectations.
hoped to sell 20,000-25,000 units annually and looked to be headed in that direction after a strong start last summer. But sales have slowed, with only 12,567 deliveries since the vehicle went on sale in June 2005, according to Ward’s data.
“You may see something at the L.A. auto show this year just testing the idea (of an MPV),” Dan Bonawitz, vice president-auto operations for American, says here at an Acura RDX media preview.
“We continue to watch the (MPV segment) and test (consumer acceptance of MPVs) every once in a while, (but) so far, they don’t seem to sell real well here,” he says
Honda offers a variety of MPVs, also called space wagons or microvans, outside North America, including the Step Wagon, Elysion and Stream in Japan.
This fall, Kia Motors America will test the segment by bringing its Carens MPV from Europe. It will be sold as the Rondo in the U.S. Kia has said it expects 20,000 sales annually of all Carens/Rondo models sold outside Korea.