FRANKFURT – It’s not the next Mazda Motor Corp. minivan, but in an exercise that looks years into the future, it certainly will steer design inspiration down the road. Except the Washu, unveiled at the Detroit show in January, is too sleek and low to be accurately described as a minivan. The vehicle’s 242-hp 3.5L V-6 engine drives the front wheels, so it's altogether too delicate to be an SUV (see related story: Mazda Announces RX-8 Pricing, Shows Concept). Sliding doors and doors that ...

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