To show its commitment to social responsibility, the Mazda Motor Corporation will be participating in the 35th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition (HCR) in Tokyo, Japan. The company will be showcasing its special needs cars at the event. Although the vehicles will initially be available in Japan, there is that possibility that they will eventually make it to American shores.

Three special needs vehicles by Mazda will be showcased at the event.

The “AZ Wagon i” is based on the small but highly successful micro-mini AZ Wagon. Wheelchair bound passengers may enter and exit the vehicle via the rear liftgate.

Mazda’s “MPV Second Row Lift-up Seat” is based on the very successful MPV and has been modified so that it could help people who do not have the use of their legs. Modifications on this vehicle allow its second row seat to rise and rotate to allow smooth egress and ingress for passengers on wheelchairs.

The “Biante” features a step that automatically extends when the van’s sliding door is opened and retracts when the door is closed. The “autostep” was developed to assist passengers who may have physical issues when getting in and out of vehicles.

The 35th International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition will be held at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center and will run from September 24th to 26th. The event is the largest special needs exhibit in the country and features products from all over the world. Mazda has been an HCR exhibitor since 1995.

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  (380) posted on 09.27.2010

Not just Honda, but many JDM automakers (Toyota, etc.) have offered "special needs" versions of their vehicles for quite some time, so it’s not just Mazda that "has this expertise," as Johnathon put it. I saw a handful of them when I lived in Japan last year from various marques.

  (571) posted on 08.5.2010

I’ll guarantee that it would be much cheaper to buy and run than the converted Renault Kangoo my daughter gets ferried around in.

  (274) posted on 05.6.2010

Did you know that this model is based on the Suzuki Wagon R.

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