SUV With the Soul of a Sports Car Offers Unprecedented Value

Mazda today announced it has set prices of the all-new 2001 Mazda Tribute sport-utility vehicle, starting at an eye-popping $17,005 for the DX model equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and manual transmission. Tribute models equipped with the 200-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine and standard automatic transmission start at $19,140. The 2001 Tribute, which Mazda calls "the SUV with the soul of a sports car," goes on sale this summer.

"The Tribute is an important vehicle for Mazda and for our dealers," said Stephen Odell, vice president of marketing and sales for Mazda North American Operations. "The pricing of the Tribute makes it an exceptional value compared to larger compact SUVs and smaller four-cylinder mini-SUVs. The combination of our competitive pricing, exciting new Tribute launch advertising and the product attributes of the vehicle itself will enable us to meet our aggressive sales targets for the second half of 2000 and beyond."

The all-new Tribute has the hardware to back up the "soul of a sports car" claim, including responsive, fully independent, sport-tuned front strut and multilink rear suspension and sharp responsive steering feel that was inspired by the Miata. The 2001 Tribute is available in three trim levels -- DX, LX and ES. There are two engine choices -- a 200-horsepower, DOHC, 24-valve, 3.0-liter V6 and a 130-horsepower, DOHC, 16-valve, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine. The Tribute is available with front-wheel drive or with an on-demand Rotary Blade Coupling(TM) four-wheel-drive system that gives it all-road, all-weather capability.

Mazda North American Operations is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer parts and service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., MNAO has over 750 dealerships nationwide and is owned by Mazda Motor Corporation, Hiroshima, Japan.


    2001 TRIBUTE
    Effective Date: June 16, 2000


    4-DOOR SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE Suggested
    Retail
    AXLE TRIM Price *

    2WD DX WITH 5-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION $17,005
    DX-V6 WITH 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 19,140
    LX-V6 WITH 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 20,820
    ES-V6 WITH 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 21,825

    4WD DX WITH 5-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION 18,705
    DX-V6 WITH 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 20,540
    LX-V6 WITH 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 22,020
    ES-V6 WITH 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 23,025


    EQUIPMENT PACKAGES
    CODE PACKAGE AVAILABILITY

    PE1 DX Popular
    Equipment Package(1) DX $700
    PE2 DX-V6 Popular
    Equipment Package(2) DX-V6 845
    1TP Tow Package(3) DX-V6 with PE2, LX-V6, ES-V6 350
    RA9 Premium Audio
    Package(4) LX-V6, ES-V6 505
    1LX Luxury Package(5) LX-V6, ES-V6 1,090


    OPTIONS
    CODE OPTION AVAILABILITY

    AB3 ABS with Side
    Airbags(6) LX-V6, ES-V6 $495
    CAS In-Dash Cassette
    Player N/A with 1LX and RA9 200
    PAL Perimeter Alarm DX with PE1, DX-V6 with PE2, 115
    LX-V6, ES-V6
    WLK Alloy Wheel Locks DX with PE1, DX-V6 with PE2, 30
    LX-V6, ES-V6
    RBS Rear Bumper Step Plate All 89
    CGM Cargo Floor Trunk Liner All 49
    CGN Cargo Net All 35
    FLA All Weather Floor Mats All 70


    (1) PE1 - 16 x 6.5 JJ 6-Spoke Alloy Wheels, Remote Keyless Entry System
    and Privacy-Tint Rear Glass
    (2) PE2 - 16 x 7.0 JJ 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels, P235/70R16 All Season Tires,
    Wheel-Arch Moldings, Remote Keyless Entry System and Privacy-
    Tint Rear Glass
    (3) 1TP - Class II Towing Preparation, Frame-Mounted Trailer Hitch
    Receiver with 3,500-lb Capacity, Engine Oil Cooler and Trailer
    Wiring Harness
    (4) RA9 - AM/FM/Cassette Stereo with 6-CD In-Dash Changer, Digital Clock
    and 7 Speakers
    (5) 1LX - Power Sliding Glass Moonroof, Overhead Console (Standard on
    ES-V6) and Premium Audio Package Items
    (6) AB3 - Front Side Impact Airbags and ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake
    Force Distribution)

* Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, Including Dealer Preparation
and Check Up required by Manufacturer. Vehicle M.S.R.P. Does Not
Include Destination Charge of $515 (all 50 states), State and Local
Taxes or Fees or any other charges.