Mazda Laputa

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Mazda Laputa
Mazda Laputa.jpg
Manufacturer Mazda
Also called Suzuki Kei
Production 1999-2006
Body and chassis
Class Kei car
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
Engine 659 cc petrol
Successor Mazda Spiano

The Mazda Laputa is a clone of the aptly named Suzuki Kei (which was a kei car from Mazda in Japan). The Laputa was introduced in 1999 as a sort of SUV/kei car mix. The Laputa was restyled slightly for 2001 and was retired in 2006. The Laputa was available with front- or all wheel drive and as a 3-door hatchback or 5-door station wagon. Both SOHC and DOHC engines were used.

Global market[edit]

The car's name derives from the book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. Similarly to the Nissan Moco and the Mitsubishi Pajero, the name is unfit for Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries, since "la puta" in Spanish means literally "the whore" ("moco" means "snot" or "booger", and "pajero" may be understood as "wanker" or "liar" in some American and European countries). (See urban legends about the Chevy Nova and Vauxhall Nova, whose names, spaced no va, mean "doesn't go" in Spanish. These myths have been debunked.[1])


  1. ^ "Nova Don't Go". Retrieved 2010-12-27.