The Mazda Millenia was introduced in the spring of 1994 as an entry-level luxury car. It was called the Eunos 800 in Japan and the Mazda Xedos 9 in Europe. First planned as a midsize luxury car that was to be called Pegasus, it had an innovative 2.25 L V6 Miller cycle engine. The Miller cycle is a combustion process used in a type of four-stroke internal combustion engine. It was patented by American engineer Ralph Miller in the 1940s but has been adapted for use by Mazda especially for the Millenia. Like the Rotary engine, it is one of only a few unconventional engine designs used by Mazda for its modern cars.
The 1995 Mazda Millenia had 4-speed automatic overdrive, sunroof, air conditioning, leather seats, airbags and anti-lock brake system. After it came the 1996 Mazda Millenia, a 4-door sedan which was available in two models - the base model, which was the Millenia, and the Millenia S. Standard equipment were fog lights, power door locks, power windows, an AM/FM cassette and CD player.
The 1997 Mazda Millenia had automatic transmission with overdrive, auto A/C, alarm, anti-lock disc brakes, cloth reclining bucket seats, dual air bags, power locks, power windows, side glass defoggers, rear defroster, trip odometer and variable intermit wipers. The 1998, 1999 and 2000 Mazda Millenias had the same features and characteristics as those of their ancestors, never losing all the traits that Mazda has been known for.
The Mazda Millenia was restyled for the 2001 model year. Significant changes include restyled front and rear fascias, an upgraded interior, a stiffer chassis and large front brake rotors. For 2002, additional features included to the lot are side-impact airbags, steering wheel audio controls and a passenger-side central door lock switch.
The Mazda Millenia has the reputation of being a world-class car that sets a new standard for value, design, function and quality. The smooth exterior counts as one of the best features of the car. Also included in this category are the nearly perfect fittings, larger than normal steel frames, fully independent suspension which delivers smooth riding quality and quietness which relaxes the passengers whenever they are on the road.
Mazda Millenia delivers a whole lot of convenience and performance for the picky car buyer. Whatever the case, Mazda Millenia delivers because it is from Mazda, the company which has gone and still promises to go "zoom-zoom" all the way.