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    I felt the transfer from outside to driver seat was higher than I would want to do regularly. Then the cargo area and driver compartment were on different levels as I recall driver area higher making it more difficult to modify as a ramp van. Inside, the van has good roof height and the vehicle has potential as a transporter vehicle.

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    It is a Mazda5 which is available in the US.

    http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/disp...Code=MZ5#/home

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Beagle View Post
    It is a Mazda5 which is available in the US.

    http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/disp...Code=MZ5#/home

    Yes, Mazda and Ford are partners on the global stage. The new 5's are butt-ugly but are great little vehicles. I drive a 2007 and it's been super, the only thing I've had to repair is the wheel alignment. To make them handle better the rear wheels have alot of camber which will wear out the inside corner of the tire in time..

    Recently put my 75" long FreedomRyder FRH-1 in the back with wheels on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientgimp View Post
    I felt the transfer from outside to driver seat was higher than I would want to do regularly. Then the cargo area and driver compartment were on different levels as I recall driver area higher making it more difficult to modify as a ramp van. Inside, the van has good roof height and the vehicle has potential as a transporter vehicle.
    A number of side and rear entry lifts are being installed on them along with transfer seats and hand controls. I do not know if the seats are 6-way seats that pivot 90 degrees, move up and down, and forward and back. I have these in both my full sized old Chevy van and our Sienna mini van. In my Chevy my feet fit between the driver and passenger seats so I do a side transfer. The seat travels back far enough so I can pull in far enough before my feet reach the console. In the mini, I pivot the seat 90 degrees and do a side transfer. Then I pivot the seat forward. Then there are the driver seats that come out of the vehicle and lower. These are not especially useful to us. I think some of the transfer seats will lower more than factory seats and may make transfers from outside easier.

    As for a rampvan setup, I suspect there may be a height problem. The ramp length is dictated by the height off the ground, but is also limited by parking space requirements. Even the kneeling mini van setups have a slope that exceeds ADA requirements because of that issue.

    Here is a rear entry transport setup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Beagle View Post
    It is a Mazda5 which is available in the US.

    http://www.mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/disp...Code=MZ5#/home
    The B-Max is quite a bit smaller than the Mazda5, but I think the C-Max may be close.

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    If i'm not mistaken the C-Max is a hybrid and has no sliding doors...

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    Quote Originally Posted by handiman View Post
    If i'm not mistaken the C-Max is a hybrid and has no sliding doors...
    I guess I've been looking at the Grand C-Max (which isn't coming to the US, it looks like).
    http://www.caranddriver.com/news/201...hotos-and-info

    But the B-max is definitely smaller than the Mazda5, which means it might be easier to drive in the city. I'm not saying that the Mazda5 is difficult to drive in the city, but compared to my Honda Element it can't make as tight of turns, and takes a little more skill in parallel parking (also significantly longer).

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