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Mazda Flairwagon: Is flair in the eye of the beholder?

We wouldn't usually run a story on a car like this, but the new Mazda Flairwagon has what could be one of the most ironic car names ever.

We're still trying to figure out where the flair is in the Flairwagon, which is boxy compact for the Japanese domestic market - thankfully the rest of the world will never get to experience it.

Fitting into Japanese 'Kei car' dimensions, the Flairwagon is based on the also-untastefully-named Suzuki Palette and, for its driver's sins, is powered by a 660cc naturally aspirated engine in base form. A turbocharger and all-wheel drive are also reportedly available, however.

Then again, perhaps the naturally aspirated engine is all you'll ever need in Tokyo's congestion and as a bonus, the Flairwagon claims to offer fuel consumption of just 4.5 litres per 100km.

What's more, its boxy shape is said to offer comfortable accommodation for four adults, with spacious rear seating, and easy access through sliding rear doors.

It's just that name that ultimately ensures that this car does not do what it says on the box. Reminds us of the 1990s European-market Mitsubishi Charisma, for which the only charismatic thing was its name.

Can you remember any ironic car names from the past?


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