Tribute was the first SUV with “Zoom-Zoom”
The Mazda Tribute spelled a number of firsts for the Japanese brand-it was their first sports utility vehicle or softroader, and it is believed that this commercial, which is believed to have first aired back in 2001, was the launch of Mazda’s catchy “zoom-zoom” marketing jingle.
The Tribute was a joint project between Mazda and Ford Motor Company, who produced the Escape on the same platform; the two cars shared a number of drivetrain components including the column shift four speed automatic and the 3.0 litre V6 engine. Buyers also had the choice of front and four wheel drive, depending on the engine and transmission fitted.
Production began in 2001, and the Tribute was built alongside its Escape sister in both Japan and the United States and in some cases, Taiwan. When production ended in 2008, the Tribute was replaced by the CX-7, which of course has been replaced by the smaller and more economical CX-5.