As part of celebrations to mark its 90th anniversary, Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the sales launch of a limited edition version of its mid-size, tall ‘high-roof’ Biante minivan for the Japanese market. The Biante 20S Navi Special is limited to only 400 units and goes on sale today at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Mazda Autozam dealerships throughout Japan. While it may seem an odd decision to celebrate such an anniversary with a vehicle such as the Biante, as opposed to something with more, well, “Vroom,” at closer inspection, the decision does cover some important bases. The Biante 20S Navi Special offers popular special equipment at a reasonable price. For just 73,500 yen (less than CDN$900) above the 20S base model’s list price, customers can enjoy HDD navigation and a parking assist system. Additionally, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) version features Mazda’s unique idling stop system, i-stop, and qualifies for Japan’s eco-car incentive program and 75% tax reductions under the government’s tax reduction program. So, it may lack some of the curb appeal of a hot hatch, it will appeal to the politically, and environmentally correct, as well as the pocketbook.