According to khabarkhodro,The smallest crossover will
soon be no more on the Old Continent.
Germany has confirmed in a phone call with Motor1.com that production of the
CX-3 for the European market will be terminated at the end of the year. It will
continue for other markets.
It was back in May when Mazda bid adieu to the CX-3 in
the United States and now we're hearing the firm's smallest crossover will be
going the way of the dodo in Europe as well. Polish magazine Auto Katalog cites
Szymon Sołtysik, Mazda Poland's head of PR, saying customers on the Old
Continent better act fast because the model will be discontinued by the end of
Production of the CX-3 for Europe will come to a close
in December, which isn't all too surprising considering Mazda now has the CX-30
in its portfolio. Frankly, we are kind of surprised the company offered both
models concomitantly for about two years on Euro land since the newer crossover
is the smarter choice and it's not significantly more expensive.
That's not to say the CX-3 is being terminated as
there's more to the world than Europe and the United States. As a matter of
fact, the subcompact crossover was recently updated at home in Japan where it received
a special edition with a rather awkward name – Super Edgy. It's unclear what
sort of future Mazda has in mind for the CX-3 considering the strategy chosen
for the CX-5, which will peacefully coexist with the CX-50 in the US.
As you're probably aware by now, the "CX"
lineup will be growing considerably within the next two years. While the CX-50
will be mechanically related to the CX-30, the CX-60 through CX-90 models will
sit on a new rear-wheel-drive platform with inline-six engines. These bigger SkyActiv-X
gasoline and SkyActiv-D diesel units are being developed to support plug-in
Europe, Japan, and other markets will be getting the
CX-60 (two-row seating) and CX-80 (three-row seating) with narrower bodies
whereas the US will receive the CX-70 and CX-90 featuring wider bodies. The
latter won't be sold alongside the CX-9 as the older SUV will be retired.
Meanwhile, the US-only CX-50 will lead the SUV onslaught following its world
premiere next month.