Mazda CX-3 Confirmed, Mazda5 Axed

Mazda CX-3 Confirmed, Mazda5 Axed

Mazda is shaking up its lineup in the next two years, introducing one all new model and killing off another.

According to Automotive News, Mazda will be phasing out the Mazda5 small van in 2015, while in 2016, the brand will introduce the CX-3 subcompact crossover.

With the rise of the crossover, the entire van segment has shrunk, and Mazda5 sales have been on the decline since 2011, the ultimate reason for its demise. On the flip side, the subcompact crossover segment where the CX-3 will compete is growing rapidly right now. Cars like the Buick Encore and Nissan Juke are already on the market while Honda is getting ready to enter with the HR-V.

SEE ALSO: Mazda Poised to Introduce CX-3 Small Crossover

The CX-3 will be based on the Mazda2 platform, and will get its power from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It will have upright SUV style traits to differentiate it from the five-door Mazda3. The CX-3 will go on sale in North America by June of 2015 as a 2016 model year vehicle.

[Source: Automotive News]

Discuss this story at our Mazda Forum

  • Djinn

    Sad the mazda 5 is canceled. If they would have put a more powerful engine in it more would have sold. Its like the family version of the FRS.

  • Freddy

    Sorry, I own one… it’s a piece of sh#t

  • Bug S Bunny

    The last minivan available with a manual tranny – truly sad.

  • Tgpii

    In 2015 the manual is already gone!

  • Shiratori90

    Small, underpowered, and offers only slightly more space than the more attractive CX-5.

    Knew that this news was coming………….

  • Pete

    Sad that an update and the addition of a SkyActiv 2.5 will not happen. It was the next logical step, in the most fun to drive and lowest priced 6 passenger vehicle on the market.

  • spencer

    Thjough i agree, It had terrible crash rating s

  • Chris Laidlaw

    We’ve owned three Mazda5 (2004, 2009 & 2012) between my wife and I. My 2012 is the best car I’ve owned with my only complaint being under performing tires with excessive road noise even on the GT models (by contrast our top of the line snow tires run quieter). My previous car was a small SUV which I hated driving in tight downtown roads and underground parking. My next car will likely be a VW Golf wagen. Sad to be leaving Mazda but they no longer have a small car option with great cargo.

  • Luis

    Mini-mini van have never sold well in the US. Especially with Americans inflated average family size and bigger is better attitude. For a while the 5 was selling like hotcakes overseas. Sales have flatten out over there. Not worth the R&D to develop a newer model especially since sales have fallen in the overseas market. .Americans have shifted over to Crossover and smaller Suv’s now that gas prices have dropped and more efficient engines are been developed. The first gen 5 sold ok but the second gen especially last 2 years hasnt sold well. Its a shame it had to go i thought it was a nice niche vehicle. Unfortunately they cant produce a car that will probably sell less than 20k models in the US. Its a nice vehicle for a niche manuf.

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