• Nov 27, 2007
The CX-9 was Mazda's first vehicle designed specifically for US consumption, and one Motor Trend SUV of the year award later, Mazda may be on to something. Sales momentum has increased steadily for the seven-seat utility vehicle, with 3,000 units flying off dealer lots in October alone. Mazda's flexibility allowed the automaker to transform in 18 months a minivan that would likely retail for less than $30,000 into a hot CUV with a price tag reaching $40,000. The Hiroshima-based automaker will leverage those lightning-fast production capabilities and its Ford-shared global architecture bin to produce more vehicles for US tastes, and we're happy to hear it.

Since Mazda seems to have a handle on CUVs (it has four in the US already), we can only guess what exclusive product the development team in Irvine, CA will give us next. A zoom-zoom version of the Honda Ridgeline would be interesting, as would a US-unique Mazda2. We'd like to put in a vote for Mazda utilizing the RX-8 platform to create a sporty RWD sedan, but we're sure everyone the world over would want that.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "CUVs (it has four in the US already), "
      4 CUVs?
      tribute, CX7, CX9, ?
      the mazda5 is a disfunctional microvan (no sliding doors)
        • 7 Years Ago
        there's also the tribute
        • 7 Years Ago
        Uh, the mazda5 has sliding doors...
        Either way, I think the mazda5 is considered a CUV as it is a bloat upon the Mazda3 platform... it just doesn't look like anything other than.. a mazda5.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I stand corrected. it was the lack of power sliding doors my wife didnt like (helps with the kids)

        okay then, if that qualifies as a CUV, then so does the Caravan.

        sheesh, talk about stretching the envelope.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The CW-9 is a jazzed up Edge.

      My question is: why did Mazda get the all new sheetmetal, while Lincoln had to make due with just a new grill and extra wide taillights?
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you think the CX-9 == Tarted Up Edge then it's quite clear you haven't been within 1,000 miles of either.

        FWIW while they do share some chassis bits (courtesy of Mazda sharing the platform with Ford), the engine, transmission, exterior, interior, everything is completely different.

        But hey, way to broadcast your ignorance ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I bought one. I drove the RDX, MDX, Edge, Tribeca, Pilot and Highlander. CX-9 was the best all around, IMHO.

      Alas, coming from a very fast Subaru Legacy GT it's taking getting used to. But my family fits in it and I don't need to play luggage tetris for roadtrips. It handles very well, surprisingly so in fact. The brakes are just awesome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually, the CX-9 is about to go on sale in Australia and is so far the only RHD country taking it. And the US is actually getting a slighlty bigger version of the re-designed Mazda6 then what the rest of the world is getting. This is also why there will be no new MPS (Mazdaspeed 6) version built, because Mazda cant justify spending the extra dollars on building two versions of the performance model for the US and the slightly smaller model sold to the rest of the world (Europe, Asia, Australia), when they dont actually sell that many of them to begin with.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As long as they don't make their cars US-market specific (softer, larger, blander) I'm fine with that.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Somebody needs to make an honest compact pickup truck. Mazda would be a logical choice as an automaker who kind of specializes in niche vehicles. They would sell a boatload of them if they did it right.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mazda already does, they just don't bring it to the U.S. courtesy of retarded import tariffs on trucks.

        See above comment about the BT-50.
      • 7 Years Ago
      bring over the BT-50. It looks like a better version small pickup
      • 7 Years Ago
      All I ask is that Mazda brings the new 6 in untouched. It doesn't need to be bigger. Accord and Camry have that covered.
        • 7 Years Ago
        NA will get the new mazda6 with only few cosmetic changes, like extra side markers, rear license plate on trunk instead of on bumper and fake tailpipes and of course an optional 3.7 V6 engine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        And they need to bring the 6 hatchback to the states. If so it is my next car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh, the new 6 shouldn't be any different from what they've shown in Frankfurt. Only thing is they're not planning on brining the s. wagon variant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only thing I want to see from Mazda is a Zoom-Zoom two-door, RWD, lightweight, rotary-powered sports car.

      Take the RX-8 platform, fine if we must, lop two doors off, keep the rear seats, drop 400+ lbs, plug in the 16X making North of 350 BHP, price it around $40k, and they'll need all of that "lightning-fast production capability" just to keep up with demand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As long as it doesn't/they don't drive like the CX-9 (if you think this thing drives like a true Mazda (CX-7, RX-8, 3, MX-5), ugh), I'm happy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I read that the new re-designed Mazda 6 is bigger, yet a bit lighter b/c of higher-strength steels and aluminum.

      Mazda would be smart to get that new Mazda 2 over here in a hurry, and keep on a roll and lighten the Mazda 3 when its redesign time comes. Keep it lighter, more fuel-efficient.

      I don't see what we Americans specially need when what is good is already available outside the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would like a 929/millenia replacement please. AWD must be at least optional, RWD would be sweet. Turbo 3.7 V6 please.
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