first vehicle designed specifically for US consumption, and one
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
lots in October alone. Mazda's flexibility allowed the automaker to transform in 18 months a
that would likely retail for less than $30,000 into a hot
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
would be interesting, as would a US-unique
. We'd like to put in a vote for Mazda utilizing the
platform to create a sporty RWD sedan, but we're sure everyone the world over would want that.
[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]