New Mazda SUVs make land
Mazda’s popular seven-seat SUV the CX-9 has had its first shipment of new cars hit Melbourne docks yesterday.
A total of 60 cars arrived on Tuesday night, which will be used at the vehicle launch in July, straight from the Hiroshima base in Japan.
Mazda Australia says local interest in the family bus is significant. “Never have we experienced such pre-launch interest in a Mazda nameplate. The response to Brand-New Mazda CX-9 has been remarkable,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak.
Numbers fell shy of 55,000 potential purchase leads, with 13,000 wanting direct contact with Mazda when cars become available.
The new CX-9 will come in four trim levels – the base model Sport, mid-pack Touring, upper-spec GT and top-shelf Azami; all available with Mazda’s new SkyActive-G 2.5-litre turbo petrol engine and all-wheel drive. They’re boasting 8.4l/100km thanks to i-stop which cut engine at idle and i-ELOOP kenetic energy recovery to power electrical systems within the car and save engine load.
Mazda new car, SUV and ute sales hit a record 8,461 in April and year-to-date stood at 38,910 new vehicles, a 9.7% market share, according to VFACTS. The CX-5 remains their most popular car with 7,833 annual sales.