Mazda Philippines is pulling out all the stops to bring back the fun in driving and they’re using the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) as their venue. The Japanese brand, best known for ‘zoom-zoom’, ‘KODO’, and of course, ‘Skyactiv’ will have the biggest footprint among exhibitors at the World Trade Center, measuring at 1,000 square-meters. And it won’t just be the case of making things roomy for show goers. Mazda says they will bring in 13 all-new or improved models at the show. Yes, you read that right. Thirteen all-new or improved models for 2015.
Front and center to Mazda’s aggressive 2015 campaign is the all-new MX-5 roadster, a car that celebrates 25 years of open-top fun and single-handedly, the most iconic Mazda you can think of. It will be shown to the ASEAN market for the very first time, marking one of the few times MIAS will hold a regional debut of a brand-new model.
Joining the new roadster is Mazda’s all-new sub-compact, the Mazda2. Although not much is known about the all-new Mazda2 in terms of Philippine specs, it’s already been spied locally in both sedan and hatchback guise. In Thailand, it’s been launched recently packing a 1.3-liter version of the Skyactiv-G, so it’s safe to assume that the Philippine market will get a similar powertrain.
In the single teaser image provided, the Mazda2 and MX-5 are joined by the revised CX-5 crossover and Mazda6 sedan. Both models offer subtly revised exteriors and plusher interiors with improved infotainment systems for 2015. They should now offer the same Mazda Connect feature first seen in the Mazda3 compact sedan. It’s also been reported that the Mazda6 sedan will be joined by a wagon.
Finally, the Mazda3 will get subtle tweaks for the 2015 model year and if rumors are right, the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G variant will spawn a new manual transmission version.
For the sake of assumption, this is what we think the 13 all-new or improved models are:
- Mazda MX-5 (all-new)
- Mazda2 1.3 sedan (all-new)
- Mazda2 1.3 hatchback (all-new)
- Mazda2 1.5 sedan (all-new)
- Mazda2 1.5 hatchback (all-new)
- Mazda CX-5 2.0
- Mazda CX-5 2.5
- Mazda6 sedan
- Mazda6 wagon (all-new)
- Mazda3 1.5 sedan
- Mazda3 1.5 hatchback
- Mazda3 2.0 sedan
- Mazda3 2.0 hatchback