Monday, April 6, 2015

MIAS 2015: Mazda's Display is a Strong Show of Force


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:
  1. Mazda MX-5 (all-new)
  2. Mazda2 1.3 sedan (all-new)
  3. Mazda2 1.3 hatchback (all-new)
  4. Mazda2 1.5 sedan (all-new)
  5. Mazda2 1.5 hatchback (all-new)
  6. Mazda CX-5 2.0
  7. Mazda CX-5 2.5
  8. Mazda6 sedan
  9. Mazda6 wagon (all-new)
  10. Mazda3 1.5 sedan
  11. Mazda3 1.5 hatchback
  12. Mazda3 2.0 sedan
  13. Mazda3 2.0 hatchback
Do you think this list is right? Find out as the Manila International Auto Show nears. Oh, and if you happen to drop by the sprawling Mazda pavilion during the opening day, watch an interesting collaboration with Mark Bumgarner has he unveils his Mazda x Mark Bumgarner collection at 5:00 PM.

6 comments:

  1. I want the Mazda CX-3 SkyActive-D!!! :-(

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  2. How about my Mazda BT50? I thought there is a redesigned model for 2015?

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  3. so thr MAzda 6 Wagon will finally come to Philippines?

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  4. There is a Mazda 6 wagon here in the Philippines. Its being driven by Mr. Tan the President of Mazda PH.

    I've seen it in the metal when I test drove the Mazda 3 at MOA's test drive caravan last November.

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  5. I'm eagerly awaiting both the Mazda2 & CX-3. The compact crossover market would be exciting this year with the anticipated release of both the CX-3 and Honda HR-V (both of which look really stylish, even better than the already good-looking CX-5 and the ugly hunchbacked CR-V). They would pose very stiff competition to the ASX and XV/CrossTrek.

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  6. You have nice cars Mazda Philippines! The problem is, we can't use the new cars because of LTO's "No Registration, No Travel" policy. Your dealer, Mazda Quezon Ave., cannot even give information on the status of our car's registration. Perhaps you can help them get our plates! Anxious to drive my new car! #NoRegistrationNoTravel #‎CelebrateDriving‬ ... how I wish!

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