Mazda Philippines has confirmed that it will sell the CX-3 subcompact crossover for the Philippine market before the end of 2016. This is positive news for those in the market for a sporty subcompact crossover after Mazda Philippines initially said it would be difficult to get any allocation from Japan. Now, it says it has secured inventory, albeit severely limited.
“Production capacity remains constrained in Japan, and Mazda Philippines has previously informed that the CX-3 will not be available until next year . It now appears Japan recognized the need to keep the Mazda business momentum in the Philippines moving ahead, and had allocated some of its oversubscribed production of CX3 to the Philippines customers,” says Mr. Steven Tan, President of Berjaya Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda in the Philippines.
Mr. Tan refuses to give more details on the time table and ballpark pricing of the CX-3 for the Philippine market, saying they will be revealed in due time. However, it’s worth noting that if the CX-3 is positioned against the Subaru XV and Honda HR-V, then it will likely come with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed automatic in both front- and all wheel drive configurations. It will also come with the latest technologies including the Mazda Connect infotainment system.
Philippine market CX-3 units will be imported CBU from Japan. This is unlike in Thailand where it is locally assembled solely for the Thai market to avoid high import tariff. Mazda Philippines cannot source its CX-3 from Thailand because it does not meet the local content required to be included in the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement or AFTA. There are no plans to assemble the CX-3 in the Philippines.