While Volkswagen tries to revive itself in America by bringing more models, Mazda is doing the exact opposite. The Japanese automaker recently released a statement regarding its 2016 model line-up. There are no big changes other than the arrival of the new Miata and the discontinuation of the Mazda5.
The announcement comes as no surprise as demand for SUVs is increasing at double-digit rates and the minivan market is shrinking. Volkswagen also says goodbye to the old Routan, and maybe that’s for the best.
The two companies plan to fill this void with 7-seater SUVs in the near future. Mazda is already working hard on its replacement CX-9 and is expected to have access to technology from Toyota after an agreement signed earlier in 2015.
For now, the 2015 Mazda5 is still listed on the official website. For the Sport trim level, a customer needs to pick up $ 21,240, while the mid-range Touring costs $ 22,370. As for the Grand Touring model, it costs $ 24,770. The only powertrain available made a 2.5-liter engine with 157 horsepower in an older five-speed automatic gearbox.
Crash tests carried out by the IIHS in July 2014 showed the Mazda5 to be dangerous. The security organization concluded that there were a host of structural and restraint system problems. Some parts of the passenger compartment were essentially deformed, which allowed too much intrusion and damage to the safety dummies in the event of a collision.
If it really wants to, Mazda could potentially come up with another minivan. While the Mazda5 has also been withdrawn from the European market, alternatives exist in Japan. One of them is the Biante GRENZ Skyactiv, which we think is pretty cool.