After more than five years in the Mazda line-up and almost 25,000 sales to date, Australia-bound production of the CX-8 will cease at the end of this year. At the same time, the MX-30 will bow out of the local market following three years and more than 2,200 sales.
The decision forms part of Mazda’s strategy to welcome a range of new electrified models between now and 2025 – including hybrids, PHEVs and BEVs. By 2030, 100 per cent of its vehicles will be electric, with 25 per cent of those full EVs.
“Renowned for its practicality, refinement and driving dynamics that belie its generous proportions, the Mazda CX-8 has played a pivotal part in our market growth since its launch,” Mazda Australia managing director Vinesh Bhindi said.
“As we move into the next phase of the Mazda brand’s evolution, with electrification at the heart of our focus, we will ensure our customers continue to be well-furnished with a suite of exciting models to join us on this journey,” he added, before commenting on the MX-30.
“Notable as a stylish and sustainably focused alternative in the compact SUV segment, the MX-30 also became a trailblazer as the first fully electric vehicle available from the Mazda brand,” he said.
“This was previously unchartered territory, and the MX-30 has since served a hugely valuable purpose, both as a technology demonstrator and also to thoroughly prepare our dealer network with the knowledge and skills required for the next phase of our brand’s intensive evolution.”