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Mazda Malaysia Ceases Production Of CKD Mazda 3, All-New CBU Model Coming Soon

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Mazda Malaysia Ceases Production Of CKD Mazda 3, All-New CBU Model Coming Soon

During our usual analysis of the monthly MAA production data, we noticed an oddity – the production figures for the outgoing Mazda 3 has dropped to zero.

A quick check with Bermaz confirmed our suspicion that the company has indeed stopped production of the BM-generation of the Mazda 3. However, the car is still on sale while stocks last.

If you're waiting for the all-new 3, expect to pay premium prices for new model. Since its introduction in Japan and Australia, the all-new 3 commands a significant price premium over the predecessor model. 

Considering that demand for the Mazda CX-5 is exceeding supply, the move to stop production of the 3 means that Mazda Malaysia’s plant in Kulim can pour more resources into the more popular SUV range. The Kulim plant is also gearing up to begin assembly of the CX-8 SUV, which was already earmarked for CKD assembly.

As for the slower-selling Mazda 3, the all-new model is expected to be introduced in the coming months, likely arriving in a fully-imported form (CBU) from Japan.

As mentioned earlier, don’t expect the upcoming Mazda 3 to be cheap, as the all-new model was designed as a premium model from the very start. Case in point, for the Australian market, the base model 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G petrol with a 6-speed manual carries a price from AUD 24,990, an increase of over 20% from the previous generation model. A similar price increase can be expected when the all-new model is launched here. 

In addition to the price, it is also worth noting that the SkyActiv-X engine is unlikely to be offered here, as the engine is very costly and will only make sense for countries with tight CO2 emission regulations, which our country lack. 

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