Mazda has announced that the Mazda5 MPV will be discontinued after the 2015 model year. In a press release issued stating updates for MY2016, the company stated that it doesn’t plan to bring a replacement Mazda5 to the U.S. market beyond MY2015. The market for people carrying MPVs is showing signs of decline with the ever increasing popularity of crossovers and SUV’s.
The Mazda5 managed to sell 22,021 units in 2008 which was an increase of 60.5 percent on a year to-date basis. Since then the popularity of the MPV seems to have diminished with the vehicle managing to sell 551 units in July 2015 when compared to 1,547 units in July 2014.
The Mazda5 was launched in 2006 and offers customisable three rows of seating with 108.3 inches of wheelbase. It is offered in three trim levels Sport, Touring and Grand Touring with features like power windows, electric mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel and an infotainment system with USB connectivity and steering mounted controls.
The range-topping Grand Touring trim includes features like leather upholstery, lumbar support with heated front seats, automatic Xenon headlamps and Sirius XM radio among others. Apart from regular safety features like airbags and ABS with EBD, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) were offered on the higher spec variants.
The Mazda5 is offered with a standard 157-hp MZR 2.5 Litre engine in a front-wheel drive layout. The MZR engine employed a cast aluminium cylinder block with high strength lightweight pistons. Engine technologies like Sequential Valve Timing (SVT) and Variable Induction System (VIS) are also offered.
The Press Release is embedded below for further information