Lack of production capacity at Japan plant cause of delay
Berjaya Auto Philippines, the distributor of Mazda vehicles in the Philippines, has moved the launch of its CX-3 compact crossover to next year because of production issues at the company’s Hiroshima plant in Japan.
Berjaya Auto president and Chief Executive Officer Steven Tan told Fast Times in an interview the issues stem from the demand for Mazda vehicles greatly outstripping supply worldwide. The Japanese carmaker builds all CX-3s exclusively in Hiroshima, where the company also builds the majority of its line-up.
“I think they are a victim of their success because almost every product that they have been launching since 2012 has been immensely successful, starting with the CX-5, then the Mazda3, the Mazda6, the MX-5 and the CX-3,” he said. “We’d like to do it this year, but all of us have to accept that we will have to wait for the expansion of production capacity in order to grow some more.”
As Fast Times reported in September 2015, Tan had said the CX-3 would be launched locally in the second half of 2016 and would be priced higher than the segment best-seller, the Thailand-made Ford EcoSport. Launched globally in 2015, the crossover currently has two engine choices: a 2.0-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection, Skyactiv inline-four producing 146 horsepower and 198 Newton-meters of torque; and a 1.5-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection, Skyactiv turbodiesel inline-four producing 104 hp and 270 Nm of torque. Both power plants can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, and is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.