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Good news (?) for Mazda MX-5 fans – Bermaz CEO Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh has revealed to BFM 89.9 the indicative pricing for the lightweight Jinba Ittai roadster, said to be in the ballpark of between RM190k-210k, depending on equipment.

Its arrival, he said, would be sometime within the next couple of months, somewhere between August and October. As for the other much-awaited Mazda, the CX-3, Yeoh reiterated what was already previously revealed – that the new Honda HR-V-rivalling B-segment crossover is coming towards the end of the year (we’ll be the first country in ASEAN to receive the car, apparently), estimated to cost between RM120k-130k.


Not much else of interest (at least to us!) can be gained from the business radio station’s interview this morning, but there are a few more snippets of information to be shared. Firstly, the company is hoping to commence local assembly of the cars currently imported from Japan – namely, the Mazda 6 and CX-9, as well as the upcoming CX-3 – depending on market demand.

Based on how many CX-9s we see on the road, we can pretty much rule that out, leaving the 6 and the CX-3. We already know of plans afoot to produce CKD versions of the former, but it’s the possibility of the latter that’s the big ticket item, seeing as the indicative pricing of the CBU model is already fairly competitive. Also on the cards are improvements to the Inokom plant in Kulim to ramp up quality and production.

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