Mazda CX-3 3

Mazda has confirmed the start of production of the CX-3 at the AutoAlliance (AAT) Plant in Thailand today. This move will see the crossover share the same production line with the Mazda 2, Ford Fiesta, Ford Everest, Ranger and the its BT-50 twin.

The AutoAlliance Plant in Rayong, Thailand is the second facility to produce the CX-3, the first being its main facility in Hiroshima. Kiyotaka Shobuda, managing executive officer of Mazda said, “AAT is an extremely important hub that consolidates our system for supplying the CX-3 promptly and consistently to the growing compact SUV market.”

In Malaysia, the CX-3 is slated for a local launch some time in early December this year, while deliveries are expected to start in the middle of the month, as confirmed by Bermaz Motor. Prices of the Honda HR-V fighter is said to range between RM130K to RM135K, a tad higher than what was estimated earlier.

It’s expected to arrive on our shores in front-wheel drive form and without Mazda’s i-Activsense suite of safety tech. We’ll likely receive the 150 hp/204 Nm SkyActive-G 2.0 litre petrol engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. We’ve driven the Mazda CX-3 in Melbourne recently – read our test-drive review here.

Mazda CX-3 2.0L SkyActiv-G in Melbourne