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Following the official launch debut of the Mazda CX-3, Bermaz expects all 2,000 CBU Japan models of the crossover to be sold out within two months of its launch. The Malaysian-spec Mazda CX-3 originates from Mazda’s main plant in Hiroshima.

The CX-3 is also produced in Thailand at the AutoAlliance Plant in Rayong. However, Bermaz CEO Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh said during a press conference that it has no plans to bring in any units from Thailand due to the model being unable to meet the 40% local content requirement for tariff exemption under the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA).

On the other hand, Malaysia’s free-trade agreement with Japan entitles Bermaz to more incentives to import the CX-3 from Japan, hence why the Malaysian-spec model originates from there. Hiroshi Inoue, executive officer at Mazda Motor Corporation also added that the Hiroshima plant itself is at near-full capacity.

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Currently, Bermaz is pursuing to locally assemble (CKD) the CX-3 here in Malaysia at its Kulim plant, which currently produces the Mazda 3 and CX-5 as well. Should its CKD plans come into fruition, it is very likely that the CX-3’s price may be reduced from its introductory RM131,218 figure.

It is yet unknown if a locally-assembled Mazda CX-3 (if it does happen) will retain the same specifications as the CBU model. For instance, when the Mazda 3 was reintroduced as a CKD model, it came without a sunroof or the trademark Soul Red Metallic colour option.

Nonetheless, does the prospect of a locally-assembled Mazda CX-3 entice you to place an order? What price would be fitting for you? The crossover’s nearest rival, the Honda HR-V, is already a CKD model here in Malaysia, produced in Melaka.