Two years after reporting his death in the United States, the TTAC can now report that the Mazda5 will live in its current form for at least another model year in Canada.
The 2017 Mazda5 is yet to be featured on Mazda’s Canadian media site, but when TTAC asked us last week if the only remaining true North American ‘mini’ van would fit into the Mazda Canada lineup, we said. received an affirmative response.
“We continue to offer the Mazda5 here in the Canadian market,” Mazda Canada public relations manager Sandra Lemaitre told us by email last Friday. “The 2017 model year Mazda5 began production in July, so it should be in dealer showrooms soon. It will be a carry-over product with no major changes.
This is news that will excite seven Canadians, and possibly nine Americans, who are considering crossing the border for a manual transmission mini-MPV for $ 18,555 USD equivalent.
Oh, no, a potential customer just financed a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package at no interest for 84 months. And look over there: a Minnesotan just realized he might as well hire a six-seat F-150 SuperCrew south of the 49th.
Make it six Canadians; eight Americans.
To be fair there is literally, well, dozen of remaining Mazda5 buyers in Canada. Mazda Canada currently sells an average of 136 Mazda5s per month. But that’s half the number of Mazda5s that were sold a year ago in Canada and well below Mazda5’s peak of 1,000 monthly sales in 2008.
Admittedly, the Mazda5 is not the alone mini-MPV remaining in Canada. The Chevrolet Orlando is dead, but the Kia Rondo survives in an iteration never sold in the United States. (Kia USA’s first attempt to sell Rondos expired in 2010.)
But unlike the Mazda 5, the Kia Rondo did not adopt traditional MPV characteristics: standard three-row seats and sliding doors. (The seven-passenger Kia Rondo has a high starting MSRP of C $ 27,735.) Although slightly more common than the Mazda5, sales of the Kia Rondo have fallen 42% in Canada this year. Like the Mazda5, the Rondo is on track for its worst sales year in Canada.
Relaunched as an all-new vehicle for the 2013 model year, the Kia Rondo fights alongside a Mazda5 that has benefited from updates but no major reengineering since its launch in 2005.
The remaining Mazda5s are still leaving US showrooms: 346 in the first seven months of 2016; 17 in July only. The Mazda5 held 4 percent of the US minivan market in 2011; less than 2 percent of the Canadian minivan market today.
[Images: Mazda, Mazda.ca, Kia Canada]