The Mazda minivan – aka the Mazda5 – won’t be introduced in the United States after this year, according to the automaker (via Autoblog). The small, square family transporter has shrunk in the United States (but has never been less functional) because we’ll be buying anything that looks like a crossover.
In unrelated news: Mazda will showcase its new crossover concept in Frankfurt this year, dubbed the Koeru, according to Carscoops.
Thank goodness the world could use another crossover.
Sales of the Mazda5 peaked in the US market in 2008, and it never became the sales force the Mazda Premacy had been in other countries. In the first six months of this year, Mazda had only sold approximately 6,800 Mazda5 models. To date, the Mazda5 / Premacy is the best-selling Mazda van in the world.
But, there are crosses to be made and sold by the hundreds of thousands.
In Frankfurt, the company will showcase its crossover concept, the Koeru, which means ‘overtake’, although photos of the company do not clearly show its size or what could be under its hood. Autocar speculated that the crossover would be roughly the size of a Cx-5 and would be powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine.