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Call it a battle of the old and new schools, one with a clear winner and a clear loser: we hear that Mazda has discontinued the CX-7 crossover, making room for its newly minted CX-5 compact utility vehicle.
Mazda has confirmed rumors that the CX-7 will be discontinued at the end of the model year for North American markets. It will continue to be sold outside of the U.S., Mazda spokespeople say, but inside the state’s the CX-7 will be replaced by its younger, more technologically adept sibling, the CX-5.
Sales of the CX-7 peaked at 41,653 in 2007, the year after it was released, but dwindled to just 20,583 in 2009. The car only received one major upgrade, in the form of a front-end redesign, which lent it the smiley-shaped grille commonly found in Mazda’s Nagare design language.
Sales of the CX-7 did rebound back to 35,641 last year, just in time for the upstart CX-5 to be launched in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Mazda has since said it’s setting ambitious goals and expecting “aggressive sales” of the 2013 CX-5, which means the company is refocusing its efforts. Considering that competitors like Ford and Honda sell more CR-Vs and Escapes by March than Mazda sells CX-7s all year, that might not be a bad idea.
It might seem that the CX-5 and CX-7 wouldn’t directly square off against one another, but the numbers suggest differently. The CX-5 and 7 are offer similar powertrains (the CX-5 features Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter I-4 making 155 horsepower, while the CX-7 uses an older 2.5-liter engine with 161 horsepower), and they are similarly sized. The 2013 CX-5 is two inches shorter in wheelbase and five inches shorter in length than the CX-7.
Despite that difference, the 2013 CX-5 actually offers more interior space than the CX-7. The new model has 103.8 cubic feet of interior volume to the CX-7′s 101.7, alongwith nearly seven more cubic feet of cargo space when the seats are folded. A front-wheel drive automatic CX-5 is also 224 pounds lighter than a comparably equipped CX-7. Naturally, this also means better gas mileage: the CX-5 outscores the CX-7′s fuel economy numbers by between four and six miles to the gallon (26 city/32 highway and 20 city/28 highway, respectively).
Source: Automobile Magazine
There is no better way to end our coverage of the Mazda concept and special edition cars displayed at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon than with an MX-5 in which it’s name means “rider and horse as one.”
Continuing with our favorite Mazda cars that were displayed at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon we will talk about the 2013 RX-8. Although the RX-8 is no longer sold in North America, Mazda will continued to sell it for another year in Japan. To help mark the final year of production of its rotary-powered 4-door coupe after nearly a decade of being in Mazda showrooms. Mazda has commissioned the 2013 Mazda RX-8 Spirit R.
I have always had a weird half-assed appreciation with the MX-5. Kind of like that girl you secretly liked in school, but you wouldn’t let your friends know about it.
Well the Miata and I have had that kind of relationship for about 20 years. Not even reading about the Monster Miata conversions back in the mid 90’s has convinced me to go out and declare that I would want to own one. However with the Black Tuned Roadster, Mazda has almost got me won over.
Looking very similar the Black Edition MX-5 Mazda displayed at this years Tokyo Auto Salon. Mazda USA, has gone ahead and produced a special edition MX-5 Miata of their own to premiere at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.