Needless to say, the COVID-19 pandemic that broke out last year affected car sales around the world. A year has passed, and automakers are steadily showing positive outcomes in the sales department as restrictions are getting relaxed and more businesses are back on track.
Mazda Philippines is one of the car brands that bounced back as its sales grew by 38-percent in H1 2021 over the same period last year. To note, 60 percent of the carmaker’s total sales come from its crossover range which consists of the CX-3, CX-5, CX-8, CX-9, and CX-30.
The Mazda CX-8 and CX-9 midsize crossovers posted a 50-percent and 100-percent increase, respectively. An impressive feat that the CX-9 accomplished is that it is the second best-selling model in its segment priced above Php 2 million. The top spot is ruled by its smaller midsize crossover sibling, the CX-8.
Both Mazda models are powered by a 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G gasoline engine. However, the CX-8 gets a naturally-aspirated powertrain, while the CX-9 benefits from a turbocharger that boosts power up to 228 hp and 420 Nm of torque.
Meanwhile, Mazda’s entry to the premium compact crossover segment, the CX-5, also recorded a 38-percent sales increase in H1 2021 over the same period last year. It is also hailed as the best-selling model from Mazda Philippines’ lineup in the first half of 2021.
“The three-row CX-9 and CX-8 continue to make strong inroads into large households and management executive segments, offering unmatched premium quality and performance typical of more expensive luxury brands at a much more accessible price level,” said Mazda Philippines President and CEO Steven Tan.
“The 5 Years Free Service Plan, a standard package that is included in all new Mazda vehicles, has brought a new level of ownership satisfaction to the customers from the start of the pandemic last year. I have heard from customers that the free service plan completes the premium experience of owning a Mazda” added Tan.
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Know more about Mazda CX-9 2021
The CX-9 from established automotive icon Mazda portrays elegance through its flowing design and prominent grille complemented by a powerful engine and a slew of entertainment and safety features. Following the Japanese brand’s award-winning design philosophy, it is decked in sophisticated details while keeping on the minimalist styling approach. The premium 7-seat crossover is currently available in two variants which are the Mazda CX-9 2.5 Sport Touring FWD and the Mazda CX-9 2.5 Signature AWD which are both powered by a 2.5L SkyActiv-G gasoline engine with automatic transmission. The base variant is marketed at P2,380,000 while the top-spec variant is offered at P2,950,000.