May 26, 2005
Mazda will build MX-Crossport as CX-7
Richmond Hill, Ontario – Mazda North American Operations has announced that the MX-Crossport concept car, which debuted at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan earlier this year, will formally become a production vehicle, named the Mazda CX-7.
The production version, which will be built in Japan, will use many of the concept car’s design themes when it goes into production in 2006. It will be launched first in the North American market.
The CX-7 name ties in to Mazda’s new global strategy, with crossover sport utility vehicles carrying the CX designation, rotary-engined sports cars the RX designation, and piston-engined sports cars the MX designation. Core production vehicles will continue to carry the name Mazda and a number, based on vehicle size, such as the Mazda3.