Mazda CX-3 enters production in Thailand image

The smallest crossover in Mazda’s lineup, the CX-3, has begun production in Thailand, at the AutoAlliance factory.

Nissan has started a new segment, that of the sub-compact crossovers, with the Juke, but the best-looking vehicle in it is probably the Mazda CX-3. According to the car manufacturer, the model has entered production at the AutoAlliance factory in Thailand recently, following its assembly in the main facility in Hiroshima, Japan. The factory will be shared with the Ford Fiesta, despite the two companies have stopped sharing platforms a long time ago, and this is also where the Everest, Ranger, BT-50 and the Mazda2 sedan are also being put together.

The Mazda CX-3 has been based on the Mazda2 and it started production earlier this year. It has a 5-door body style, along with a front-engine and front-wheel / all-wheel drive layout. The vehicle has been shown back in late 2014, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, in its final production form, and it stands at 4,275 mm long, 1,765 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, with a 2,570 mm wheelbase. The engine lineup found across it includes the 1.3 liter SkyActiv-G turbo gasoline, the 2.0 liter SkyActiv-G gasoline and the 1.5 liter SkyActiv-D diesel. These are connected to a six-speed manual or to a six-speed automatic transmission.