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Not For U.S.: Mazda BT-50 Pickup Updated for Australia

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/15/2015 Jason Udy

First introduced in 2011, production of the refreshed Mazda BT-50 began this week at Mazda’s Auto Alliance plant in Thailand. The updated pickup will arrive in Thailand and Australia in the second half of this year, but alas, not in the U.S.

2016 Mazda BT 50 Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Mazda BT 50 Front Three Quarter

Up front, the Mazda BT-50 pickup gets a redesigned front end, taillights, and alloy wheels. Inside, the interior gains higher quality materials. A rearview camera is also new. Mazda defines the BT-50 pickup as an “active lifestyle vehicle” for work or play.


Bodystyles and powertrain are carried over. The BT-50 is available in a single cab, extra-cab, or quad-cab with either a utility bed or a conventional box and in two- or four-wheel-drive. Most Mazda BT-50 models are powered by a 3.2-liter turbodiesel I-5 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, while a two-wheel-drive, single-cab with the utility bed comes with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel I-4 with a six-speed manual.

Midsize pickups have become popular once again with the return of the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, while an updated Toyota Tacoma is just around the corner. The Mazda BT-50, however, is one of many midsize pickups not available in the U.S. including the Volkswagen Amarok and global Ford Ranger. One main reason for that is the 25 percent tariff placed on imported commercial vans and pickup trucks known as the “chicken tax.”

With the possibility of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership becoming reality, the chicken tax could be phased out. If that were to happen, automakers like Mazda would likely reconsidering exporting their midsize truck offerings to the U.S.

Source: Mazda Global


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