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After eighteen years and now in its third generation, the Mazda BT-50 is set to leave the New Zealand market. Mazda Motors of New Zealand have today announced the decision, confirming final shipments of the model are now arriving in the country.

MAZDA BT-50 to leave NZ Market

Whilst the BT-50 name arrived in 2006 with a facelift to the Mazda Bounty, the first new-generation Mazda BT-50 arrived in 2011 in single cab, freestyle cab and double cab variants. More recently, the
latest generation BT-50, available only in double cab configuration, was launched in 2020.

Fully developed by Isuzu Motor Limited and supplied to Mazda on an OEM basis, the current BT-50
will remain on sale in selected global markets such as Australia, Thailand, Central and South
America, the Middle East and Africa.

“The conclusion of the BT-50 is certainly the end of an era for Mazda in New Zealand”, says Mazda
Motors of New Zealand managing director, David Hodge. It is a model that has served the country
well, over many years.

MAZDA BT-50 to leave NZ Market

“Undeniably the market has changed significantly over the past few years: the move towards SUVs, a
greater uptake of electrified vehicles, and most recently the Clean Car Programme have all
influenced consumer tastes.”

As the brand locally redefines its future product range, the focus is on upcoming new models and
electrification as part of Mazda’s multi-solution approach which aims to reduce CO 2 emissions across
the business as well as offering appropriate powertrains in consideration of each market’s local

“Last year we welcomed new-generation, Large Platform products to the market with CX-60 and CX-
90, and this year we look forward to seeing the first-ever Mazda CX-80 join the range. Extra updates
to the CX-30 small SUV and CX-5 medium SUV, along with our ever-popular MX-5, sees the range
strengthened even further.

MAZDA BT-50 to leave NZ Market

The local history of Mazda utility vehicles goes all the way back to 1966 when the first Mazda B1500
units were imported. Local assembly started shortly after, continuing through several generations of
Mazda B Series utility until 1997. From then all B Series, Bounty and BT-50 models have been

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