Bermaz Auto Philippines Inc., the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles in the country, reported a 38% sales improvement in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year. The growing popularity of the Mazda crossover lineup, the CX-9, CX-8, CX-5, CX-30 and CX-3 made up 60% of the total sales.

Mazda’s premium five-seater crossover, the CX-5, garnered a 38% sales increase in the last six months versus the same period in 2020.

Meanwhile, the two premium crossover models—the CX-9 and the CX-8—had an immense sales contribution as well. The luxury executive seven-seater, Mazda CX-9, recorded a 100% increase in sales during the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year. And the three-row premium crossover, Mazda CX-8, posted a 50% growth in its first half performance in 2021.

Based on industry reports up to June this year, the Mazda CX-8 is the best-selling seven-seater crossover for models priced above PhP 2 million, while the flagship Mazda CX-9 comes in second after the CX-8 in this category. The increased demand for both models in the last six months shows the public’s acceptance of both models as superior premium crossovers.

“The three-row CX-9 and CX-8 continue to make strong inroad 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,” explains Steven Tan, President and CEO of Mazda Philippines. “Combined with a comprehensive 5 Years Free Service Plan and an award-winning customer service network, the CX-9 and the CX-8 are the best three-row crossovers for your money.”

Tan adds: “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—a premium product with class-leading driving and ownership experience.”

Aside from the crossovers, the Mazda MX-5 roadster continues to be the most popular in the open-top two-door sports car segment in the first half of 2021. “We are thrilled with the joy and happiness this little sports car brings to the community,” Tan says.