Workhorse or ‘lifestyle use’
THE Ranger’s Mazda twin,the BT-50, is a vital piece of the Japanese brand’s plan to sell more than 100,000 vehicles a year in Australia by 2014.
The first BT-50s to roll down the Thai production line next year will be shipped to Australia with a sales target of 18,000 utes a year.
Mazda engineers deserve an equal share of the credit for the T6 program.
‘‘I just want to say the project was jointly developed with Ford,’’ says Keichi Wakabayashi, Mazda general manager of corporate communications.
‘‘The rolling chassis was engineered by Mazda. The interior, top hat and tuning of the BT-50 was done by Mazda. Platform development overall was joint.’’
Worldwide boss of Mazda, Takashi Yamanouchi, says the BT-50 is for ‘‘active lifestyle use’’ — not just a commercial workhorse.
‘‘Australia will be the largest market.’’