Ford and Mazda produce a wide range of vehicles with Chang’an, but with increased attention on the Chinese market by both companies has lead to greater technology cooperation between the three way tie up. With the introduction of the latest generation of Mazda 3 into the Chinese market its likely that Mazda had already agreed to hand over the older version to Chang’an, where they will be able to rebrand it and sell it as their own vehicle, but Chang’an have been selling Mazda look alikes for a number of years under their own brand anyway.
This CINTURX model could potentially be the start of a new sub brand, like Baojun, between Mazda and Chang’an but no official announcement has been forthcoming as of yet, so we can only assume its the handing over of older tech to satisfy local partner demands.
From 2008-2010 the Mazda 3 was actually quite a hot car in China, the 3 launched with a 1.6L engine which made it eligable for the 5% tax that was offered during the ‘hot years’ of car ownership, whilst the Ford Focus only had a 1.8L or 2.0L engine on offer. Whether or not the Mazda3/CINTURX actually becomes popular again is another matter. Our only question is: Who the hell makes these names up?