Author: Curtis Farrell |

Despite being made in Japan, the Mazda CX-9 full-size crossover SUV is an export-only vehicle that is not sold in Japan’s domestic market.


The Mazda CX-9 debuted 10 years ago as a 2007 model sharing the Ford CD3 platform with the Ford Edge and the Ford Fusion. All these years the only assembly facility responsible for the CX-9 was Hiroshima Plant in Japan.

Hiroshima Plant & Other Facilities

Mazda’s Hiroshima Plant is an old automobile manufacturing complex in Aki and Ujina, Hiroshima, Japan. It was opened in March 1931. For 50 years, it was the sole automobile manufacturing plant of Mazda Motor Corporation in Japan.

Some Mazda cars were produced in the US under the contract with Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, and Twin Cities Assembly Plant. However, the CX-9 model is being built only at Hiroshima Plant.

The most recent addition to Mazda’s production facilities is Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO) opened in 2014 in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico. This plant produces the Mazda3 currently.

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2016 Mazda CX-9 © Mazda Motor Corporation

2016 Mazda CX-9

The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 will arrive in dealerships later this year. Mazda reworked the vehicle completely moving away from the Ford CD3 platform. For now, you can buy only the previous year’s model. The MSRP for the 2015 Mazda CX-9 starts at $29,985.

We listed this prominent 7-passenger SUV in several ratings including best SUVs with 6-cylinder engine and 3rd-row seating and most affordable SUVs with 3rd-row seating.