Mazda is trumpeting its new CX-50 compact crossover as an alternative to its popular CX-5, but some observers predict the automaker will do what it has done in the past — eventually kill the older product in favor of the newer one.
"CX-5 should be around for a couple years, and then it's gone," said Ed Kim, president of AutoPacific.
"Mazda is spinning it as having two models in the same segment for different buyers. But in reality, it's just like what happened when they introduced the CX-30," Kim said. "CX-3 stuck around a couple of years and then was gone."