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Farewell to the Mazda5, Volkswagen Touareg and INFINITI QX70

The inevitable was confirmed in recent days: Three vehicles that once enjoyed relative success in Canada will not return in the years to come.

The Mazda5 minivan will stop being manufactured in November of this year. The Japanese automaker wants to focus on its CX‑3, CX‑5 and CX‑9 crossovers, which are in much higher demand. These vehicles provide excellent people-moving capabilities along with Mazda’s full suite of SKYACTIV technologies, renowned KODO styling, i‑ACTIVSENSE safety equipment and i‑ACTIV all-wheel drive.

Meanwhile at Volkswagen, which is currently busy with a new SUV offensive, the Touareg had no place left between the second-generation Tiguan, now larger and with 7-passenger seating capability, and the all-new Atlas, a true midsize SUV that’s been specifically designed to cater to North American families.

2017 Volkswagen Touareg
Photo: Volkswagen
2017 Volkswagen Touareg

Finally, the termination of the INFINITI QX70 (formerly known as FX) is no surprise given its very poor sales performance lately. Remember, INFINITI is working on a new midsize luxury crossover based on the QX Sport Inspiration Concept.

Will you miss them?

2017 INFINITI QX70
Photo: INFINITI
2017 INFINITI QX70