Mazda Australia is sticking with shorter servicing intervals for diesel vehicles, but has left the door open for these to be expanded.

    “It’s just an engineering requirement from [Mazda Motor Corporation]; we continue to review it,” said Mazda Australia national marketing director Alastair Doak.

    “They look at the conditions in Australia that they see as a harsh environment market – various things like weather, dust, whatever.

    “In the recent past, we’ve increased the petrol models to 15,000km so it’s something we review on a regular basis.”

    Late last year, Mazda announced its petrol and plug-in hybrid models would switch to intervals of 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first, while diesels would stick with 12-month/10,000km intervals.

    That includes not only the existing four-cylinder diesel engines in the CX-5 and CX-8, but also the inline-six diesels of the recently launched CX-60 and CX-90.

    One exception to this rule: Mazda offers 12-month/15,000km intervals on the BT-50.

    That arguably comes as little surprise, as Isuzu builds the BT-50 for Mazda. The BT-50, therefore, matches the related Isuzu D-Max in its servicing schedule.

    The 10,000km intervals of Mazda’s diesel SUVs stand in contrast to many of their rivals. Hyundai and Kia, for example, offer 12-month/15,000km intervals on all their diesel-powered SUVs.

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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