Mazda has bolstered its award-winning BT-50 range with the addition of a six-speed automatic transmission to the 4x4 Freestyle Cab Utility XTR.

The BT-50 4x4 Freestyle Cab Utility XTR was initially launched exclusively as a manual, but as demand for automatic utilities continues to grow, Mazda saw an opportunity to further broaden its line-up to meet customer demand.

Year To Date 65 per cent of BT-50 buyers have chosen 4x4s, with 43 per cent of them preferring automatic.

With a 3.2 litre turbo diesel engine producing 147kW of power and 470 Nm of torque - and 3,500 kilograms of towing capacity - the BT-50 Freestyle Cab is one of the best utilities available.

The XTR, with its sophisticated interior, comes fitted with Bluetooth®, satellite navigation, USB, dual-control climate control, power mirrors and 17-inch alloys.

While comfort and style are synonymous with the BT-50, safety is also at the forefront with the Freestyle Cab Utility XTR 4x4 fitted with front, side and curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, dynamic stability control, locking rear differential, hill descent control and hill launch assist.

The BT-50 Freestyle Cab Utility comfortably seats four and makes the most of the available rear cabin space thanks to its clever pillarless rear door.

With sales of almost 1,200 per month in 2013, the all-time BT-50 sales record of 11,848 - set in 2012 - is set to be broken. In addition, increased BT-50 supply creates further opportunity for BT-50 sales growth.

Mazda Australia's national marketing director, Alastair Doak said: "In the BT-50, Mazda has a tough, powerful utility with the sophistication and comfort of an SUV. We have responded to increased customer demand for automatic transmissions by adding the BT-50 Freestyle Cab Utility XTR 4x4 with a six-speed automatic transmission to our award-winning utility line-up."

BT-50 Freestyle Cab Utility XTR 4x4 with six-speed automatic transmission is available now at Mazda dealers nationally with a Manufacturers List Price (MLP) of $48,890.

For more information contact:

Steve Maciver
Public Relations Manager
(03) 8540 1961
0437 125 589

Tony Mee
Public Relations Specialist
+61 (0)3 8540 1962
+ 61 (0)439 347 658