2021 BT-50 driving over small hill

Does Mazda make a truck?

The Mazda BT-50: Is It Coming to the States?

Here at Hall Mazda near Milwaukee, we’re proud to sell the entire Mazda lineup because we believe that Mazda makes exceptional vehicles. And given that Mazda vehicles continuously wins awards, it seems that other people agree. However, it seems strange that Mazda (as a competitor to Honda, Nissan, and Toyota) doesn’t have any trucks, something that Honda, Nissan, and Toyota do have.  What’s going on?

Does Mazda make a truck? Yes. The BT-50. So why can’t we get it in the States?



2021 BT-50 seating showcase

New Generation 2021 Mazda BT-50

The 2021 Mazda BT-50 is first model in the new generation of the company’s long-running truck, switching from Ford platform to an Isuzu one. As you can probably tell by that last sentence, the BT-50 has been around for awhile now, just not in the States. And unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that Mazda will be bringing it to the US any time soon. The BT-50 is hugely popular in Australia thanks to its light weight, high capability, and efficient engine options, such as the four-cylinder turbodiesel that puts out 332 lb-ft of torque.

Why Won’t It Come to the US?

The reason the BT-50 likely won’t come to the US is because of the 1963 Chicken Tax. Yeah, we’re serious. The Chicken Tax has a clause in it that states that any international manufacturers must pay a 25% tariff on exports to the US including the light-duty truck segment, which includes the BT-50. The only way around that tax is to build the vehicle in a US factory. Mazda co-owns a few US production factories…along with Ford. Which is the infrastructure that the BT-50 just switched away from. So yeah, we’re probably not getting this excellent truck any time soon.


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