The Mazda BT-50 (model code J97M) is a one-tonne pickup truck from Mazda. It is a larger version of the predecessor B-Series pickup and is not sold in the Japanese and North American market. Ford has also sold a version of the first generation BT-50 as the Ford Ranger. The second generation Ranger has been designed by Ford Australia, with a Mazda derivative to be sold as the BT-50. The BT-50 was launched at the Bangkok Motor Show on March 22, 2006. It shares its Duratorq/MZR-CD 2.5 L and 3.0 L Diesel straight-4 engines with the Ranger. In late November 2006, the new 5-Speed automatic transmission with BorgWarner transfer case has been added, as well as side airbags. The BT-50 received a minor redesign in the first quarter of 2008, with a revised interior and several optional items made standard. The model sold in Mexico, Central and South America includes the following options: Available in the UK since 2006 and first introduced in Thailand as a 2007 model.
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