Mazda to Increase Mazda CX-5 Production Capacity by 12 pct image

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced plans to increase production capacity of its new crossover SUV, Mazda CX-5, from 200,000 units to 240,000 units per year.

The Japanese automaker will expand production from Ujina Plant No.2 to also include Ujina Plant No.1. The move is made in response to increasing demand for the CX-5 in countries all over the world.

The CX-5 is Mazda’s entry in the popular and highly competitive compact crossover segment. It seeks to distinguish itself with class-leading highway fuel economy as well as the nimble and enjoyable handling dynamics that have become a hallmark of the Zoom-Zoom brand.

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 will launch with a Skyactiv 2.0-liter gasoline four-cylinder with direct injection, a 13.0:1 compression ratio, variable valve timing and new 4-2-1 exhaust header design.

Output is 155 hp at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, and Mazda claims fuel-economy numbers of 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway for the front-wheel-drive CX-5 with a six-speed stick.

The CX-5 is also the first production model to showcase Mazda’s new design theme, ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’, which was previewed with the Mazda SHINARI and Mazda MINAGI concept cars. Unique themes of KODO design include a prominent new front view with a bolder family face and dynamic styling that conveys a strong sense of vitality and agility.

In terms of safety, Standard safety features for the CX-5 include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A blind-spot warning system is optional.