Mazda to produce CX-5 in Malaysia next year image

The Japanese based automaker has recently announced that the CX-5 crossover will enter production in Malaysia in 2013.

According to the car manufacturer, Mazda and Bermaz Motor have signed a partnership and thanks to this joint venture the CX-5 mid-size crossover will be assembled locally. The Mazda CX-5 will be assembled in just 3,000 units annually in Malaysia and the production of the vehicle will start in early 2013. Mazda is currently making the Mazda3 in Malaysia since January, 2011.

“Mazda’s sales in Malaysia have shown consistent growth since we started doing business with Bermaz in 2008. In the last financial year, we achieved record sales results of approximately 6,000 units and one percent of the market share”, as the Mazda representative director, chairman of the board and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi, said.

The Mazda CX-5 has been already launched in Malaysia earlier this year and the crossover is available starting at RM155,219 for the SkyActiv-G 2WD version, which is getting the 2.0 liter direct injection petrol engine, producing a total output of 152 HP at 6,000 rpm and 198 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm in the AWD versions, while the FWD is coming with 153 HP at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The unit is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and prices for the all-wheel drive version start at RM165,219.