The Japanese based automaker Mazda is planning to put its CX-5 mid-size crossover into production in Russia, after a joint assembly venture signed with the local producer Sollers.
According to the car manufacturer, both Mazda and Sollers will invest 80 million USD in the venture initially and this will actually be the Japanese company’s first assembly operation in Russia. The plant will have a production capacity of 50, 000 units annually at first and this will eventually rise to 70,000 vehicles each year. This isn’t the first Japanese car manufacturer to assemble cars in Russia with the “help” of Sollers and earlier this year, Toyota has signed a similar agreement for the Land Cruiser Prado, which will be made in Vladivostok.
As a small reminder, the Mazda CX-5 is already available throughout Europe and Asia and the model has a starting price of just over 20,000 euros for the entry-level version. According to the car manufacturer, the Mazda CX-5 is available with features like the Bose 9-speaker audio system, front and rear parking sensors, front and rear entertainment system with a 5.8-inch touch screen, navigation system, reverse camera, heated front seats, full leather interior, dual-zone automatic climate control, headlight and rain sensors, fog lamps, cruise control, City Safety, AUX/USB connectivity and many more.