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Mazda Australia has confirmed that the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre petrol engine will be added to its CX-5 SUV range. The 2.5 litre petrol engine will replace the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre petrol engine on All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Maxx, Maxx Sport and GT models. Performance is improved with the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre engine delivering 138 kW of power and 250Nm of torque. This represents a 15 per cent increase in power over the superseded 2.5 litre engine that powered the front-drive CX-7 Classic, while torque is up by 22 per cent. CX-5 models equipped with the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre petrol engine will deliver fuel economy figures better than 8.0 litres per 100km – an improvement of at least 15% over the CX-7 Classic – providing customers with a compelling combination of power and economy. Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) models will continue to be specified with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 litre petrol engine and AWD CX-5 models with the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 litre diesel engine are expected to continue selling strongly. With over 13,000 Mazda CX-5s sold since its launch in March, the CX-5 has quickly become one of the country’s favourite SUVs. With a choice of three engines, two transmissions and front or AWD, these latest changes give SUV buyers more choice than ever before. Mazda Australia national marketing manager, Alastair Doak said, “The Mazda CX-5 has been one of the big success stories of 2012. The opportunity to introduce a more powerful All-Wheel Drive petrol model will cement the CX-5 as a leader in the popular medium SUV segment.” Mazda CX-5 will be available with the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5L petrol engine in the first quarter of 2013.
Mazda Motor Corporation has announced it will increase production capacity of its new crossover SUV, Mazda CX-5, from 200,000 units to 240,000 units per year. This will be achieved by expanding production from Ujina Plant No.2 to also include Ujina Plant No.1. Upgrades to the assembly line are based on Mazda’s manufacturing system innovation called Monotsukuri Innovation and will enable production of new generation SKYACTIV products at Ujina Plant No.1 earlier than anticipated. The move is made in response to increasing demand for the CX-5 in countries all over the world. The CX-5 is the first model to fully incorporate SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. It has gained a reputation for offering both excellent fuel economy and an exhilarating driving experience. Since sales began in February, Mazda has received orders far surpassing initial estimations and upgraded its annual global sales target from 160,000 to 190,000 units for the fiscal year 2012. As of July 1, CX-5 orders in Japan had reached approximately 24,000 units, more than doubling the annual domestic sales target in only four and a half months from the start of sales. The CX-5 is proving popular in overseas markets as well. As one example, Russia, Mazda’s biggest market in Europe, orders for the model already exceed 10,000 units, drawing close to the annual sales target of 12,000 units for that market. Mazda’s representative director and chairman of the board, president and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi said, “I am grateful for the high praise the CX-5 has been receiving from customers all over the world. “This production capacity increase for the CX-5 demonstrates that we are working hard to deliver the vehicle to waiting customers as early as we possibly can. It will also help establish a flexible production system that enables us to produce new-generation SKYACTIV products at Ujina Plant No.1. I believe that it shows Mazda is making steady progress in optimizing its automobile manufacturing processes.”
An agreement between Mazda Motor Corporation and OJSC Sollers has been establish to create a joint manufacturing company in Russia. For those of us who don’t know, Sollers is one of the leading automotive companies in Russia with the company focused on the manufacture and sale of passenger and commercial vehicles, including automotive components, assembly kits, engines, as well as agricultural equipment and machines. Based on this agreement, the joint venture company will locate its production facility in Vladivostok, in Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District and operations will begin in the fall of 2012. The joint venture facility will be used for the assembly of Mazda’s new CX-5 SUV, the next generation Mazda6 and a Sollers-owned brand vehicle, for the Russian market. Production capacity of the new plant will be 50,000 units per year at the start of operations with the aim of increasing that capacity to 70,000 units per year. The automotive market in Russia has made a strong recovery since the financial crisis of 2009. In the 2011 calendar year, demand for new cars increased approximately 40 per cent from 2010 to 2.65 million units, making it the second largest market in Europe after Germany. Furthermore, demand is expected to grow to around three million units in 2015. In 2011, Mazda sold approximately 40,000 units in Russia, an increase of roughly 60 per cent year on year. Together as 50:50 partners Sollers and Mazda will expand its business in the fast growing Russian market and will accelerate its efforts to strengthen emerging market business and establish global production footprints in line with its Structural Reform Plan.
Mazda Motor Corporation has developed, jointly with Japan Polypropylene Corporation, resin material for vehicle parts that maintains the same rigidity as parts made with conventional materials while achieving significant weight reduction. Using this material, the parts manufactured are thinner than those using conventional resin, resulting in a significant reduction in the resin required to manufacture parts. When the material is used for both front and rear bumpers, it contributes to weight reduction of approximately 20%. In the bumper production process, this reduced thickness allows for a shorter cooling period for moulding, and by using computer-aided engineering (CAE) technology, the fluidity of the resin material has also been optimised. As a result, bumper moulding time, previously 60 seconds, has been halved to 30 seconds, leading to major reductions in the amount of energy consumed in the production process. Mazda plans to adopt the lightest bumpers in the class using this resin material in the all-new Mazda CX-5 SUV to go on sale in March as well as in other upcoming new models. Bumper weight has a major impact on fuel economy and driving performance. On the other hand, bumpers are also multi-functional requiring both the rigidity to absorb impact, and the moulding and painting properties suitable for excellent exterior design. Mazda blended two components found in polypropylene and rubber, the constituents of resin, that have different properties, and succeeded in distributing them in a double-layer structure in line with the required function for the surface and the inside of the base bumper material. As a result of this achievement, the surface has excellent paint film adhesion and the inner section retains high rigidity and impact absorption, with reduced thickness. Moving forward, Mazda remains committed to reducing vehicle weight and improving dynamic performance in order to provide all its customers with driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.
The Mazda CX-5 will be the first new entrant into the newly-classified medium SUV segment when it arrives later this month. Mazda has designed the CX-5 to fit perfectly with busy lifestyles offering a load of space in a smaller package. An overall length of 4,540mm and an overall width of 1,840mm ensures that the CX-5 offers the right combination of passenger comfort and luggage space. Rear seat passengers will experience an increase in leg room of 72mm over the popular CX-7 while head room and cargo room volume have also increased. The footprint of the All-New CX-5 is larger than first impressions might suggest with its overall dimensions of 8.4m2 being bigger than Australia’s four best-selling compact SUVs of 2011. These dimensions also play a big part in the CX-5s powerful and well-proportioned stance as well as complementing the new KODO design language. With the CX-5 being built on an entirely new platform designed to incorporate Mazda’s new SKYACTIV Technology, smarter interior packaging and sharp exterior design is complemented by improved fuel efficiency and enhanced driving dynamics. The All-New CX-5 is the first car to feature the full suite of SKYACTIV Technology which includes new petrol and diesel engines, new manual and automatic transmissions, lighter chassis and a stronger body. Available in either Front-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive, the new CX-5 range will provide the right alternative.