Strong demand worldwide for Mazda’s new crossover SUV, the CX-5, has prompted Mazda Motor Corporation to boost production capacity of the vehicle from 200,000 to 240,000 units per year.
The CX-5 is the first model to fully incorporate Skyactiv technology, which has earned the SUV a reputation for excellent fuel economy and an exhilarating driving experience.
Production volume of diesel and gasoline Skyactiv engines will be doubled to 800,000 units per year this October in response to demand for all cars incorporating the company’s technology.
The Skyactiv-D has the world’s lowest compression ratio for a mass production diesel engine, with CO2 emissions of only 119g, helping the CX-5 to deliver fuel economy of 4.6l per 100km.
Mazda has a global sales target for the year ending March 2016 of 1.7m units, with models employing Skyactiv technology expected to account for 80% of total sales.
In Ireland, the CX-5, priced from €25,195, excluding metallic paint and dealer-related charges, is available now at Mazda dealers.