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Mazda CX-5 gets vote of confidence in Japan

By SYF77 on 21 Mar 2012

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The Mazda CX-5 is a groundbreaking vehicle for the Hiroshima-based automaker. It is Mazda's first car featuring the new KODO - Soul of Motion Design language first shown in the Shinari concept vehicle in May 2010. It is also the first vehicle featuring the company's Skyactiv Technology which uses a rigid, lightweight platform combined with a new series of efficient engines and transmissions.

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It seemed that Mazda’s effort has paid off as the crossover has received close to 8000 orders in Japan since its launch on 16 February 2012. This is 8 times the monthly sales target of 1000 units. This is even more impressive, taking into account that test-drive is only available from 31 March.

"Mazda is extremely grateful for the approval from many customers for the all-new CX-5”, said the company’s President and CEO Takashi Yamanouchi. “I am convinced that we will surpass our global sales target of 160,000 units per year and that the CX-5 will become one of our core models alongside the Axela, Atenza and Demio," he added.

The CX-5 is available with a diesel and a petrol variant. The petrol version comes with a 2-litre direct injection engine with 155bhp and 196Nm of torque at 4000rpm whereas the diesel version is powered by a 2.2-litre oil burner, delivering 175bhp and 420Nm of maximum torque. In Japan, the diesel version accounts for 73% of total sales. The Mazda CX-5 replaces the Mazda Tribute and the Mazda CX-7 in company’s lineup.

The petrol version of the new Mazda CX-5 is expected to go on sale in Singapore around middle of Apr 12.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



 
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