Mazda CX-5 Is a Hit in Japan
The new crossover, which is smaller on the outside than the CX-7 but offers more room inside, is a frugal machine as well, especially the 2.2-liter diesel. In the domestic market of Japan, Mazda has received no less than 8,000 orders in the first month since the car’s debut. These are 8 times the monthly sales target of 1,000 units.
As we’ve mentioned, this is the first brand new car to be powered by the Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine. This comes in two flavors, either the base 150 hp or a more powerful 175 hp. The more powerful version can sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 9.2 seconds and should do 18.6 km/l on the combined Japanese cycle (43.7 mpg).
The CX-5 has been valued highly, and according to Mazda customer feedback includes: “The CX-5 has an outstanding design among SUVs”; “Even the fuel economy of the 4WD is excellent”; “It has a good balance between driving performance and economic efficiency”; and “It appears that it does not give a driver any fatigue or stress during a long drive, and the cargo capacity is plenty.”
“Mazda is extremely grateful for the approval from many customers for the all-new CX-5. At the same time, we are gaining confidence about the opportunity in the Japanese market for the clean diesel engine. 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 (known overseas as the Mazda3), Atenza (Mazda6) and Demio (Mazda2),” says Mazda’s representative director and chairman of the board, president and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi.