CX-5: the First Non-Ford Mazda Model

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Our readers have show time and time again that they are interested in the brand new CX-5 compact crossover, even in America where this sort of car isn’t the most popular. But a recent AutoNews article highlights the fact that it’s more than just a pretty face.
The CX-5 is the first car built on Mazda’s new modular architecture, which will be scaled to also fit the new Mazda6 midsize sedan, a bigger CX-7 crossover and the next Mazda3 sedan and hatch. This is a clear departure from the Ford era in which the Japanese company struggled so much.

Ford once owned 33.4 percent of Mazda and a number of vehicles were based on their platforms. But the new underpinnings the CX-5 debuts with will eventually be used for 80 percent of their cars sold.

Besides this, the CX-5 is also the first Mazda to combine the new Skyactiv engines and transmissions with a fresh body.
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