Report: Mazda to boost CX-5 production due to strong demand

The Mazda CX-5 has become a very strong seller for the brand and the segment on the whole. The compact SUV has gained praise from customers and the media as being an SUV with great fuel-economy and one that offers strong driving dynamics.

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Mazda says that it has surpassed initial estimations and upgraded its annual global sales target from 160,000 to 190,000 units for the fiscal year 2012. With that in mind it will increase production capacity from 200,000 units to 240,000 units per year.

“I am grateful for the high praise the CX-5 has been receiving from customers all over the world,” said CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi. “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.”

Mazda said that it intends to sell 1,700,000 units globally in the fiscal year ending March 2016.

Refresher: Power for the 2013 Mazda CX-5 comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 155-hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. EPA rated fuel-economy comes in at 26/35 mpg (city/highway). Prices for the CX-5 start at $20,695.

– By: Omar Rana