All-New Mazda CX-5 to Debut at Frankfurt Motor Show
Earlier this year, we posted about the Mazda Minagi, a compact crossover concept that may be the basis of the all new CX-5. Well, Mazda has officially announced the production version of the Minagi will debut later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The CX-5, like the concept that previewed it, is the first production Mazda to follow the new “Kodo” corporate design language. Gone is the smiley-face front fascia styling of many current Mazda products, to be replaced by crisper, tauter lines. Mazda plans to launch the CX-5 globally in 2012, possibly for model-year 2013. The CX-5 will employ Mazda’s new Skyactiv technologies, headlined by downsized, direct-injection engines that should be much more fuel-efficient than their predecessors. The Skyactiv technologies also encompass a new breed of transmissions, which are said to be more responsive and fuel-efficient, as well as advanced chassis and body designs that will be stronger yet lighter than current designs. The tech debuts in the U.S. with the 2012 Mazda 3 this fall. Full press release can be found below. HIROSHIMA, Japan (April 18, 2011) – Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that its new compact crossover SUV will be called the Mazda CX-5. It is the production model derived from the Mazda MINAGI Concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show (81e Salon International de l'Auto de Genève) in March of this year and will be shown at the New York International Auto Show that opens to the public on April 22, 2011. The CX-5 will be the first production vehicle to incorporate Mazda’s new design theme, ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ as debuted on the Mazda SHINARI concept car, as well as the full range of breakthrough SKYACTIV technologies, including engines, transmissions, body and chassis. The CX-5 will join Mazda’s global line-up in 2012. The “CX” in CX-5 represents Mazda’s line-up of crossover SUV vehicles, which also includes the Mazda CX-7 and Mazda CX-9. The CX-5 will be the compact model in the series. The Mazda CX-5 will make its international debut at the 64th IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) Motor Show to be held in Frankfurt, Germany in September 2011. Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. via Mazda courtesy of Automobile Magazine Staff
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