Doubling Down: Mazda Betting Big on Skyactiv Technology, CX-5
Mazda is the only Japanese automaker that isn't currently profitable, but that could change very soon. Mazda is confident that its new Skyactiv technology is the way forward, and the 2013 Mazda CX-5—the first Mazda to fully embrace the breadth of Skyactiv technologies—has already outpaced expectations. After initially raising production of the 2013 Mazda CX-5 from 160,000 to 200,000, Mazda has once again upped that target figure to 240,000, as demand remains strong. "I am grateful for the high praise the CX-5 has been receiving from customers all over the world. 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." The CX-5 has been commended by the automotive press for delivering good fuel economy while still remaining fun to drive. We found the CX-5 to be a capable crossover presenting a high-value proposition. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv gasoline engine will get you about town efficiently, but we found it a little underpowered on automatic transmission models. The Mazda CX-5 is expected to adopt the Skyactiv-D diesel engine as an optional powerplant in the near future. The low-end power often found on diesel cars could give the CX-5 the power is was missing while still returning good fuel economy. Mazda also announced today that it will increase production of both Skyactiv gasoline and diesel engines from 400,000 engines, to double that figure at 800,000 per year. Mazda believes by March 2016, 80 percent of all new Mazdas will be employing the automaker's Skyactiv technology. Mazda hopes to eventually have its full range using the technology. Source: Mazda
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