Production of the popular Mazda CX-5 compact sport utility vehicle has exceeded the one million-unit mark this past April 2015. Mazda Motor Corporation in Japan revealed this latest milestone for the first ever full-SKYACTIV and KODO designed Mazda model. The feat comes only three years and five months since manufacturing of the CX-5 began in November 2011.
“We at Mazda Philippines are thankful to all the owners and supporters of the Mazda CX-5 for letting us celebrate this achievement,” says Steven Tan, President and CEO of Berjaya Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributors of the Mazda brand in the country. He adds, “It is encouraging to realize how much the Philippine market has contributed to this success with 2,232 units of the CX-5 now belonging to their proud Filipino owners.”
The 2015 CX-5 was recently unveiled at the Manila International Auto Show. Still sourced straight from Japan, the refreshed CX-5 features a redesigned front end along with new Adaptive LED Headlights, upgraded interior accents and the new MZD CONNECT infotainment package. “We aim to provide Filipinos the latest features that will deliver driving pleasure as well as outstanding environmental and safety performance designed to elevate and enrich their SUV ownership experience,” adds Tan.
Global production of the CX-5 began at Ujina Plant in Hiroshima, but has since been expanded to include manufacture at Changan Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd., in China and locally assembly at Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus in Russia, Mazda Malaysia Sdn., Bhd., in Malaysia and Vina Mazda Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd., in Vietnam.
The CX-5 is the second fastest Mazda unit to reach the one-million-unit production mark next only to the equally popular Mazda3. The 2011-2012 Japan Car of the Year was launched into the growing global crossover SUV market in February 2012 as a new core model for the Mazda brand. It has since won more than 60 different awards around the world, including the prestigious Car of the Year Japan in 2012-2013. The CX-5 has grown into a key model in Mazda’s global car lineup and was the top-selling SUV in Japan in 2012 and 2013.
Berjaya Auto Philippines, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles and parts in the Philippines. Current product line-up includes Mazda2 sub-compact sedan and hatchback, Mazda3 SKYACTIV compact sedan and hatchback, Mazda6 executive sedan, CX-5 compact SUV, CX-9 seven-seater SUV, MX-5 2-seater sports roadster and the BT-50 pickup truck.