Mazda has received more than 60,000 orders for the CX-5 in four months, says The Nikkei [sub], and Mazda’s lines can’t keep up with the demand. If one orders a Diesel CX-5 in Japan, the wait is longer than three months. Gasoline models have a one month wait. To keep up, Mazda plans to increase production capacity for the CX-5 to 240,000 units by 2013. Production remains at Mazda’s factory in Hiroshima.
In May, Mazda built 14,840 CX-5 in Japan, along with 28,129 Mazda 3 (Axela) and 10,105 Mazda2 (Demio). Overseas, the company built 12,141 Mazda6, 6,915 Mazda3, and 6,811 BT-50. With roughly 70 percent of its production in Japan, Mazda is seriously hurt by the strong yen.