Mazda CX-5 Goes On Sale In Japan

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
mazda cx 5 goes on sale in japan

Mazda’s stock jumped 6 percent today in Tokyo on news that the Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV is available at Mazda dealers in Japan. Mazda plans for 1,000 units per month to be sold in Japan, and Mazda President Takashi Yamanouchi told The Nikkei [sub] that he expects annual global sales to reach approximately 200,000 units.

The CX-5 is the first model to adopt the full complement of Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY including gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, body and chassis.

Buyers in Japan have a choice of two new-generation engines. The model equipped with Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine delivers a class-leading fuel economy of 18.6km/L (JC08 mode), and what Mazda calls the “powerful dynamic performance equivalent to a 4.0L, V8 gasoline engine.” The SKYACTIV-G 2.0L gasoline model is rated at 16.0km/L (FWD model, JC08 mode).

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  • PJ McCombs PJ McCombs on Feb 17, 2012

    I hate to admit it, but this is the first car to make me believe I could happily own a crossover. 3,300 lbs, 2.0-liter Four, manual transmission, AWD, and Mazda chassis tuning suggest a real winner. Why isn't the Mazda3 this good-looking?

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    • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Feb 17, 2012

      @ezeolla FWD with a good set of all season (with snow/ice capable bias) tires should make the distinction between AWD and FWD nearly meaningless for 98% of buyers.

  • GraceS GraceS on Mar 14, 2012

    The CX-5 is very much similar to the CX-7, but it's sad to hear that Mazda discontinues CX-7 crossover in U.S. due to poor selling of the unit. But with CX-5 going on sale in Japan, it sure will give Mazda a sure sell.

  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Ed That has to be a joke.