H Mazda ανακοίνωσε σήμερα ότι αυξάνει τη παραγωγή του CX-5, από τις 200.000 σε 240.000 ετησίως. Η παραγωγή των επιπλέον 40.000 αυτοκινήτων θα γίνεται στο εργοστάσιο Ujina 2 της Mazda, με τους Ιάπωνες να προχωρούν στη κίνηση αυτή, αφού το αυτοκίνητο, έως την 1η Ιουλίου, έχει δεχτεί ήδη 24.000 παραγγελίες,  υπερδιπλασιάζοντας τον ετήσιο στόχο πωλήσεων που είχε θέσει η Mazda για όλο τον χρόνο, μέσα σε τεσσερισήμισι μήνες από την έναρξη των πωλήσεων.

Επίσης, η Mazda ανακοίνωσε ότι διπλασιάζει την ετήσια παραγωγή των Skyactiv κινητήρων. Ο όγκος παραγωγής θα αυξηθεί από τις 400.000 στις 800.000 μονάδες/χρόνο από τον Οκτώβριο του 2012.

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Mazda to Increase Mazda CX-5 Production Capacity

– Ujina Plant No.1 will also produce CX-5 from March 2013 –

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today announced it will increase production capacity of its new crossover SUV, Mazda CX-5, from 200,000 units*1 to 240,000 units per year. This will be achieved by expanding production from Ujina Plant No.2 to also include Ujina Plant No.1. Upgrades to the assembly line are based on Mazda’s manufacturing system innovation called Monotsukuri Innovation*2 and will enable production of new generation SKYACTIV products at Ujina Plant No.1 earlier than anticipated. The move is made in response to increasing demand for the CX-5 in countries all over the world.

The CX-5 is the first model to fully incorporate SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.*3 It has gained a reputation for offering both excellent fuel economy and an exhilarating driving experience. Since sales began in February, Mazda has received orders far surpassing initial estimations and upgraded its annual global sales target from 160,000 to 190,000 units for the fiscal year 2012.

As of July 1, CX-5 orders in Japan had reached approximately 24,000 units, more than doubling the annual domestic sales target in only four and a half months from the start of sales. The CX-5 is proving popular in overseas markets as well. For example, in Russia, Mazda’s biggest market in Europe, orders for the model already exceed 10,000 units, drawing close to the annual sales target of 12,000 units for that market.

Mazda’s representative director and chairman of the board, president and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi said, “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. It will also help establish a flexible production system that enables us to produce new-generation SKYACTIV products at Ujina Plant No.1. I believe that it shows Mazda is making steady progress in optimizing its automobile manufacturing processes.”

Mazda to Double Annual Production Capacity of SKYACTIV Engines to 800,000 units

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today announced it will double production capacity at its engine plant in Hiroshima. Production volume will be increased from 400,000 units to 800,000 units per year in October 2012. The plant produces SKYACTIV-D diesel engines and SKYACTIV-G gasoline engines. The capacity increase is made in response to increasing demand for cars incorporating the company’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY*1. It is made possible by Mazda’s continued pursuit of a highly efficient flexible production system using multipurpose equipment.

The SKYACTIV-G is a highly efficient, new-generation direct-injection gasoline engine. Mazda engineers overcame the problem of abnormal combustion, commonly known as “knocking”, to achieve the world’s highest compression ratio for a mass production gasoline engine for vehicles*2. It is presently available in the Mazda Demio for the Japanese market, the Mazda Axela (known overseas as the Mazda3) for the North American and Australian market, and the Mazda CX-5, currently being launched in markets around the world. It will also be available in the next generation Mazda Atenza (known overseas as Mazda6) to be released later this year.

The SKYACTIV-D is a new-generation clean diesel engine that complies with global exhaust gas regulations without the need for a costly nitrogen oxide (NOx) aftertreatment system. It achieves the world’s lowest compression ratio for a mass production diesel engine for vehicles*2. The first model to be equipped with the SKYACTIV-D is the Mazda CX-5 for the Japanese, European and Australian markets. It will also be available in the next generation Mazda Atenza/Mazda6 to be released later this year.

Mazda intends to sell 1,700,000 units globally in the fiscal year ending March 2016. Models employing SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY are expected to account for 80 percent of total sales.

History of Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY

2009 October: World debut of SKY CONCEPT at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show
2010 October: Announced outline of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY
2011 June: Facelifted Mazda Demio featuring SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine launched in Japan
2011 September: Facelifted Mazda Axela featuring SKYACTIV-G and SKYACTIV-DRIVE transmission launched in Japan
2012 February: Mazda CX-5, the first in Mazda’s series of new products featuring the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY (SKYACTIV-G or SKYACTIV-D, SKYACTIV-DRIVE, SKYACTIV-CHASSIS and SKYACTIV-BODY)