CX-5 (Mazda)

Feb 03, 2023

According to media reports, Mazda is poised to launch the all-new CX-70 CUV, which will slot between the CX-50 and the also new-for-2024 (model year) CX-90 CUVs.
It will be a 2-row CUV with seating for five passengers and will ride on the same platform as the CX-90.
It is also expected to share propulsion systems with the new CX-90. This means a longitudinally mounted, all-new, turbocharged in-line 6-cylinder, displacing 3.3L, and which generates 340-hp. and 369 lb.-ft. (500 Nm) of torque (while burning premium fuel – output is reduced when using lower octanes), and is configured as a 48-volt, “mild” hybrid.
It could also receive the plug-in hybrid system from the CX-60, which uses a 2.5L 4-cylinder unit, again with a traction motor between the engine and transmission. Combined output for this propulsion system should be around 323-hp. and 369 lb.-ft (500 Nm) of torque. It has a 17.8 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of powering up to 39 all-electric miles (using the typically over-optimistic WLTP protocol).
It is expected to go on sale in the US in 2023 and will be priced around USD 38,000. It will compete against the Chevrolet Blazer, Honda Pasport, Toyota Venza, and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

(Multiple sources on January 31, 2023)

Jan 16, 2023

On January 11, 2023, Mazda Sales Thailand revealed that in 2022 when Thailand’s automotive market managed to show signs of recovery and grew 12% YoY with sales of around 850,000 cars, Mazda took 6th rank with sales 31,638 units, down 10.6% from 2021. Leading 2022 sales of Mazda Thailand was the Mazda 2 with 16,249 units, followed by Mazda CX-30’s sales of 6,092 units, Mazda CX-3 (4,249 units), Mazda 3 (1,553 units), Mazda BT-50 (1,506 units), Mazda CX-8 (1,157 units), Mazda CX-5 (824 units), and 8 units of Mazda MX-5. According to Mazda, the main challenge in this competitive auto market was the auto parts shortage issue that hit its car production since the beginning of the year.
For the local auto market in 2023, Mazda expected it to be similar to 2022 with sales reaching 850,000-870,000 cars, as there are ongoing issues that need to be monitored, including the China–United States trade war, disputes in Europe, energy crisis, increases in raw material prices, issues in logistics, etc. For Mazda Thailand itself, 2023 sales are projected to jump around 10% or reaching 35,000 cars.
(From Mazda Sales Thailand press release on January 11, 2023)

Jan 06, 2023

On December 30, Changan Mazda exhibited the new CX-50 compact SUV at the Auto Guangzhou 2022.
The new vehicle is a global model based on Mazda’s newly developed full energy platform. In the process of the vehicle’s localization, Changan Auto made localized innovations to it to meet Chinese customers’ needs for “a large panoramic sunroof and a spacious and comfortable rear space”.
With “Vibrant Utility” as the theme of the new “Kodo” design, the new vehicle integrates the fortitude of an SUV with the wildness and elegance of the “Kodo” design. The vehicle features a block grille, iconic black side wings, slender semi-circular headlights, and thick and wide fender flares.
The new vehicle measures 4,785mm long, 1,920mm wide and 1,638mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,815mm.
For the powertrain, the new vehicle features a SKYACTIV 2.0L and 2.5L gasoline engine. Specifically, the 2.5L engine features the latest intelligent variable cylinder technology where the outer two of the four cylinders will stop working when the vehicle is in uniform motion, thus improving fuel consumption. In the future, the vehicle will be equipped with a hybrid power system.
Additionally, Changan Mazda reaffirmed Mazda’s medium-term management plan and the electrification plan and vision in the management policy for 2030 at the exhibition. Specifically, heading into 2030, Mazda will flexibly implement its electrification strategy in three phases:
1) Leverage existing multi-path electrification technologies to manufacture attractive products that combine eco-friendliness with driving performance.
2) Gradually place battery electric models globally while launching new hybrid systems. New battery electric models will also be introduced in China.
3) Set about launching pure electric platform-dedicated models, and increase investment in battery production. By 2030, battery electric models are expected to account for 25%-40% in Mazda’s global sales volume.
Concurrently, to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Mazda has set the intermediate target of carbon neutrality at its plants around the world by 2035, and will take actions based on the three mainstays of “energy saving, renewable energy, and the use of carbon-neutral fuels”.
From a Changan Mazda official WeChat account press release

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