Mazda Commences Production of All-New CX-5 with New-Generation Super Clean SKYACTIV-D Diesel Engine

Mazda Motor Corporation has commenced production of the all-new Mazda CX-5 with its new-generation SKYACTIV-D 2.2-litre, super clean diesel engine at its Ujina Plant near Mazda’s headquarters in Hiroshima.

The CX-5 will be the first model of the company’s new-generation products developed around the full suite of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and expressive new design theme, “KODO – Soul of Motion”; delivering a perfect blend of stylish SUV, precise driver response together with outstanding environmental and safety performance.

Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine is the world’s first* diesel engine to comply with global exhaust gas regulations, including Japan’s Post New Long-Term Regulations and Europe’s Euro6, without the need for an expensive nitrogen oxide (NOx) after treatment system, such as the urea selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system or Lean NOx Trap (LNT) catalyst.

By precisely controlling fuel injection and improving the exhaust valve’s opening and closing mechanism, the SKYACTIV-D diesel engine has achieved breakthroughs to resolve longstanding issues encountered in low compression ratio engines, such as poor start capability and lower combustion stability when the engine is cold. These improvements helped to achieve the world’s lowest* compression ratio of up to 14.0:1 for a diesel engine for mass production vehicles.

Through its pursuit of ideal combustion using engineering innovation, Mazda’s first diesel-powered compact SUV delivers torque equal to a 4.0-litre V8 gasoline but with emissions and fuel economy traditionally the domain of small and light-size passenger cars.

With the introduction of the Mazda CX-5 with the SKYACTIV-D turbo diesel engine together with the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission, Mazda is offering a fresh, affordable and credible option to the eco-car market – an option that also combines outstanding environmental performance and pioneers a new era of diesel power, but without compromising the enjoyment of driving.

“We’ve been looking forward to adding a diesel engine with an automatic transmission to our range for quite some time,” says Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand.

“The development of the all-new CX-5 and our new SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGIES has given us this opportunity within one of the fastest-growing new car segments, and we can’t wait to get it here” continues Mr Clearwater.

The all-new Mazda CX-5 will be introduced in New Zealand from March 2012.

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