Mazda has announced that it will build its all new CX-5 medium SUV at two factories as of November with production already underway at Hiroshima to be supplemented by vehicles assembled at its Hofu plant.
As of December last year, the Hofu factory has also been building the smaller CX-3, which initially began production at Hiroshima. Australian bound CX-3’s are sourced out of Mazda’s Thai production facilities, despite original stock coming from Japan.
Global demand for SUVs had led to the production step-ups as Mazda works towards its goal of 1.65 million global sales.
The announcement coincides with the arrival of Mazda’s initial shipment of CX-5’s into Australia, with the first example docking in Brisbane on the 14th of March ahead of the vehicle’s coming Australian launch.
A total of 1200 CX-5s will arrive in Australia ahead of the new model’s launch, ensuring high-levels of initial dealer stock. That comes despite Mazda Japan having sold seven-times the expected number of CX-5s in its first month on sale with 16,639 domestic sales in January.
Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak revealed that the new CX-5 has generated more interest from potential buyers than any model before it, outdoing the CX-9 which previously led the pack for initial enquiries.
“Of the almost 100,000 people who have, so far, entered our competition to win a Next-Gen Mazda CX-5, over 33,000 registered their interest in the vehicle, and a staggering 45,000 want to be contacted directly from Mazda once it goes on sale,” Mr Doak said.
Mazda has previously announced that the new CX-5 will add a new midgrade Touring model to the range to go with the existing Maxx, Maxx Sport, GT, and Akera variants and a choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions across a range of two petrol and one diesel engines.
Full details of pricing and equipment for the new range will be announced closer to launch, and TMR will keep you up to date on the new CX-5 when it launches locally next month.