Ahead of Frankfurt Auto Show, Mazda CX-5 Makes Web Debut

Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts aside, few new cars are burdened with the weight of expectation like the Mazda CX-5 compact S.U.V., revealed online Tuesday ahead of its debut in September at the Frankfurt auto show.

The CX-5, a direct descendent of the Minagi concept shown at the Geneva auto show in March, heralds a new design direction for the brand and is the first showcase outside of its home market for Skyactiv, a suite of powertrain, transmission and aerodynamic features intended to squeeze considerable efficiency gains from internal-combustion technology. Skyactiv will find its way into the Mazda 3 as well and is expected to be featured in other Mazdas in coming years.
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