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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Mazda Debuts 40-mpg 2012 Mazda3 and Announces Production of All-New CX-5

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today unveiled its innovative industry-leading suite of SKYACTIV technologies at the New York International Auto Show and revealed the 40-mpg highway fuel economy of its face-lifted 2012 Mazda3 compact car, which made its U.S. debut at the show.  Earlier in the week, MNAO also announced that the MINAGI Concept, which made its North American debut in New York, will be the basis of a production compact SUV model named Mazda CX-5.

SKYACTIV, which is a suite of all-new technologies that includes completely redesigned, highly efficient internal combustion gasoline and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions, and an advanced body and chassis, will be the core of Mazda’s future product line.
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