Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that it will increase production of its crossover SUV and will double the annual production capacity of its SKYACTIV engines starting this year.

Mazda will increase its poroduction of the Mazda CX-5 from 200,000 to 240,000 units per year to accommodate the increasing global demand for the Mazda CX-5. Due to this demand, Mazda had to adjust its annual global sales target of 160,000 units to 190,000 units for this year. In order to cope with the rise in demand, Mazda will be expanding the production from Ujina Plant No.2 to also include Ujina Plant No.1.

Mazda's representative director and chairman of the board, president and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi said, "I am grateful for the high praise the CX-5 has been receiving from customers all over the world. This production capacity increase for the CX-5 demonstrates that we are working hard to deliver the vehicle to waiting customers as early as we possibly can. It will also help establish a flexible production system that enables us to produce new-generation SKYACTIV products at Ujina Plant No.1. I believe that it shows Mazda is making steady progress in optimizing its automobile manufacturing processes."


Meanwhile, Mazda's engine plant in Hiroshima is set to double its production of SKYACTIV-D (diesel engines) and SKYACTIV-G (gasoline engines), the increase from 400,000 to 800,000 units per year is made in response to more Mazda cars incorporating its SKYACTIV technology.

The SKYACTIV-G can be presently found in the Mazda Demio, Mazda3, while the Mazda CX-5 and the soon to be released next generation Mazda6 can be fitted with either the SKYACTIV-D or SKYACTIV-G engines depending on the market where it will be sold.