Mazda celebrates manufacture of the millionth CX-5

The one-millionth Mazda CX-5 compact SUV to be produced has officially rolled off the manufacturer’s assembly line.

Proving the CX-5’s amazing popularity with buyers, Mazda has managed to produce its millionth model less than three years after it first went into production late in 2011.

Introduced to the fast-growing crossover segment in February 2012, the CX-5 has gone from strength to strength, with only the Mazda3 reaching the one million milestone quicker.

First Mazda to feature SKYACTIV technology

Not only that, the CX-5 marked a range of firsts for Mazda, becoming the first model to come with a full range of fuel-saving SKYACTIV technologies, along with Mazda’s now-famous KODO design language.

Ushering in a new era, which has seen Mazda hit record successes, the CX-5 has in its time won more than 60 awards around the world, including prestigious Car of the Year awards and number Best SUV prizes.

The top-selling SUV and crossover model in Japan throughout 2012 and 2013, the marque’s first-ever compact crossover is also its most popular model in several European markets.

Mashashi Otsuka, the CX-5’s programme manager, said: “I am delighted to see the CX-5 reach the 1 million unit mark in only three years and five months.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the people all over the world who have appreciated and supported the CX-5. We are committed to continue enhancing this model into the future to ensure that it remains a popular choice among people with active lifestyles and will appeal to even more customers.”

In the UK, the Mazda CX-5 continues to win praise from both critics and car owners alike, with more than 19,000 models sold in Britain alone since it first rolled into dealership in 2012.

Earlier this year, Mazda updated the CX-5 for the new year with a raft of upgrades for both the exterior and the interior, along with new equipment options.

New Mazda CX-5 updated for 2015

Priced between £22,295 and £30,595, the updated CX-5 is available in three trim levels and with the addition of an electronic parking brake and Mazda’s Multimedia Commander infotainment controller.

An all-new seven-inch touchscreen mounted in the centre console incorporates a DAB digital radio, plus USB ports for mobile device connectivity and Mazda’s handy MZD Connect system.

Range-topping Sport Nav models also benefit from upgrades which include new 19-inch alloy wheels, plus LED headlamps wit hdaytime running lights and full LED foglamps.