Press release by: Mazda SA
– Move will further enhance Mazda’s ability to meet growing demand for SUVs globally.
Mazda Motor Corporation announced that, starting from November 2017, it will produce the all-new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV at Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi prefecture in addition to the Hiroshima Plant where it is currently produced. The move will help the automaker respond quickly and flexibly to growing demand for SUVs globally.
Mazda aims to create a production system that can respond flexibly to changes in demand for crossover vehicles as it works to meet its global sales goal of 1.65 million units, as laid out in its Structural Reform Stage 2 medium-term business plan (covering the period from fiscal year ending (FYE) March 2017 through FYE March 2019). In December 2016 Mazda began producing the Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover SUV at Hofu plant in addition to Hiroshima Plant.
The All-New Mazda CX-5 will be launched in South Africa in the second quarter of 2017.
Starting production of the CX-5 at Hofu Plant as well is part of Mazda’s plan to build a production framework that gives more flexibility between plants and between models. Mazda will continue its efforts to enrich people’s lives through a variety of touch points and become a brand with which customers feel a strong emotional connection.