Mazda Unleashes Five New Crossovers, Will Build the CX-50 in Alabama
TOKYO — Mazda, which sees SUVs as a profit highway, is boosting its lineup of crossovers, starting with the addition of a newly minted Mazda CX-50 to its Alabama plant.
This new board, which will arrive in 2022, will be followed by a slew of new products that will be built on the Japanese automaker’s upcoming big auto platform. Some North American offerings will use powerful turbocharged inline-six engines and plug-in hybrid systems.
The fleet of new panels will include the Mazda CX-60, CX-70, CX-80 and CX-90, Mazda Motor Corp. said in Press release Thursday. All vehicles will land between 2022 and 2023.
Mazda unleashes the crossover offensive as it reshapes its lineup into the best-selling SUV segment and tries to move the upscale market with bigger and more powerful offerings.
“We aim to provide customers with a variety of SUV options that are able to provide driving pleasure and the latest environmental performance to meet the demands of the ever-growing global SUV segment,” Mazda said in its statement. American model.
Mazda He hopes that the addition of the new locally made model will cement his upward trajectory in the US market. Mazda’s US sales rose 34 percent to 273,213 vehicles during the month of September, in an overall market that was up just 13 percent for the year. Light trucks accounted for 80 percent of its sales in the first nine months of 2021, compared to 78 percent the year before.
The CX-50 will be manufactured at the new assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama, where Mazda operates jointly with partner Toyota Motor Corp., which owns a 5.1 percent stake in Mazda.
Toyota announced on September 30 that it has begun production of the factory compact crossover Corolla crossover, which has an annual capacity to manufacture 300,000 cars – half for Toyota, half for Mazda.
The CX-50 will enter production at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, USA, Inc. , in January.
The CX-50, which will continue to be sold alongside the long-selling CX-5, is expected to have a wider stance than the CX-5 with a roomier interior and more solid all-wheel drive capability.
It will be built on Mazda’s small vehicle platform, which supports offerings such as the CX-30.
The other entrances Mazda announced Thursday will be built on a newly developed large vehicle platform. Mazda said it has a wide price range, coming in higher than the CX-50 and CX-5.
Mazda said the CX-60, CX-70, CX-80 and CX-90 will have two body types with two seating arrangements: two-row and three-row. It wasn’t immediately clear what would happen to Mazda’s other current crossovers, including the CX-4, CX-8 and CX-9 sold in some global markets.
– The CX-60 will have two rows oriented to Europe and Japan
– The CX-70 will have two rows and a wide body targeting North America
– The CX-80 will consist of three rows, focusing on Europe and Japan
– The CX-90 will have three rows and a wide body, as well as for North America
Large crossovers will also save a bunch of electricity.
The North American market will have gasoline engine models with turbochargers, six engines in a row, and plug-in hybrid systems. Europe will have plug-in hybrid cars paired with a four-cylinder petrol engine. There, the new Skyactiv-X inline-six petrol engine and the Skyactiv-D diesel engine will also get a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Japan will get a diesel mild-hybrid system with six engines in a row and an electric hybrid.
Mazda has just upgraded its Hofu H2 plant in Japan to manufacture vehicles on the new big platform.
Mazda wants electric vehicles to make up a quarter of the Japanese automaker’s global sales by 2030. By then, the rest of Mazda’s production portfolio will also employ another form of powertrain electrification, from mild hybrid to plug-in hybrid technology.