Mazda has set another record in the first half of the 2017-18 fiscal year with global sales of 783,000 vehicles. That represents a slight increase compared to the previous year and is the third consecutive best-ever result in a row. Strong demand around the world for the new-generation Mazda CX-5, a compact SUV rolled out over the course of the year, underpinned Mazda’s turnover.
The company achieved the strongest growth in China, where sales were up 12% year-on-year between 1 April and 30 September to 149,000 units – also a first-half record, followed by Japan, which recorded a 4% rise to 96,000 vehicles. In Europe, Mazda sold 119,000 vehicles. Global revenue during the period swelled by 7% to 1.66 trillion yen (13.1 billion euros), while net income increased 13% to 63.3 billion yen. The operating profit came in at 76.5 billion yen.
Beyond the CX-5, Mazda has recently revealed a number of highlights to help secure future growth. These include the SKYACTIV-X, which is destined to be the world’s first commercially available petrol engine with compression ignition. Meanwhile, the Mazda KAI Concept and Mazda Vision COUPE currently on display at the Tokyo Motor Show point the direction for next-generation vehicle designs.
Looking ahead, the carmaker confirmed its forecast for the fiscal year ending on 31 March 2018, updating its exchange rate assumptions to reflect a more favourable market. Mazda pegs full-year net income at 100 billion yen with an operating profit of 150 billion yen on revenue of 3.35 trillion yen, in all cases more than the previous year. The company expects to sell 1.6 million vehicles worldwide, aiming for a third-straight record year bolstered by the popularity of its CX-series SUVs. It plans a second-half dividend of 20 yen per share, bringing the fiscal year total to 35 yen.
The New Mazda CX-5 was recently introduced in the country with a starting price tag of RM 138,438.31 (with insurance). Available in three variants: 2.0G (GL/GLS), 2.5G 2WD and 2.2D (2WD/4WD).
Besides more refined exterior and interior, the second-gen CX-5 comes with G-Vectoring Control (GVC) and I-ACTIVSENSE to highlight the model’s safety features package, along with relevant driver’s assistive suite consisting Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH), Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS), Smart City Brake System (SCBS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane-Keep Assist System (LAS) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA).
The new Mazda CX-5 is available in SKYACTIV-G 2.0l, SKYACTIV 2.5l and SKYACTIV-D 2.2D; all SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic with Manual Shift Mode. The 2.0l and 2.5l are only available in 2WD, and the 2.2D available in 2WD & AWD. Selling price for the 2.0l starts from RM134,205.50, 2.5l from RM160,596.70, and 2.2D from RM164,179.10 (minus insurance). Color available include: Soul Red Crystal*, Machine Grey*, Snowflake White Pearl*, Deep Crystal Blue, Sonic Silver, Meteor Grey, Jet Black and Arctic White. (*Premium colors will require additional RM 2,000).