|In a latest development, the first SKYACTIV Technology laden Mazda CX-5 has been made available for the export market to neighbouring country Thailand.|
Since last year’s strategic alliance between Bermaz Motor and Mazda Motor Corporation Japan, Mazda vehicles have seen a steady improvement in terms of sales and other deliverables in the country. In a latest development, the first SKYACTIV Technology laden CX-5 has been made available for the export market to neighboring country Thailand. Mazda’s ‘trinity’ partnership in the country consist of Bermaz Motor, Inokom and Mazda Malaysia. For the export scenario, Mazda has the support of the the MAI (Malaysian Automotive Institute).
Locally assembled in the country, the Mazda CX-5s are shipped out at the Westports in Port Klang heading to the Thai port of Laem Chabang. The CX-5 export to the neighbouring country denotes that Mazda’s Crossover compact SUV has proven to be a highly acclaimed variant amongst Asian countries. “The popularity of the Mazda CX-5, available in 51 countries, has enabled us to achieve a staggering sales of over 200,000 units globally. The CX-5 is ever popular in the South East Asia region, thus we are now exporting the variant from Malaysia to Thailand which designates Malaysia as an indispensable production base for Mazda,” Mazda Motor Corporation’s General Manager of Product Hiroshi Inoue said.
Mazda has made available three versions of the CX-5 for export to Thailand; the SKTACTIV -G 2.0l and 2.5l petrol versions, as well as the 2.2l SKYACTIV-D diesel. According to Bermaz Motor’s Managing Director Dato’ Ben Yeoh, the 2.5l and 2.2l SKYACTIV-D CX-5s are not valid for the domestic market due to costing and diesel quality issues. Yeoh, however, reiterated that the 2.5l would be considered for domestic distribution in the near future.
The Mazda CX-5’s built quality and other technological advancements extend to its able production base or manufacturing plant, thanks to the significant investments by Mazda Motor Corporation, Japan. The funds extend to Mazda’s local plant at Inokom facility in Kulim in the northern State of Kedah. The investment at the Inokom plant is geared to produce the volume to cater to the increasing demand for the CX-5 both domestically and overseas. The Inokom facility houses dedicated lines and body shops, plus the transfer of technology to ensure the production of cars with equivalent quality and standard as those produced in Mazda’s home country.
Interestingly, Bermaz/Mazda M’sia has amassed approximately 6,000 units of various variants up till August 2013 which is on target to last year’s 8,000 plus units. And, the Mazda CX-5 takes up about twenty five percent of the total volume.
One hundred and ninety eight Mazda CX-5s boarded the Pegasus Ace vessel yesterday on route to Laem Chabang at Westports, Klang, representing the first shipment of the variant to the neighbouring country.
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