It’s a funny thing, the new Mazda CX-5. Drive it and you think it’s a really well-sorted, cohesive thing that offers outstanding economy and emissions as its stand-out selling point. So all good there, then.
But talk to the ranks of engineers and executives that developed the car and it becomes obvious that the CX-5 could well be more significant than it initially appears. What really caught my attention on the launch of this car was that, by managing to give both the 2.2-litre diesel engine and 2.0-litre petrol engine the same compression ratio – just 14:1 – the company can produce both engines on the same production line. According to Mazda no other company does this.
That sounds fairly dull, but in industry terms it’s a massive achievement. Even the manual and automatic transmission share many parts and therefore cut down enormously on tooling and labour costs.
Essentially, because the CX-5 is the first model to benefit from the company’s ‘SkyActiv’ tech and is therefore composed of entirely new parts – from the nuts and bolts in the drivetrains to the new touch-screen infotainment system – it has allowed Mazda to approach the manufacturing process in a totally different way.