The CX-5 was the first model to employ Mazda’s SKYACTIV technologies which include new engines, transmissions, body and chassis. The ultra efficient SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine has pulling power comparable to a 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engine (420 Nm of maximum torque) as well as the best fuel consumption in its class (4.6 l/100 km ) and C02 emissions of just 119 g/km. From a design point of view it is also the first Mazda to make full use of the `Soul of Motion` design theme or KODO as the manufacturer calls it. Since the model was launched in February, Mazda has received over 128,000 orders globally.
Executive Officer Kiyoshi Fujiwara commented, “We are thrilled to have the CX-5 receive such a coveted award and appreciate the warm support and encouragement of our fans. Spurred on by this honor, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to the task of crafting cars that only Mazda can, in order to continue winning the support of our fans and customers into the future.”

The `Car of the Year Japan` award is open to all passenger vehicles with an expected annual sales volume of over 500 units, announced or launched in Japan between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012. The CX-5 is the fourth Mazda to have won this award since its inception and the company is very proud since the last time they picked up this accolade was in 2005 with the iconic MX-5.