The 3 still leads with the all-new CX-5 and its SKYACTIV tech now grabbing second place within the Mazda sales ranks.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- June 1, 2012
2013 Mazda CX-5 - $20,695 to start while offering the fuel economy of a compact sedan at 26/35 mpgUS city/highway. It really was one of the hidden gems at the Detroit and Chicago Auto Show press events and possibly the most fuel efficient Crossover on the planet today.
CleanMPG reviews the 2013 Mazda CX-5
The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a compact CUV that features class-leading fuel economy performance versus any of its direct competitors in North America.
The CX-5 includes very modern interior and exterior, superior handling, unprecedented fuel economy and competitive pricing.
All new from the ground up, the CX-5 was designed around the philosophy called Jinbai ittai or the oneness between car and driver.
SKYACTIV was developed based on creating overall vehicle efficiency with a new engine, new transmission, new body and chassis.
The SKYACTIV-G 2.0L gasoline engine is a lightweight design that produced more from less. With a 13:1 compression ratio, SKYACTIV-G features the world's highest compression ratio for a mass-produced car. Coupled with an all-new 4-2-1 exhaust system as well as redesigned pistons and other components, challenges associated with high compression (such as knocking and operation on 87-octane fuel) were resolved. As a result, SKYACTIV-G is 10 percent lighter, delivers more torque, improves fuel economy and lowers emissions when compared to similar engines of its displacement.
The CX-5s 2.0L engine delivers 155 HP at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. Redline is achieved at 6,500 rpm. With a svelte 3,208-pound body (FWD, SKYACTIV-MT models), CX-5 is one of the lightest vehicles in the segment. With a choice of transmissions in either the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic, a 2,000-pound towing capacity and an optional all-new all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, the 2013 CX-5 truly offers a little of everything for everyone.
The SKYACTIV-MT six-speed MT uses a shift-lever stroke that was shortened by about 10 percent compared to the current six-speed manual. A lock ball-type synchronizer for smooth gear changes, shift load canceller to make the lever action lighter, slide ball bearing and locating 2nd and 3rd gears on a common shaft that drastically reduces the size and weight of the unit. SKYACTIV-MT is lighter by approximately 4.4 pounds, while still achieving a quicker and precise response feel.
The SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed AT combines the best features of today's transmission technologies by integrating the key advantages of a conventional automatic transmission, Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). At low speeds, SKYACTIV-Drive acts like a conventional torque-converter automatic, with all the benefits of easy and smooth speed control that these conventional systems offer. At higher speeds (more than five to eight mph), the torque converter is locked and the transmission operates with all the benefits of a dual clutch - fast shifts, minimal power-delivery interruption and rev-matched downshifts. Additionally, SKYACTIV-Drive is smaller and lighter, and contributes a fuel efficiency increase of approximately four to seven percent over conventional transmissions.
Mazda May 2012 Sales Overview
Mazda reported May U.S. sales of 20,357 vehicles, representing an increase of 13.9 percent versus last year. On a calendar year-to-date basis, Mazda's sales are up 20.2 percent, with 123,886 vehicles sold.
In its third full month of sales, the all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV experienced 3,973 vehicles sold in May.
Mazda 6 sales are up 40.0 percent versus last year with 2,294 vehicles sold.
Mazda's SKYACTIV technology accounted for an incredible 72 percent of total sales in May.
Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported its best May sales ever of 2,143 vehicles, up 4.0 percent versus May of last year.
B-Segment Sales Rank
C-Segment Sales Rank
- Nissan Versa - 8,643
- Chevrolet Sonic - 7,205
- Hyundai Accent - 6,166
- Ford Fiesta - 6,080
- Kia Rio - 4,019
- Honda Fit - 3,879
- Toyota Yaris - 3,521
- Mazda 2 - 901
D-Segment Sales Rank
- Honda Civic - 33,490
- Toyota Corolla - 31,847
- Ford Focus - 24,769
- Chevrolet Cruze - 19,613
- Hyundai Elantra 18,877
- VW Jetta - 12,962
- Mazda3 - 8,474
- Forte - 7,782
- Nissan Sentra - 7,600
- Toyota Camry - 39,571
- Honda Accord - 29,737
- Chevrolet Malibu - 29,579
- Ford Fusion - 26,857
- Nissan Altima - 22,690
- Hyundai Sonata - 20,765
- Kia Optima - 13,364
- Chrysler 200 - 13,250
- VW Passat - 10,178
April segment ranking items of note: Versa still leads the B-Segment with Sonic and Accent closing. Rio and Fit both outsold the Yaris.
In the C-Segment, the Civic took hold of the lead with the ancient Corolla grabbing second place. The aging Forte outsold the aging Sentra.
The Camry leads everyone in the D-Segment with the Accord in second place.
Top 10 May 2012 US Automobile Sales Leaders
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The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 26 selling days in May of 2012 and 24 selling days during May of 2011.
Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 127 days for 2012 and 126 days for 2011. All percentages reflect DSR.
Top 10 Sales Leaders items of note: Accord falls from third to sixth. Civic climbs two spots while Corolla falls back one. Malibu and Ram P/U climb one while CR-V falls back three places.
Automobile Manufacturer's US Sales Rank May 2012 vs. May 2011 Comparison and Total Sales
- GM May Sales up 10.9% with 245,256 vehicles sold.
- Ford May Sales up 12.6% with 216,267 vehicles sold.
- Toyota May Sales up 87.3% with 202,973 vehicles sold.
- Chrysler May Sales up 30.1% with 150,041 vehicles sold.
- Honda May Sales up 47.6% with 133,997 vehicles sold.
- Nissan May Sales up 20.5% with 91,794 vehicles sold.
- Hyundai May Sales up 13.2% with 67,019 vehicles sold.
- Kia May Sales up 7.8% with 51,771 vehicles sold.
- VW May Sales up 28.4% with 38,657 vehicles sold.
- Subaru May Sales up 48.4% with 29,724 vehicles sold.
- BMW May Sales up 7.1% with 28,321 vehicles sold.
- Mercedes-Benz May Sales up 24.4% with 25,259 vehicles sold.
- Mazda May Sales up 13.9% with 20,357 vehicles sold.
- Audi May Sales up 10.0% with 11,503 vehicles sold.
May manufacturer sales rank items of note: BMW fell behind Subaru.
SAAR is running at approximately 14.2 Million units.