Mazda aims to further penetrate UK’s fleet market with Mazda CX-5

Article by Anita Panait, on June 29, 2012

Spearheading Mazda’s further penetration of the fleet market in the United Kingdom is the all-new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover sports utility vehicle that features the innovative SKYACTIV technology. The Mazda CX-5 received positive response from fleet managers and representatives of contract hire and leasing firms during its fleet launch at Rockingham, Northamptonshire.

Giving the Mazda CX-5 the much-needed image boost is the SKYACTIV technology that increases performance, safety, and fuel economy as well as lower emissions.

The SKYACTIV technology promises to reshape the automotive landscape as it becomes part of Mazda’s upcoming models. Fleet managers are sure to be more than satisfied with Mazda cars bearing the SKYACTIV technology, with attractive key figures on mpg, CO2 emissions, list price, benefit-in-kind tax (BiK), residual values and indicative total operating costs.

With around 18 variants available, the Mazda CX-5 has on-the-road prices ranging from £21,395 for the 2.0-litre SE-L SKYACTIV-G 165ps petrol to £28,795 for the flagship 2.2-litre SKYACTIV-D 175ps diesel Sport Nav Auto all-wheel drive (AWD). Mazda offers four trim levels for the two-wheel drive (2WD) petrol engine range: SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav. On the combined cycle, the petrol Mazda CX-5 returns 47.1 mpg and emits 139g/km of CO2.

Meanwhile, the 2.2-litre diesel engine range comes in a variety of choices. A buyer could opt to acquire a Mazda CX-5 powered by an SKYACTIV engine channelling either 150ps or 175ps of power through either manual or automatic transmissions to either two or all wheels. A buyer could also choose from four equipment levels: SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav. On the combined cycle, the diesel Mazda CX-5 returns 61.4mpg and emits 119g/km of CO2.

According to Mazda, when they decided to release a model that would become part of the compact crossover SUV segment, they wanted something would have an excellent form while at the same time have exceptional function as well. The reason is that this class is considered as one of the most competitive. Indeed, the brand wanted a model that would do more than simply look good.

It had to be a product that would bring out the emotion, as well as the driving passion, that has long been associated with Mazda. The result is the new CX-5. However, this latest offering is not just about being part of the segment but it is also the production model to carry the "KODO - Soul of Motion" design language of the brand.

Using the power of nature and its beauty and combined with the concept of motion, the CX-5 is therefore is able to get that good balance when it comes to performance and style. At its core, the spirit of the KODO theme is based on how animals move. This is why it has the appearance of agility, emotion, and vitality. In the CX-5 for example, the design team looked into the fastest animal on land, the cheetah, as an inspiration.

The team took note of how the cheetah would typically use its whole body as a spring. As such, the animal manages to utilize a large amount of energy in order to move and to do so with grace and dexterity.

With this, the design team knows that with the KODO, they could bring the design of this new SUV to new heights. Thus, the exterior for instance has sophistication but it continues as well to display functionality and strength. It also projects what appears to be a sense of motion as if to make customer anticipate an exciting ride. The KODO design theme was first presented in 2010 as part of the 4-door sports coupe concept known as the Mazda Shinari.

It was later seen as well on the Mazda compact crossover Minagi SUV, the same model that served as the basis for the CX-5. Mazda said that beginning with the CX-5, the KODO theme will now be incorporated in a new generation of models. These vehicles will have more force, go faster, and have more soul when it comes to motion.

Topics: mazda, mazda cx-5, uk

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