1 June 2021 · MGM News

Mazda CX-5 | Did you know?

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Mazda CX-5’s 2012 launch marked a significant milestone for Mazda - the introduction of Skyactiv Technology and Kodo Soul of Motion Design. This was not only a pivotal turning point for the brand but it has also contributed to Mazda CX-5 being one of the most popular medium SUV's in the country ever since its launch.

Skyactiv Technology and Kodo Soul of Motion design embodies most of what we do in terms of product development at Mazda and continues to evolve and progress with every new model we launch. 

Many customers will have heard of Skyactiv Technology and Kodo design and will know them as signature Mazda traits. But they may not completely understand what they are, or how they contribute to the creation of our vehicles. That's why it's crucial for Sales Consultant's to be able to explain this to customers. This will not only add to your credibility as a Sales Consultant but also further engage the customer in our brand overall.


While many may have heard of the term Skyactiv, they may not really understand what it's all about. Given Skyactiv now embodies so much of the engineering development in our cars, putting it into simple layman terms can be a challenge. 

Everything begins with imagination, it’s the world’s most valuable resource because if something can be imagined, it can be created. Mazda is built on a foundation of imagination and ingenuity. It’s the fuel behind all we create and achieve. Skyactiv Technology is proof of this.

Skyactiv Technology is a comprehensive engineering program that has shaped the new generation of Mazda vehicles. Skyactiv represents significant gains in fuel efficiency and emissions reduction while keeping the Zoom-Zoom performance that’s in our DNA. After many years of development, Mazda was able to present to the world a suite of technologies that have come to revolutionise the driving experience forever. And it all began with Mazda CX-5.

Skyactiv Technology takes performance to a whole new level by integrating the development of the chassis, body, engine and transmission of our vehicles in an effort to deliver the very best in terms of a cars basic functions, with no compromise. Watch the below video to learn more.

Revolutionizing Innovation – SKYACTIV Technology


Skyactiv-G Petrol Engine

The Skyactiv-G petrol engine features direct injection with a precise multi-hole injection system to minimise fuel use. Its high compression ratio and unique piston design promotes more effective fuel combustion – boosting power and lowering emissions. The innovative Dynamic Pressure Turbo in the Skyactiv-G 2.5T direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine adjusts boost pressure and airflow according to engine speed which overcomes traditional problems such as turbo lag.

Skyactiv-G petrol engines are used in the MX-5, Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3 and CX-5. Skyactiv-G 2.5T petrol engine is used in the CX-9 and Mazda6.

 Skyactiv-D Diesel Engine

The Skyactiv-D diesel engine has a lower compression ratio than previous models which allows for much lighter internal components. The lighter engine was designed to reduce internal friction to enable more responsive power delivery. Multi-hole piezo injectors and variable valve lift optimise engine economy.

The Skyactiv-D diesel engine is available in Mazda6, CX-3, CX-5 and CX-8.

Skyactiv-X M Hybrid

Skyactiv-X M Hybrid is an engine that changes everything. Our pioneering engineers succeeded where others failed. Skyactiv-X burns petrol more efficiently thanks to our Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI). It makes more power but produces fewer emissions and uses less fuel than a regular petrol engine for an even better drive without compromise. When you decelerate, the integrated starter motor-generator produces electricity which is stored in a 24-volt battery and deployed as needed. Skyactiv-X M Hybrid is now available in Mazda3 and Mazda CX-30.


Kodo Soul of Motion Design is the design philosophy that we use across our model range. It is what makes our vehicles so distinctively “Mazda” and why when you’re driving in even the busiest of traffic, you can always pick a Mazda out from the pack.

Throughout its history, Mazda has explored various design themes of motion. Kodo Design captures the very instant energy becomes motion. It’s a fusion of functionality and beauty – for example, it's like the muscular vigour you see when an animal pounce. The sleek and aerodynamic lines of every Mazda is enhanced by this visionary design philosophy. Kodo design was first realised in mass production on Mazda CX-5, but the very essence of Kodo design can be seen in each of Mazda’s Concept Vehicles. 

Shinari Shinari

The Shinari is the first concept car to feature Mazda’s Kodo Soul of Motion design language, which aims to capture the essence of movement. The four-door, four-seat sports coupe was released in 2010. The new grille, in-built light tubes, five-point radiator and twisted tension surfaces reflect a dramatic new design direction.


The release of the Minagi concept car marked the launch of Mazda’s Skyactiv Technology in 2011. When the new technology and the Kodo Soul of Motion design language were paired, the best of Mazda’s engineering and design were seamlessly integrated, resulting in a premium driving experience. You can also see the resemblance with Mazda CX-5.


The Takeri had its world premiere at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept car takes its name from a Japanese word meaning ‘masculine’ which is the perfect way to describe this interpretation of Mazda’s Kodo Soul of Motion design language. The four-door sports coupe is an evolution of the Mazda Shinari.


Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014, Hazumi, which means to ‘spring up’, was designed to convey animalistic energy. This evolution of Kodo Soul of Motion Design is a bold example of how striking and impactful a compact vehicle can be.


The rotary-powered RX-VISION won the Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year at the 31st Festival Automobile International after being revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. RX-VISION pays tribute to Mazda’s historic rear-wheel drive sports cars, while also reflecting an exciting and innovative future for Mazda.


‘Kai’ translates to ‘the pioneer’ and this next-generation vehicle is just that. Revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017, the Kai Concept reflects an evolution of Mazda’s Kodo Soul of Motion design. With bodywork that delivers a sense of power and agility, the Kai Concept is also fitted with Skyactiv-X engine technology, which reinforces Mazda’s commitment to its Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 vision.


The Vision Coupe pays homage to classics that defined Mazda elegance. The Vision Coupe, which is fitted with revolutionary Skyactiv-X engine technology, was revealed at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Handcrafted bodywork provides contrasts of light and shade that create a sense of fluid movement.

Mazda CX-5 has been on sale for approximately 11 years now and has been able to sustain its position in the market as one of Australia's most loved SUV's; a sign of a vehicle with exceptional qualities.

Over those 11 years, it has evolved with each model update and kept  Skyactiv Technology and Kodo design a point of difference in the market. These distinctive Mazda qualities are now realised among our other nameplates and continue to contribute to Mazda's success across the board.


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