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All-new Mazda CX-5 production begins in Japan

The all-new Mazda CX-5 crossover, which made its global debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show two weeks ago, entered production on Monday at Ujina Plant No. 2 near the company's global headquarters in Hiroshima.

This second-generation CX-5 will go on sale in Japan in February before being rolled out to global markets, Mazda announced.

Total Mazda CX-5 production reached one million units in April 2015, making it the second-fastest Mazda to reach this milestone after the Mazda3. By October of 2016, production topped approximately 1.57 million units.

The CX-5 now accounts for about a quarter of Mazda's annual sales.

It will be very interesting to see how much the addition of a diesel engine (available in the fall of 2017) will help Mazda attract new customers in the ultra-competitive compact SUV/CUV segment.