Lightweight and High-rigidity SKYACTIV-BODY Proves Top-class Safety Performance
Mazda Motor Corporation (TSE:7261)
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Mazda Motor Corporation today has announced that the all-new Mazda CX-5 for the US market has been named a "Top Safety Pick" for 2012, the highest possible safety rating, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in their crashworthiness tests.
The IIHS evaluation methods include: frontal offset test for a vehicle driving at 40 mph (approximately 64km/h), side impact test for a vehicle driving at 31mph (50km/h), rear crash protection for a vehicle driving at 20mph (32km/h) and roof strength test to determine a vehicles' protection performance as: "Good", "Acceptable", "Marginal" or "Poor" based on deformation of the vehicle and the performance of the safety equipment. A vehicle qualifies a Top Safety Pick if the vehicle earns a "Good" rating in all four tests.
The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-5 is the first of Mazda's new-generation products to fully adopt its breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY to powertrains, body structure and chassis as well as the company's new 'KODO - SOUL of MOTION' design theme. Beginning with the 2013 CX-5, Mazda incorporated its new lightweight high-rigidity SKYACTIV-BODY which is based upon an entirely new structure, new materials and new processes. The CX-5 is the first vehicle to use 1,800MPa high-tensile steel, the highest grade used in a mass production vehicle, for front and rear bumper beams. The CX-5's SKYACTIV-BODY is comprised of 61 percent high-tensile steel, creating a lighter, stronger body.
Since CX-5 sales started in February 2012 in the US, it has been highly praised for its excellent driving performance, fuel economy, distinctive design among SUVs as well as its comfortable cabin.
Mazda is intensifying its safety-related research and development efforts, aiming to achieve safety performance levels that are best in class so as to provide all customers with driving pleasure together with outstanding environmental and safety performance.
Mazda Motor Corporation (TSE:7261) started manufacturing tools in 1929 and soon branched out into production of trucks for commercial use. In the early 1960s, Mazda launched its first passenger car models and began developing rotary engines. Still headquartered in Hiroshima in western Japan, Mazda today ranks as one of Japan's leading automakers, and exports cars to the United States and Europe for over 30 years. For more information, please visit www.mazda.com.
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