A new milestone: The one-millionth Mazda CX-5 rolled off the assembly line at the end of April. The company’s popular compact SUV achieved the landmark less than 3½ years after going into production in late 2011. Only one other model from the carmaker – the Mazda3 – has reached the figure faster.

Introduced to the fast-growing global segment in February 2012, Mazda’s first-ever compact crossover was also the first production model with the complete range of SKYACTIV Technology and a KODO – Soul of Motion design. The CX-5 thereby ushered in a new era at Mazda that has helped put the carmaker on the road to success. The model has since won more than 60 awards* around the world, including the prestigious Car of the Year Japan 2012-2013 as well as numerous best SUV and crossover accolades. It was Japan’s top-selling SUV in 2012 and 2013, and is also Mazda’s most popular model in several European markets including Germany**.

“I am delighted to see the CX-5 reach the 1 million unit mark in only three years and five months,” said Masashi Otsuka, CX-5 programme manager. “I would like to express my gratitude to the people all over the world who have appreciated and supported the CX-5. We are committed to continue enhancing this model into the future to ensure that it remains a popular choice among people with active lifestyles and will appeal to even more customers.”

Initially manufactured at Mazda’s Ujina Plant in Hiroshima, the CX-5 is also produced now in China, Russia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

* Based on Mazda data as of April 2015

** Source for Japanese sales: Mazda data; source for German sales: www.kba.de (German Federal Motor Transport Authority)