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Mazda production starts for first-ever 2023 CX-50

The CX-50 will be equipped as standard with the  i-Activ All-Wheel Drive technology and new Mazda Intelligent Drive Select.

January 27, 2022   by CM Staff

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RICHMOND HILL — Employees celebrated as President and CEO Jeff Guyton drove the first 2023 Mazda CX-50 to roll off the Discovery Line at Mazda’s new Huntsville, Alabama plant.

According to a statement from the company, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing is a $2.3 billion joint venture partnership between Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation. The company stated first-ever CX-50, produced in the U.S., was made specifically for the North American market.

“This is an exciting day for both MTM team members and MNAO employees to celebrate the first CX-50 to roll off the Discovery Line at MTM,” said Jeff Guyton in a statement.

“The production of the CX-50 here signifies the importance of the North American market to Mazda and our commitment to investing in the U.S.”

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The company stated that MTM began operation in September 2021 and will produce 300,000 vehicles annually. They expect to build 150,000 each year for both Toyota and Mazda. The plant will employ up to 4,000 workers. Additionally, the company expects suppliers will employ several thousands of workers.

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 is an all-new, rugged and capable crossover SUV. As has become expected of Mazda’s vehicles, the CX-50 offers superior driving dynamics and a beautiful design, while also enabling drivers to venture further into the outdoors and various terrains.

The CX-50 will be equipped as standard with the  i-Activ All-Wheel Drive technology and new Mazda Intelligent Drive Select. Drivers can select drive modes with the Mi-Drive switch and will help the crossover SUV drive in various conditions including  off-road terrain exits or towing.

The company said that at launch, CX-50 will be available with Mazda’s powertrains, the Skyactiv-G 2.5 naturally aspirated engine or Skyactiv-G 2.5 Turbo engine, paired with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission.

In the coming years, the company will also offer the CX-50 with electrified powertrains, including a traditional hybrid model.

The interior of CX-50  features a layout focused on the driver. It also offers a panoramic moonroof. The company said that the design for the CX-50’s is meant to support its presence in outdoor spaces while staying functional. The cargo space was designed to enable outdoor activities. Additionally, the rails and reinforced b-pillars and door jambs help secure equipment on the roof of CX-50.


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