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Mazda actually increased sales in May 2020

Mazda actually increased sales in May 2020

In a month when most automaker executives were looking a little glum and wondering about their jobs, those at Mazda were looking a little happier. Despite a pandemic and a global lockdown, Mazda actually increased sales during May.

It was only a 1% increase but that makes Mazda one of the few automakers not seeing red in that time. Most, if not all, other global brands saw significant drops in sales while Mazda performed much better than expected.

The company cites its success to the CX-9 crossover and MX-5 Miata. Both saw increases of sales across the board that helps the company remain in the black. Long may it continue!

2020 Mazda CX-9

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 has to be one of the best looking crossover SUVs on the market bar none. Better looking than super-SUVs, more attractive than premium brands and way more appealing than anything out of Europe.

It’s an excellent design. It takes the same design language as the rest of the brand but makes it fit a crossover shape. The Mazda signature grille is present and correct as is the angled lighting arrangement. The angular lower sill also manages to make an appearance.

The rest of the shape is more traditional SUV, with simple panel detailing, a slightly rolling roof, high ride heights and hatch at the rear.

Inside, the CX-9 doesn’t let you down. It displays Mazda’s legendary interior build quality with a relatively low dashboard, a tablet-style infotainment screen and very tidy instrument cluster.

All three rows of seating are comfortable and while taller adults may struggle in the third row, all passengers have enough space to relax and enjoy the ride. Cargo space in back is pretty good too.

CX-9 engines

As well as great design, Mazda is also known for delivering cars that are fun to drive. Despite being an SUV, the CX-9 is no exception. Sure it doesn’t fly around corners like the MX-5 but it is a fun drive.

Under the hood is a 2.5-liter turbocharged four cylinder that produces 227 hp using regular gas and 250 hp using premium. It delivers power to the front wheels using a six speed automatic transmission.

Despite having fewer gears than many competitors, the transmission is configured to deliver steady progress over the range while allowing the engine to use all its power in a very controlled way.

A very competent suspension and chassis setup ensures a smooth ride whatever the terrain. Body roll is minimal and the usually high centre of gravity seems to disappear when you’re behind the wheel. It’s a triumph of engineering.

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 comes with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alerts as standard. This means a Top Safety Pick+ award from the US IIHS and a five star rating from the NHTSA.

It’s good to see an automaker surviving these tough times. It’s also good to see them delivering solid performers in every segment. Just how Mazda delivers such a dynamic drive in an SUV is beyond me, but they do!

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