Mazda was forced to Mazda 5 in the United States recallthe shortly after the start of production due to the risk of exhaust system fires, discovered by U.S. Mazda engineer Curtis Lee. The owners were not aware of the manual shifting mode (” sport” mode) 4- speed automatic transmission would mistake the lever in this position, leading to high temperatures and that the car is to remain in second gear. Mazda solution was to add heat shield around the muffler and change to the vehicle’s software in order not to excessively high speeds over a short period, when in “Sport ” mode. Although seemingly not remember equipped with five-speed manual, the cars, decided to adapt all Mazda Mazda 5 versions with new parts and software. The company also gave customers U.S. $ 500 (for Canadian owners, is C 500 USD) and a replacement car while the problem is alleviated. 2,700 vehicles were affected.
The Mazda 5 was named ” Best New Multipurpose Family Vehicle ” in the 2006 Canadian Car of the Year Awards. Consumer Reports ranked the Mazda 5 as the best ” tall wagon ” in their test, although the car could not get a rating of “recommended” by the unknown reliability. In April 2006, the Japan New Car Assessment Program (J- NCAP) awarded the Mazda 5 a maximum slope of six stars for the first occupant crash protection dignity. In Europe, the Mazda 5 was an ” adult occupant ” safety rating up to five stars awarded in September 2005 by the Euro- NCAP.
The third generation Mazda 5 debuted at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. This model received revised styling, marketed by Mazda as Nagare and Furai concepts. In Europe, the new Mazda 5 with a 1.8- liter four-cylinder or a 2.0- liter four-cylinder direct-injection Mazda i-stop start / stop technology, reducing emissions by 15 percent. Both engines are available six-speed manual transmission as standard, as well as new, environmentally-friendly features. In 2012, the U.S. Mazda 5 comes with a 2.5-liter four- cylinder engine of 157 hp. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base model with a five-speed automatic optional, while both the Touring and Grand Touring with a five-speed automatic with manual mode to come. The third generation sales began in July 2010. The Mazda 5 is available in three varieties : 20cs, 20E and 20S. CS The basic model does not include i-stop.
The top performance version, the Mazdaspeed5 will be launched two years after the introduction of the Mazda Premacy in Japan. In June 2011, was published as one of the third generation of the Nissan Premacy Lafesta Highway Star version for the Japanese market. In contrast to the Premacy, the new Nissan Lafesta Highway Star Trench Nagare design. Of January 2013 for the Japanese market, get the Mazda Premacy a variant that combined with the G 2.0L engine comes with a Skyactiv- Drive 6-speed automatic transmission. The SKYACTIV variant based Premacy have a fuel consumption of 16.2 km / L in Japan’s JC08 mode.
Mazda is developing a rival, the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, Mazda tests are sufficiently advanced that Mazda has a working prototype in a Mazda 5 minivan body. The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid is a version of bi- fuel 2007 Mazda 5 compact MPV, in which the two- rotor Wankel engine allowes operation with hydrogen or gasoline. The hydrogen tank with 110 liters at 350 bar stores up to 2.4 kilograms of hydrogen and gasoline plus 60 liter tank.