Following yesterday’s news on Mazda increasing the Skyactiv engine production, the Japanese carmaker has announced that the production of the CX-5 will be increased as well.

This is the second time that Mazda has raised its figures. Previously, the company announced that production was to increase from 160,000 to 200,000 units by August 2012. Now, the carmaker has revised the number to 240,000 units per year.

The expansion from Ujina Plant No. 2 to also include Ujina Plant No. 1 makes it possible. Upgrades to the assembly line are based on Mazda’s Monotsukuri Innovation, which aims to achieve economies of scale and the flexibility to swiftly respond to changes in market trends. It is a structural reform project that changed the way Mazda makes cars.

Already, Mazda has surpassed initial estimates. CX-5 orders have now reached approximately 24,000 units in Japan. It is more than doubled the annual domestic sales target in four and a half months from the start of sales. The CX-5 is proving to be very popular across the globe.