Mazda August Sales Up 10.2% [fimg=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/506/skyactiv.jpg[/fimg]Colin Wright - CleanMPG - Sep. 3, 2011. Mazda SkyActiv - SkyActiv is the (catchy) name for Mazda's technologies to improve efficiency of vehicles: high-compression gasoline, low-compression diesel, improved automatic and manual transmissions, lighter body and chassis. The low-compression diesel is potentially the most exciting development as Mazda promises a cleaner-burning, more efficient engine that can be lighter than conventional diesels and meet emissions standards with less burdensome filters. The CX-5 Crossover, to be launched in September and introduced early in 2012 will be the first Mazda to feature the full set of improvements in gasoline engine, transmission and body. Mazda reported August sales of 22,632 vehicles, up 14.7 percent versus August of 2010. Year-to-date sales are up 6.1 percent versus last year with 165,794 vehicles sold. Mazda2, Mazda3 and Mazda5 The Mazda2 had best-yet monthly sales of 1,387 vehicles, an increase of 195.7 percent compared to August 2010. The Mazda3 sold 9,424 vehicles, a 4.0 percent increase. The Mazda5 multi-activity vehicle (that's Mazda-speak for wagon) posted a 15.7 percent increase with monthly sales of 1,326 vehicles. On the year, Mazda5 sales are up 21.6 percent. Crossovers Mazda's CX-7 and CX-9 crossover SUVs reported increases of 58.7 percent and 0.8 percent respectively. On the year, CX-7 sales are up 26.2 percent while CX-9 is up 11.2 percent. Automobile Manufacturer's US Sales Rank - August 2011 vs. August 2010 Comparison and Total Sales GM August Sales up 13.4% with 218,479 vehicles sold. Ford August Sales up 7.0% with 175,220 vehicles sold. Chrysler August Sales up 25.6% with 130,119 vehicles sold. Toyota August Sales down 16.1% with 129,483 vehicles sold. Nissan August Sales up 17.7% with 82,517 vehicles sold. Honda August Sales down 27.2% with 82,321 vehicles sold. Hyundai August Sales up 4.9% with 58,505 vehicles sold. Kia August Sales up 22.0% with 41,188 vehicles sold. VW August Sales up 6.2% with 25,232 vehicles sold. BMW August Sales down 4.0% with 23,924 vehicles sold. Mazda August Sales up 10.2% with 22,632 vehicles sold. Subaru August Sales down 9.9% with 20,837 vehicles sold. Mercedes-Benz August Sales up 1.3% with 20,728 vehicles sold. Audi August Sales up 6.8% with 10,201 vehicles sold.