While overall sales were down 5.2 percent compared to April 2012, Mazda Canada saw a growing proportion of its April sales being motivated by the company’s SKYACTIV Technology.

The Canadian arm of Mazda U.S. said SKYACTIV Technology-equipped vehicles accounted for 59 percent of total vehicles sold in April.

Sales of the all-new SKYACTIV Mazda6 shot up by 451percent in April at 711 units, making it the best April sales since 2009. Compared to the first four months of last year, Mazda6 sales are up 148 percent on a year-to-date basis.

“With the addition of the all-new Mazda6 with the new 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engine to our line-up, more and more consumers are experiencing what SKYACTIV is all about,” stated David Klan, senior director of Sales, Marketing and Regional Operations at Mazda Canada.

The compact Mazda3 is still the company’s best-seller with 3,281 units sold in April 2013, which represents a 14 percent drop in comparison to April 2012. Year-to-date, the Mazda3 is up two percent at 12,132 (11,894 units YTD for April 2012).

Mazda Canada sold a total of 4,807 units in April 2013.