Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology accounted for 83.2 percent of all Mazda U.S. vehicle sales during the month of February.

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) said, while revealing this sales result, this is the largest percentage of Mazdas equipped with SKYACTIV technology sold in one month, and second-best month of total volume ever with 20,245 vehicles sold.

MNAO today reported February U.S. sales of 24,431 vehicles, representing a decrease of 2.4 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through February are down 6.7 percent versus last year, with 43,155 vehicles sold.

The Mazda6 experienced its second-best February since 2008 with 3,945 vehicles sold, representing an increase of 46.0 percent, year-over-year (YOY).

MNAO also said February 2014 was CX-5’s best month ever with 9,353 vehicles sold, good for an increase of 71.6 percent, YOY.

February was an important month for Mazda as it celebrated the grand opening of its all-new engine and vehicle assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico.

With a total capacity of 230,000 units, once in full production by March of 2016, Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operations (MMVO) will employ approximately 4,500 people and produce Mazda2, Mazda3 and a Toyota B-car to be announced at a later date. Mazda explained production from this facility will be distributed to North, Central and South America and parts of Europe.

Meanwhile, Mazda Motor de Mexico reported February sales of 2,494 vehicles, up 10.0 percent versus February of last year.

Up north, Mazda Canada announced sales for February 2014 totaling 4,274, which is a decrease of 12 percent compared to February 2013.

Canadian sales in February were led by the compact Mazda3 with 2,336 units sold, flat with February 2013 and up 16 percent year-to-date. 83 percent of all Mazda3s sold in February were equipped with the fuel-efficient SKYACTIV Technology, which also accounted for 77 percent of all Mazda vehicles sold in Canada during February.