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Mazda U.S. sales rise 5% in fiscal year

Mazda sales climbed 5.0 percent in the United States for the fiscal year ended March 31, despite the overall market downturn.

Mazda Motor Corp. sold 295,000 vehicles stateside during the period and 1.36 million worldwide. Globally, the result marked a 4.7 percent increase, Mazda marketing chief Dan Morris said this week at the Beijing auto show.

Sales were up 7 percent to a record 327,000 units in Europe and rose to a record high in Australia, Morris said.

Mazda releases its full fiscal year earnings results Friday, April 25. Morris declined to give details about the company’s outlook for the calendar year.

But he said Mazda was expecting total U.S. industry volume between 15.0 million and 15.5 million units. For the first three months of the year, Mazda’s fiscal fourth quarter, U.S. sales dropped 1.8 percent, against an 8.0 percent decline for the entire market.

Mazda aims for a 17.6 percent increase in global sales to 1.6 million units a year by 2010. To get there, it has been adding production capacity in Japan, China and Thailand.

Mazda is affiliated with Ford Motor Co., which owns a 34.4 percent stake in the Japanese automaker.

You can reach Hans Greimel at hgreimel@crain.com

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