TOKYO -- Mazda Motor Corp. will add a sport wagon for the United States in the spring of 2006, as part of the company's efforts to broaden its lineup.
The model was shown at this year's Detroit auto show as the MX-Crossport concept, based on the Mazda6 platform.
In the meantime, Mazda will add the Mazda5, a small five-seat minivan, this summer in the United States.
A remodeled Miata, renamed the MX-5, also will arrive this summer.
The MazdaSpeed6, an all-wheel-drive turbocharged version of the Mazda6, will follow in the fall.
Mazda expects those three models to help raise U.S. sales for the fiscal year that started April 1 to 268,000, a 1.5 percent increase from the previous year.
To reach the goal, Mazda will try to boost its percentage of exclusive dealerships.
On Jan. 1, Mazda had 706 U.S. outlets, of which 230 were exclusive.
For the fiscal year that ended March 31, Mazda posted a North American operating profit of $81.8 million.
That's a turnaround from a $5.5 million operating loss in the previous fiscal year.
Mazda boosted its consolidated, or group, net income by 35.0 percent to a record $426.2 million in the last fiscal year.
Operating profit jumped 18.2 percent to a record $772.4 million. Revenues were off 7.6 percent to $25.10 billion.
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