TOKYO – Export-dependent Mazda Motor Corp. expects a big surge in U.S. sales this year.
That is, if it can secure enough car carriers to transport its popular product from Japan.
A global shipping shortage is causing the Hiroshima automaker to scramble to secure enough sea transport to feed soaring demand for Mazda vehicles, especially its crossovers.
Mazda expects wholesale deliveries to jump 13 percent, or by 140,000 units, this fiscal year as it launches new nameplates such as the CX-90 and ramps up production.
About half of the projected increase is shipped out of Japan, incoming CEO Masahiro Moro said Friday.