Mazda’s Chinese subsidiary announced its April auto sales results on May 4. In comparison to last year, the total sales increased 37.4% to 20,196 units, making this the third consecutive month of year-over-year growth.
The sales growth in April is attributed to three models: the Atenza, the Axela and the CX-5 with SkyActiv technology.
Mazda has two joint ventures in China: FAW Mazda and Changan Mazda, which are joint ventures with FAW Group and Chang’an Automobile Group respectively. FAW Mazda’s April auto sales decreased 6.5% year-on-year to 7,879 units. Meanwhile, Changan Mazda’s sales increased 96.4% to 12,317 units. Between the two joint ventures, Changan Mazda’s auto sales is doing well.
Mazda’s auto sales in China in 2014 increased 13% year-on-year to 211,013 units, enjoying a year-over-year growth for the first time in four years. The auto sales from January to April 2015 hit record high, up 13.1% year-on-year to 78,832.
Mazda China CEO Nobuhiko Watanabe explained: “The sales for the Axela, the CX-5 and the Atenza remain to be strong. These three models acccounts for 76% of the total sales in April.”
(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)