Mazda's Ube Plant (reference image)

Mazda’s global production up for first time in half a decade; 2016 first-half results

Mazda Motor Corporation announced its results of production and sales for the first half (April to September) of fiscal 2016. According to these results, global production declined 1.3% from the previous year, to 758,197 units, resulting in a deficit for the first time in five years.

Domestic production fell 1.8%, to 468,273 units, due in part to sluggish demand for the Atenza. Production overseas also recorded a decline, as it fell 0.3% year on year, to 289,924 units.

Due to reduced demand for the Demio and CX-5, domestic sales fell for the first time in two years, dropping 23.0% yoy, to 92,519 units. The market share for registrations fell two percentage points, from the first half of fiscal 2015, to 4.8%.

As a result of greater demand in North America, Europe and other overseas markets, exports climbed 5.4% yoy, to 393,052 units, resulting in a surplus for the first time in two years.

(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)