Mazda will launch its popular compact car the Mazda2 in
China next month and aims to increase its overall sales in the
booming market to 180,000 cars next year from this year's estimated
100,000, an official said.
Mazda2 hatchbacks will go on sale in China in January and the
company aims to sell more than 55,000 of them there, said Ken
Haruki, a spokesman for the company.
They will be produced at a joint-venture factory in Nanjing with
U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. and China's Changan Automotive Group,
he said. Mazda is 33.4 per cent owned by Ford.
Japan's fifth-largest automaker also plans to launch the sedan
type of Mazda2, known as Demio in Japan, early next year, he said.
Mazda's sales in China this year is expected to reach about
100,000 cars, Haruki said.