Mazda sales jump 22% year on year in April

Breaking News May 11, 2017 19:42

By The Nation

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Mazda says it sold 4,203 vehicles in April, rising by 22 per cent compared with the corresponding month last year.

Market share was over 6 per cent, and sales of the Mazda2 and Mazda3 both rose by 41 per cent, distributor Mazda Sales (Thailand) Co (MST) said in a statement.

Sales of the Mazda2 were 2,609 units, putting it in the No 2 position in the combined B-segment and eco-car market. 

Chanchai Trakarnudomsuk, president of MST, said Thailand’s economy started showing signs of improvement early in the year. 

“According to the Consumer Confidence Index, during the first four months of 2017, it can be seen that spending on durable goods improved. Supporting factors include improving household income, particularly for farmers of rubber, tapioca, sugar cane and rice,” he said. 

“Consumer confidence is gradually improving and financial institutions are starting to ease the strict measures in loan approvals. This has resulted in economic growth and helps boost the automobile market.”

He said Mazda sales, particularly in April, had been spectacular and Mazda was now the fifth-largest auto brand in Thailand, securing the No 3 position in the passenger-car segment. 

Like the Mazda2, sales of the Mazda3 also grew by 41 per cent in April to 479 units. 

Meanwhile, sales of the CX-5 were 277 units and those of the CX-3 were 382 units after a facelift. A total of 455 BT-50 PRO pickup trucks were sold in April, down 15 per cent, while one MX-5 roadster was sold during the month.

Mazda also reported dramatic growth during the first four months of this year. Sales from January to April reached 15,765 units, growing by 10 per cent compared with the corresponding period last year (14,347 units). 

The top-selling model was the Mazda2 with 9,242 units (21-per-cent growth), followed by the BT-50 PRO with 2,246 units (up 9 per cent), Mazda3 with 1,803 units (18 per cent), CX-5 with 1,072 units (7 per cent), CX-3 with 1,397 units, and the MX-5 with five units.

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