Mazda Motor Corporation, partly owned by Ford, expects its US sales to rise 15% to 300,000 units this year, helped by new model releases in the world's biggest car market, a report in the Detroit News said.

The report quoted Mazda president Lewis Booth as saying that the figure would be boosted by the US release of the new 6 sedan last December, and the coming release of the RX-8 sports car this summer.