Mazda 8 is the latest MPV, a model line first introduced for the US in the early 1990s, but more recently replaced in most markets by the CX crossover series

Mazda 8 is the latest MPV, a model line first introduced for the US in the early 1990s, but more recently replaced in most markets by the CX crossover series

Mazda is mulling production of more models in China in a bid to enrich its product line-up, the Beijing News reported, citing Takashi Yamanouchi, president and CEO of Mazda (China) Enterprise Management.

After Ford announced earlier this month it will cut its stake in Mazda to 3.5% from 11%, the Japanese automaker's two Chinese partners-FAW Car and Changan Auto have also made some moves, gasgoo.com noted.

FAW Mazda, which has been building only one Mazda model, the 6 Ruiyi for years, has now started making the 8 at its plant in Changchun, capital of Jilin province. The 8 is Mazda's large MPV model, till now sold only in Japan and Hong Kong.

Mazda imports a number of models into China and will consider local production of more, Yamanouchi said at the 8's line-off ceremony.

The cooperation of Mazda and FAW is for high end models while that with Changan Auto is on introduction of the mid- and small-sized models, Yamanouchi said, adding that this will not change in the long term.

Other local reports said the new 5 minivan and 2 were being considered - an older version of the 5 called Premacy is already made in China.