MEXICO: Mazda starts selling cars
Mazda Motor has started commercial operations in Mexico by opening dealerships in the country's three main cities.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Mazda said that in a first phase, it will offer three models: the 3 subcompact in four-door and hatchback versions, the 5 minivan [currently under a cloud in the US due to inexplicable exhaust fires] and the 6 sedan.
Mazda reportedy said the cars will sold through independent distributors backed by a multinational management team reporting to its central offices in Hiroshima, Japan and its offices in Irvine, California.
AP said the company is starting out with four dealerships - two in Mexico City and one each in Guadalajara and Monterrey - and has plans to open others in the states of Mexico, Guanajuato, Yucatan, Puebla and Sonora.
A spokesman for Mazda Motor de Mexico told the news agency the first 3 and 5 models already have been imported from Japan, while the 6 will come from the United States.
The Associated Press noted that domestic new car sales in Mexico have remained buoyant despite a production downturn in recent years brought on by falling demand in the United States.