Mazda Motor Corporation production in Japan increased in 2002 over the previous year for the first time in five years since 1997. Production was up 6.1% to 773,798 units. Car production rose 9% to 716,497 though commercial vehicle output fell 20.5% to 57,301.


Models that showed increases over the previous year: RX-7, up 50.8%, MPV, up 18.9%, Premacy/Ixion, up 6.6%, MX-5, up 4.8%, T-Series, up 2.5% and Mazda2/Festiva Mini Wagon, up 2.3%.


Japanese domestic market sales were down 6.5% to 262,988 in 2002. Car sales were down 4% to 215,545 though the minicar sub-segment, in which Mazda sells rebadged Suzuki models, posted a 15.5% rise to 34,293. Commercial vehicle sales were down 16.6% to 47,443.


Exports increased 8.8% to 521,272. Passenger car exports were up 10.8% to 513,515 but commercial vehicles declined 50.2% to 7,757.


Models that showed increases over the previous year: MPV, up 69.8%, Premacy, up 8.0%, MX-5, up 6.0% and T-Series, up 1.7%.


Destinations that showed increases over the previous year: Europe, up 36.9%, Asia, up 36.3%, Africa, up 17.2% and Middle East, up 16.7%.


Overseas production increased over the previous year for the first time since 2000. Total production aboad increased 21.6% to 169,540 with cars up 32.3% to 104,883 and commercial vehicle up 7.4% to 64,657.


Models that showed increases over the previous year: Tribute, up 357.1%, 323, up 35.6%, T-Series, up 14.3%, B-Series, up 7.3% and Premacy, up 4.5%.