Mazda vehicle production for the first nine months of the year is up almost 12%, thanks to strong exports.

Production of passenger cars to the end of September 2006 reached 665,068 units (+12.2%), while commercial vehicle production totalled 47,494 units (+7.9%).

Production of cars in September was up 2.7% year on year to 79,852 units. The company attributed the growth to steady sales of the new CX-7 crossover and the recently updated 3.

Domestic sales volumes for September 2006 were down 8.7% on September 2005. Although sales of the 3, Verisa, and the Scrum truck were steady, the automaker said reduced overall domestic demand and diminished new model impact of the 6 offset total sales.

Mazda's registered vehicle market share in Japan was 6.1% (down 0.4 points from September 2005) with a 2.9% share of the micro-mini segment (up 0.3 points year-on-year) and a 5.0% total market share (down 0.3 points from the same month last year).

Year-to-date domestic passenger car sales were down 9% to 176,415 units and total vehicle sales down 5.1% to 219,361.

Exports to the end of September were up 21.1% to 524,316 units (of which 521,107 were passenger cars). These results mainly reflect increased export volumes of the CX-7 and 3.

On a market basis, exports to North America and Europe showed steady growth. Notably, increased exports of CX-7 and 3 to North America led to a total export of 25,908 units in September 2006, up 19.4% over September 2005.

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