Mazda prepares for new cars in 2011
Figures from the Society of Motoring Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicate that Mazda sold 1,282 units in February 2011 - representing a market share of 2.02 per cent.
2011’s sales to the end of February are 3,471 units; meaning Mazda has a 2011 market share of 1.81 per cent.
Much of the success is down to Mazda’s frugal and efficient small cars such as the Mazda2 supermini and Mazda3 hatchback. Both will be updated in 2011 with the more efficient SKYACTIV petrol and diesel engines.
However, the Mazda MX-5, the UK’s most popular ever two-seat sports car, also boosted sales for the Japanese firm.
The figures were also bolstered the new Mazda5 MPV, the marque’s latest model. The practical seven-seat people carrier features the unique ‘Nagare’ design, which includes a flowing line down both sides of the MPV.
The Mazda5 was the only car to use the design, which is based on the flowing lines of nature, and as a result is one of the most eye-catching MPVs on sale in the UK.
The Japanese manufacturer displayed two new concepts at the Geneva Motor Show this month, including the Minagi concept that will become the Mazda CX-5, a small SUV crossover that will slot in below the CX-7 medium SUV in its line up.
A full production version of the Minagi concept is expected to be revealed towards the end of the year.