Mazda Motor Europe announced today that Alain Groult, Managing Director of Mazda Motors BELUX, will leave the company to pursue other interests, effective 1 November 2011. Mr. Groult has worked for Mazda since August 2005, and held the position Managing Director since March 2009.

“We would like to express our appreciation to Alain for his contribution to Mazda operations in Belgium and Luxembourg,” said Martin Benders, Vice President Sales Oper ations at Mazda Motor Europe. “He was able to maintain a stable, viable business and operational team for Mazda in these two countries despite the financial crisis, several taxation changes and regulatory issues. We wish him all the best.” Following Mr Gr oult’s departure, the current Mazda BELUX management team will continue to manage the day to day operations with our dealer partners and other stakeholders.

Selection and announcement of a replacement will be the subject of a future release by Mazda Motor Europe .