Setting a new best mark for the third consecutive year, Mazda Motor Corporation recorded global sales of 1,186,000 units between April and December 2017, the first nine months of the carmaker’s 2017-18 fiscal year. That was 25,000 (2%) more than in the same period of 2016*.
Around the world, Mazda’s crossovers – led by the new Mazda CX-5 compact SUV – sparked vehicle turnover. The company set a new record in China, hiking sales by 8% year-on-year to 245,000 cars during the three fiscal quarters, also performing well in Japan with growth of 5%. The European figure was 172,000**, as sales over the period surged 18% in France. Spain (+10%), the Netherlands (+8%) and Germany (+7%) also posted notable increases.
As for the financials, total revenue was up 8% or ¥199 million to ¥2.55 trillion (€19.8 billion). Mazda also increased operating profits by 5% to ¥107 billion (€830 million) and reported a 6% rise in net income to ¥84.9 billion (€658 million).
Looking to sustain future growth and meet ongoing strong demand, the company began CX-5 production at its Hofu plant in Japan. This reflects the ever-increasing popularity of Mazda’s crossovers, whose share of total unit sales are expected to surpass 40% this fiscal year. Also on the production side, besides increasing engine capacity in Thailand, the company announced the location of a new joint-venture U.S. plant with Toyota in Huntsville, Alabama, where Mazda plans to build SUVs starting in 2021. The development of electric vehicle technologies through EV C.A. Spirit Co., Ltd, another joint venture with Toyota and Denso, a Japanese parts maker, is progressing as planned.
Next-generation product highlights include the SKYACTIV-X, which is slated to be the world’s first commercially available compression-ignition petrol engine when it arrives on the market in 2019. Meanwhile, the new direction for vehicle designs as shown on recent concept cars like the award-winning Mazda VISION COUPE should further bolster future results.
While closely monitoring the environment on an ongoing basis, Mazda anticipates favourable global financial markets and verified its previous forecast for the fiscal year ending on 31 March. It expects to sell an all-time record 1.6 million cars worldwide while posting a ¥150 billion operating profit (€1.15 billion) and net income of ¥100 billion (€769 million) on revenue of ¥3.5 trillion (€26.9 billion). The planned second -half dividend is also unchanged at ¥20, bringing the fiscal-year total to ¥35.
* Source: Mazda Motor Corporation’s “Consolidated Financial Results for the Third Quarter of the Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2018”. Euro figures were calculated at €1 = ¥129 for the first nine months and €1 = ¥130 for full-year forecasts
** EU, EFTA & Turkey