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The Good News:
By July 1, combined orders for two versions of the Atenza reached 6,000 units, six times an original monthly sales target in Japan, Mazda said in a statement. The company began selling the car in Europe under the name Mazda6 from early June and has already booked about 30,000 orders.  
The Sport Wagon, for its part, achieved its domestic monthly sales target of 1,500 sales in the first two weeks after launch.  
As a result, Mazda has lifted monthly production capacity at it Hofu No.1 plant in Yamaguchi to 14,500 units from 10,000. It hopes to keep the pace of sales high in Japan by released a four-wheel-drive version of the Sport Wagon in August.[/b]
The Bad News:
The Atenza/6 is will go down as Mazda’s most important model worldwide, and especially in North America. In the US market the bland 626 and Millenia are winding down and will soon be completely phased out. All new tooling for the 6 is being installed at Mazda’s assembly plant at Flat Rock, Michigan and locally built four-door sedans will hit American showrooms in the fourth quarter.  
The five-door hatch and station wagon will go into production at Flat Rock about a year later.[/b]
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