Mazda celebrates Scottish success

Japanese car manufacturer Mazda has celebrated the "soaraway success" that it experienced in Scotland in January, with a 22.4 per cent increase in sales.

The automaker sold a total of 509 models in Scotland in the first month of this year, 93 more than in January 2006.

Success came "across the board", with the Mazda3 and Mazda6 ranges achieving the most sales.

Gordon Burt, Mazda’s business manager for Scotland, said that the company now had an "excellent platform" to build on and attributed some of its success to a strong group of dealers.

"Mazda’s 17-strong dealer network includes three new dealers and we have already taken lots of orders for March so it will hopefully be another good month," Mr Burt commented.

"In the last year we have been consistently breaking records and we are optimistic that the new product scheduled for later in the year will maintain this momentum and increase growth."

The Mazda2 is the model that will be arriving on the market later this year, while the CX-7 crossover SUV vehicle will also be hitting Scottish roads in 2007.

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