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Mazda3 local assembly starts in Thailand, Malaysia

ABR Staff Writer Published 03 March 2011

Mazda Motor, Mazda Sales (Thailand) (MST) and its distributor in Malaysia, Bermaz Motor, has started the assembly of its second-generation Mazda3 (known in Japan as the Mazda Axela) in Thailand and Malaysia.

MST has already said that the local assembly of the Mazda3 has started in Thailand at AutoAlliance (Thailand) (AAT).

The company said that the Mazda3 will be sold as one of Mazda's mainstay models in the Thai market alongside the Mazda BT-50 pickup truck and the Mazda2.

In Malaysia, Bermaz Motor has begun sales of the locally-produced Mazda3 on 2 March 2011, following the commencement of local assembly by Inokom.

Bermaz Motor has been selling Mazda3 models imported from Japan since June 2009.

Mazda managing executive officer in charge of overseas sales Yuji Nakamine said originally launched in 2003, the Mazda3 has become one of their core products.

"Today, it represents the Mazda brand in over one hundred countries and regions, and with annual sales of 440,000 units, it comprises roughly one third of all Mazda vehicle sales," Nakamine said.