Thursday Morning Auto News, Feb 06, 2020

Wednesday Morning Auto News, Feb 05, 2020

Mazda reports strong European sales

Mazda Motor Corporation today announced its
financial and sales results for the first nine months of fiscal year 2019-20, reporting
global sales of 1,106,000 vehicles during the period 1 April to 31 December

The European region saw the highest year-on-year
increase in vehicle sales during the nine-month period, with unit sales up 14%
to 195,000 units*. Germany, Mazda’s biggest market in Europe, contributed 54,000
units to this result (+10%), while sales in the UK were 27,000 units, up 7%
year-on-year going against the market trend.

In Mazda’s domestic market Japan, 139,000
vehicles were sold. North America reported sales of 305,000 units.

Mazda’s sales performance during the first nine
months of the fiscal year brought in revenue of ¥2,556.3 billion (€21.13 billion**),
resulting in an operating profit of ¥32.3 billion (€267 million**) and net
income of ¥32.4 billion (€268 million**).

monitoring the environment on an ongoing basis, Mazda’s full-year forecast of
global sales volume has been adjusted to 1,500,000 units (previously 1,550,000).
However, due to the favourable profit impact of revised exchange rate
assumptions, operating profit of ¥60 billion (€496 million**) and net income of
¥43 billion (€355 million**) remain unchanged.

In Europe, the Mazda CX-30 is receiving very
positive reviews and together with Mazda’s revolutionary Skyactiv-X gasoline
engine has contributed to the volume growth. Both products are expected to
further drive sales momentum globally throughout the year. Further positive
news for the brand have been the number of awards Mazda models won globally
during the third quarter of the fiscal year ending 31 March, 2020.

* Excluding Russia
** Source: Mazda Motor Corporation’s Consolidated Financial Results for the
Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2020; Euro figures are calculated at €1 = ¥121

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Mazda South Africa assists airlift of rescued lions to sanctuary in Africa


A lion rescuer has airlifted an entire pride of imprisoned big cats from captivity in Ukraine to a new life at a sanctuary in Africa. Lionel De Lange and his wife Anya Masyach work 365 days a year rescuing big cats, bears and other exotic wildlife from private zoos and pet collections across the former Soviet state.

Convoy of five Mazda BT-50s transported the lions from airport to sanctuary

Their latest rescue saw five cubs, a male and four females, flown 7,500 miles to start a new life in the sunshine of South Africa. Meaning they wull live under African skies and enjoy the outdoors for the first time in their lives.

The final leg of the lions’ journey saw Mazda’s Foundation in Southern Africa, facilitate the transport of the lions with a convoy of BT-50 pick-ups taking the lions to their new home in Ubuntu Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mazda BT-50s transported lions to a new life in the African sanctuary

Lionel De Lange, from the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation (LAEO) Ukraine, said; “the lion cubs would have faced a terrible future if we hadn’t of rescued them. They were going to be put down or smuggled to Russia and sold. We saved them from a terrible future. We were fortunate to get them at an age where they are young enough and now they have formed their own little pride, with a male and four females and they are loving it.”

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