Japan – Mazda Production and Sales Results for April 2023

Mazda Motor Corporation’s production and sales results for April 2023 are summarized below.

1. Domestic Production
Mazda’s domestic production volume in April 2023 increased 141.3% year on year due to increased production of passenger vehicles.

[Domestic production of key models in April 2023]CX-5:33,557 units
(up 123.3% year on year)
MAZDA3:10,010 units
(up 212.5%)
CX-90:6,339 units

2. Overseas Production
Mazda’s overseas production volume in April 2023 increased 84.2% year on year due to increased production of passenger vehicles.

[Overseas production of key models in April 2023]CX-30:8,925 units
(up 77.6% year on year)
MAZDA3:6,131 units
(up 74.9%)
CX-50:4,030 units
(up 107.9%)

II. Domestic Sales

Mazda’s domestic sales volume in April 2023 increased 88.2% year on year due to increased sales of passenger and commercial vehicles.

Mazda’s registered vehicle market share was 5.3% (up 2.2 points year on year), with a 2.2% share of the micro-mini segment (up 0.4 points) and a 4.2% total market share (up 1.6 points).

[Domestic sales of key models in April 2023]CX-5:2,743 units
(up 75.6% year on year)
CX-60:2,096 units
MAZDA2:1,726 units
(up 53.4%)

III. Exports

Mazda’s export volume in April 2023 increased 100.4% year on year due to increased shipments to North America, Europe, Oceania and other regions.

[Exports of key models in April 2023]CX-5:30,567 units
(up 74.6% year on year)
MAZDA3:8,227 units
(up 145.7%)
CX-90:6,816 units

IV. Global Sales

Mazda’s global sales volume in April 2023 increased 6.2.% year on year due to increased sales in Japan, Europe, and the U.S.

[Global sales of key models in April 2023]CX-5:27,954 units
(down 14.2% year on year)
CX-30:14,708 units
(up 2.6%)
MAZDA3:11,800 units
(down 12.7%)

For more information, visit https://newsroom.mazda.com/en/publicity/release/2023/202305/230530a.html.

* Overseas production figures indicate Mazda-brand units coming off the production line (excluding CKD units).
* Global production figures are the sum total of domestic and overseas production volumes.
* All information in this press release is as of the release date. No updates after that date are reflected.

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Japan – Mazda: Exhibits Finalized for Pride of Hiroshima Exhibition

The Pride of Hiroshima Exhibition Executive Committee is pleased to announce that participating companies’ exhibits have been finalized for each of the Pride of Hiroshima Exhibition’s three zones, Postwar Recovery, Present, and Future, the official exhibition website launched, and the exhibition extended through June 11, 2023.

Illustration of the Pride of Hiroshima Exhibition

The Pride of Hiroshima Exhibition, held jointly with 26 participating companies, is based on the concept of “providing people from around the world with the opportunity to experience the path to recovery travel by the people of Hiroshima, the resplendent sight of Hiroshima today, and their dreams for the future.” Events will showcase companies’ efforts during the postwar recovery, present, and future. The exhibition is held at Canopy Square located in Hiroshima Gate Park in conjunction with the G7 Hiroshima Summit and will open its doors on May 18, 2023.

For more information, visit https://newsroom.mazda.com/en/publicity/release/2023/202304/230426a.html.

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Japan – Mazda Production and Sales Results for February 2023

Mazda Motor Corporation’s production and sales results for February 2023 are summarized below.

I. Production

1. Domestic Production
Mazda’s domestic production volume in February 2023 increased 19.8% year on year due to increased production of passenger vehicles.

[Domestic production of key models in February 2023]CX-5: 28,211 units (down 6.2% year on year)
MAZDA3: 10,524 units (up 29.3%)
CX-30: 8,386 units (up 87.4%)

2. Overseas Production
Mazda’s overseas production volume in February 2023 increased 21.4% year on year due to increased production of passenger vehicles.

[Overseas production of key models in February 2023]CX-30: 12,575 units (up 12.9% year on year)
MAZDA3: 6,170 units (up 2.8%)
CX-3: 4,210 units (up 547.7%)

II. Domestic Sales

Mazda’s domestic sales volume in February 2023 decreased 6.9% year on year due to decreased sales of passenger vehicles.

Mazda’s registered vehicle market share was 5.2% (down 2.4 points year on year), with a 2.0% share of the micro-mini segment (up 0.4 points) and a 4.0% total market share (down 1.2 points).

[Domestic sales of key models in February 2023]CX-60: 4,371 units
CX-30: 2,214 units (up 3.9%)
MAZDA2: 1,628 units (down 46.8%)

III. Exports

Mazda’s export volume in February 2023 increased 8.9% year on year due to increased shipments to North America, Europe and other regions.

[Exports of key models in February 2023]CX-5: 25,502 units (down 19.4% year on year)
MAZDA3: 8,877 units (up 6.7%)
CX-9: 5,259 units (down 12.7%)

IV. Global Sales

Mazda’s global sales volume in February 2023 decreased 2.3% year on year due to decreased sales in China.

[Global sales of key models in February 2023]CX-5: 26,853 units (down 14.9% year on year)
CX-30: 15,992 units (up 0.1%)
MAZDA3: 12,396 units (down 21.7%)

For more information, visit https://newsroom.mazda.com/en/publicity/release/2023/202303/230330b.html.

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Japan – Mazda Joins Research Association of Biomass Innovation for Next Generation Automobile Fuels

The Research Association of Biomass Innovation for Next Generation Automobile Fuels (Research Association) and Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) are pleased to announce Mazda’s participation as a full member of the association. The Research Association was established on July 1, 2022 by ENEOS Corporation, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Subaru Corporation, Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation. Mazda’s entry brings the total number of participating companies to seven.

The Research Association promotes technological research on the use of biomass as well as efficient production of bioethanol fuel for automobiles to realize a carbon-neutral society. On October 25, 2022, the Research Association concluded with Okuma Town in Fukushima Prefecture the Basic Agreement on Establishment of New Business Facilities, and launched initiatives aimed at promptly and appropriately resolving challenges faced by the community. The research on improving production technology for bioethanol fuel and using CO2 generated during bioethanol fuel production, which the Research Association has been promoting as part of a range of diverse options for achieving carbon neutrality, coincide with the idea promoted by Mazda of providing more options with its multi-solution strategy, and this synchronicity led Mazda to take the step of joining the Research Association.

Hiroyuki Yamashita, Senior Principal Engineer responsible for technological research at Mazda, said, “We are very honored to have received this invitation from the Research Association of Biomass Innovation for Next Generation Automobile Fuels. Through the Research Association, we will work together with other member companies to promote research and development on production technology for bioethanol fuel and other technologies. We will make every effort to increase the potential of carbon neutral fuels, a promising option for achieving a carbon neutral society.”

In addition, Koichi Nakata, Chairman of the Board of the Research Association of Biomass Innovation for Next Generation Automobile Fuels, stated, “Carbon neutral fuels are a leading energy option for realizing a carbon neutral society. We are delighted that Mazda, which has accumulated considerable knowledge and technology relating to carbon neutral fuels, has become our new partner. The Research Association will further promote research on production technology for bioethanol fuel and the use of CO2 generated during that process.”

For more information, visit https://newsroom.mazda.com/en/publicity/release/2023/202303/230329a.html.

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Japan – Mazda: Conclusion of offsite corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) on solar power generation

Toyo Seat Co., Ltd., Choshu Industry Co., Ltd., The Chugoku Electric Power Co.,Inc., and Mazda Motor Corporation have today concluded an offsite corporate power purchase agreement (PPA)(1) on solar power generation, a renewable source of energy, to help support the transition towards a carbon neutral society.

Parties involved in the offsite corporate PPA agreement

Under the PPA, Choshu Industry will serve as the electric power producer, with Choshu Industry and Mazda installing new solar power generation facilities on unused land in the Chugoku Region, using those facilities to generate electricity, which will then be sold to Chugoku Electric Power. Chugoku Electric Power will then supply this electricity to Toyo Seat and Mazda as a source of renewable energy.

This agreement represents the Chugoku Region’s first offsite corporate PPA involving more than one electric power consumer. From April this year, under the PPA, Chugoku Electric Power will commence, in stages, the supply of approximately 4,900 kW in renewable energy generated by solar panels to plants and other places of business belonging to Toyo Seat and Mazda. These arrangements are expected to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 2,610 tons.

The arrangements described above will benefit from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry subsidies(2) (2022) for the promotion of new solar power generation installations led by electric power consumers.

The four parties to this agreement, as businesses involved in supplying and consuming electric power, remain committed to encouraging the further use of renewable energy in the Chugoku Region, aiming through such activities make to further contributions to the sustainable development of the local economy and the achievement of a carbon neutral society.

Uchimoto Daisuke, Division Manager, Carbon Neutral Accelerate Project, Director, Toyo Seat Co., Ltd.

Toyo Seat launched its Carbon Neutral Promotion Office in 2021 to accelerate our adoption of carbon neutral policies. As a company, we are taking on the challenge of reducing our carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2050 under the slogan “Challenge Zero”. This activity focuses on two major areas: reducing our energy usage and contributing to sustainable power generation.

As a major first step, we are delighted to participate in this offsite corporate PPA, working together with regional partners to increase the supply capacity of sustainable energy resources.

We will continue driving forward with carbon neutral activities to benefit communities around the world and create a brighter future for the next generation.

Ochiai Norihiro, Section Chief, Industrial Systems and Business Section, Sales Department, Energy Devices Division, Choshu Industry Co., Ltd.

As a Japanese manufacturer of solar power generation modules based in Yamaguchi Prefecture, we are pleased, together with Mazda, Toyo Seat, and Chugoku Electric Power, to announce our participation in this agreement, our company’s first-ever participation in an offsite corporate PPA, which serves as a major step towards achieving a carbon neutral economy in the Chugoku Region.

As we aim to reach carbon neutral status by 2050, we are fully engaged in these efforts, leveraging our advantages as a Japan-based manufacturer and working together with other stakeholders in the region, including partner companies and local authorities to provide products and services that our customers can use with confidence.

Maehara Toshihiko, General Manager of Green Solution Office, Energy Sales Division, The Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc.

Chugoku Electric Power announced the “Chugoku Electric Power 2050 Carbon Neutral Challenge” in February 2021, and this PPA forms part of our efforts to address that challenge. In the years ahead, we are aiming to further develop and improve our services as we endeavor to achieve a fossil fuel free society through the provision of renewable energy while also meeting the diverse needs of our customers who hope to make effective use of these renewable energy resources.

Hironaka Taketo, Executive Officer, in charge of Production Engineering, Business Logistics, Carbon Neutrality and Cost Innovation, Mazda Motor Corporation

Mazda began using renewable energy on site in July 2021 with the installation of solar panels on the roof of our plant. To become carbon neutral throughout our supply chain by 2050 and at out plants throughout the world by 2035, it is essential for us to work together with various stakeholders to promote the wider adoption of offsite corporate PPA, and we believe that this project will serve as a valuable first step towards the wider use of renewable energy sources within the Chugoku Region. Since November 2021, we have been one of the initial companies participating in the Chugoku region’s committee for the promotion of carbon neutral electric power generation (Committee chair: Shobuda Kiyotaka, Representative Director and Chairman of the Board, committee organizing office located within Mazda). The committee has been working together with its 75 member organizations to address issues associated with the why do use of renewable energy sources and discuss roadmaps for renewable energy use. Through Mazda’s previous sustainable energy activities and the committee’s discussions of them, we strive to achieve the committee’s vision of “a positive cycle of regional investment and value”, working together with suppliers of electric power in the region to encourage even wider use of renewable energy resources.

(1) An Offsite Corporate PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) is a long-term contract for the purchase of electric power under which a company producing electric power through solar power generation facilities agrees to provide power generated using those facilities to a designated user or users based in a location separate from the solar power generation facilities, supplying that power to them via an electric power transmission network operated by an electric power retailer.
(2) In 2022, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry provided subsidies to cover a portion of the expense of installing solar power generation facilities in cases where consumers of electric power coordinated with an electric power producer to establish such facilities. These subsidies are intended to promote such collaborations and encourage wider adoption of independent initiatives to establish renewable energy sources, contributing to a reliable, long-term, supply-demand balance in energy use during the period up until 2030, thereby supporting the achievement of ambitious targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.