Mazda said its factories in Japan, namely the Ujina Plants 1 and 2 and Hofu Plants 1 and 2, are free of suspensions and are expected to operate on day-shifts only in June. Mazda’s Mexican plant, which stopped operations from April to May, is also to resume production in June. “The total volume planned for June combining major production facilities in Japan, Mexico and Thailand is expected to be more than double the amount in May”, said Mazda, adding that, although there is a shift towards recovery, it is maintaining the production adjustment put in place since March as the carmaker still hasn’t reached pre-production adjustment levels.

For its fiscal year to March 2020, Mazda’s global sales totalled 1.42 million units, down 9% compared with the previous fiscal year, driven by a “challenging situation” as demand declined globally due to issues such as economic slowdown in China triggered by the US-China trade dispute and Britain’s exit from the EU, according to Mazda. In addition, uncertainty over future prospects rapidly increased due to the novel coronavirus pandemic in the fourth quarter.

Along with updating the existing product line-up with new hybrid technologies, Mazda has also launched new-generation models, beginning with the Mazda3 in 2019, and followed by the CX-30, the second model of the new-generation line-up in anticipation of the growing global SUV market. In October 2019, the Company unveiled its first mass-production electric vehicle, the Mazda MX-30, at the Tokyo Motor show.