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Mazda 'defies recession'

Thu, 30 Jul 2009
The number of people buying a car from Mazda dealerships up and down the country in 2009 may not have been affected too badly by the economic downturn, if new figures are anything to go by.

Statistics provided by the manufacturer revealed retailers have seen operating profits increase by 24.1 per cent during the first five months of the year, compared with the same period in 2008.

In total, net profits are up some 60 per cent over the same time frame.

The group claimed the fact its models were a big hit with motorists was one of the key reasons behind its achievements.

Jeremy Thomson, managing director, stated: "The continued success of Mazda2 and the launch of the all-new Mazda3 has ... helped boost profits for our dealers."

Meanwhile, the company's success may also be down to good levels of service.

Earlier this month, the firm came top in the automotive class in the UK Customer Satisfaction Index.

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