By on January 22, 2011

We sometimes forget that Russia is very close to Japan. So close that you can see Russia (or Japan) with the naked eye. For many years, Japan’s used cars were literally sent to Siberia, where they did, right hand drive be damned, hard duty in a climate they were not built for. Mazda is thinking of reviving the far eastern ties between Russia and Japan.

Mazda had discussed the possibility of auto production in Russia’s Far East region with Gov. Sergei Darkin, The Nikkei [sub] reports. Mazda could construct a new plant or make use of an existing facility.

The Russian government has been showing interest in developing its Far East region with the help of Japan. It has been inviting Japanese automakers to set up plants in the region. Used cars are no longer welcome.

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9 Comments on “Mazda Wants To Go To Siberia...”


  • avatar
    Stingray

    So close that you can see Russia (or Japan) with the naked eye

    Sal de ese cuerpo Sarah Palin.
     
    PS: LOL

  • avatar
    rudiger

    So Mazda (and Japan) is going to forget about that whole Kirile Islands thing?

    • 0 avatar

      There’s a bit more than just a dispute over some islands in the history of Japan and Russia.
      Though there have been trade relations between Japan and Russia going back to the cold war era. Chiune Sugihara spent most of his life after his noble actions in Kovno saving Jews representing Japanese businesses in the former Soviet Union – though he might still have been a spy.

  • avatar
    stuki

    With an infinite amount of space and natural resources, a population edging closer to zero every year, and an increasingly resource hungry and powerful in every way China just to the south, it is not surprising that Moscow would want more activity in Russia’s East. If that means teaming up with China’s other main regional rival, then so be it.

  • avatar
    blowfish

    it makes biz sense to Ruskies, they have the land sitting there, what a golden opportunity if mazda will bite, should the biz do well , Ruskies can commandeer her with some Peace order & Good Govt reason.
    Create employment, make rubles, what else can it go wong?

  • avatar
    gslippy

    Mazda’s gotta sell something somewhere, ’cause it ain’t happening in the US.

  • avatar
    Philosophil

    Though it’s not a big market, Mazda does reasonably well in Canada (especially the Mazda3). Maybe they think that if their cars perform well in Canada, then…

  • avatar
    Beelzebubba

    “Mazda’s gotta sell something somewhere, ’cause it ain’t happening in the US.”
     
    Mazda’s U.S. year-end sales total for 2010 was actually up 10.5% compared to 2009.  They sold a total of 229,566 vehicles here in 2010!  The problem is that they have one or two good sellers (within their respective class) but they have several other vehicles that don’t sell well despite being very competitive!
    Here’s how the 2010 sales break down- Mazda3: 106,353; Mazda6: 35,662; CX-7: 28,788; CX-9: 28,908; Mazda5: 15,683; Miata: 6,370; RX-8: 1,134; Tribute: 3,637 and Mazda2: 3,021.  The Mazda3 saw a 10.2% increase over 2009 sales and it accounted for more than 46% of the 2010 corporate total.
    Mazda Canada sold 78,662 vehicles in 2010, which is an increase of 7.0% over 2009.  The Mazda3 has been the the second best-selling car (on an annual basis) in Canada for the past two years!  It was also the best-seller (on a monthly basis) at least three times in 2010.
    Mazda has some excellent products, but they don’t have the dealership network (or the marketing resources) to make anything happen….so far…

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