Mazda Wants To Go To Siberia
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.
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?
Mazda's gotta sell something somewhere, 'cause it ain't happening in the US.
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...