Mazda Motor Corporation has announced its plan to launch the all-new Mazda MPV in Hong Kong, where it will be named Mazda8, in May 2006. The latest generation MPV debuted in February 2006 in Japan. On account of the 23 percent year-on-year increase in demand in 2005 for upper-segment multipurpose vehicles in the Hong Kong market and to promote sales of the all-new MPV, Mazda has decided to launch the Mazda8 there.

Sales of the Mazda8 will commence in Hong Kong in May 2006, with an annual sales target of 250 units. Currently, Mazda is studying the prospect of introducing the Mazda8 to other global markets but no decisions have yet been made.

Earlier generation MPVs were known for their roomy interiors and versatile packaging, and these strong points have been enhanced in the all-new Mazda MPV. Together with its stylish design and evolved packaging, the third-generation MPV features enhanced driveability and superb environmental friendliness at the forefront of its time. Delivering stylish appearance and user-friendliness, the all-new MPV’s dynamic driving and responsive handling has made it Mazda’s "next-generation people mover" based on this sporty character.

The all-new Mazda MPV’s initial sales performance in Japan has been strong, with approximately 5,500 vehicles ordered since its debut. Orders received in the first month of sales (from the February 2 to March 5, 2006 period) were nearly double the monthly sales target of 3,000 units.

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  (6023) posted on 10.17.2006

The mazda 8 is awesome! Hope it comes to the Middle East. If you want more info about the mazda 8 go, most of it is written in japanese but you’ll be able to see all of its features in detail as there are many video demonstrations.

  (6023) posted on 10.11.2006

It’s awesome and i will keep waiting until it comes!

  (6023) posted on 10.7.2006

i have a mpv for the last 5 years, and i was looking to upgrade to a new one, when i heard that it was discontinued i was disappointed, please bring it back to north america

  (6023) posted on 09.6.2006

I would most welcome the Mazda8. I’m also in the market for a minivan and is somewhat reluctant to buy an Odyssey or Sienna.

  (6023) posted on 05.16.2006

This Mazda8 looks great. I am so disappointed that there are no plans to market this minivan in North America. I’ve had Mazda cars in the past and I am now in the market for a minivan, although I am reluctant to purchase the MPV knowing this is the last year for the vehicle. Please, please bring the Mazda8 to the U.S. so I don’t have to buy a Sienna or Odyssey.

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