Japanese car manufacturer Mazda has reported a "healthy" growth in both profits and global performance for the third fiscal quarter (three months ended December 31st 2013).

Overall, the company revealed 953,000 Mazda models were sold over the nine months to the end of last year – a seven per cent increase on the same period in 2012 – with European vehicle sales contributing 109,000 units to this total (a 27 per cent rise year-on-year).

Strong demand has been witnessed for the manufacturer's Mazda CX-5 and Mazda6 models, with the implementation of the firm's Skyactiv technology believed to be a key driver of growth.

In light of these improvements, the company has increased its profit forecast for the full fiscal year by 20 billion yen to 180 billion yen (£1.09 billion).

Meanwhile, the company has predicted its full-year sales volumes will exceed 1.325 million vehicles – with 160,000 sales in Europe.


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