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Mazda combines ventures with China partners to combat sales slump

Automaker plans joint ops between tie-ups with FAW and Changan Auto

A Mazda production line in Nanjing: The automaker has experienced a steady decline in unit sales in China in recent years.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- Mazda Motor will essentially merge its two key joint ventures in China, the Japanese automaker announced Tuesday, paving the way toward streamlining operations and reviving its flagging sales in China.

Mazda's new car sales in China have fallen every year since peaking out at about 310,000 vehicles in 2017, reaching about 210,000 in 2020. January-July sales also fell 4% on the year.

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