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Mazda's 3-row SUV to debut outside Japan

Model bound for China, Australia and New Zealand in global sales ramp-up

Damaged transportation links near Mazda's main plant in Hiroshima Prefecture forced the company to suspend operations there for parts of the summer.

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor is taking its CX-8 three-row sport utility vehicle into Australia, New Zealand and China in the current fiscal year, hoping to cash in on global SUV demand with a model that has only been sold in Japan.

The Japanese automaker sees the move as a crucial step toward its target of selling 2 million cars worldwide in the year ending March 2024. For fiscal 2018, the goal is to increase sales by 2% to 1.66 million cars, with SUVs at the core of the strategy.

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