GUANGZHOU, China -- More than a decade after its release in China, the Mazda6 sedan is more popular than ever there. The Japanese sports car is in such high demand, in fact, that even after undergoing two upgrades, the original 11-year-old version is still being displayed in showrooms as a "new car."
Sales of the car -- known locally as the Maliu, from the Chinese words "horse" and six" -- have been growing steadily since its release in April 2003. That is amazing staying power in such a fast-growing, rapidly-changing market. The car is produced by FAW Mazda Motor Sales, Mazda Motor's joint venture, based in Changchun, Jilin Province.