WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA – The Mazda5 cross/utility vehicle, introduced in 2005 and refreshed for ’08, has become a runaway smash hit for Mazda Motor Corp.’s North American unit, but the auto maker has no plans to localize production of the 6-passenger family hauler. Mazda5 sales surged 44.1% for the year’s first six months to 11,977 units, compared with like-2007, helped along by U.S. buyers downsizing their vehicles in the face of gasoline prices surpassing $4 a gallon. Asked how many ...

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