IRVINE , Calif. ? Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported sales of 20,792 vehicles for November 2006, a 16.7 percent increase versus last year. Mazda also reported a 4.1 percent year-to-date sales increase versus the same period last year, with 248,874 units sold through November.

?As fuel prices remain unstable, and we move into the winter season with its associated higher heating costs, customers are choosing fuel-efficient new vehicles that fit a broad spectrum of lifestyles,? said Jim O?Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. ?November was a tremendous month for Mazda and we look forward to continuing our strong sales momentum through December.?

Mazda?s all-new CX-7 crossover sport-utility vehicle (SUV) continues its strong sales surge with 3,654 units sold. With a starting MSRP of $23,750, CX-7 features a turbo-charged 2.3-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine that produces 244-horsepower, yet still delivers an estimated 23 mpg in combined city and highway driving.

The innovative MAZDA5 multi-activity vehicle also finished the month with solid sales of 1,513, more than double its sales performance the previous year, and triple its sales performance on a year-to-date basis. The wildly popular MAZDA3 once again proved to be Mazda?s volume-leader, with sales of 6,673 units despite a continued lack of inventory.