HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) Mazda Motor Corp. said Monday it will increase its recruitment of new school graduates to 910 in its 2007 business year, up about 100 from the previous year, reflecting its brisk prospects of sales of new model cars.

The planned hiring for the 2007 business year, beginning in April 2007, consists of 380 college graduates for engineering and administrative work and 530 high school graduates for manufacturing jobs.

The carmaker said it will emphasize hiring graduates in fields related to vehicle development and boost hiring in technical fields to increase its manufacturing capacity.

For fiscal 2006, the company is hiring 807 employees.

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