Mazda's global renaissance focuses on Michigan next month when production of the Mazda6 compact sedan begins, according to the Detroit Free Press. The Mazda6 already is selling well in Japan and Europe, company president Lewis Booth said Sept. 26 at the Paris auto show. The car will go on sale in the United States in December. While the Mazda6 is key to sales in the United States, where it will compete with midsize cars such as the Ford Taurus and Honda Accord, the smaller Mazda2 introduced at the auto show Thursday is key to sales in Europe and Japan, where small cars are more popular, according to the Free Press.