Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mazda begins producing CX-3 crossover, SKYACTIV diesel engine in Thailand

Mazda has begun the production of the Mazda CX-3 compact crossover in its Auto Alliance (Thailand) plant in, well, Thailand. This makes it the first overseas facility and the second location to start manufacturing the model after production began at the carmaker's Hiroshima Plant in its home market of Japan.

"AAT is an extremely important hub that consolidates our system for supplying the CX-3 promptly and consistently to the growing compact SUV market," said Mazda Managing Executive Officer Kiyotaka Shobuda. "By providing customer with Thai-produced vehicles that are as high-quality as those we make in Japan, we will work towards further raising our brand image."

Production of the CX-3 in Thailand also coincided with the start of engine assembly at the Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand). It is the fourth facility to manufacture Mazda's SKYACTIV engines, following the Hiroshima Plant in Japan, Changan Ford Mazda Engine in China, and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation in Mexico. Capable of producing 30,000 units per year, the facility produces the SKYACTIV-D 1.5 diesel engine for the Mazda 2 that are manufactured for the Thai market also at Mazda's Auto Alliance (Thailand) production facility.

"Thailand is our most important production location outside Japan; our first overseas base capable of comprehensive vehicle manufacture, including engine and transmission production as well as vehicle assembly," added Shobuda. "Mazda is committed to producing vehicles in this country at the same high-quality level as we do in Japan, and delivering to market products that offer Mazda's unique driving pleasure, in a timely manner. In doing so, we will further contribute to the development of the Thai automotive industry and enhance the Mazda brand."

The Mazda CX-3 was first launched in Japan in February 2015 as a new core model. Outside of its home market, sales of the CX-3 has begun in North America, Europe and Australia. No mention was made though if the Thai-made CX-3 will be produced solely for the local market or if it will be made available to the ASEAN market.

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