Mazda’s new engine plant in Thailand, operated by Auto Alliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd., is responsible for the assembly of SKYACTIV-D 1.5 clean diesel engines for the all-new Mazda2. The plant is to be positioned right opposite of Mazda’s existing transmission factory under Mazda Power Manufacturing Thailand, which already had production schedule for January 2015. Combined as one, the two sites are expected to enable comprehensive local production of SKYACTIV variants in the country and within the Asean region.
In February this year, Mazda applied with the new Mazda2 to the second phase of the Thai government’s Eco-Car program which applies a preferential taxation system to fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles. The Thai government subsequently approved Mazda’s sub-compact variant for the preferential taxation program. Following the approval in last week or so, Mazda’s partners Auto Alliance has already started phase one production of the new Mazda2.
The new engine plant is scheduled to begin with an engine assembly facility with a production capacity of 30,000 units per year. In order to meet the requirements of the second phase of the Thai government’s Eco-Car program, Mazda plans to increase production capacity and construct an engine machining facility.
The engine plant in Thailand joins the ranks of the four SKYACTIV engine production facilities in the world, which include the Hiroshima Plant in Japan, the Changan Ford Mazda Engine (CFME) in China, and the Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation in Mexico.
On a global scale, Mazda plans to raise the ratio of SKYACTIV variants to 85 percent of its target global sales volume for fiscal year ending March 2016. Through a variety of contact points, including the manufacture of high-quality vehicles, Mazda aims to enrich the lives of its customers and become a brand which has a special bond with the customers.