The start of production of the all-new Mazda2 at MMVO, start of operations at the engine machining plant, and planned production capacity increase represent major steps forward in both of the above initiatives. MMVO’s engine machining plant adopts the same advanced production technologies as Mazda’s Hiroshima Plant, ensuring an engine parts processing line that is both efficient and capable of producing a diverse range of products.
MMVO is Mazda’s third global facility to begin manufacturing the new Mazda2 following the Hofu Plant in Japan and Auto Alliance in Thailand.
MMVO President Keishi Egawa commented, “With the start of production of the all-new Mazda2, operations underway at the engine machining plant, and an increase in our annual production capacity, we now have an even stronger production framework capable of supplying global markets with SKYACTIV products of the same high quality level as those made in Japan. At the same time, we are pleased to be able to make a contribution to Mexico’s further economic growth.”
Mazda products featuring SKYACTIV technology are enjoying strong sales globally and in response to growing demand the company will increase production capacity at MMVO to 250,000 units annually by fiscal year ending March 2016.
In recent years, Mazda has introduced a series of vehicles featuring innovative SKYACTIV Technology, from the CX-5 to the current Mazda2, and the company expects SKYACTIV variants to account for 85 percent of global sales by fiscal year ending March 2016. Additionally, the automaker is working to establish a global production footprint, one of four key initiatives laid out in the Structural Reform Plan announced two years ago.
On the local front, Bermaz Motor has already began taking pre-orders for the all-new Mazda2 at its recent One Utama roadtour, with an estimated price starting from RM 85,000 for sedan and 87,000 for the hatchback.