Mazda to Increase Production Capacity in Mexico

-Annual capacity of 230,000 units from financial year ending March 2016-
RICHMOND HILL, ON, Jan. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico 
S.A. de C. V (MMMdM), a joint venture production company owned by Mazda Motor 
Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation, announced on January 3, 2012 that 
production capacity at its plant currently under construction in Salamanca, 
Mexico will be increased in the fiscal year ending March 2016. 
MMMdM, will commence operations at the new plant in the fourth quarter of its 
fiscal year ending March 2014 with an initial production of 140,000 units 
annually. Capacity will be increased to 230,000 units in the fiscal year 
ending March 2016. The increase will accommodate the additional annual 
production of approximately 50,000 Toyota-branded vehicles, beginning in the 
summer of 2015, as well as the increasing worldwide demand for Mazda's 
SKYACTIV vehicles. 
Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda's Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, 
President and CEO, speaking at a New Year's event in Hiroshima, Japan, said, 
"this production capacity increase is an important part of Mazda's drive to 
strengthen its overseas production base as laid out in our medium- to 
long-term plan. It is important to note that this capacity increase in Mexico 
which will allow us to meet our production agreement with Toyota as well as 
the growing demand for our SKYACTIV products around the world, will be 
incremental to production in Japan. We will ensure a globally-balanced 
production footprint while maintaining domestic production in Japan at current 
levels. The Mazda2 and Mazda3 models produced at the plant will be sold 
throughout North, Central and South America." 
Mexico has free trade agreements with many regions and countries including the 
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), making it a very advantageous 
location from which to export vehicles. Mazda will ensure quality at the 
Mexican plant by training key production personnel at the company's 
headquarters in Hiroshima. With this production capacity increase the Mexico 
plant will become a key production base and play an essential role in Mazda's 
global business. 
Outline of Mazda's new plant in Mexico (As of FYE March 2016) 
| Company name        | Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de|
|                     |C.V.                                        |
| Location            | Salamanca City, Guanajuato State, Mexico   |
| Amount of investment| Approximately 650 million dollars          |
| Production models   | Mazda2, Mazda3 , Toyota vehicle            |
| Production capacity | Approximately 230,000 units annually       |
| Number of employees | Approximately 4,500 people                 |
About Mazda Canada Inc. 
Mazda Canada Inc. is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer service 
and parts support of Mazda vehicles in Canada. Headquartered in Richmond Hill, 
Ontario, Mazda Canada has a nationwide network of 165 dealerships. For 
additional information visit Mazda Canada's media website at 
Sandra Lemaitre, National Manager, Public Relations (905) 
SOURCE: Mazda Canada Inc. 
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