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Mazda boosts capacity at new Mexican plant

Japanese automaker will produce up to 230,000 vehicles annually by 2016 at Salamanca City facility.


RICHMOND HILL, Ont.—Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C. V (MMMdM), a joint venture production company owned by Mazda Motor Corp. and Sumitomo Corp., says it will boost production capacity at a Mexican plant currently under construction to 230,000 units by March 2016.

MMMdM expects the new plant in Salamanca City, Mexico to commence by March 2014 with an initial production capactiy of 140,000 units annually. An increase to 230,000 units by 2016 will accomodate additional annual production of 50,000 Toyota-branded subcompact vehicles, which are based on the Mazda2 platform.

The plant, which is being build thanks to a $650 million investment will employ up to 4,500 people and will produce the Mazda2, Mazda3 and Toyota-branded vehicles for the Central and South American markets.

Mazda says Mexico is an advantageous vehicle export location because of its free trade agreements, including NAFTA. The company says it will boost quality control practices at the Mexican facility by training key production personnel at the Japanese automaker’s headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan.