Production of the Mazda2 has commenced at company’s Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO) in Mexico.
Additionally, MMVO's engine machining plant, under construction since last year, has been completed and the plant began operating on Oct. 21.
Mazda says products featuring SKYACTIV Technology have enjoyed strong sales globally and, in response to growing demand, the company would 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 and the company expects SKYACTIV models 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 in February 2012.
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 all-new Mazda2 following Hofu Plant in Japan, where production started in July, and Auto Alliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd., where production began in September.