• Dec 1, 2010
According to The Wall Street Journal, Mazda is seriously considering a new plant in an emerging market, with Mexico being mentioned as the most likely target in order to have a base to enter additional markets in South and Central America. Of course, a plant in Mexico might also be used to supply vehicles to the United States by virtue of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

If Mazda does indeed build a new plant in Mexico, it's likely to partner with SumitomoCorp, which holds three percent of the Japanese automaker's shares. Ford, from whom SumitomoCorp acquired those shares, is also thought to be a possible, though seemingly less likely, partner on the project.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate fair trade. U.S. Canada is good because both countries pay similar wages. But adding any country with dissimilar wages into the mix is a recipe for disaster.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean free trade, right?
        Fair trade directly counters what you are talking about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      From now on, Mazdas will come standard with cocaine bags under the seat and body parts in the trunk.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And then, the Mexican manufactured Mazda cars will be the best seeling car in the US!
        CheckTheseOut
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, and they'll be delivered to the USA via a sub-border tunnel linking the lovely, cheery and awesome Mexican city of Juarez to El Paso, TX.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...a plant in Mexico might also be used to supply vehicles to the United States by virtue of the North American Free Trade Agreement."

      Might? Really? No I mean, really... OF COURSE they're going to supply vehicles to the U.S. Veiled attempts to try to enter "emerging markets" through Mexico are veiled...

      Spelled: "I want some of that cheap labor too!!11"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Part of it is that cars built in Mexico have fewer tariffs levied on them than cars built in the US, when they are sold in several South American countries (most notably, Brazil).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Y'all may not like it, but it makes sense for the company. Seems like a smart move for Mazda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope not! I take comfort in the fact that my car was actually built in Japan, and any future Mazdas I might buy would be, too. Look what happened to VW when they started building and shipping to the US from Mexico.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mazda is building in mexico for the same reason Toyota moved its tacoma production from Fremont to Tijuana (and also the San Antonio plant). Market access. Mexico basically makes it next-to-impossible for companies to sell in Mexico unless it has a mfg presence there. Don't bash on it. The US has the chicken tax.

        Cars mfged mexico (as prior mentioned) are very reliable. It's all about sourcing and training. But, just for the xenophobes out there; I've heard that ford and VW's internal metrics rank their mexican facilities at or near the top in off-the-line quality. (VW's top ranking facilities include ones in China!) On noes!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pat
        You know studies are pretty much b s right?
        As much as I love my country (even tho right I'm ashamed of our situation), and as a mexican, I will NEVER buy a car made in Mexico.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @The Other Bob

        All mazdas for north american market are build in japan except our bastardised version of mazda6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What Mazdas are built in Japan and sold here?

        I am betting: the 3 and the RX8 are about it. I think their SUV's and Trucks are all built along side fords as is the 6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You realize that the VWs didn't have any BUILD QUALITY issues, right?

        They were issues with parts sourced from places other than Mexico. The problematic pieces were the German electrical systems and other components that had nothing to do with where the vehicle was assembled.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 3, RX-8, Miata and 5 are all built in Hiroshima, Japan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep I agree, hopefully this will not be the case...
        I like Mazda's built in Japan...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also building plants in Mexico means more jobs in Mexico and that might help lower the number of Mexicans coming to America seeking work.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The way things are going we might see Americans moving to Mexico looking for jobs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The taxes in Mexico and South American countries for exporting cars is a lot cheaper. It's a good route to go if you want to buy something rebuild-able, parts or an old Toyota ;).

      http://quierouncarro.com/
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least, i hope that we'll see some Mazdas here in Brazil, as we have a free tax agreement with Mexico and everything else! That's not bad at all!
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford Fusion is also built in Mexico, and according to JDPowers, CR, and other sources, it has better reliability and dependability numbers than Camrys and/or Accords. I wouldn't be surprised if Mazda's next 6 is built in Mexico for that reason alongside the Fusion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually the 3, 5, CX-7, CX-9, Miata, and RX-8 are built in Japan... please keep it this way Mazda!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Jeff Johnson: Well, I’ve lived most of my life in Austin Texas (awesome city) and now work in Mexico City. I never see any violence, the amount of crime has gone down the last few years, the government has implemented a shocking amount of innovative transportation solutions so the air quality has gone way up, the Mexican federal government is real close to running a balanced budget…so I don’t see the horribleness…

      The problems you talk about are in your backyard (Northern Mexico) because the PROBLEM is in the United States…

      Specifically the voracious demand for narcotics in the US. If you want to make things better instead of grumbling about Mexico may I suggest you volunteer for your local DARE program or light a fire under your congressman/senators to write drug laws that reflect the reality of what many of your fellow citizens indicate they want every day with their wallets??
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