After the turmoil of last year, 2013 is getting off to a much better start for Mazda. The company has issued a release indicating that the forthcoming plant in Salamanca, Mexico has had its production capacity raised even though it isn't scheduled to go online until March 2014. The original plans called for a 140,000-unit capacity, 90,000 of that allotted for the Mazda2 and Mazda3, the remaining 50,000 for a small car Mazda would build for Toyota that would be based on the Mazda2. The new plans call for raising that by 90,000 units to a total of 230,000 units within two years, by the end of March 2016, and it looks like it will all go toward Mazda production to satisfy growing demand for Skyactiv vehciles. The Mexican plant's opening will be the return of Mazda manufacturing to North America, after Mazda6 production was moved back to Japan last year.

More good news for the company is that it projects 10 billion yen ($114 million) in net income for the financial year that will end in March. That would be a welcome turnaround from the 100-billion-yen loss in the previous financial year, part of a series of three annual losses in a four-year span.

You'll find the press release with the factory update below.
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Mazda to Increase Production Capacity in Mexico
Annual capacity of 230,000 units from financial year ending March 2016


Jan 3, 2013 -- 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 (date purposely deleted) 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


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      prighello
      • 1 Year Ago
      This plant should have been in the USA. My MS3 will be my last Mazda.
        luigi.tony
        • 1 Year Ago
        @prighello
        Profits so to the share holders. BTW, I thought Renault owned Nissan, so wouldn't profits go to France.
      Billy Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who is buying this junk?
      Mason
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's generally the same type of people that complain about car companies building in Mexico and illegal immigration, but I don't think they understand that the stronger Mexico's economy is, the lower their immigration to the United States will be.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mason
        Yup...not to mention, all the drugs that the Mexicans grow/make is mostly to feed the insatiable appetite of its northern neighbor, the good ol' pot and coke loving USA. Let's not forget meth too. The supply is there because there is a huge demand. Regarding marijuana, you can thank all the American potheads, but also the law makers who insist on keeping it illegal for all the pot and related crime from Mexico. The people in Washington state and Colorado have figured out the battle against it is not worth it. I support the legalization of marijuana in the US and therefore the growing of the plant in the US. It would be a great cash crop to revive the economy in poor agricultural towns such as Stockton, CA. Oh, it's also a lot safer than alcohol and it's not addictive. Believe it or not, I have never smoked it in my life, yet I support it. I simply detest the fact that criminals have monopolized it. Let's legalize, regulate, and of course, tax it. Get the cash flowing back in America for Americans. Hemp is also quite an amazing fiber: stronger, easier to grow, and requires less care and chemicals than cotton. Time to get our heads out of our asses and progress.
      Lunch
      • 1 Year Ago
      No, thanks. I will not buy a car made in mexico or china.
      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      just when i was starting to trust mazda...i will not buy mexican made not again.
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        Lunch
        • 1 Year Ago
        Liar, it's not the gun that is warm. it's the blood running out of your body from druglord's gunshot wound.
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      jupiterzone
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope Mazda doesn't discontinue the Mazda2 from being sold in the U.S...if they just made a few improvements with it, and give it the promotion it urgently needs then I'm sure this machine WOULD sell well here in the States...at least better than it has been.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jupiterzone
        I expect the new Toyota/Mazda2 to be a similar arrangement as the next Miata/Alfa Romeo. I would suspect it to be the next gen 2, not the current one sold in the US.
        Phontsolo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jupiterzone
        It's selling pretty decently. The Mazda 2 comes with premium options in the rest of the world and we get the basest of base models. Apparently no one in Amuricuh wants to buy a small hatch with premium options.
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      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      The same people who spout "American pride" are the same who send manufacturing overseas.
      Zoidberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 2 M's will rise from this.
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