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Mazda3 Production Begins at Automaker’s New Plant in Mexico

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/7/2014 Erick Ayapana

Mazda’s new assembly plant in Mexico is now operational, and the first car to roll off the production line was a 2014 Mazda3 sedan. The plant, named Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO), is located in in the city of Salamanca and is slated to produce vehicles for a number of European and North American countries including the U.S.

2014 Mazda3 2 0 i Grand Touring© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Mazda3 2 0 i Grand Touring Mazda, along with the Sumitomo Corporation, broke ground on the new plant back in 2011. For now, the plant will have an annual production capacity of about 140,000, though Mazda hopes to increase that number to 230,000 in a few years. Other future plans for the plant includes production of the Mazda2 subcompact.

The new plant will help Mazda keep with demand in growing markets like Mexico, where it has sold a total of 180,000 vehicles since it first entered the country in 2005. More important, the new facility should help the automaker improve its financial situation in North America. As previously reported, Mazda posted a $519 million loss in North American operations for the fiscal year ending in March 2013, though it did post a global profit of $364.3 million. Still, Mazda remains optimistic about growth in North America including the U.S., where it sold 283,947 units in 2013, a 2.5-percent increase compared to the previous year.

Source: Mazda

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