Mazda will build U.S.-bound SKYACTIV engines in Mexico starting in 2014.
According to a press release from Mazda, Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico (MMMdM) announced Wednesday, Aug. 7 it would construct an engine machining factory at its new vehicle production facility in Mexico. The machining factory will produce SKYACTIV engines for cars built at the MMMdM plant, including the Mazda3 and Mazda2, the release said.
MMMdM’s President and CEO Keishi Egawa said, “MMMdM will play a key role, supplying vehicles to North, Central and South America. We are very happy to be able to strengthen its foundation as a vehicle supply base and enhance our engine production framework in Mexico. Moving forward, we remain committed to contributing to the development of both the local community and the entire Mexican automotive industry.”
It was just two years ago that Mazda announced its intentions to build cars in Mexico, then rapidly formed the MMMdM joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation. The groundbreaking for the facility was held in October, 2010. In January, it was announced the factory’s total production capacity would be bumped up to 230,000 cars annually.
The latest update on the factory’s state of preparation — along with Mazda’s justification for moving SKYACTIV engine production for the West to Mexico instead of relying almost exclusively on its home plant in Hiroshima, Japan — came from the release linked above:
At MMMdM, construction of the buildings which will house the vehicle and engine assembly lines is complete and preparations are being made for the start of operations in the fourth quarter of fiscal year ending March 2014. The establishment of the new engine machining factory will further strengthen Mazda’s production system for SKYACTIV technologies. Also, by localizing production and increasing the number parts procured locally, Mazda will enhance its ability to withstand exchange rate fluctuations.