Hiroshima, Japan - 13 January 2014 - Mazda Motor Corporation has begun mass production of transmissions has begun at its newly established transmission plant, Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MPMT), located in the Chonburi prefecture of Thailand.
The SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission produced at the plant is one of Mazda's new-generation SKYATIV technologies that provide both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance at the same time. Annual production capacity at MPMT is around 400,000 units and in combination with Hofu Plant in Japan, the new plant will raise Mazda's annual production capacity to approximately 1,540,000 units globally. Transmissions produced at MPMT will be supplied to global production facilities including Auto Alliance (Thailand) to be used in the all-new Mazda2 (Mazda Demio in Japan), all-new Mazda3 (Mazda Axela) and Mazda CX-5.
The establishment of a global production footprint is one of the key measures of Mazda's Structural Reform Plan announced in February 2012. The company has been making steady progress in this regard and start of transmission production at MPMT marks another important milestone. In addition, Mazda is introducing vehicles equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY according to schedule and expects SKYACTIV models to account for over 85% of sales by fiscal year ending March 2016.