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Mazda to produce sub-compact Toyota vehicle for NA market at new plant in Mexico

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) announced that Mazda’s new plant in Mexico, currently under construction, will produce a Toyota-brand vehicle for sale mainly in North America. The sub-compact Toyota-brand vehicle, to be based on the Mazda2, is to start production around the summer of 2015 at a pace of 50,000 units per year and will be sold through Toyota dealerships.

Total annual production capacity of the new Mazda plant is 140,000 units.

Mazda’s plant in Mexico is scheduled to start production within the fiscal year ending March 2014, with Toyota investing an appropriate portion of production equipment costs and development costs related to the Toyota vehicle and also an appropriate portion of costs related to the plant’s production-capacity increase.

Through the agreement, TMC aims to strengthen its North American vehicle lineup, while Mazda aims to increase production efficiency and contribute to its profitability.



Combining-sharing production facilities will reduce production cost for both Mazda and Toyota. That could be a effective way to lower future partially and fully electrified vehicles cost.


The current Mazda 2 shares its platform with the Ford Fiesta. I guess Mazda is just switching partners for the next version.

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