Mazda Motor Corporation is enhancing production capacity for SKYACTIV-G gasoline engines and SKYACTIV-D diesel engines at its Hiroshima Plant. (Earlier post.) Capacity, currently 800,000 units annually, will be increased to one million units by the end of 2014. The move is made in response to increasing sales of SKYACTIV vehicles around the globe.
In line with the initiative, a versatile new engine machining line will be installed in the existing engine plant. In addition, an assembly line which until now has been used exclusively to produce inline four-cylinder engines (MZR1.8L-2.5L) will be revamped to allow mixed production with SKYACTIV engines.
Mazda is strengthening its production system in line with its aim to increase global sales to 1.7 million units by fiscal year ending March 2016. Eighty percent of those vehicles are expected to feature SKYACTIV technology. SKYACTIV engines are currently manufactured at the Hiroshima Plant and at Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., Ltd., where production began in June of 2013. In addition, the engines will be produced in Mexico at Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C.V. starting in the fourth quarter of fiscal year ending March 2014.
Mazda first revealed the SKY Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009, then launched SKYACTIV technologies in October 2010.