April 20, 2007
All-new Mazda2 to be built in Nanjing for Chinese market
Mazda2. Click image to enlarge
Hiroshima, Japan – Mazda Motor (China) Co. Ltd. has announced that the all-new Mazda2 will be built at the Changan Ford Mazda plant in Nanjing, China for the domestic market. The announcement was made at a pre-show event in advance of the Shanghai International Motor Show. The Nanjing plant is a joint venture with Mazda’s partners in China, the Ford Motor Company and the Changan Automobile Group.
The Mazda2 model that will be built at the plant has been specifically developed to suit the tastes of the Chinese market. The facility will have an annual capacity of 160,000 units and will be based on Mazda’s production system; equipment for stamping, body assembly, painting and final assembly has already been installed, and verification trials have begun with production to commence by the end of 2007. Mazda says the plant will feature “cutting-edge eco-friendliness, efficiency, and an employee-friendly working environment.”
Mazda says it has a goal of production and sales of 300,000 units in China by 2010.