July 20, 2007
Mazda and Ford celebrate one-millionth vehicle in Thailand
Rayong, Thailand – AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT), a joint venture of Mazda and Ford, celebrated the production of its one-millionth vehicle since it started production in 1998. A Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger symbolically shared the “one-millionth unit” designation. In honour of the 80th birthday of King Bhumipol Adulyadej, the vehicles will be donated to the royalty-sponsored Chaipattana Foundation to provide transportation for various programs and activities.
“This milestone is really the achievement of all partners working together to create a world-class enterprise, including Mazda, Ford, the Thai government, and of course our Thai management and staff, who are responsible for our day-to-day operations,” says Masamichi Kogai, President of AAT. “We’re proud that AAT has played such a key role in driving the one-ton pickup’s success as ‘production champion’ of Thailand’s automotive industry.”
AAT will produce 175,000 total units, including knock-down units, in 2007. It purchases approximately US$1.72 billion worth of components annually from 177 different suppliers, 166 of whom are Thai automotive component companies.