Hiroshima, Japan – Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the completion of a new passenger car plant at AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT), a joint venture manufacturing facility with Ford Motor Company.

The new plant increases AAT’s total annual production to 275,000 units. It will produce the Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta compact cars for sale in Thailand and for export throughout the Asia-Pacific region. AAT already exports Mazda and Ford pickup trucks to more than 130 markets worldwide.

“The new passenger car plant at AutoAlliance Thailand will play an important role as a production base in Mazda’s global strategy,” said Masaharu Yamaki, executive vice-president of Mazda Motor Corporation. “The new plant employs the industry’s latest flexible manufacturing technologies, ensuring world-class quality, safety and environmental friendliness.”

The new, highly flexible passenger car plant uses the latest automotive manufacturing technologies and systems, including a new stamping line and body shop, trim and final process areas. The completed paint shop can now accommodate both pickup trucks and passenger cars, and uses an environmentally-friendly three layer wet paint system, which dramatically reduces volatile organic compound and CO2 emissions while improving vehicle painting quality.

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