Salamanca, Mexico – Mazda has marked the beginning of construction of a new vehicle assembly plant in Mexico, a joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation. The facility, Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C.V., is located in the city of Salamanca.

“Since Mazda established its sales network in Mexico six years ago, we have experienced a remarkable acceptance from the people of Mexico,” said Takashi Yamanouchi, president of Mazda. “Last year, Mazda sold over 25,000 vehicles and captured over three per cent market share. We are excited to be constructing this new facility here in Mexico with our partner Sumitomo Corporation. It will be vital to bolstering our expansion in Central and South America.”

The new plant will produce the Mazda2 and Mazda3 and will include both vehicle and engine assembly plants. It will commence operations in the fiscal year ending March 2014 and have an annual production capacity of 140,000 units.

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