Thailand is the automaker's third facility to produce the new Mazda3
The production of the all-new Mazda3 rolls off the assembly line at the AutoAlliance Thailand plant, located 140km southeast of Bangkok in Rayong Province. The said plant is the third facility to produce the new Mazda3 after Hofu, Japan and Salamanca, Mexico.
“AutoAlliance Thailand is one of Mazda’s most important production facilities in terms of future growth. Thailand is the centre of our business in the ASEAN region and the start of production of the SKYACTIV-equipped Mazda3 indicates that our business has begun a new stage in this country,” said Mazda Motor Corporation President and CEO Masamichi Kogai.
“We want Mazda cars to enrich people’s lives. We want our customers to feel connected to Mazda by a special bond, and to become an irreplaceable presence in their life. Together with our business partners, dealers and suppliers, we will continue to grow our business while at the same time contributing to the development of Thailand’s automobile industry,” added Kogai.
Between 2011 and January 2014, Mazda produced 12,661 previous Mazda3 generations at the Rayong plant, where the automaker also manufactures the Mazda2 and BT-50 pickup for the Asia-Pacific region.
Philippine-bound Mazda3 units to come from Japan
In a conversation with Steven Tan, Mazda Philippines (Berjaya Auto Philippines) President, it seems that the locally-bound units will come from Japan.
"Philippine cars [will] come from Japan" says Tan. "AutoAlliance Thailand is building for Thai domestic market due to high import tariff."
"We get our production pretty fast because of Japan sourcing."