Mazda Motor Corporation announced the completion of a Mazda-exclusive vehicle assembly facility in Malaysia.

As the facility officially opened, the mass production of the Mazda CX-5 for Malaysia and Thailand started.

Since March 2013, the Mazda CX-5 has been produced at a Mazda-exclusive body shop. It is constructed as one of the measures to reinforce the local production framework.

The body-shop and the vehicle assembly facility that began its operation are the result of Mazda Malaysia’s investment amounting to about 3 billion yen (around  PHP 1.3 billion).  

The total annual production capacity of both facilities is approximately 20,000 units and production of the all-new Mazda3 for Malaysia is scheduled to begin within 2014.

Mazda says the facility will give their brand more flexibility with the production plan and allows the company to implement enhanced quality control measures.

Present during the opening ceremony was Masatoshi Maruyama, Mazda's Executive Officer and General Manager of Hiroshima Plant.

"Mazda regards Malaysia as a key production base in the ASEAN region and we are very pleased to further strengthen our local production framework here with the completion of this Mazda-exclusive vehicle assembly facility,” Maruyama said.