Mazda Motor Corporation has announced plans to construct new engine manufacturing plant in the Chonburi Province of Thailand. It will assemble the Skyactive-D 1.5 diesel engine of the all-new Mazda2 for the Thai market and operations are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015.

"We are very excited to announce this development. Thailand is Mazda's main production base in the ASEAN region and establishing a comprehensive framework for the production of Skyactiv models-covering engines, transmissions and vehicle bodies-will enable us to make an even greater contribution to the development of the Thai automotive industry," said Yuji Nakamine, Mazda's Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer.

With this, the engine plant in Thailand will become Mazda's fourth production facility producing Skyactiv engines along with the Hiroshima Plant in Japan, the Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., Ltd. (CFME) in China and the Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation in Mexico.

Moreover, Mazda says the new engine plant will have an engine assembly facility with a production capacity of 30,000 units per year. The Japanese automaker added that in order to meet the requirements of the second phase of the Thai government's 'Eco-Car' program, Mazda plans to increase production capacity and construct an engine machining facility.