Mazda will increase its production capacity for the SKYACTIV engines at the Hiroshima Plant as an answer to the increasing SKYACTIV vehicle sales. The company aims to increase the annual capacity to 1 million units of the SKYACTIV-G AND SKYACTIVE-D from its current 800,000-engine capacity.
To accommodate the bigger volume, Mazda will install a new engine machining line at its existing engine plant. Moreover, the assembly line devoted to the production of the inline four engines (MZR1 1.8L-2.5L) will be revamped to allow mixed production with SKYACTIV engines.
“Mazda wants people around the world to experience for themselves the combination of driving pleasure, fuel efficiency and safety performance that SKYACTIV offers, and we'll continue to do everything we can to deliver SKYACTIV vehicles to as many customers as possible, as quickly as possible," said Kiyotaka Shobuda, Mazda's Managing Executive Officer
The company is strengthening its production system to increase global sales to 1.7 million units by fiscal year ending March 2016, 80% of which will be using the SKYACTIV technology. By 2014, SKYACTIV engines are expected to be produced at the Hiroshima Plant, Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., Ltd., and Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C.V.