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Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have announced a production plan that will see Mazda produce Toyota vehicles at its Salamanca city plant in Mexico from 2015.

The Mazda plant, currently under construction, will build the Mazda2-based sub-compact Toyota destined for sale mainly in North America, at a rate of 50,000 units a year once production begins.

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The agreement sees an investment by Toyota into production equipment and model development costs, as well as costs related to the plant’s production-capacity increase following its scheduled Mazda-vehicle production start by March 2014.

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Mazda says the new plant will produce 140,000 units annually and employ approximately 3000 workers.

The agreement shows an increasing bond between the two top-selling car makers after a partnership was formed in 2010 that saw Toyota supply Mazda with its hybrid technology under licence.




  • Oosh

    Mazda may be “top-selling” here in Aus. but globally they’re a minor. Hence the tie-up with Toyota who are constrained by their current production capacity.

    • eveready

      Ye – probably a good move my Mazda.  They are too small to go it alone for most of
      these developments.  They just don’t have
      the resources of Honda, Nissan, Toyota, so tying up with the big players will
      ensure their plants have enough scale to be profitable.

       

      All of their current non-japanese based plants are partnerships
      with other manufacturers anyway, Ford in Thailand/Sth Africa/States/China and
      Toyota now in Mexico.  Also given Mazda’s
      recent fragile financial position it makes complete sense.

      • yoshisan kobe japan

        Mazda says the new plant will produce 140,000 units annually and employ approximately 3000 workers.

        The agreement shows an increasing bond between the two top-selling car makers after a partnership was formed in 2010 that saw Toyota supply Mazda with its hybrid technology under licence.

        The Mazda plant, currently under construction, will build the Mazda2-based sub-compact Toyota destined for sale mainly in North America, at a rate of 50,000 units a year once production begins

        they / we are family
        every one should take up a degree/masters in marketing ,engineering , production, economics, orientation, global scales and every thing would be just perfect, and Japanese Philosophy its not who is bigger ??

        • dustonearth

          I believe there is a degree called “International Business” which I think it would cover the area you mentioned above ;) 

          I do agree on your Japanese Philosophy – no one is the biggest player in the market. Indeed if you briefly study other Japanese brands/manufacturers in other fields, there is one company quite dominate the market but at the same time there is space for other minor companies to survive. Then eventually they all go global. Their language is more like ‘hey! let’s invade the world together (with foreign workers help) as a nation’… Quite impressive indeed. 

          Unlike other countries only stress on individualism.  

  • jr

    Probably be the sedan version of the new 2 as Toyota have no small sedan in the US market under Corolla.

    • amlohac

      Mazda canned their current 2 sedan in Oz as they apparently didnt sell very many. The one I have seen had a HUGE boot, bigger than the 3, I would have though a small car with a massive boot would sell quite well?

      • M.

        The 2 sedan was BUT ugly

        • Luke Brinsmead

          Don’t you mean butt ugly?

      • Andrew M

        the boot opening was tiny though

  • Zaccy16

    It will be the only fun to drive exciting toyota!

    • JooberJCW

      Lol you must soil yourself if you jump in and took a spin in a turbo car to think a Mazda 2 is an exciting car!

      • Andrew M

        Yeah, but I think his point was in comparing models within the segment.
        As far as it goes the Mazda 2 is a far more exciting vehicle than the Yaris.

        Of course something like a WRX would be more excitable again

        • JooberJCW

          It would make sense if it was about the broad range, but the article states a mazda2 based subcompact, IMO Yaris, Mazda2, Micra, i20 are too homogenous in trait and purely built for convenient commuting to make any of them exciting, You can differentiate by style, but that is subjective.

          • Sydlocal

             It sounds like you haven’t driven any of those cars in anger to make that statement. The Mazda2 is a much more “exciting” car to punt through round-a-bouts etc than a Yaris, Micra or i20. The steering is sharper and the handling is much better. The trade off is that it is not as refined.

          • Luke Brinsmead

            Yeah, the ride is a bit hard compared to the Fiesta.

          • Zaccy16

            polo has a better ride again luke

    • Andrew M

      What about the Subaru engineered Toyota?

      • Zaccy16

        good point, forgot about that!

  • Monk

    May I suggest that Mazda design cars for Toyota also??

  • svd

    “Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have announced a production plan that will see Mazda produce Toyota vehicles at its Salamanca city plant in Mexico from 2015.”Which correct Mazda building a Toyota or Mazda building its own Mazda 2 to be sold as a Toyota?Other reports from other sources suggest the latter. If it is the latter this type of thing has been done several times before by Toyota where they have sold another manufacturers vehicle through their own network. This is or appears to be new for Mazda however and would help them a lot with their troubled finances at the moment.

  • Rentakeyboard

    Abuela will finally get a little style in her “Toyota”