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Mazda has announced it will build a new transmission plant in Thailand, with operations set to begin between April and September 2015.

At a cost of $273 million (26 billion yen) and with an annual production capacity of approximately 400,000 automatic transmission units, Mazda says the plant’s construction is in response to the increasing demand for models featuring the company’s Skyactiv technology such as the Mazda CX-5 and all-new Mazda6.

Mazda’s president and CEO, Takashi Yamanouchi, said while the company’s Japanese Hofu plant will remain the chief production facility for transmissions, the Thai plant is part of Mazda’s global expansion required in order to achieve its annual global sales volume goal of 1.7 million units by March 2016.

Mazda Skyactiv Transmission

The new Chonburi province-based plant, to be run as Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand), will be located about five kilometres north of Mazda and Ford’s AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) facility and will supply automatic transmissions for Skyactiv models produced at AAT, as well as other Mazda vehicle production facilities around the world.

Back in 2011, the Thailand flood disaster impacted manufacturing at the AutoAlliance plant, with production of the Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger utes both affected.

  • Zaccy16

    if it helps expansion of mazdas fantastic new models with the new tranny than its a good move!

  • Bimmerc

    The pic shown here is DCT, not an Auto from Mazda CX-5 or Mazda 6. They might switch to DCT in near future, but who knows.

    • Iggy

      Skyactive AT are DCT that employ torque converter.

      • Amlohac

        No, they are not a DCT in any way what so ever. Its a traditional auto with a tourqe converter which engages much earlier when compared to other auto transmissions.

        • Iggy

          My bad, I stand corrected it is a conventional auto. The pic is skyactive manual box

    • Sydlocal

       Yep, as Amlohac said the picture is of Mazda’s conventional manual tranmission and not a DCT. They aren’t planning on releasing a DCT in the near future as they believe their conventional auto with a torque converter that is locked 95% of the time is the best compromise at this time.

  • $29896495

    Did you see the Mazdas failed at Daytona?

    • Ash

      Yes, but give them a break..
      Speedsource (Mazda USA racing partner for about 20 years) had only 6 weeks to prepare 3 ALL new Mazda 6 Racing Cars with all new never before used Skyactiv 2.2 Diesel Engines.
      Yes, they had some teething problems, but so too does every other all new race team with an all new product.

    • Sydlocal

       Sorry, I thought this article was about them building transmissions in Thailand. Did I miss something?

      (any chance to stick the boot in hey huwtm?!)  😉

      • $29896495

        How is that putting the boot in? Bit sensitive maybe? It’s topical, on the subject of Mazda. 

        • Sydlocal

           Um, saying they failed racing in the US on an article about building transmissions in Thailand ie sticking the boot in/putting them down etc. Something that is a common thing with you on any Mazda article, ie always trying to put them down. I get it, you don’t like them! (not that there is anything wrong with that as we are all entitled to our opinion, until Nicola Roxon’s proposed law comes in that is!)

          Also I did have a wink at the end as a bit of TIC/friendly banter, I thought you saw it. Sorry about that, should have put the TIC as well. :-)

      • Golfmother

        And i hope they post drive away prices on these new gearboxes, most important else cretins will get confused .

  • Turbov8

    The 4spd auto gearboxes in the Mazda 6/626 and Mazda 3/323 up to about 2005 were Ford gearboxes. The gap between 2nd and 3rd gear is huge and it upshifts to 3rd too early and so there’s no power, it’s frustrating bordering on dangerous. Got to manually downshift to 2nd, really bad on hilly areas.

    The 5spd auto in the Mazda6, Mazda3 (non Skyactiv) after about 2005 and CX-7 (non-turbo) are the same Aisin unit. This is a good and tough gearbox especially when used in the Mazda3 2.0 as there are less engine torque to stress it.

    I am not sure if there current gearboxes on the Skyactiv cars produced by Mazda would be as tough and reliable as the Aisin units.The auto in the Tribute is a Ford unit as well.The auto and 3.7L V6 engine in the CX-9 are both Ford products.

    • matt

      from wikipedia
      The 2008 CX-9 uses an Aisin F21++ six-speed automatic transmission, sorry champ…

      • Turbov8

        This is what G-auto said “Mazda’s vaunted SkyActiv drivetrain and chassis technology will have to wait for the next-generation CX-9, as the facelift continues with the familiar Ford-derived 204kW/367Nm 3.7-litre V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.”. 

        But the engine is a confirmed Ford unit. Ford usually use their own auto gearboxes with their engines. If it’s true that they are putting an Aisin auto with a Ford engine, then it’s not common.

        • $29896495

          I’ve been saying that for ages and getting hammered. great to see your comment.

        • Hogan

          Yep, the engine is Ford-derived, but the transmission is not.

        • Sydlocal

           Yep, the V6 in the CX9 is definitely a Ford engine, I think the heads may be a little different but that is about it. Much the same as the 4cyl Ford Duratec are Mazda MZR engines with different heads.

          However Mazda do have a long history of using Aisin transmissions. Even previous V6 Mazda6s that were made in the US with the Ford 3L V6 had an Aisin transmission.

  • Noddy_of_Toyland

    I’m sure the ‘shift’ to Thailand will help production step up a gear.

    • Sydlocal

      …..boom tish….

  • Clem

    Thailand = Beware of Flood.
    Australia = Union Said Pay Rise Please.
    Singapore = No Space for development.
    Malaysia = We are only focus on Proton so no thanks (Racist Government).
    Indonesia = Flood? May be the right choice?
    China = We are Anti-Japanese product. LOL

    • Clem

      One more thing, Malaysia = Dirty Politics & Corruption. So don’t bother.

  • Tony Abbotts No 1 fan

    I hope it’s more reliable than the “new” diesel in the CX5, surely testing would have shown up the DPF issue

    • Sydlocal

       Well technically it isn’t a problem with the engine itself and hasn’t really had any reliability issues as yet (engines expiring etc however it is more a long term thing), but I do know and agree with what you are getting at!

      The exhaust pressure sensor however has caused a few issues over a certain production period. It has caused more engines to stop running than the DPF caused oil dilution!