Mazda Expands SkyActiv Engine Production
Mazda announced earlier today that it will be enhancing production capacity for its SkyActiv-G and SkyActiv-D engines from 800,000 units to one million units by the end of 2014 to meet rising demand for the fuel-efficient engines. In addition to the installation of a new engine machine line at the existing engine plant, Mazda will be revamping a production line that has been used solely to produce inline four-cyinder engines to include the production of SkyActiv engines. Mazda is strengthening its engine lineup to help increase global sales to 1.7 million units by the end of March 2016. "SkyActiv technology has gained an excellent reputation since the first SkyActiv-G engine was loaded into a Mazda Demio for the Japanese market back in June 2011. Sales of SkyActiv vehicles are increasing in markets around the globe and the decision to increase production capacity was made to further strengthen our supply system," said Kiyotaka Shobuda, Mazda's Managing Executive Officer in charge of Global Production and Global Business Logistics and General Manager of Production Engineering Division in a recent interview. In order to reach the goal of 1.7 million units, about eighty percent of all Mazda vehicles sold are expected to have the SkyActiv technology. These engines are manufactured at the Hiroshima Plant and Changan Ford Mazda Co., Ltd. The SkyActiv engines will now also be manufactured at the Mazda Motor Manufacturing Plant in Mexico starting in March 2014. Source: Mazda
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