Mazda Moving Production of Next Mazda6 to Japan

By Sam Grossman | June 07, 2011
Mazda, in a move it is billing as a way of “increasing global manufacturing efficiencies,” has decided to move production of the next-generation Mazda6 to Japan. When the next 6 comes online, it will be produced at the automaker’s Hofu plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture. “Our intention is to transfer production of our next CD-car for North America from AutoAlliance International, and consolidate it at Hofu in order to improve production and investment efficiencies and optimize our business,” said Takashi Yamanouchi, representative director and chairman of the board, President and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation. The Mazda6 (called Atenza in Japan) is currently being produced in three locations: the Hofu Plant, AutoAlliance facility in Flat Rock, Michigan, and FAW Car Co., Ltd. in Changchun, Jilin Province, China. Sales of North American version of the 6 have been flagging of late, and speculation had been rampant that the sedan would possibly be eliminated entirely. Mazda has been adamant that the 6 will continue, and today’s announcement is further clarification that the automaker is committed to producing a next-gen model.
According to Yamanouchi, “The decision was made after carefully assessing all risks and opportunities, including global needs, changing demand in North America, and exchange rate exposure.” Although Mazda has decided to move plants, officials say the automaker is still committed to working with Ford, its joint venture partner in AAI since 1992. The Mazda6 will continue to be built at the AAI plant until the end of the current car’s life cycle, and Mazda is already involved in various studies with Ford about the future of AAI.
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After the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan and the radiation leak the debilitated the country, the auto companies there sure had difficulty manufacturing vehicles. But the Japanese are THAT resilient and THAT productive. They are still bouncing back, and they bounce back harder. Reading this post make me feel amazed at the technology and the determination of the Japanese people to produce something.