Mazda to end Mazda6 production in the US
The carmaker has said that model is currently built at three plants: the Hofu Plant, the AutoAlliance International (AAI) facility in Michigan, which is shared with Ford, and at FAW Car Co in Changchun, Jilin province, China. However, production will be consolidated in Japan for the next generation of Mazda's CD model.
The move is being made for production efficiencies, with the firm saying that the decision makes the most sense for the business. Takashi Yamanouchi, chairman, president and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation, said: 'The decision was made after carefully assessing all risks and opportunities, including global needs, changing demand in North America, and exchange rate exposure.'
However Mr Yamanouchi stressed that Mazda will strive to maintain and grow its business in America.
He added that Mazda is committed to working with Ford to identify potential future opportunities for the AAI plant: 'Mazda and Ford have enjoyed a close relationship for over 30 years. We have collaborated on projects where there are mutual benefits, and both companies remain committed to continuing this strategic partnership.'