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Η Mazda ανακοίνωσε πως θα αυξήσει τη παραγωγή των SKYACTIV κινητήρων της από τις 800.000 σε 1.000.000 (+25%) λόγω της μεγάλης ζήτησης που παρουσιάζουν. Οι κινητήρες κατασκευάζονται στο εργοστάσιο της Ιαπωνικής εταιρίας στη Χιροσίμα και το οποίο για τον λόγο αυτό θα αναβαθμιστεί έως τα τέλη του 2014.


Η επέκταση αυτή θα βοηθήσει την Mazda να πιάσει τον στόχο που έχει θέσει έως το 2016, ώστε να πουλά 1,7 εκατ. αυτοκίνητα, το 80% εκ των οποίων θα εξοπλίζονται με SKYACTIV τεχνολογίες. SKYACTIV κινητήρες, εκτός από το εργοστάσιο της Χιροσίμα, κατασκευάζουν επίσης το εργοστάσιο Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co. στη Κίνα και στο Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C.V στο Μεξικό.

Και μέσα σε όλα αυτά, η Mazda ανακοίνωσε πως το 10.000.000στο αυτοκίνητο που κατασκευάστηκε στο εργοστάσιό της στη πόλη Hofu της Ιαπωνίας πέρασε από τη γραμμή παραγωγής. Το αυτοκίνητο ορόσημο, ένα νέο Mazda6, βγήκε στη παραγωγή 30 χρόνια και έντεκα μήνες μετά από τότε που το εργοστάσιο ξεκίνησε τη λειτουργία του και το παρόν έδωσαν όλα τα ανώτατα στελέχη της εταιρίας.

Τέλος η Mazda ανακοίνωσε πως τον Ιούλιο πούλησε 112.754 αυτοκίνητα (+12%), ενώ από την αρχή του έτους έχει πουλήσει 724.830 αυτοκίνητα.

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Mazda’s Hofu Plant Builds Ten Millionth Car

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that cumulative vehicle production at the Nishinoura district of Hofu Plant in Japan’s Yamaguchi prefecture has reached ten million units. The milestone is achieved 30 years and eleven months after vehicle production commenced at Hofu Plant No. 1.

A ceremony was held at Hofu Plant No. 2 in celebration of the achievement. Attendees, including Masamichi Kogai, Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO, and Nariaki Uchida, Executive Officer and General Manager of Hofu Plant, watched as the ten millionth vehicle, a Mazda6 (known as Atenza in Japan), came off the assembly line.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Masamichi Kogai said, “The production of ten million vehicles at Hofu Plant is a tremendous achievement, and we could not have done it without the support of our customers, our suppliers and other concerned parties, as well as that of the local community, the city of Hofu and Yamaguchi prefecture. On behalf of Mazda, allow me to express my deepest gratitude. We see this fantastic achievement not as a destination, but rather as a milestone on our road to further growth. Moving forward, we are committed to continue delivering fantastic products that delight our customers.”

Full-scale production at Hofu plant started at what is today known as Hofu Plant No. 1 in September 1982. Hofu Plant No. 2 began operating in February 1992 with a volume and model mix flexible production line for vehicle bodies and modular assembly systems in the mixed-model assembly line. The two plants combined currently have an annual production capacity of 482,100 units. Currently, Hofu Plant No. 1 produces the all-new Mazda3 (Axela in Japan) which will be launched globally starting from North America this autumn. Hofu Plant No. 2 makes the Mazda6, which is enjoying strong sales around the globe.

History of Hofu PlantDec  1981:  Operations begin at Nakanoseki district transmission plant. Sep  1982:  Full-scale vehicle production begins at Hofu Plant No. 1 (Nishinoura district). Apr  1986:  Vehicle production at Hofu Plant (Nishinoura) reaches one million units. Feb  1992:  Vehicle production begins at Hofu Plant No. 2 (Nishinoura). Jan  2002:  Vehicle production at Hofu Plant (Nishinoura district) reaches five million units. Feb  2002:  Production of first generation Mazda6/Atenza begins. Jun  2003:  Production of first generation Mazda3/Axela begins. Aug  2007:  Production of second generation Mazda6/Atenza begins. Nov  2008:  Production of second generation Mazda3/Axela begins. Dec  2010:  Transmission production at Hofu Plant (Nakanoseki district) reaches 30 million units. Aug  2012:  Production of third generation Mazda6/Atenza begins. Jun  2013:  Production of third generation Mazda3/Axela begins. Aug  2013:  Vehicle production at Hofu Plant (Nishinoura district) reaches 10 million units.

Mazda increases SKYACTIV engine output by 25 percent

  • Popularity of SKYACTIV vehicles continues to grow worldwide
  • Hiroshima engine factory to gain capacity as well as flexibility

Hiroshima, Japan, 27 August 2013. Strong demand for its new-generation SKYACTIV models has prompted Mazda Motor Corporation to boost SKYACTIV engine production capacity at its Hiroshima plant by one-quarter. When completed by the end of 2014, the expansion from 800,000 units to 1 million annually will also make the facility more flexible.

As part of the move, Mazda will install a new and highly versatile engine machining line at the plant. In addition, an existing line used to assemble MZR engines will be overhauled to also enable the production of SKYACTIV engines. Mazda offers a line-up of four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G petrol engines and SKYACTIV-D clean diesels.

Expanding production is a key part of Mazda’s goal to increase global sales by 2016 to 1.7 million vehicles, some 80 per cent of which are expected to feature SKYACTIV technology. Beyond Hiroshima, SKYACTIV engines are currently manufactured at Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co. in China, where production began in June 2013. They will also be produced in Mexico at Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C.V. starting in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2014.

History of SKYACTIV enginesOct  2009:  SKY Concept revealed at Tokyo Motor Show 2009 Oct  2010:  Launch of SKYACTIV technologies May  2011:  Production of SKYACTIV-G next-generation gasoline engine begins Jun  2011:  First SKYACTIV vehicle, Demio, launched in Japan (first to feature SKYACTIV-G) Sep  2011:  Second SKYACTIV vehicle, Mazda3 launched in Japan (as Axela) (first to feature SKYACTIV-Drive) Jan  2012:  Production of SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine begins Feb  2012:  First full-SKYACTIV model, Mazda CX-5, launched in Japan (first to feature SKYACTIV-D, SKYACTIV-Chassis, SKYACTIV-Body) Oct  2012:  Increased production capacity for SKYACTIV engines Nov  2012:  Second full-SKYACTIV model, Mazda6, launched in Japan (as Atenza) Feb  2013:  Production of Mazda CX-5 expanded to Ujina Plant No.1 Fall of 2013:  Third full-SKYACTIV model, Mazda3 (Axela) to be launched globally starting from North America

Mazda Production and Sales Results for July 2013 (Flash Report)

Mazda Motor Corporation’s production and sales results for July 2013 are summarized below.

 

I. Production

Breakdown Jul. 2013 Jan. – Jul. 2013
Units YoY Change (%) Units YoY Change (%)
DOMESTIC PRODUCTION Passenger Cars 87,398 +24.0 550,517 +13.9
Commercial Vehicles 1,718 +20.9 8,939 +9.7
Total 89,116 +24.0 559,456 +13.8
OVERSEAS PRODUCTION Passenger Cars 17,441 -16.9 122,698 -29.9
Commercial Vehicles 6,197 -20.5 42,676 +13.2
Total 23,638 -17.9 165,374 -22.3
GLOBAL PRODUCTION Passenger Cars 104,839 +14.7 673,215 +2.2
Commercial Vehicles 7,915 -14.1 51,615 +12.6
Total 112,754 +12.0 724,830 +2.9

Note: As of January 2007, overseas production figures are based on Mazda brand units coming off the production line (does not include CKD units).

 

1. Domestic Production

Mazda’s total domestic production volume in July 2013 increased 24.0% compared to July 2012 due to increased production of both passenger and commercial vehicles.

 

[Domestic production of key models in July 2013]

CX-5: 30,337 units (up 62.1% year-on-year)
Mazda3 (Axela): 24,887 units (up 6.4% year-on-year)
Mazda6 (Atenza): 13,144 units (up 301.2% year-on-year)

 

2. Overseas Production

Mazda’s overseas production volume in July 2013 decreased 17.9% year-on-year, reflecting decreased production of both passenger and commercial vehicles.

 

[Overseas production of key models in July 2013]

Mazda6: 10,904 units (up 7.9% year-on-year)
BT-50: 6,197 units (down 20.5% year-on-year)
Mazda3: 2,821 units (down 50.2% year-on-year)

 

II. Domestic Sales

Breakdown Jul. 2013 Jan. – Jul. 2013
Units YoY Change (%) Units YoY Change (%)
DOMESTIC SALES Passenger Cars 18,320 -5.8 121,941 -2.4
Commercial Vehicles 2,274 -2.6 15,645 -4.3
Registration Total 15,785 -6.5 103,818 -4.2
Micro-mini Total 4,809 -1.8 33,768 +2.4
Total 20,594 -5.5 137,586 -2.6

 

Mazda’s total domestic sales volume in July 2013 decreased 5.5% compared to July 2012, due to decreased sales of both passenger and commercial vehicles.

Mazda’s registered vehicle market share was 5.6% (up 0.5 points year-on-year), with a 2.6% share of the micro-mini segment (down 0.1 points year-on-year) and a 4.4% total market share (up 0.2 points year-on-year).

 

[Domestic sales of key models in July 2013]

Mazda2 (Demio): 4,345 units (down 33.0% year-on-year)
CX-5: 3,409 units (down 11.1% year-on-year)
Mazda6 (Atenza): 2,162 units (up 1194.6% year-on-year)

 

III. Exports

Breakdown Jul. 2013 Jan. – Jul. 2013
Units YoY Change (%) Units YoY Change (%)
EXPORTS Passenger Cars 61,353 +14.5 443,100 +16.6
North America 21,231 -6.5 201,336 +9.9
Europe 12,031 -21.4 96,504 +8.5
Oceania 13,344 +66.4 64,555 +15.1
Others 14,747 +94.5 80,705 +55.8
Total 61,353 +14.5 443,100 +16.6

 

Mazda’s export volume in July 2013 increased 14.5% year-on-year, reflecting increased shipments to Oceania and other regions (Central & South America, the Middle East and Africa).

 

[Exports of key models in July 2013]

CX-5: 22,840 units (up 56.9% year-on-year)
Mazda3: 19,860 units (down 11.0% year-on-year)
Mazda6: 8,943 units (up 182.0% year-on-year)