Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has started US production of the new 6 line at AutoAlliance International (AAI) with a brilliant yellow sports sedan. Present as Job One rolled off the assembly line were the president and CEO of MNAO Charlie Hughes, AAI president and CEO Phil Spender, UAW local 3000 president Mike Thornton and AAI chairman Takashi Yamanouchi plus almost 2,000 plant workers.