Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA) will produce the redesigned Mazda 2 at its plant in Nanjing, China.

Mazda Motor (China) made the announcement on Thursday at a media event ahead of the Shanghai motor show. The Nanjing plant is a joint venture with Ford and Changan Automobile Group.

The 2 made its world premiere at the Geneva show last March and the version made in Nanjing will be adapted to suit the Chinese market.

The Nanjing plant will have annual capacity of 160,000 units. Equipment for stamping, body assembly, painting and final assembly lines has already been installed, and trials have begun ahead of volume production scheduled by the end of 2007.

Adjacent to the vehicle plant, Changan Ford Mazda Engine is in the final phase of construction and will commence production soon.