Mazda Motor has announced the start of engine production at its powertrain plant in Thailand, Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) (MPMT).

The engine plant at MPMT was established in response to the second phase of the Thai government's Eco-Car programme which applies preferential taxation to fuel efficient, low-emission vehicles. It is the fourth production base for Skyactiv engines, following the Hiroshima Plant in Japan, Changan Ford Mazda Engine in China and Mazda de Mexico vehicle operation in Mexico. The plant can produce approximately 30,000 units per year. Currently, Skyactiv-D 1.5 diesel engines produced at MPMT are supplied to Mazda's vehicle production facility in Thailand, Auto Alliance (Thailand) for use in the Mazda2 for the Thai market.

"Thailand is our most important production location outside Japan; our first overseas base capable of comprehensive vehicle manufacture, including engine and transmission production as well as vehicle assembly," said Mazda's managing executive officers Kiyotaka Shobuda. "Mazda is committed to producing vehicles in this country at the same high-quality level as we do in Japan, and delivering to market products that offer Mazda's unique driving pleasure, in a timely manner. In doing so, we will further contribute to the development of the Thai automotive industry and enhance the Mazda brand."