Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | 1:13 AM
HIROSHIMA : August 30, 2011 — Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it will commence local assembly of the Mazda2 in Vietnam in October 2011. The Mazda2*1 will be produced at a newly-constructed assembly plant owned by Vina Mazda Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd*2 in the Nui Thanh district of Quang Nam province. Sales of the locally assembled Mazda2 in Vietnam will also begin in October 2011. Mazda expects the Mazda2 to become one of its mainstay products in the Vietnamese market and plans to produce approximately 2,000 units per year.
Vina Mazda is Mazda's exclusive local distributor in Vietnam. It began selling completely built-up Mazda models (Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-9 from Japan; BT-50 from Thailand) in March 2011. Mazda decided to begin local assembly of the Mazda2 in Vietnam as part of its plan to accelerate business growth in emerging markets under its Framework for Medium- and Long-Term Initiatives.
*1 Five-door hatchback model with 1.5-liter gasoline engine
*2 100-percent locally-owned automobile assembly and sales company with no capital ties to Mazda
[Source : MAZDA]