Mazda taps Mexico plant for CX-30 crossover
Mazda is reconfiguring its plant in central Mexico to build the new CX-30 crossover alongside the recently re-engineered Mazda3 sedan on the automaker's next-generation platform.
The company confirmed the choice of the plant in Salamanca, Mexico, in the heart of the nation's automotive corridor for the highly anticipated crossover that slots between the subcompact CX-3 and compact CX-5.
Given the decline of the car market in the U.S., Mazda dealers are hoping for a sales jolt from the CX-30 beginning early next year.
Miguel Barbeyto, president of Mazda Mexico, said Salamanca was chosen in part because the CX-30 is a global product and Mexico has free-trade agreements with dozens of nations that allow automakers to efficiently distribute Mexico-made vehicles throughout Latin America, Europe, the U.S. and Canada.
The Salamanca plant has a capacity of 250,000 vehicles a year and also builds subcompact cars: the Mazda2 sedan and hatchback and the Toyota Yaris sedan and hatch. Mazda and Toyota have a production agreement at the plant, and the Yaris is a slightly modified version of the Mazda2.