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Mazda Radically Reconstructs Production Sites for New Models

Mazda has been reconstructing its Hofu Plant to build the CX-60 and CX-80 crossovers there.

Mazda has long moved towards modular platforms and the manufacturing flexibility they provide. Now the Japanese company has changed its strategy, as required by new models, motor.es reports.

The CX-60 and CX-80 crossovers developed for both domestic and global markets are the reason for a complete transformation of the brand’s production system at the Hofu plant in Japan.

The rebuilding at the Hofu plant was so radical that it can be viewed as a newly built complex. The assembly lines have been adapted for the production of models on various platforms and with various powertrains: internal combustion engines, hybrid or electric ones, with transverse or longitudinal engine placement.

Takeshi Mukai, Senior Managing Exec Officer at Mazda Motor Corp., stated that they transformed more than half of the facilities in this flexible manner.  Thanks to innovations, the company could significantly reduce the production process time and investment costs.

As a reminder, the automaker intends to expand its lineup with the CX-50, CX-60 and CX-80 SUVs.  In addition, the Japanese automaker is launching its first 100-percent electric vehicle – the Mazda MX-30 crossover.

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