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Mazda to end passenger-vehicle partnership with Ford 08-08-2014

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Mazda Motor will dissolve its tie-up in passenger-vehicle production with Ford Motor, taking over the U.S. carmaker's assembly lines at their sole jointly run facility, located in Thailand. The two automakers currently each own production lines with a potential annual output of 50,000 vehicles at the Auto Alliance Thailand plant, in which each holds a 50% stake. By taking over Ford's production lines, the Japanese carmaker intends to double its annual output capacity at the facility to 100,000 vehicles by 2018, churning out such vehicles as the compact Mazda 2. The move is the latest in a series of steps to wind down a partnership that had once positioned the pair to jointly develop operations on a global scale. They agreed this spring to end a joint venture in the U.S. Mazda will also produce engines at the Rayong Province plant. The automaker plans to export compacts to Malaysia and other neighboring countries. Including engine production, Mazda's total investment through 2018 will come to roughly 30 billion yen ($291 million). The companies will retain their respective stakes in the plant, where they also each own lines capable of turning out up to 70,000 pickup trucks annually. They will continue production of the trucks.
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