Mazda is increasing the production of Skyactiv engines at its Hiroshima plant in Japan from the current capacity of 800,000 units annually to one million units \"by the end of 2014\" in response to the increasing sales of its Skyactiv-equipped vehicles globally. The announcement comes just two months after the Japanese carmaker revealed that it is also increasing the production of Skyactiv transmissions from 750,000 units annually to 1.14 million units by July 2014.
To enhance its engine production capacity, Mazda will install a new engine machining line at the existing engine plant. In addition, an assembly line that has been used exclusively to produce the MZR line of in-line four-cylinder engines will be revamped to allow mixed production with Skyactiv engines.
\"Sales of Skyactiv vehicles are increasing in markets around the globe, and the decision to increase production capacity was made to further strengthen our supply system,\" said Mazda\'s managing executive officer for global production, Kiyotaka Shobuda. \"Mazda wants people around the world to experience for themselves the combination of driving pleasure, fuel efficiency and safety performance that Skyactiv offers, and we\'ll continue to do everything we can to deliver Skyactiv vehicles to as many customers as possible, as quickly as possible.\"