The all-new Mazda2 with a 1.5-litre SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine is expected to be in Malaysia by 2016.
Berjaya Auto Bhd (BAuto) executive director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh recently told StarBizWeek that Mazda’s award-winning clean small capacity diesel engines should be available in the Malaysian market by 2016.
“Also, the reknowned SkyActiv technology will be moving towards the second generation and this will create more interest for Mazda products, which is now gaining recognition from improved sales volume and ownership confidence,” said Yeoh.
The 1.5-litre SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine for the all-new Mazda2 will be assembled at Mazda Motor Corp’s new engine plant in the Chonburi Province of Thailand.
Operations at the new engine plant, with a production capacity of 30,000 units per year, are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The engine plant in Thailand will become the fourth production facility producing SkyActiv engines, along with the Hiroshima Plant in Japan, Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co Ltd (CFME) in China, and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation in Mexico.
BAuto distributes Mazda vehicles via the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Bermaz Motor Sdn Bhd.
Yeoh said he is optimistic about the company’s sales performance for 2014.
“We are expecting an increased sales volume for Mazda cars, of above 13 per cent this year against 2013.”
According to data from the Malaysian Automotive Association, a total of 9,197 units of Mazda were sold last year compared with 6,332 units in 2012.-The Star