Mazda Buys Out Ford in Changan Ford Mazda Engine Plant

Mazda Motor Corporation has purchased in full Ford Motor Company’s stake in Changan Ford Mazda Engine Company located in Nanjing, China, a joint venture between the two companies and Chongqing Changan Automobile Co., Ltd. Along with the change to a 50:50 ownership structure  – Mazda and Changan – the name has been changed to Changan Mazda Engine Co., Ltd.

Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., Ltd. was established in September 2005 with Changan owning 50% of shares and Ford and Mazda 25%. (The Communist party requires a local partner and has staffing control of auto plants.) It began production of engines for Mazda cars in April 2007. After the name change, the plant will continue to produce Skyactiv-G 1.5-, 2.0- and 2.5-liter gasoline engines for supply to Changan Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd. (also in Nanjing), which produces the Mazda CX-8, Mazda CX-5 and Mazda3 (Axela in Japan) for the Chinese market.

Through joint venture projects with partner Changan, Mazda aims to strengthen its business in China and contribute to the growth of the automotive industry. The company hopes to build a strong bond with Chinese customers by continuing to deliver attractive and high-quality vehicles that drive home the value of car ownership.

 History of Mazda Engine Production in China

  • Apr 2005 Mazda, Ford and Changan sign joint venture contract for new engine plant
  • May 2005 Government approval received
  • Sep 2005 Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., Ltd. established, groundbreaking ceremony
  • Apr 2007 Production of engines for Mazda cars begins
  • Jun 2013 Production of Skyactiv engines begins
  • Jan 2019 Mazda buys Ford’s stake, name changed to Changan Mazda Engine Co., Ltd.

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