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Partnership with Ford

Mazda has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial business partnership with the Ford Motor Company since the companies formed a capital tie-up in November 1979. Mazda and Ford constantly seek mutual synergies in production, research & development, sales and logistics.

AutoAliance International, Inc. (AAI)

 
Established
Jun. 1992 (MMUC: 1985)
 
Shareholders Mazda 50%, Ford 50%
 
Activities Manufacturing and sales of automobiles
 
Models produced Mazda6
 

AutoAliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (AAT)

 
Established
Pick-up truck plant: Nov. 1995 / Models produced: Jul. 2009
 
Shareholders Mazda 47%, Mazda Sales (Thailand) Company 3%, Ford 50%
 
Activities Manufacturing and sales of automobiles and engines
 
Models produced Pick-up truck plant: BT-50 / Models produced: Mazda2, Mazda3
 

Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd.

 
Mazda vehicle production start Mar. 2006
 
Shareholders Mazda 15%, Ford 35%, Changan Auto Group 50%
 
Activities Manufacturing and sales of automobiles
 
Models produced Mazda2,Mazda3
 

Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd.

 
Established Sep. 2005
 
Shareholders Mazda 25%, Ford 25%, Changan Auto Group 50%
 
Activities Manufacturing and sales of automobile engines
 
Major Events in Mazda's Partnership With Ford
1979 Nov. Ford and Mazda enter into a capital tie-up; Ford acquires a 25% equity stake in Mazda.
 
1982 Oct. Mazda markets Ford-brand vehicles in Japan through the Autorama sales channel.
 
1992 Jun. Mazda and Ford become equal partners in a joint venture named AutoAlliance International, Inc. (AAI) (formerly MMUC).
 
  Jul. Mazda and Ford each buy equal equity interest in Autorama, Inc.
 
1993 Jun. Mazda purchases new compact pickup trucks from Ford for sale in North America.
 
  Dec. Mazda and Ford enter into a long-term strategic relationship to enhance competitive power.
 
1995 Nov. Mazda and Ford jointly establish AutoAlliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (AAT) to manufacture pickup trucks in Thailand beginning in mid-1998.
 
1996 Mar. Ford-supplied Mazda 121 is launched in major European markets.
 
May. Mazda and Ford enter into a closer tie-up by increasing Ford's equity share from 25% to 33.4%.
 
Jun. Henry D. G. Wallace is appointed president of Mazda Motor Corporation.
 
1997 Jan. Autorama Inc. becomes Ford Sales Japan.
 
Mar. Mazda and Ford agree to a synchronized product cycle plan and to progressively commonize platforms and powertrains.
 
Nov. James E. Miller is appointed president of Mazda Motor Corporation.
 
1998 May. AAT begins manufacturing small pickup trucks for Mazda and Ford.
 
1999 Mar. Mazda sells its stock of Ford Sales Japan to Ford of Japan.
 
Nov. Mazda and Ford decide to jointly develop and produce a new global inline engine family beginning in the 2001 model year.
 
Dec. Mark Fields is appointed president of Mazda Motor Corporation.
 
2000 Nov. Mazda launches the Tribute SUV, jointly developed with Ford, in Japan.
 
2002 Jan. Mazda commences production of the MZR engine in Japan, with Mazda as the development Center of Excellence in the Ford Group.
 
Jun. Lewis Booth is appointed president of Mazda Motor Corporation.
 
2003 Jan. Production of the Mazda2 begins at Ford's Valencia Plant in Spain.
 
2004 Jun. Ford Chairman & CEO visits Mazda to celebrate 25th anniversary of the partnership.
 
2005 Sep. Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., Ltd. established in Nanjing.
 
2006 Feb Mazda3 production starts at Changan Ford Chongqing Plant.
 
Mar. Mazda invests in Changan Ford, the name is changed to Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd.
 
2007 Apr. Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co. Ltd. starts engine production.
 
Oct. Mazda and Ford announce the construction of a new plant at AAT to produce new B-segment models. Mazda2 production starts at Changan Ford Nanjing Plant.
 
2008 Nov. Ford's ownership stake in Mazda changes from 33.4% to 13.8%.
 
2009 Jul. Mazda and Ford complete the new passenger car plant in AAT.
 
Nov. Mazda conducted capital increase by public offering, changing Ford's ownership stake in Mazda from 13.8% to 11.0%.
 
2010 Aug. AAT invests US$350 million for next-generation pickup truck production.
 
Nov. Ford's ownership stake in Mazda changes from 11% to 3.5%.
 

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