Mazda will stop making cars in the U.S. at around 2013, The Nikkei [sub] heard from unnamed sources inside of the Japanese company. It’s not that Mazda is leaving America. It’s more a continuing process of its divorce from Ford. Mazda wants to sell its share in AutoAlliance International Inc., a 50-50 U.S. joint venture with Ford, back to Ford.
Mazda currently manufactures the Atenza midsize car via AutoAlliance International. From 2013 on out, Mazdas will most likely come from Japan and Mexico, where Mazda will open a plant in 2013.
The people at AAI’s main plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, must feel like ping-pong balls. The factory was opened by Ford in 1972 as Michigan Casting Center. The plant was closed in 1981.In 1987, Mazda bought the plant and reopened it as Mazda Motor Manufacturing USA.
In 1992, Ford returned. Ford bought a 50 percent share in the plant, and the AutoAlliance International joint venture was born.