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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Mazda Announces Production Stoppage Just As 2023 CX-60 Rolls Off Assembly Line

Just as Mazda rolled out the first member of its Large Product Group, the 2023 CX-60, the carmaker hits a snag.

The CX-60 is a two-row SUV built on a new front-engine, rear-wheel drive platform. It also carries the distinction of being the most powerful production car Mazda has ever made thanks to a new plug-in hybrid powertrain. It also introduces new technologies including a new eight-speed dual clutch automatic.

While the Hiroshima-based automaker started assembly of the CX-60 at its Hofu Plant Line 2 in Yamaguchi, Japan, Mazda has announced production suspension due to the lack of parts used in assembly. Not necessarily tied to the global semiconductor shortage, the parts are sourced from suppliers in China which is now battling a surge of COVID-19 cases.

The planned shutdown will cover a total of four days—April 21, 22, 25, and 26. Mazda says it will affect not just the Hofu Plant but the Hiroshima Plant as well. The four-day stoppage is on top of the two-day production suspension that happened just a few days ago (April 14 and 15).

Mazda says they will work to minimize the impact on business partners, including distributors.

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