Mazda Motor Corp. of Japan is considering discontinuing car manufacturing at a joint venture facility in Vladivostok, eastern Russia according to a report by NewsOTG Editorials on Saturday. The Japanese manufacturer, which sold 30,000 vehicles in Russia last year, said in March that part exports to the facility would halt and production would terminate when supplies ran out.
It shares ownership of the factory with Russian carmaker Sollers. According to the publication, Mazda has not taken a decision to discontinue automobile sales and servicing activities in Russia. There was no timetable for shutting down the Vladivostok facility. Toyota Motor Corp, Mazda’s rival, announced on Friday that it has chosen to halt car manufacturing in Russia owing to a disruption in supplies of crucial components and parts.
Since Moscow dispatched military forces into Ukraine on February 24, several Russian enterprises have ceased production and furloughed staff owing to a lack of high-tech equipment caused by sanctions and an exodus of Western businesses.
According to NewsOTG Editorials findings, Mazda has not taken a decision to discontinue automobile sales and repair activities in Russia.