Mazda discusses ending production in Russia – Nikkei

Mazda discusses ending production in Russia – Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Mazda Motor Company is discussing ending production of its cars at a joint plant in Vladivostok, eastern Russia, the newspaper reported on Saturday.

The Japanese automaker, which sold 30,000 cars in Russia last year, said in March that exports of parts to the plant would halt and production would stop when stocks run out. She runs the plant with the Russian automaker Sollers.

The newspaper said Mazda has not made a decision on ending vehicle sales and maintenance in Russia. There was no time frame for stopping production at the Vladivostok plant.

A Mazda spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Mazda competitor, Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:) Corp. said Friday it has decided to end production of cars in Russia due to disruptions in supplies of key materials and parts.

Several factories in Russia have halted production and shifted workers due to a shortage of high-tech equipment due to sanctions and an exodus of Western manufacturers since Moscow sent armed forces to Ukraine on February 24.

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