US Mazda production ends, Ford Mustang continues alone at Flat Rock
The next generation Mazda6 will be built in Japan and exported to the United States as Mazda works to improve their financial situation in North America but as Mazda production leaves the Flat Rock plant – there is more room for Ford to build the next generation of the mighty Mustang in addition to the 2013 Ford Fusion. This means that starting on Monday, the Ford Mustang will have the Flat Rock production facility all to itself until overflow production of the 2013 Fusion begins in the future.
Mazda first purchased the Flat Rock plant in 1987, using it to building the Mazda MX6 and the Ford Probe until Ford purchased 50% of the plant in 1992 to help Mazda during troubled times. At first, the Auto Alliance plant built the Mazda 626 and the Mercury Cougar but beginning in 2002 the Mazda6 replaced the 626 and with the end of Cougar production – Ford began building the Mustang in Flat Rock beginning in 2004. Having the all American Mustang built alongside a Japanese sedan inspired some very stupid people to make claims of the Mustang being “Japanese built” but with only Ford products scheduled to be built at Flat Rock in the foreseeable future – the Flat Rock plant is an all American facility.