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MAZDA ANNOUNCES OPENING OF INLAND PORT FACILITY AND QUALITY RESEARCH BUILDING IN WOODHAVEN, MICH.

 WOODHAVEN, Mich., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda Motor of America, Inc. (MMA) and Mazda (North America), Inc. (MANA) today announced the opening of two new facilities -- MMA's inland port facility and MANA's Quality Research Building -- in Woodhaven.
 Located adjacent to AutoAlliance International, Inc., which manufactures Mazda 626 sedans and MX-6 sports coupes, both facilities' operations help ensure that every Mazda vehicle is of top quality.
 When fully operational, MMA's 104-acre Woodhaven Inland Port Facility and MANA's 37,000-square-foot research building will employ approximately 175 employees. Together, the facilities represent an investment in excess of $25 million.
 MMA President Kazuo (Sonny) Sonoguchi, MANA Vice President of Quality Assurance and Service Kazunori Miyoshi, and Woodhaven Port Manager Ed Throm commemorated the facilities' openings. Woodhaven Mayor Richard Withey and several other Woodhaven city officials were among those in attendance at the ceremony.
 "The opening of MMA's inland port facility and MANA's Quality Research Building underscores Mazda's commitment to providing American consumers with innovative high-quality products and service," Sonoguchi commented.
 Activities undertaken at MMA's port facility include the receiving and shipping of AutoAlliance-built vehicles to dealers throughout the United States, as well as imported vehicles destined for Mazda dealers in the Great Lakes area.
 Operations also include the installation of certain accessory parts and air-conditioning units, previously undertaken in other port facilities on completed import vehicles, after shipping from Mazda's manufacturing plants in Japan.
 MANA's Quality Research Building is used for quality analysis and evaluation of U.S.-built vehicles and the development of U.S.-sourced air-conditioning units. The facility includes an Environmental Chassis Dynamometer, which subjects test vehicles to simulated driving conditions such as extreme wind and heat. Overall, operations help Mazda engineers maintain the company's high-quality standards.
 The Woodhaven operation marks Mazda's second U.S. inland port facility, joining the company's Midlothian, Texas, operation. In addition, Mazda has seven U.S. ports of entry, in Hawaii, Alaska, California, Washington, New Jersey and Florida.
 Phase one of the Woodhaven Inland Port Facility -- which included the construction of approximately one-third of the full vehicle storage area -- was completed in November 1991.
 Phase two included completion of the remaining vehicle storage area, all inbound and outbound rail facilities, and construction of all planned buildings. On-site buildings include: a trucking dispatch office, which houses personnel to monitor and control truck traffic; a security office; a vehicle coat and de-coat facility, which utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and environmentally responsible products; a vehicle receiving station; a vehicle fuel station; an all-weather rail operations center; and an administration/processing center.
 MMA, located in Irvine, Calif., markets and distributes a full line of Mazda vehicles through its network of more than 900 dealers nationwide. MANA, also headquartered in Irvine, acts as an intermediary among U.S.-based Mazda operations, including MMA, and supports Mazda's manufacturing, marketing and research and development activities.
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 /CONTACT: Carrie McElwee of Mazda Information Bureau, 313-393-3315/


CO: Mazda Motor of America, Inc.; Mazda (North America), Inc. ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:

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