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Mazda shifts Thai SUV production to Japan as baht soars

Southeast Asia's top automotive hub to lose popular CX-3

Mazda seeks more flexibility in allocating production among its domestic and overseas plants as business conditions change. (Nikkei montage/source photos by Yumi Kotani and Getty Images)

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor will review its production footprint in Thailand, Southeast Asia's top automotive hub, and move the assembly of some models to Japan, as the automaker combats the continued appreciation of the baht against key currencies.

Mazda will relocate the production of CX-3 sport utility vehicles meant for the Australia market to a factory in the western Japanese city of Hofu, in Yamaguchi Prefecture as early as December. The CX-3 has been one of Mazda's top export models from Thailand.

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