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Mazda6 Marks Three-Millionth Vehicle Produced at Autoalliance International

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HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced on September 6, 2006, that the Mazda6 will be the three-millionth vehicle produced at AutoAlliance International, Inc. (AAI) plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. MNAO will donate the three-millionth vehicle, a Volcanic Red Mazda6 5-Door, to the victims of Hurricane Katrina through the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity®. Last year AAI raised $25,000 to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina.


Mazda first began producing vehicles in the U.S. in 1987 at its Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corporation (MMUC) in Flat Rock, Michigan. In 1992, MMUC changed its name to AAI and formed an equal partnership between Mazda and Ford. Today, AAI is a plant that employs more than 3,700 workers. Past products produced at AAI include the Mazda MX-6, Mazda 626, Ford Probe and Mercury Cougar. Currently AAI produces the Mazda6 and Ford Mustang.


"Mazda's partnership with the AAI facility spans nearly 20 years," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. "We couldn't be more thrilled to mark this new milestone with one of our own."


Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide ecumenical Christian housing ministry that works to develop communities for people in need by building and renovating houses so there are houses in decent communities in which every person can live.


Location: 1 International Drive, Flat Rock, Mich.
Size: 2.7 million square feet
Employment: More than 3,700 hourly and salaried employees
Current Vehicles Produced: Mazda6, Ford Mustang
Past Vehicles Produced: Mazda MX-6, Mazda 626, Ford Probe and Mercury Cougar
1987 Mazda begins vehicle production at Mazda Motor Manufacturing USA (MMUC) in Flat Rock, Michgan.
1992 MMUC becomes AutoAlliance International, Inc. (AAI) an equal partnership between Mazda and Ford
1993 AAI produces one-millionth vehicle - Mazda MX-6
1999 AAI produces two-millionth vehicle - Mazda 626
2002 AAI launches new Mazda6 Sports Sedan
2004 AAI launches Mazda6 5-Door and Sport Wagon
AAI begins production of Ford Mustang
2006 AAI produces three-millionth vehicle - Mazda6