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View Poll Results: Will you get a Mexican Mazda if required
Yes 30 37.97%
No 28 35.44%
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post #71 of 77 (permalink) Old 03-31-2015, 12:35 PM
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Sorry, I seldom post here anymore.

I'm sure that a plant that wants to go to the effort of dialing stuff in can get paints and plastics to match very well-- regardless of where they are.

I just know that several paint codes for VW products made in Puebla were cancelled mid-year or scaled back because injection molded parts made on different days came out in different colors and that was blamed mostly on the high altitude in terms of getting those particular pigments to be consistent. The paint was *generally* more consistent but if the doorhandles were darker and the bumper was lighter, they'd have to do re-work to match everything.

In the end it just didn't make sense to keep throwing money at paint codes that didn't sell well, so many were discontinued.

If you see a gold VW New Beetle, they're particularly rare-- apparently only a few dozen were made because they absolutely couldn't dial in the colors. This from a car that half the point of buying it are all the special paint colors and coordinating trim pieces. It's not like a 'speed 3 where people buy it because it has 260+ hp. They buy it because it's yellow...

Prior to the Mz3, I had a Ford where the paint code was affected by the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami. The particular blue pigment (for "Kona Blue") used for their dark blue paint code was sourced from Japan and supplies were disrupted. As the supply chain started to run out of Kona Blue they went with a lighter/brighter blue, their "Sonic Blue." It wasn't the closest pigment on earth, but that was chosen because they had been using it for years and they knew they could get the injection molded stuff to match with very little effort.

Ironically, the Sonic Blue was more popular (I bought that color code specifically-- the other blue was kind of boring) and it was retained. Kona Blue I think still exists but didn't make a repeat appearance on that car. I guess that makes the kona blue valuable (?) (not really.)

Oh, and if you can convince BMW to offer Avus Blue again, especially on the 1-series, that would be great :-)
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I voted yes as I picked up my 2015 Mexico-made Mazda 3 in January. It was built in August, 2014 so I presume they had it sitting at a lot/warehouse until my local dealer ordered it.

I haven't had any issues with my car and according to Mazda Canada I have the latest version of the 2015 model year which means no related TSB or recalls.


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I live un Celaya, Guanajuato; where Honda recently opened their new factory. I can tell you that the quality control is exceptional and a lot of Japanese workers are here just to train Mexicans. The country where the car is manufactured has nothing to do with the quality, that's up to the brand investment. Also, for the people that think that their cars are 100% Japanese, I'm sorry to tell you that most of the components are from around the world, including Mexico.
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I wanted to make sure I got one from Japan.
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Interesting piece on auto plants in Mexico from C/D.....

Hecho en Mexico: A Look at Auto Manufacturing South of the Border ? Feature ? Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog



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Hmm, it depends on the ratings. I got Mexican guitars!
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post #77 of 77 (permalink) Old 11-30-2016, 09:37 AM
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I'd say as long as the QC people are held to high standards, it shouldn't affect the end product. I hope they have the same standards as the JP QC people!
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