Mazda to Commence Vehicle Transport on Trans-Siberian Railroad
Corporation will begin large-scale transportation of vehicles to Russia
using the Trans-Siberian Railroad (TSR), it was announced today. Mazda becomes
the first car manufacturer to adopt this transport system for regular use.
Starting in October 2008, this new initiative is intended to supplement
existing Mazda vehicle deliveries from Japan, reducing the delivery time
by up to 30 days for high demand vehicles.
This move comes
after three successful transport tests using the TSR starting from September
last year which involved hundreds of specifically monitored test vehicles. The
tests were the result of a successful collaboration with the Russian Railroad
and Mazda’s rail provider, RailTransAuto (RTA).
“Mazda is one of Russia’s most popular brands with
double-digit growth every month,” said Jørgen Olesen, vice president for
Customer Service, Logistics and IS at Mazda Motor Europe. “Rail transport is
intended to supplement existing delivery, which will continue to come by ship
and road from the west. This dual transport strategy will help meet high demand
for Mazda cars in Russia,
and to lower overall delivery times to customers.”
The vehicles will
be transported on the approximately 9,300 kilometer
route from Zarubino (near Vladivostok) – where the vehicles are shipped from
their Hiroshima or Hofu plant assembly site – to Moscow on dedicated block
trains of 30 rail cars. Delivery time to Moscow
will be only 10 days – as fast as a passenger train.
All Mazda block
trains use only fully closed rail cars and the surface of the cars is protected
by a comprehensive wrap guard. Once in Moscow,
all vehicles undergo a thorough inspection to ensure Mazda’s high quality
standards are fully met.