Compañía Colombiana Automotriz
|Headquarters||Bogota D.C., Colombia|
Compañía Colombiana Automotriz S.A. is based in Bogotá, Colombia. Founded in the early 1960s as Leonidas Lara e Hijos company associated with Fiat in 1973 assuming its current name. They have manufactured various cars under license, including vehicles from Jeep, Zastava, Fiat, Peugeot and Mitsubishi. In 1983, they established a partnership with Mazda, who now owns 100% of the company. This company is responsible for producing at its assembly line, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Ford cars in Colombia.
Assembled for 2007 were the Mazda 3, Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger twins, Mazda 6 and Mazda Allegro for the South American market, including its main buyer, Venezuela which in the first nine months of that year purchased about 12,000 units. The CEC also joins the Allegro is based on the long generation Mazda Protege. In October 2007 the Venezuelan government imposed a quota of 4,000 CCA vehicles which directly affects the company and that 50% of sales are directed to the Venezuelan market.
The origins of the Compañia Colombiana Automotriz go back to the sixties when Leonidas Lara and children acquire a warehouse where it is currently home to the company for assembling Willys, then in 1968 to have a contract with Peugeot for the assembly of vehicles until 1969. In 1973 he signed a contract with Fiat for the assembly of the cars of your brand. In that year, and children Lara Leonidas renamed Compania Colombiana Automotriz. In 1982 Mazda Fiat acquires shares in December 1983 and joins the Mazda B-2000 and in 1984 joins the Mazda 323 and 626.
In 1982 the Compañia Colombiana Automotriz S.A. (CCA) decides to introduce a new brand in the Colombian market, Mazda, by the fact of belonging to a group of automotive industries in Japan, a country that had achieved one of the first places in the global automotive industry for its advanced technology and best quality in their products. Sumitomo Co. and Mazda Motor Co. that year became shareholders of the C.C.A., with 15% each, ensuring the permanence of the Mazda brand in Colombia. Thus began the production of brand vehicles through financial support, technology and trade in Japan.
Once started the operation of assembly of Mazda vehicles in Colombia, the CEC makes the market launch in October 1983, the Mazda B-1600 pickup truck, first van line B-Series. In the month of December the same year, the C.C.A. released to the public the first car model in two lines: Mazda 323 and Mazda 323 Notchback Hatchback.
- 1984 - 1985
In May 1984, the Company launched the Mazda 626 L. During the same year in July is the launch of the Mazda 626 Mazda 626 LX and GLX. The first-generation Mazda 626 was called and appeared in Japanese Challenge showcases with a series of arguments for its larger engine (1.8 and 2.0 liters respectively). Establishing a commercial financing company Financiera SA Mazdacrédito to provide the financing facility to the network of dealers and users of vehicles assembled by the CEC
He introduced the new series of Mazda 323, softer lines and contoured, NX versions (taxi), HS, NT and NS, with engines of 1.3 and 1.5 liters. They also saw the light of the Mazda 626, in a new edition called the New Breed, coming up the displacement to 2.0 liters for the LX and had a sharper profile in the three bodies. It also starts the assembly of the Mazda B-2000 Pick-Up. In the month of August is named by the Colombian government electrical engineer José Fernando Isaza as president of the C.C.A.
In February 1987, the hotline offers Customer 2,626,323 to address and resolve concerns. At the end of July, the CEC Mazda consolidates the market with a 36% stake in the automotive sector.
On July 10, 1990 the unit will produce 100,000 of Mazda in our country. Sumitomo Co. and Mazda Motor Co. acquire 100% of the shares of the C.C.A..
In 1991, records the creation of Mazda Leasing Company S.A., which fulfills one of the purposes of the Company and is to provide a financial mechanism to facilitate the purchase of vehicles through the figure of leasing. The national government started implementing the policy of opening up imports and Andean regional integration.Are imported from Japan and Mazda MX-5 Mazda MPV Minivan Truck. With these ventures Mazda vehicles in the segment of sports cars and minivans for the family. In this same year he made the first foray into the international export market, with the first truck T Mazda sold to Venezuela.
Continue the importation of vehicles and Mazda launched the Mazda 929 and the sports car Mazda MX-6. Also launch the Mazda 323 and Mazda 626 Astina Matsuri with mechanical and automatic boxes. These vehicles were assembled locally .
In 1995 the company launched the Mazda range of vehicles Allegro 1.6 and 1.8 liter and automatic mechanical box respectively. Allegro was available on the notchback and hatchback versions. By October of that year, it launched the Mazda B-Series Crew Cab version. Mazda Leasing Company For Sale SA, Banco Superior.
In early 2000, the C.C.A. presented to the Colombian and Venezuelan market, the new Mazda 626 with a new face. Colombia launched during the first half of 2000, the new Mazda B-Series, assembled in C.C.A., with presentation of single and double cab combined with 2.2 liter engines, 4x2 and 4x4 2.6 liter.
For 2001, the new Mazda 626 is equipped with security systems and ABS Air Bag. Mazda 323 versions also receive improvements, among which stands the addition of the tachometer and rear seat belts on all versions.
The January 30 conference at the end of the assembly line, a Mazda6, which corresponded to the 350,000 unit mark for the merado Andean assembled. Among the assembled units were also recorded Ford and Mitsubishi vehicles assembled by the C.C.A., including Ford Laser, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Montero and Mitsubishi Bus 639.. Ends the production of the Mazda 626, in the 22 years of production (1984-2006), were placed 70.140 units assembled for the markets of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. In April 2006, is retiring from the presidency Mr. José Fernando Isaza after 20 years of service with the Company and assumes the position Mr. Fabio Arturo Sanchez.
Launch of the Mazda CX-7 and Mazda CX-9 and the Mazda BT-50 pickup. Mazda launches BT-50 truck represents the rebuilding of the Mazda pickup, this vehicle is designed for the city and for the field. Assembled by the C.C.A. at its new plant for commercial vehicles, the LS-50 is the first truck rolled out from the new facility.
Launch of New Mazda2 in April.
Assembly plant closed.
List of vehicles formerly produced
Automobiles currently in production