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Mazda Gives Sneak Peek at Mazda6 Before LA Auto Show

Japanese maker gives flagship sedan a makeover.

by on Nov.16, 2017

Mazda provided a sneak peek of the new Mazda6 debuting at the LA Auto Show later this month.

Although crossovers, sport-utes and trucks are all the rage, Mazda is looking to ensure its sedan loyalists are having their needs met with a restyled Mazda6 hitting the stage at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

The company provided a peek at the exterior and interior of the company’s flagship sedan, which is also known as the Mazda Atenza in Japan.

Auto Show News!

The development team’s goal for this round of updates, the third since the model was fully redesigned in 2012, was to enhance the daily lives of people who love cars, incorporating premium details and new engineering concepts and technologies based on Mazda’s human-centered design philosophy, Mazda noted.  (more…)

Alabama, North Carolina Finalists for New Toyota/Mazda Plant

Makers reportedly wanted $1B in incentives for new plant.

by on Nov.14, 2017

Toyota President Akio Toyota and his Mazda counterpart Kogai announce their alliance.

Though Detroit is known as the Motor City, that designation doesn’t appear to be enough to entice Toyota and Mazda to build its new jointly owned plant in Michigan.

The two finalists appear to be Alabama and North Carolina, according to multiple news reports.

Industry News!

In August, the two Japanese carmakers confirmed they will also set up a new, $1.6 billion assembly plant in the United States that will create up to 4,000 new jobs.  (more…)

Mazda Focuses on Future With Vision Coupe and Kai Concept

Twin crystal balls offer a hint of what’s to come out of Hiroshima.

by on Oct.25, 2017

The Mazda Vision Coupe: the shape of things to come?

Mazda has never been shy about looking into the future. Over the years, it has signaled its design direction with a series of striking concept vehicles – and this year is no exception, though the small Japanese automaker is actually presenting two crystal-balls-on-wheels at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

One of these show cars offers a relatively near-term view of things to come, the Kai Concept believed to be hewing closely to what we’ll see with the next-generation Mazda3 hatchback. It picks up on what the automaker calls “a more mature expression” of the design language first introduced with the Kodo concept in 2010.

Auto Show News!

Pushing the proverbial envelope a step further is the Mazda Vision Coupe, a striking, long-nosed prototype that would be impressive even if unveiled by such European luxury brands as BMW or Audi. Says Mazda, it “embodies a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, achieving a simple ‘one-motion’ form that conveys a sense of speed.”

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Toyota, Mazda, Denso Join Forces for EV Development

New joint venture designed to produce new technologies.

by on Sep.28, 2017

Toyota, Mazda and Denso created a new joint venture to develop electric vehicle technology.

Toyota Motor Corp is setting up a new venture with Mazda Motor Corp. and Denso to develop electric vehicle technology for what has become a worldwide race to develop electric vehicles to meet demands for cleaner air.

Toyota is putting up 90% of the capital for the new venture, EV C.A. Spirit Co. Ltd. Denso and Mazda will put 5% each. The new venture will be based in Nagoya, Toyota’s home base in Japan. Denso is one of Toyota’s most trusted suppliers of sophisticated components, including electronics.

Plugging You In!

The venture will be staffed by selected engineers from the three companies to ensure the efficient implementation of the joint technological development projects, according to a statement released by Toyota. (more…)

When it Comes to Jobs, Automakers Give – and Take Away

Industry announces plans for 12,000 jobs long-term, but cutbacks costing thousands now.

by on Sep.25, 2017

Mercedes is one of the automakers getting set to expand U.S. operations and create new jobs.

If you’re looking for a job at an auto assembly plant, hang tight, there will be thousands of new openings over the next several years. But for now, you might want to look elsewhere.

The auto industry was one of the sparks that helped set fire to the U.S. economy after the Great Recession, and since just the beginning of the year, manufacturers ranging BMW to Volvo have announced plans to add at least 12,000 new jobs as they add new U.S. assembly plants or expand existing ones.

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Mazda To Launch Breakthrough Homogeneous Compression Engine

Skyactiv-X said to combine best of diesel, gas engines, including hybrid level mileage.

by on Aug.08, 2017

Mazda reportedly will use the new HCCI engine technology in the next Mazda3 model.

Just days after Mazda announced plans to partner with Toyota on the development and production of new battery-electric vehicles, the smaller automaker said it is getting ready to launch a new breakthrough gasoline engine that could give hybrids a run for the money.

Known as a homogeneous charge compression ignition, or HCCI, engine, what Mazda plans to call the Skyactiv-X has been a long-held goal of many major manufacturers for decades. It essentially combines the best aspects of gas and diesel engines to deliver, among other things, extremely good mileage with low emissions.

Breaking News!

“We think it is an imperative and fundamental job for us to pursue the ideal internal combustion engine,” Mazda R&D head Kiyoshi Fujiwara told reporters in Japan on Tuesday. “Electrification is necessary but,” he added, “the internal combustion engine should come first.”

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Toyota Pairing Up with Mazda on EV Project, $1.6b US Car Plant

Mazda to issue new shares as Toyota set to take 5% equity stake.

by on Aug.04, 2017

Toyota President Akio Toyota and his Mazda counterpart Masamichi Kogai announce their alliance.

On the same day Toyota Motor Corp. announced a 6% jump in net earnings, the Japanese automaker confirmed it will take an equity stake in Mazda Motor Corp. on a venture that will lead them to jointly develop and produce electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, the two carmakers confirmed they will also set up a new, $1.6 billion assembly plant in the United States that will create up to 4,000 new jobs. Toyota already operates a broad network of factories in the U.S., but Mazda hasn’t operated a plant there since exiting a long-running joint venture with Ford Motor Co. several years ago.

Beyond the Headlines!

“The greatest fruit of our partnership with Mazda is that we have found a new partner who truly loves cars,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda. “It has also sparked Toyota’s competitive spirit, increasing our sense of not wanting to be bested by Mazda.”

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Mazda Recalls 307K Cars for Parking Brake Problem

U.S. home to 228K of the affected cars.

by on Jun.30, 2017

Mazda is recalling 228,000 Mazda6 and Mazda3 sedans in the U.S. due to a parking brake issue.

Mazda is recalling more than 307,000 cars — 228,000 in the U.S. — because of problems with the vehicle’s parking brake.

On certain Mazda6 and Mazda3 models, the parking brake may not fully release or, conversely, it may fail to keep the car in position, increasing the risk of a crash, the company notes.

Safety News!

The action covers 2014 and 2015 model year Mazda 6 cars and 2014–16 Mazda 3 models. (more…)

Mazda May Bring Back Rotary – as an EV Range Extender

Japanese maker's first EV reportedly on tap for 2019.

by on Mar.23, 2017

Mazda is bringing back the Wankel. The famous rotary engine will be used as a range extender in the maker's new battery-electric car.

After years of trying to find a way to meet tough global emissions and mileage regulations, Mazda officials have apparently given up on plans to bring back the Wankel engine perhaps known for its use in sports cars like the RX-7 and RX-8 – but the rotary isn’t dead and buried.

Several senior Mazda sources have now revealed that the Wankel will make its return under the hood of the Japanese automaker’s first battery-electric vehicle. If that has you scratching your head, the explanation is simple: the rotary will serve as a range-extender for the EV Mazda is expected to launch sometime in 2019.

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It’s the same approach that BMW is using for a range-extender for its little city car, the i3 REx, albeit with a rotary, rather than conventional piston engine. Once the batteries are drained, the Wankel will fire up to keep the car rolling until the driver can stop for a recharge. (more…)

Mazda Aiming to First With Breakthrough HCCI Engine

High-mileage version of SkyActiv engine readying for next-gen Mazda3.

by on Jan.23, 2017

Mazda reportedly will use the new HCCI engine technology in the next Mazda3 model.

Barring a sudden shift by the new Trump Administration, automakers are facing a tough federal fuel economy target for 2025, and that has them looking at a variety of ways to deliver book mileage gains over the next few years.

Along with various battery-based technologies, a number of exotic internal combustion technologies are vying for acceptance, including a concept known as the homogeneous-charge compression ignition, or HCCI, engine. Combining attributes of the diesel but powered by gasoline, and promising major improvements in efficiency, HCCI may finally be ready for prime time.

Tech News!

According to a report by Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review, Mazda and another, unnamed manufacturer plant launch an engine using HCCI technology late in 2018. Set to be used in the little Mazda3, the new SkyActiv engine is expected to deliver as much as a 30% bump in fuel economy compared to a comparable, conventional gas engine.

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