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Sweet Home Alabama! Toyota, Mazda Plant Goes to Cotton State

New plant to make 300K cars, employ 4,000 people, cost $1.6B to build.

by on Jan.10, 2018

Officials are all smiles after Toyota and Mazda announced it would build its new plant in Alabama.

Toyota and Mazda have made it official by announcing their new joint venture plan to build a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in the northern Alabama city of Huntsville that will support 4,000 new jobs when it opens in 2021.

For Toyota, this joint-venture plant will be its 11th U.S. manufacturing facility and represents its continued commitment in the U.S., in addition to the $10 billion investment during the next five years that was announced in January 2017, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said.

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“Our investment to establish a new vehicle assembly plant with Mazda builds on the strong success we have enjoyed in Alabama where we produce engines for the North American market,” Toyoda said. “Starting from 2021, I’m confident that we will run a highly competitive plant, by bringing together the expertise of Toyota and Mazda as well as the excellent Alabama workforce.” (more…)

Tide Keeps Rolling as Toyota, Mazda Pick Alabama for New Plant

State beats North Carolina to secure 4,000-employee plant.

by on Jan.10, 2018

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

Toyota and Mazda are expected to announce that Huntsville, Alabama will be the site for a $1.6 billion auto plant after a search that stretched out for several months and nearly a dozen states.

In recent years, Asian and European manufacturers have made Alabama a center of automotive manufacturing and in 2017, the state churned out more than 1 million vehicles at plants operated by Toyota, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai.

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The Toyota-Mazda assembly plant will be built in the Huntsville area in Limestone County, according to news services that have been briefed on the impending announcement. The exact site hasn’t been officially announced yet. (more…)

Ford, Mazda Recall 380K Trucks for Takata Airbag Problem

Fix is actually part two of a two-stage repair.

by on Dec.21, 2017

The 2004-06 Ford Ranger is being recalled for a second time to repair faulty Takata airbags.

In wake of the news of a 20th fatality attributed to Takata’s faulty airbags, Ford and Mazda announced they are recalling more than 380,000 older small pickup trucks for a second time to replace Takata airbag inflators.

The recalls cover driver- and passenger-side inflators in certain 2004 to 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks made by Ford. The vehicles were recalled in 2015 and 2016 to replace the inflators with newer versions, but the fix was only temporary.

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Now the new inflators no longer use ammonium nitrate, which becomes unstable over time under certain conditions, and are replacing the temporary models which still used the compound. (more…)

Mazda Puts a Premium on 2018 Mazda6 Update

Mid-cycle update yields torquey new turbo engine shared with CX-9.

by on Nov.30, 2017

The new Mazda6 unveiled at the LA Auto Show borrows some style cues from the Mazda Vision concept.

For a mainstream automaker, Mazda officials spend a lot of time talking about “premium” vehicles lately. And a close look at the mid-cycle update of the brand’s midsize sedan helps put that into perspective.

The latest-generation Mazda6 wins kudos as one of the most attractive vehicles in its segment, and the 2018 update bumps things up a notch, picking up on some of the cues from the recent Mazda Vision concept. There are also a number of interior changes, with details like Napa leather and even real wood trim on the top-line version of the 2018 Mazda6. But there’s more to the story.

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In Mazda’s case, “premium doesn’t mean premium pricing, but a premium bond with your car,” explained Masahiro Moro, president of Mazda’s U.S. operations, during a preview at the Los Angeles Auto Show. (more…)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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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