Mazda Motor Corporation
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Some of the news is just in today so, you may not have seen all of the stories yet but, after a slight rattling of investors' cages by the recent stock market shenanig..., er, 'correction' in China, this week we have seen automotive investment confidence in three key markets. From Mazda, in Russia, Daimler, in alliance with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, in Mexico and, Nissan again, right here in the UK, for Europe.
As sharply falling oil prices which went below US$40 last week, continue to feed through to Russian exchange rates, with a plunging currency in turn putting pressure on disposable income available for automotive purchases, is there a silver lining in the depreciation cloud?
Our updates of the auto situation in Tianjin, following the massive explosions in the Chinese port city, have attracted a lot of reader interest this week. I was last week in the middle of a British 'staycation' (it rained, thank you for asking) when news of the disaster broke and watched, appalled, at the war zone-like TV news views of thousands of incinerated cars (many new VW Beetles as it happened; Tainjin being a key auto port of entry for imported models, VW was said to have lost some 2,750 cars) as TV news anchors regularly reported on the increasing, but surprisingly low number of people killed. Tragic.
The 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show got underway yesterday at the shiny new Indonesian Convention and Exhibition centre in BSD, a new commercial centre some 30km west of central Jakarta. Tony Pugliese was there.
The IT industry has made much of the benefits of a Cloud infrastructure, offering better security and less complex networks in the workplace. Infotainment specialist Harman with subsidiary Aha claims its use in the car could be equally effective. It is now offering OEMs and service providers a chance to use the Cloud beyond downloading apps, navigation updates or music. Understanding what features are being used by the end customer, finding software bugs, removing unused features, reducing recalls or targeting specific customers with updates and advertising are just some of the ideas that Harman claims it can offer with its new Aha Cloud Platform Analytics and Updates Service. just-auto spoke to Siegfried Schuler, Director Centre of Competence Aha, about the service and find out what OEMs are most interested in.
Martin Leach, the former head of Ford of Europe, Mazda and Maserati, now runs Magma - a multi-faceted automotive industry consultancy and service provider. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him in London to hear his views on the current state of the automotive business and the challenges ahead.
Mazda Motor Corporation has commenced production in Japan of the redesigned CX-9 three-row mid-size crossover at its Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima.
Mazda boosted operating income 14.1% to JPY173,370m in the first nine months of fiscal 2015/2016. Sales rose 16.1% to JPY2,547,799.
In 2015 the European car market totalled 14.2m new registrations, an increase of 9.3% over 2014 full year results; the highest since 2009. The market benefited from the last two months of double-digit growth with December setting the highest positive monthly change of the last three years at 1.16m units. Therefore, the last quarter volume increase was the highest of the year, standing at 10.2% more than in Q4 2014, representing 3.42m cars sold in total. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, SAAR, came in at 16.52m units.
Mazda booked a 21% year on year increase in EU sales in 2015, selling 211,000 vehicles, its third consecutive year of growth in the 20% range.
New vehicle sales in Japan fell by 14.5% to 369,460 units in December, from 431,919 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will relocate head office in February, 2017, remaining in Irvine, California, just south of Los Angeles, but moving to a new facility at 200 Spectrum Center Drive, as a result of a 10-year lease announced today.
Like neighbouring New Zealand, Australia saw a new car sales record in 2015 with 1,155,408 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles sold. Volume rose 3% year on year in December to 99,616.
European new car sales experienced a 27th consecutive month of growth during November 2015 with volume up 13.5% year on year, the second largest rise this year, according to analysts at JATO Dynamics. This followed a significant slowing of growth during October as a consequence of smaller increases in the 'Big Five' EU markets.
After testing times in recent years, the major Japanese OEMs will be encouraged by double-digit sales growth rates in China this year. They are well placed to benefit from tax cuts applying to smaller vehicles that will last till the end of 2016.
Mazda says it has enhanced its SKYACTIV-G engine series with a range-topping SKYACTIV-G 2.5T. This 2.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine powers the new CX-9 midsize three-row crossover SUV that will go on sale starting from North America in spring 2016.
Mazda Motor said it expected sales in the ASEAN region to rise by 24% to 95,000 in the fiscal year ending 31 March 2016, following a 22% rise in first-half sales to 46,000 units.
New car sales in Australia were strong again last month, with volume up 3.4% year on year to 94,321 new passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles.
A year on year increase of 5% last month took New Zealand sales to a record October tally of 12,684 units. Year to date sales rose 5.5% to 112,217 new vehicles.
Vietnam’s new vehicle market continued to expand rapidly in October, with deliveries to dealers rising by 44% to 19,181 units from 13,324 units a year earlier according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.
Toyota Motor won't buy Takata air bag inflators which use ammonium nitrate as a propellant but will consider buying other types if they are confirmed safe, the automaker's president Akio Toyoda said on Friday.
Mazda Motor has begun production of the new Mazda CX-3 compact crossover vehicle at its assembly plant in Rayong, Thailand.
Mazda has said it has expanded its ignition switch recall to 4.9 million vehicles worldwide, including 1.36 million units in the US.
Mazda Motor has announced the start of engine production at its powertrain plant in Thailand, Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) (MPMT).
New vehicle sales in Japan continued to fall in September, by 7.6% to 479,375 units from 518,772 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
Mazda is to recall 1.2m vehicles in the US for defective ignition switches.
Vietnam’s new vehicle market continued to steam ahead in September, with the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association reporting a rise in deliveries to dealers of almost 49% year on year to 19,256 units compared with 12,948 units a year earlier. Sales in the first nine months of the year increased by close to 61% to 144,674 units, from 90,139 units previously, reflecting continued strong economic growth - driven by buoyant domestic consumption and manufacturing investment.
Sales of new motor vehicles in Australia in September continued the 2015 trend with growth up 6.8% year on year to 101,392 units. Year to date volume rose 3.6% to 862,832.
It's perhaps no huge surprise security is taken so seriously at this year's Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, but the sheer scale of the precautions is overwhelming.
A report out of the US, supposedly from a 'Mazda Insider' speaking at the recent Monterey Weekend, claims that a new rotary engined model is just two years from launch.
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