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2015 TOKYO SHOW: World premieres

A list of world premieres at the 2015 Tokyo motor show appears below....

September management briefing: Frankfurt review

In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production cars and trends seen...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Confidence, demonstrated

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 2015

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.

COMMENT: Russia toughs it out at US$40 a barrel

Simon Warburton | 4 Sep 2015

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?

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Trouble in Tianjin

Graeme Roberts | 28 Aug 2015

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.

Jakarta Auto Show Report

Tony Pugliese | 21 Aug 2015

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.

Latest Interviews

Q&A with Aha: Analytical data from the Cloud

Matthew Beecham | 28 Jul 2014

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.

INTERVIEW: Martin Leach, Magma CEO

Dave Leggett | 16 Jul 2013

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.

Latest News

Mazda's CX-9 to feature new 2.5L turbo GDI engine

Dave Leggett | 19 Nov 2015

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 targets rising ASEAN sales with SkyActiv

Tony Pugliese | 12 Nov 2015

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.

Australian vehicle sales still rising

Graeme Roberts | 10 Nov 2015

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.

New Zealand new vehicle sales set October records

Graeme Roberts | 10 Nov 2015

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 sales rise 44% in October, 58% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 10 Nov 2015

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 nixes Takata ammonium nitrate inflators

Graeme Roberts | 6 Nov 2015

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 launches production of CX-3 in Thailand

Tony Pugliese | 28 Oct 2015

Mazda Motor has begun production of the new Mazda CX-3 compact crossover vehicle at its assembly plant in Rayong, Thailand.

Mazda expands global ignition recall

Tony Pugliese | 27 Oct 2015

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 starts engine production at Thai plant

Dave Leggett | 27 Oct 2015

Mazda Motor has announced the start of engine production at its powertrain plant in Thailand, Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) (MPMT).

Japan sales slump again in September

Tony Pugliese | 23 Oct 2015

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 recalls 1.2m cars for ignition switch work

Graeme Roberts | 23 Oct 2015

Mazda is to recall 1.2m vehicles in the US for defective ignition switches.

Vietnam sales rise 49% in September, 61% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 9 Oct 2015

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.

SUV demand continues to drive Oz September sales

Graeme Roberts | 6 Oct 2015

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. 

New Zealand vehicle sales set September record

Graeme Roberts | 5 Oct 2015

New passenger and commercial vehicle registrations in New Zealand in September rose 5% year on year to 12,474 units, a record for the month. Toyota remained the overall market leader with 19% market share followed by Ford (12%) and Holden (11%). Year to date Toyota, Holden, Ford, Mazda and Hyundai remained the top five brands overall.

Vietnam sales rise 46% in August, 62% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 8 Sep 2015

Vietnam's new vehicle market continued to grow strongly in August with sales rising by close to 46% to 16,019 units from 11,001 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.

Mazda and Sollers sign MoU for engine JV

Graeme Roberts | 4 Sep 2015

Mazda Motor Corporation and OJSC Sollers on Friday (4 September) announced that they had agreed with the government of the Russian Federation to begin assessing the establishment of an engine production plant at their joint venture Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus (MSMR), located in Vladivostok in the Primorsky region of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District, and had signed an memorandum of understanding to that effect.

NZ 'new vehicle registrations still in high gear'

Graeme Roberts | 2 Sep 2015

The New Zealand new vehicle market continues to defy general economic indicators with sales in August up 10% year on year to 11,192 units "and delivering a steady 5% growth [to 87,105] for the year to date", according to John Manley, president of the local Motor Industry Association.

Vietnam sales rise 58% in July, 65% YTD

Tony Pugliese | 7 Aug 2015

New vehicle sales in Vietnam continued to surge ahead in July, with deliveries jumping by 58% to 17,688 units from 11,183 units a year earlier, according to data released by the Vietnam Automotive Manufacturers Association.

SUVs continue on a roll down under

Graeme Roberts | 6 Aug 2015

Australians continued their love affair with the versatile SUV last month with 13.4% more sold than in July 2014.

Commercial vehicle sales rise ends in NZ

Graeme Roberts | 5 Aug 2015

Rising sales of new commercial vehicles are leveling off and New Zealand's Motor Industry Association has lowered its expectation of breaching the 130,000-unit mark this calendar year.

China market slowdown fears mount

Dave Leggett | 3 Aug 2015

Mazda is the latest OEM to voice concern over the implications for the auto industry of China's economic slowdown.

Currency and depreciation reduce Mazda profits

Graeme Roberts | 30 Jul 2015

Despite a 14.2% year on year rise in sales to JPY806,007m, Mazda Motor Corporation (MMC) booked a 5.4% rise in fiscal first quarter operating income to JPY53.3m and net income off 24.8% to JPY36.8m.

Latest blogs

Lockdown in St Petersburg

Simon Warburton | 23 May 2014

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.

Is Mazda quietly developing the shelved 16X rotary engine?

Glenn Brooks | 20 Aug 2013

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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