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BEIJING MOTOR SHOW - Final world debuts list

8 May 2018

Multiple brands revealed concept, prototype and production model world premieres during the press preview days of AutoChina 2018. The show has just closed its doors to the public.


COMMENT - Why Mazda needs the Amati luxury brand

25 October 2017

It's almost 25 years since Mazda shelved Amati, its take on Acura, Infiniti and Lexus. Given that the plans for multiple models and a bespoke W12 engine were not backed up by a rock solid balance sheet, this was the right decision. Now, with its recent concepts effortlessly showing up so many cars from the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce which lack beauty, it's time for Mazda to think again.


ANALYSIS - Mazda architectures and future vehicles

20 September 2017

Having invested heavily in a lightweight architecture, a family of highly efficient engines and an ever expanding range of SUVs, Mazda is thriving. The company's size and its lack of expertise in the area of electrification are potential weaknesses but an alliance with Toyota appears to be a sensible move to address those concerns.


Mazda CX-5 - take two

8 June 2017

At first glance, the casual observer might dismiss the 'all new' claims of its maker Mazda for the second generation CX-5 crossover. Sure, it looks very familiar but closer scrutiny soon notes the chunkier nose with more chrome, a sleeker stance, completely reshaped panels, much classier interior and new features such as a much better heads-up display and a power tailgate. Good bits like the Skyactiv petrol and diesel engines, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions carry over, with improvements. It's a class act, and just great to drive.

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TOKYO SHOW - Mazda designers explain Kodo

25 October 2017

When Mazda broke off its relationship with Ford some 10 or more years ago the brand had to come up with a new design direction of its own – and so in 2010, its new design philosophy: Kodo —Soul of Motion was born.


Valeo on the industry's increasing electrification

18 September 2017

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA Calum MacRae met with Michel Forissier, R&D director of Valeo's powertrain systems business group to discuss all things powertrain, particularly the increasing electrification of the global industry.


Tenneco comfortable with auto's electrification

15 September 2017

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA we spoke to Ben Patel, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tenneco.


INTERVIEW - Mazda's UK MD

14 June 2017

In an age and an industry where executives scramble to climb ever higher up the corporate ladder, it is refreshing to find someone who has found a rung on which they are more than happy to stay.

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just-auto Plus only Mazda Japan production drops after July rains

21 September 2018

With regard to the impact of heavy rains in July 2018, now that Mazda Motor Corporation has returned to normal plant operations since 10 September, we hereby announce the latest situation which we have confirmed to date as below. 1. Impact on our...


Putin, Abe at Sollers engine plant opening

14 September 2018

Mazda Sollers has opened is new engine manufacturing plant in Vladivostok with a capacity of 50,000 units per year in an inaugural ceremony attended by Russian President, Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.


Updated Mazda MX-5 reaches UK

11 September 2018

Mazda's upgraded MX-5 is now being rolled out in its most important European market, the UK.


just-auto Plus only Mazda Canada sales up 0.3% in August 2018

5 September 2018

Mazda Canada (MCI) reported August sales of 7,055 vehicles, representing an increase of 0.3% versus August 2017. Year-to-date (YTD) sales are 52,685, which is an increase of 5.1% compared to the same period in 2017. Key August sales notes: Mazda3 led sales...


Mazda recovering in Japan after floods

30 August 2018

Mazda says that the outlook for parts supply, commuting and other factors has improved in Western Japan after the severe floods that hit the region and disrupted operations in July. It said that it will return to normal operations in September.


just-auto Plus only Mazda Japan sales down 10.8% in July 2018

30 August 2018

Mazda Motor Corporation's production and sales results for July 2018. Production Domestic Production Passenger Vehicles: July 2018 - 57,595 units; change - (-)30.8%; YTD 2018 - 566,100 units; change - 3.6% Commercial Vehicles: July 2018 -...


Designer Rice leaves Mazda (again)

23 August 2018

Mazda Motor Europe said Kevin Rice, Design Director Europe, would be leaving the company after five years "to pursue a career outside of Mazda".


just-auto Plus only Mazda Canada's 2019 CX-9 has new features

20 August 2018

With each successive model year, the second-generation Mazda CX-9 midsize crossover has benefited from refinements, technology updates and performance improvements. The 2019 model is no different, with a host of improvements led by the addition of...


More automakers caught cheating on Japanese tests

9 August 2018

Mazda has been implicated for the first time in a series of emissions testing scandals at Japanese automakers, while Suzuki was one of the first companies found to have falsified data, a Japanese newspaper reported.


Mazda starts JV with oil company to reduce CO2

8 August 2018

Mazda Motor said it would begin a joint research project with Saudi Aramco and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) aimed at making internal combustion engines more efficient and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.


just-auto Plus only Mazda global sales up 7% in Q1 FY2018

6 August 2018

Mazda Motor Corporation beat the previous year’s record for global vehicle sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2018-19, selling a total of 403,000 units around the world. With this performance, Mazda exceeded the record achieved last year by...


just-auto Plus only Mazda Canada sales up 5.9% in July 2018

2 August 2018

Mazda Canada (MCI) reported July sales of 6,981 vehicles, representing an increase of 5.9% versus July 2017. Year-to-date (YTD) sales are 45,630, which is an increase of 5.9% compared to the same period in 2017. Key July Sales Notes: Mazda3 led sales for...


just-auto Plus only Mazda announces executive changes

1 August 2018

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the following personnel changes, effective 1 August 2018. Shigekazu Satake New post: Representative director and senior managing executive officer - Mazda Logistics Current post: Deputy general manager Cost Planning...


just-auto Plus only ANCAP scores Mazda CX-8 Diesel five star rating

31 July 2018

Brand-New Mazda CX-8 Diesel has achieved the maximum five-star safety rating from the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), to maintain five stars across the entire Mazda range. Tested according to the stringent new standards set by ANCAP,...


just-auto Plus only Mazda Japan sales up 16% in June 2018

27 July 2018

Mazda Motor Corporation's production and sales results for June 2018 and January through June 2018 are summarised below. Production Domestic Production Passenger Vehicles: June 2018 - 95,652 units; change - 16.1%; YTD 2018 - 508,505 units; change -...


just-auto Plus only IIHS scores 2018 Mazda 6 top safety pick rating

26 July 2018

The 2018 Mazda 6 qualifies for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award when equipped with optional curve-adaptive headlights. To earn the 2018 Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must have good ratings in the driver-side small...


No-deal Brexit won't faze Mazda UK

19 July 2018

Vehicle makers have been issuing stark warnings over the future of their investments in the UK unless a sensible customs agreement is made with the EU after Brexit but one company chief will be happy enough with no deal.


Mazda to resume two-shift operation in Hiroshima

19 July 2018

Mazda Motor said it now had a "degree of certainty regarding parts supply and employees' commuting methods" and would restart two shift production at two plants in Hiroshima, Japan.


Mazda My Way London trial snares 375 buyers

19 July 2018

A two year trial in London taking Mazda cars to customers instead of waiting for them to come into the showroom has resulted in 375 sales. Now the project will be rolled out across the UK.


just-auto Plus only ANCAP scores Mazda CX-8/Volvo XC40 five star

19 July 2018

The latest independent safety assessments from vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, have demonstrated the ongoing commitment from vehicle brands to maintain 5-star standards against increasing criteria. The Mazda CX-8 and Volvo XC40 have both achieved a 5-star...


just-auto Plus only Mazda to offer smartphone control to MZD Connect

13 July 2018

Mazda is to offer an optional smartphone control update for all new vehicles equipped with the company's human-centred MZD Connect multimedia system. This will enable those of its customers who own iPhone to enjoy Apple CarPlay integration - letting you...


Mazda adjusts production schedules after floods

11 July 2018

Mazda says it will restart operations at Hiroshima Plant and Hofu Plant, which have been suspended since the day-time shift on July 7 following exceptionally heavy rains and floods.


Floods halt car production in Japan

9 July 2018

Devastating flash floods and landslides in Japan so far have left more than 90 fatalities and 50 people missing, and have prompted the evacuation of over 2m people from their homes. The natural disaster has also brought to a halt automotive production at a number of plants in the country, mainly in the western prefectures of Hiroshima, Kyoto and Yamaguchi, as well as in the nearby city of Osaka.


just-auto Plus only Mazda Canada sales up 7.8% in June 2018

5 July 2018

Mazda Canada(MCI) today reported June sales of 7,546 vehicles, representing an increase of 7.8% versus June 2017. Year-to-date sales are 38,649, which is an increase of 5.9% compared to the same period in 2017. Key June 2018 Sales Notes: The updated 2019...


just-auto Plus only Mazda Japan sales surge 24.2% in May 2018

28 June 2018

Mazda Motor Corporation reports production and sales results for May 2018. Production Domestic Production Passenger Vehicles: May 2018 - 76,843 units; YoY change - 13.3%; YTD 2018 - 412,853 units; YoY change - 8.4% Commercial Vehicles: May 2018 - 1,022...


just-auto Plus only Mazda to launch new 2019 MX-5 roadster in Europe

21 June 2018

Mazda is launching an update of its bestselling roadster, refining the joy of open-top motoring and enhancing the inimitable thrill of the Jinba Ittai driving experience. Both soft-top and RF versions of Mazda's brand icon feature marked improvements in...


just-auto Plus only MNAO and CCC team on vehicle safety

14 June 2018

CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) announced that it is working with Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) to address vehicle safety, creating a new method for the automaker to identify recalled vehicles and help collision repairers notify affected vehicle...


Mazda to continue diesel development

11 June 2018

Mazda Motor has said it would continue to develop diesel engines even as an increasing number of global carmakers turn their back on the 125 year old technology.


Japanese collaborate on electric transmission R&D

6 June 2018

The Japanese automotive industry is pooling resources for the development of advanced powertrain technologies, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.


just-auto Plus only Mazda US sales surge 14.9% in May 2018

5 June 2018

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) reported total May US sales of 29,980 vehicles, representing an increase of 15.1% versus May of last year. Year-to-date (YTD) sales through May are up 14.9% versus last year, with 137,031 vehicles sold. With 26 selling...

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just-auto Plus only Mazda Japan production drops after July rains

21 September 2018

With regard to the impact of heavy rains in July 2018, now that Mazda Motor Corporation has retur...


Putin, Abe at Sollers engine plant opening

14 September 2018

Mazda Sollers has opened is new engine manufacturing plant in Vladivostok with a capacity of 50,0...


Updated Mazda MX-5 reaches UK

11 September 2018

Mazda's upgraded MX-5 is now being rolled out in its most important European market, the UK....


just-auto Plus only Mazda Canada sales up 0.3% in August 2018

5 September 2018

Mazda Canada (MCI) reported August sales of 7,055 vehicles, representing an increase of 0.3% vers...


Mazda recovering in Japan after floods

30 August 2018

Mazda says that the outlook for parts supply, commuting and other factors has improved in Western...


just-auto Plus only Mazda Japan sales down 10.8% in July 2018

30 August 2018

Mazda Motor Corporation's production and sales results for July 2018. Production Dom...



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