Archive for July, 2012

Fiscal Year Ending March 2013 First Quarter Financial Results Announcement

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 31st, 2012


Notice of Recognition of Non-operating Expenses (Foreign Exchange Loss) [PDF format]

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 31st, 2012


Mazda piggybacks on Ford Escape recall with 215,000 Tribute models of its own

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 27th, 2012

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2006 Mazda Tribute - front three-quarter view, with boulders

A day after Ford issued a recall of 485,000 Escape crossovers from its 2001-2004 model years, Mazda has reportedly issued its own for the 215,000 examples of its Tribute, the Escape’s mechanical twin. While it’s the same engine configuration being recalled, the 3.0-liter V6 with cruise control, there is a difference in the recalls: Mazda is recalling 2002-2006 and 2008 model year Tributes, three more years of production than the Escape (the Tribute wasn’t made in 2007).

The problem is a lack of clearance between the engine cover and the cruise control cable, which can prevent the driver from letting off the throttle if the cruise control is on. The situation was caused by a repair for a different recall in 2005. Mazda says the engine cover is similar enough to warrant inclusion for all years of production it has cited. It isn’t known yet if Ford will expand its own recall.

Mazda piggybacks on Ford Escape recall with 215,000 Tribute models of its own originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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More 2014 Mazda6 teasers released

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 25th, 2012

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Just hours ago, a high-resolution teaser shot of the 2014 Mazda6 leaked onto the internet, giving us a very clear glimpse of the new sedan’s front fascia. Not to be outdone, Mazda has responded by releasing three more high-res images of the new car, which we’ve learned will officially debut at the 2012 Moscow Auto Show next month.

After looking at the new quartet of images, along with the series of teaser videos – all one, two, three, four of them – there’s little to be left to the imagination when it comes to the design of Mazda’s rakish new sedan. From what we can see so far, this thing looks mighty handsome. The company’s new Kodo design language is certainly flaunting its stuff here, with a more aggressive front fascia and upswept profile line that, like the CX-5, gives the car the impression of being “up on its haunches,” as one Mazda representative described it to us once.

Right now, all we know is that Mazda plans to debut its new midsize sedan with a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline four-cylinder, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Japanese automaker has also stated that the 2014 Mazda6 will feature the company’s new i-ELOOP (short for Intelligent Energy Loop) capacitor-based regenerative braking system that will, according to Mazda, “improve economy by up to 10 percent.”

Following the Russian-spec car’s debut on August 29, the rest of the world will have to wait until the Paris Motor Show in late September to see exactly what’s in store for each individual market. Scroll down for Mazda’s official press blast.

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More 2014 Mazda6 teasers released originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 25 Jul 2012 01:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Production and Sales Results for June 2012 and for January through June 2012 (Flash Report)

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 25th, 2012


All-New Mazda6 Sedan World Premiere at 2012 Moscow Motor Show

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 25th, 2012


2014 Mazda6 teased in high resolution

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 24th, 2012

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We’ve seen a quadruplet of teaser videos of the 2014 Mazda6, the most recent of which showed off the car’s (nearly complete) side profile. Now, thanks to the slippery fingers at Russian site AutoWP, this high-resolution image of the new midsize sedan has leaked onto the internet, clearly showing the sharp new front fascia.

If that new schnoz looks familiar, it’s because the new Mazda6 will use the same Kodo design language first seen on the Takeri concept car and later brought into the production world on the 2013 CX-5 crossover. We certainly like it more than the Sir Smiles-A-Lot Nagare styling that has graced the last generation of Mazda vehicles.

Under the hood, Mazda will likely employ its 2.0-liter Skyactiv inline four-cylinder engine mated to six-speed transmissions. The Japanese automaker will be employing its 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine in other markets, and while Mazda has confirmed that the oil-burning mill will make its way Stateside at some point, it’s still unknown if it will show up in the Mazda6 or another vehicle like the CX-5.

Look for the 2014 Mazda6 to officially bow at the Paris Motor Show this September.

2014 Mazda6 teased in high resolution originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Mazda6 teased yet again, full profile revealed [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 20th, 2012

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Mazda6 profile teaser image

The painfully slow striptease of the next Mazda6 continues unabated. Fortunately for us, the Japanese automaker has seen fit to reveal the car’s full profile, albeit in a video that never shows the car in its entirety.

We’ve gone ahead and created a composite image based on screen captures – it’s far from perfect, but hopefully it gives us an idea of how Mazda’s swoopy new family sedan is shaping up. Click on the image above to see it in high resolution.

As before, we see clear evidence that Mazda is using the Kodo “Soul of Motion” design language of its Takeri Concept as the starting point for the 6′s shape, and that’s a good thing. We’re expecting four-cylinder power relying heavily on Mazda’s Skyactiv fuel-saving technology.

Fell free to have a gander at teasers one, two and three, then satiate your voyeuristic notions by scrolling down below for the latest video.

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New Mazda6 teased yet again, full profile revealed [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sale of Shares in a Subsidiary Company [PDF format]

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 20th, 2012


Center for Auto Safety expands call for unintended acceleration probe to Mazda Tribute

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 19th, 2012

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2002 Mazda Tribute - silver - front three-quarter view with waterfall

Last week, the Center for Auto Safety called on Ford to recall about 470,000 Escape utility vehicles to fix an “unintended acceleration” problem they say was caused by a previous recall repair program.

Now the CAS wants the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to include 85,000 platform-sharing 2002-2004 Mazda Tribute models that could have the same issue.

CAS says that under the 2005 recall program, the Tributes and Escapes may have suffered damage to cruise control cables that could lead to the vehicles speeding up without driver input. In a statement, Mazda said, “As always, we will cooperate fully with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in any investigation.”

The CAS previously said in the initial recall, Ford had sent dealers modified repair instructions that warned of possible damage to cruise control cables. CAS, however, says Mazda did not change its instructions and that “there is no reason to believe Mazda dealers would be any better at avoiding damage to the cruise control cable than Ford dealers.”

Center for Auto Safety expands call for unintended acceleration probe to Mazda Tribute originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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