Archive for April, 2013

Mazda books first yearly profit in half-decade, NA still a drag

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 30th, 2013

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2013 Mazda6 Sedan

Automotive News reports Mazda has posted its first annual profit in five years. The company made $364.3 million in the last fiscal year, following a $1.14 billion loss the year prior. Operating profit also jumped up by $91.3 million to $572.8 million, thanks in part to a revenue increase of 8 percent to $23.42 billion.

But the news isn’t all rays of sunshine. North America continues to be a problem for Mazda where the automaker posted yet another loss. The manufacturer lost $519.1 million last year, up from $427.8 million the year prior. While the launch of the CX-5 helped see US sales increase by 2 percent to 273,000 vehicles, the region as a whole bought up 372,000 units. Mazda had predicted closer to 380,000 units.

Even so, Mazda says it should have North America back in the black by next year, with the company forecasting a sales increase of 11 percent to 415,000 units in the region. That’s thanks in part to a boost from the redesigned Mazda6 sedan.

Mazda books first yearly profit in half-decade, NA still a drag originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This is how you set your V8 Miata on fire in your garage

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 30th, 2013

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V8 Miata on fire video

We were never all that great at math, but we can tell you that Miata + V8 = awesome. That even applies to heavy cast-iron small block Chevrolet V8s with carburetors instead of fuel injection. But as one aspiring wrench recently found out, even the most sound of formulas can lead to disaster when you start throwing in unknown variables. Variables like a leaky fuel system. The gentleman in the video below seems keen on firing up his partially installed Chevrolet engine using a jug of fuel and a remote starter, but disaster strikes when things suddenly go all flamb


Fiscal Year Ended March 2013 Financial Results Announcement

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 26th, 2013


Notice of Variance between Forecast and Actual Results (Consolidated) for the Fiscal Year ended March 31, 2013 [PDF format]

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 26th, 2013


Non-operating Expenses, Extra-ordinary Profits and Losses (Consolidated and Unconsolidated) [PDF format]

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 26th, 2013


Mazda to Contribute to Sichuan Earthquake Relief

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 24th, 2013


Mazda Production and Sales Results for March 2013 and for April 2012 through March 2013 (Flash Report)

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 24th, 2013


Mazda6 Skyactiv-D racecar gets first win at Road Atlanta

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 23rd, 2013

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Mazda has a long motorsports history, and one that is peppered with fascinating cars. The latest chapter in Mazda’s racing story has just been written, as Joel Miller and Andrew Carbonell have driven the Visit Florida Racing Mazda6 Skyactiv-D to the car’s first ever victory at the Rolex Grand-Am GX race at Road Atlanta. The win marks the first ever for Mazda’s diesel-burning, production-car based Skyactiv-D racer, and the first win for a diesel-powered car in a Grand-Am event.

In fact, it was a particularly good day for the Mazda Motorsports team, as a Mazda6 also picked up the third finishing spot at Road Atlanta. Director of Mazda Motorsports, John M. Doonan, said of the racecar, “We’ve always said that the best street cars make the best racecars, and, with more than half of the components in the race engine being shared with the street engine, this program is a solid proof-point.”

SpeedSource Engineering, which helped to build the Mazda6 racer, was greatly heartened by the car’s performance in just it’s fourth-ever race. Owner Sylvain Tremblay called the victory, “a tribute to the thousands of hours of hard work over many months,” continuing, “The normal plan with a new car is to spend the first year in development, the second year seeking race wins, and challenging for a championship in year three. We are already at our year-two status after four races. We can’t wait to get to the Belle Isle course in Detroit for round five.”

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Mazda6 Skyactiv-D racecar gets first win at Road Atlanta originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ward’s 10 Best Interiors released, Asian automakers take 7 of 10 spots

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 15th, 2013

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Step inside just about any new car these days and you’ll quickly see that vehicle interiors have become a pretty nice place to spend some time in. For the third consecutive year, WardsAuto sat in each and every new vehicle that had received redesigned or updated interiors, and it has now named its 10 Best Interiors.

Judges look at everything from design and fit-and-finish to comfort, safety and technology. Some of the standout selections include budget cars like the Chevrolet Spark and Kia Forte all the way up to more expensive sedans like the $60,000+ Cadillac XTS and Lexus GS450h. An interesting note here is that WardsAuto praises Cadillac for its CUE infotainment system while Consumer Reports generally lambasts the system. Asian automakers definitely won the contest for nicest interiors as the list is comprised of five Japanese automakers and two South Korean, with Toyota and General Motors in a dead heat with the most number of cars on the list with two each.

Scroll down for the full list (in alphabetical order) and press release from WardsAuto for its 10 Best Interiors of 2013.

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Ward’s 10 Best Interiors released, Asian automakers take 7 of 10 spots originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Watch a high-speed chase from a motorcycle-mounted officer’s point of view

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 14th, 2013

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Motorcycle Police Chase Video

Riding a motorcycle through high traffic can be a stressful experience. And we don’t even want to imagine what it’s like to have to actually pursue someone on a motorcycle. Fortunately, we don’t have to. Officer Troy Gurley of the Florence, Alabama police force recently attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic violations. The driver, 24-year-old Justin Sanders, figured he could use his Mazda3 to outrun the bike cop. Turns out, not so much.

Gurley pursued Sanders for nearly five minutes as the Mazda driver ran stop signs, swerved through traffic and raced through residential neighborhoods, but the perpetrator couldn’t shake the tenacious and experienced rider. Other units soon joined the pursuit, and Sanders thought it best to leave the protection of his car to attempt to flee on foot. From there, it didn’t take officers long to apprehend him. You can watch the video below for yourself.

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Watch a high-speed chase from a motorcycle-mounted officer’s point of view originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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