Archive for September, 2013

2009-2013 Mazda6 door latch recall covers 161k cars

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 30th, 2013

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2009 Mazda6

Mazda is voluntarily recalling 161,400 Mazda6 cars due to door latch mounting screws that may loosen, which could cause a door to open while the vehicle is in motion, thereby increasing the risk of accident or injury. The recall covers 2009 through 2013 Mazda6 models manufactured between February 4, 2008 and August 24, 2012.

The recall is expected to begin by October 18, 2013. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will provide repairs free of charge. Scroll down for the official recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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2009-2013 Mazda6 door latch recall covers 161k cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Vehicles to Sell in All Ten ASEAN Countries

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 26th, 2013


Mazda Production and Sales Results for August 2013 (Flash Report)

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 25th, 2013


Hyundai, Mazda and Ford offering support to victims of Colorado flooding

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 25th, 2013

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APTOPIX Colorado Flooding

Hyundai, Mazda and Ford have initiated programs to aid victims of the recent floods across Colorado. Hyundai is stepping in to give help directly to drivers, offering those with flood-damaged vehicles a $750 credit on a new Hyundai. “At this stressful time, the last thing flood victims should be concerned with is how they are going to replace their water-damaged or destroyed vehicles,” Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of Hyundai’s American sales, said.

The Hyundai program will run from September 18 through the end of October, and will cover all citizens in counties declared disaster areas by FEMA. Residents will need to provide proof of residency and a letter from their insurance company describing the damage to their vehicle.

Mazda, on Friday, announced that it’d be donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross and a further $15,000 to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, in the name of disaster relief. Mazda’s President and CEO, Jim O’Sullivan, said, “The flooding across the states of Colorado, Texas and New Mexico has been absolutely devastating for not only the people living there but their four-legged loved ones as well. Mazda hopes that those in need can get the help they deserve through such great organizations as American Red Cross and Humane Society of Boulder Valley.”

Ford is offering delayed payments for customers impacted by flooding, allowing owners to skip one to two months of car notes until the situation stabilizes. The program is open to Ford and Lincoln customers that have bought or leased their vehicles with financing through Ford, Lincoln, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda or Volvo’s respective financial service arms. Eligible customers will be informed via postcard, or can contact Ford directly at 1-800-723-4016.

Take a look below for press releases from Hyundai, Mazda and Ford. You can also click over to the American Red Cross’s page to donate toward the relief efforts.

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Hyundai, Mazda and Ford offering support to victims of Colorado flooding originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda to Exhibit at CEATEC JAPAN 2013

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 24th, 2013


All-new Mazda3 to Offer Next-generation Car Connectivity System ‘Mazda Connect’

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 24th, 2013


Mazda struggles to meet demand on rising sales

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 23rd, 2013

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Demand for Mazdas is high, but supply is tight, resulting in a slower sales increase compared to last year.

For Mazda there’s good and not-so-good news on the heels of strong US sales in 2012: demand is high – especially for the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 – but supply is low, TheDetroitBureau.com reports. That’s partly because all Mazda production happens in Japan, since it ended its alliance with Ford and pulled out of a joint venture with the Blue Oval building cars in suburban Detroit last year.

In 2012, Mazda sales here jumped 26.4 percent, but 2013 sales through August have just been keeping pace with the overall US auto industry, increasing at a rate of 6.8 percent. Mazda North American Operations director of marketing and communications Jeremy Barnes says that sales have slowed because the company is facing challenges delivering products here.

That should be offset somewhat as Mazda rolls out its all-new (and quite good) 2014 Mazda3 sedan in the fourth quarter. Currently Mazda3 sales represent 40 percent of the automaker’s total sales in the US, TheDetroitBureau.com reports. Sales should also experience a boost when Mazda opens up a new plant in Mexico in spring 2014.

In the meantime, the CX-5 has done very well lately, which experienced a sales increase of 82.3 percent in August – the crossover’s best month ever. The Mazda6 also had a good August, with a 167-percent increase compared to the same time last year, despite a tight supply.

Mazda struggles to meet demand on rising sales originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Furai concept designer talks about his car’s passing

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 17th, 2013

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Mazda Furai burned split-screen

Last week, there was mourning at the Autoblog offices as word trickled in that the Mazda Furai concept – one of the coolest, best-looking showcars to grace an auto show stage since the wild and crazy 1960s -had been killed. It was killed on the track with the folks from Top Gear in attendance. We’re sure the gods of driving would have wanted it to die on a circuit, but that doesn’t make its fiery passing any easier to deal with.

The Furai is the rare concept car that had a lasting appeal with enthusiasts, partly because it was a real, functioning racecar, complete with a wacky three-rotor Wankel engine and cutting-edge Nagare design. Now that it’s gone, though, Road & Track’s Mallory McMorrow, who was an intern at Mazda Design when the Furai was being styled in 2007, has published an interview with one of the men who penned the Mazda showcar’s striking exterior, Carlos Salaff. It’s a great piece on the emotional connection between a designer and his creation, and one you should take the time to read. Click on over to R&T for the full story.

Mazda Furai concept designer talks about his car’s passing originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Edmunds ranks the best used cars for 2013

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 16th, 2013

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Edmunds assembles a list of the best used cars.

When people ask us what car we would recommend for them, it’s usually not easy to answer. To make a useful recommendation we must consider which of the numerous vehicle segments fits their needs best, and then choose one of the many vehicles offered in each segment. For some people, new cars don’t meet their expectations of value, because they lose so much of it the moment they are purchased and driven off the dealer lot. For them, there’s always the used-car market, where great deals can be found, but cars’ histories of reliability and maintenance records – and perhaps that Certified Pre-Owned warranty – become ever-important factors playing into purchase choice.

To help out, Edmunds has done us the favor of assembling a list of the best used vehicles money can buy, covering model years 2006-2011, according to what it considers the most important criteria when shopping for used autos: reliability, safety, value and availability. That means unreliable, unsafe, super-expensive or limited-edition models don’t appear on the list, but instead cars from each segment that are more likely to satisfy the general population.

There are some real goodies on the list, including but not limited to vehicles such as the capable Honda Fit, the cultish Honda Accord coupe (which can be had with a 240-horsepower V6 and a six-speed manual transmission some years), and the powerful Chevrolet Corvette. While Edmunds‘ choice of the Volvo C70 for best used convertible baffled us at first (not that it’s a bad car), it redeemed itself by stating that the Mazda MX-5 still is an unofficial top choice if you don’t require more than two seats.

Be sure to visit Edmunds to study its recommendations, each of which is accompanied by a short explanation of why it made the list, and check out our photo gallery of the 18 vehicles that made the list.

Edmunds ranks the best used cars for 2013 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top Gear cops to being on-hand for Mazda Furai Concept car-b-que

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 13th, 2013

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Top Gear admits to accidentally burning the Mazda Furai Concept in 2008.

Five years after the beautiful Mazda Furai Concept debuted, Top Gear magazine has finally admitted to accidentally burning it to the ground in a teaser for the 20th anniversary issue – sort of. The magazine provides a photo of the crispy Furai Concept on its website, but has since allegedly revised the announcement to say that Top Gear was on hand for its “untimely demise in 2008.”

According to Jalopnik, the original teaser read like this:

Forgive us, for we have sinned. Top Gear is responsible for the untimely demise of the quite remarkable Mazda Furai Concept, and we’re very, very sorry. Find out how (if that picture hasn’t clued you in…) in our bumper anniversary issue, and try not to hate us too much.

So can you forgive them? We’ll forgive, but not forget, and keep watching Top Gear UK (how couldn’t we?). Since it apparently no longer exists, celebrate the gorgeous Furai’s former glory and take a look at its photo gallery.

Top Gear cops to being on-hand for Mazda Furai Concept car-b-que originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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