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Mazda and SCRAMP extend Laguna Seca partnership

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 14th, 2012

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Mazda and the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula have extended the automaker’s naming rights of Laguna Seca for another five years. That means the famous race track in California will continue to be known as Mazda Raceway, at least through 2016. The Monterey County Board of Supervisors ratified the agreement.

The Japanese manufacturer has been instrumental in updating and improving Laguna Seca to make the facility more convenient and safer than before. Mazda helped fund additions like permanent pit lane garages and luxury hospitality suites as well as additional runoff areas on the track itself. Mazda first partnered up with SCRAMP in 2001, but the company says its ties to the track go all the way back to the ’70s, when the brand was little-known here the States. Scroll down below for the full press release.

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Mazda and SCRAMP extend Laguna Seca partnership originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 May 2012 09:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda planning EV for U.S. market by 2018

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 15th, 2011

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We don’t have a clue what 2018 has in store for us, but automakers’ product plans extend well into the future, giving us a glimpse of what may or may not come. Automotive News reports that Mazda is planning to offer an electric vehicle in the United States by 2018, in part to satisfy California’s zero-emissions vehicle requirements.

Mazda engineer Mitsuru Fujinaka reportedly told AN that the regulations make a U.S.-bound EV a near certainty, adding, “otherwise, we can’t sell in California.” And since California has the highest population of any state in the Union, we’re thinking Mazda doesn’t want to lose such a huge market. Of course, 2018 is more of a deadline than a target, so it’s possible that Mazda could offer an EV in the U.S. before then.

The U.S.-bound Mazda EV may be a long way away, but that doesn’t mean the automaker doesn’t already have electrification plans underway in its home country. In the spring, Mazda will begin leasing an all-electric version of the Demio (the Mazda2 in the U.S.), which offers a range of 124 miles and a top speed of 87 miles per hour. The Demio will be a lease-only affair with a planned monthly take rate in the three-digit territory. The Demio EV can fast charge in 30 minutes, and a full charge takes about eight hours.

Mazda planning EV for U.S. market by 2018 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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