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Mazda goes on engineer hiring binge as recovery picks up speed

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 10th, 2014

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Japan’s larger automakers – companies like Toyota, Honda and Nissan – have tremendous engineering talent at their disposal. That’s largely because, selling as many cars as they do, they’ve got more revenues to tap into. Logic might dictate, then, that smaller automakers like Mazda, which no longer has the deep pockets afforded to it by its former partnership with Ford, might have less of a budget and workforce for engineering. But Mazda has been raking in record profits, and it plans on cashing those revenues in by hiring a substantial new pool of engineers.

According to Automotive News, Mazda is preparing to hire as many as 185 new engineers over the next two years – almost four times as many as the 50 engineers it previously targeted. Many of those engineers will be put to work developing the second-generation, Skyactiv 2 technologies that are on the drawing board while the first round of Skyactiv features are still being rolled out.

The boost in recruitment is enabled by a positive fiscal year that ended last March, marking the first profits Mazda had logged in four years. Sources anticipate that the fiscal year culminating at the end of this month will mark the company’s most profitable yet, netting over a billion dollars to eclipse the fiscal year that ended in 2008 when it recorded $872.5 million in profits.

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Mazda poaches designer Kevin Rice back from BMW

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 30th, 2013

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Kevin Rice left Mazda a baker’s dozen years ago, but now he’s back.

A graduate of the Transportation Design program at Coventry University (just across town from Jaguar headquarters), Rice worked his way up in the industry working for the likes of Opel and Italdesign Giugiaro before landing a job at Mazda. Between 1995 and 2000, he collaborated on such projects as the RX-8 and the 1999 Neospace concept that previewed the Mazda2 before moving on to BMW, where the new 3 Series and 4 Series were among the last projects he worked on during his 13-year tenure in Munich.

Now back at Mazda, Rice has been named the Japanese automaker’s new creative director, charged with further honing the brand’s KODO design language from its European headquarters in Oberursel, Germany. We’re looking forward to seeing what he and his design team come up with in the coming years.

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Masamichi Kogai new Mazda president and CEO

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 10th, 2013

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There’s some executive rearranging going on in the top suite at Mazda Motor Corporation in Japan, with current CEO Takashi Yamanouchi telling reporters there “I’d like to hand over the work to younger people” now that the company has returned to profitability. Yamanouchi became CEO on November 19, 2008 of an independent Mazda that had to fight for its future in the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis. What followed was four years of losses before finally getting back to black last year.

Masamichi Kogai (pictured) will be appointed the new president and CEO on June 25, pending approval at the company’s annual general shareholders’ meeting. Kogai assisted Seita Kanai with the production-efficiency initiative that Mazda called Mono Tsukuri Innovation, which worked to give export-dependent Mazda the best chance at profitability in spite of a rising yen. Kogai, lately in charge of production and purchasing, has been with the company since 1977 and worked in areas from R&D to logistics.

Kanai, who headed the Mono Tsukuri effort and was among the leadership on Skyactiv, will be promoted from executive vice president to vice chairman. Akira Marumoto will become executive VP of Mazda and assistant to new president Kogai. Yamanouchi will remain Chairman of the Board. There’s a short press release below to make it official.

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Masamichi Kogai new Mazda president and CEO originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 10 May 2013 09:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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"It’s partner or die" in today’s automotive world

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 15th, 2012

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Why Automakers Are Increasingly Entering Alliances

Mazda president and CEO Takashi Yamanouchi

It’s only a question of how deeply the knife will slice as Mazda’s desperate cost-cutting measures take aim at its U.S. workforce this week.

The maker has signaled it will post a $1.2 billion loss when the Japanese fiscal year wraps up on March 31, its worst performance in 11 years, and only by offering more than a billion dollars in new stock is it likely to head off a more serious crisis. For now, anyway.

With long-time partner Ford Motor Company slashing its stake in its Japanese affiliate from 33 to just four percent since Alan Mulally was named CEO, even Mazda’s top executive Takashi Yamanouchi admits it will be difficult to go it alone, Yamanouchi recently acknowledging his company is “actively” looking for new alliance partners.

Of course, Mazda is not alone. General Motors confirmed this month that it would enter into a far-reaching partnership with Paris-based PSA Peugeot Citroen. And Germany’s Daimler AG has repeatedly expanded the coalition it formed two years ago with the Renault-Nissan Alliance.


Paul EisensteinPaul A. Eisenstein is Publisher of TheDetroitBureau.com and a 30-year veteran of the automotive beat. His editorials bring his unique perspective and deep understanding of the auto world to Autoblog readers on a regular basis.


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“It’s partner or die” in today’s automotive world originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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