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Five automakers now being investigated by NHTSA for airbag woes

Published by Mazda Blogs on June 12th, 2014

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It appears that Toyota’s renotification to owners of recalled vehicles from last year is just the tip of the iceberg for what could potentially be a much larger industry-wide recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening a preliminary evaluation investigation into roughly 1.1 million vehicles from Chrysler, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota and parts supplier Takata regarding faulty airbag inflators in several models.

NHTSA has received six reports – three directly, two from Takata and one from Toyota – of vehicles with ruptured airbag inflators from 2002-2006, which resulted in three injuries. So far, all six incidents have occurred in high humidity areas like Florida and Puerto Rico. According to Toyota’s latest recall announcement, the inflators may have an improper propellant that could cause it to rupture in a crash and the bag to deploy abnormally.

This new investigation follows a previous recall from April 2013 of about 3.4 million vehicles worldwide for the airbag inflators from Takata. As Autoblog reported, Toyota jumpstarted the new situation when it found that the original list of serial numbers for the faulty part was incomplete and discovered more cars in need of replacement. Honda and Nissan told us that they were investigating whether further models would need called in again as well. Mazda told Autoblog: “Regarding the current Takata situation, we’re working closely with NHTSA and investigating the situation, but nothing else to report at this time.” Chrysler Group responded to us with the statement: “Chrysler Group engineers are conducting the appropriate analysis. The Company will cooperate fully with the National Highway Traffic Administration.”

According to The Detroit News, the previous Takata inflator recall possibly stemmed from a manufacturing defect at the company’s Washington state factory. The parts also could have been exposed to moisture at its facility in Mexico.

At this time, NHTSA’s investigation is still in the early stages. It’s still determining from the automakers and supplier how widespread the problem is and what models are involved. Scroll down to read the entire preliminary evaluation report.

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Five automakers now being investigated by NHTSA for airbag woes originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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World Car of the Year finalists announced

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 8th, 2014

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World Car of the Year co-chair Matt Davis

To say the 2014 Geneva Motor Show was packed full of news is an understatement as big as the show’s home at the Palexpo convention center. Despite everything that we were able to cover during this year’s show, there’s still more coming out of Switzerland, including the announcement of the finalists for the 2014 World Car of the Year Awards.

We reported on the original list of finalists over three weeks ago, and now, that initial list has been pared down to three finalists for each of the five awards. The finalists were announced at a press conference by frequent Autoblog contributor and co-chair of the awards, Matt Davis (above).

The finalists for the overall title of 2014 World Car of the Year are the Audi A3, the BMW 4 Series and the Mazda3. The World Luxury Car of the Year will be either the Bentley Flying Spur, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, while the Performance Car of the Year will be awarded to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the Ferrari 458 Speciale or the Porsche 911 GT3 (which, um, yeah…).

Rounding out the trophy contenders are the finalists for World Green Car of the Year, which include the Audi A3 Sportback G-Tron and Audi E-Gas, the BMW i3 and the Volkswagen XL1. Finally, World Car Design of the Year will be contested by the BMW i3, Mazda3 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The winners will be announced in April, at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Scroll down for the official press release from the World Car of the Year committee.

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World Car of the Year finalists announced originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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World Car finalists announced

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 13th, 2014

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2013 World Car Awards

The 2014 World Car of the Year Awards are set to be handed out at the upcoming New York International Auto Show, meaning now is about the time we can start talking about finalists. The official list has been published and we’ll admit, there are some surprising entries here.

Selected by 69 jurors from around the world, the list includes some obvious entries – the new Audi A3, Cadillac CTS and Ford Fusion/Mondeo, along with some other, unexpected cars. The polarizing Jeep Cherokee and Lexus IS both made the cut.

We have the entire list of potential winners available in the official WCOTY press release, and we’ve assembled a gallery of the finalists at the top of the page. You can also scroll down to see the finalists for the luxury, performance, green and design awards. Three finalists will be announced from each group at the Geneva Motor Show, before the winners are announced in the Big Apple.

The 2013 World Car of the Year (shown above) was handed to the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf. Scroll down for the official press release, and then be sure to head to Comments and let us know what you agree and disagree with.

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World Car finalists announced originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda ceases production in U.S. as last sedan rolls off line in Flat Rock

Published by Mazda Blogs on August 26th, 2012

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Mazda6 US production kickoff, 2008

The photo above was taken July 23, 2008 at the production kickoff for the Mazda6 at the AutoAlliance International plant, jointly owned by Mazda and Ford, in Flat Rock, Michigan. And as of this week, though neither company made a big deal about it, the AutoAlliance facility stopped building the Mazda6, ending Mazda production in the United States.

Although Ford takes total practical control of AutoAlliance International, the two companies will maintain their 50-50 stake in the plant for now while Ford invests $550 million in the facility to gear up for 2013 Fusion production.

The plant has built some well-known nameplates, including the Probe, Cougar and Mustang. The success of the joint venture led to the opening of an AutoAlliance Thailand plant in Rayong, modeled on its Flat Rock forebear. Mazda’s manufacturing departure from the U.S. will see 2014 Mazda6 production return to Japan; the automaker’s North American production relocates to Salamanca, Mexico in early 2013.

Mazda ceases production in U.S. as last sedan rolls off line in Flat Rock originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 26 Aug 2012 14:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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