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Toyota will use Mazda’s Skyactiv engine in new subcompact

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 8th, 2014

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Mazda Hazumi Concept

It looks like Toyota is going to have a little more zoom-zoom in the future. The giant Japanese automaker has struck a deal with Mazda to use its Skyactiv engines for the possible replacement to the Yaris. The new subcompact will be built under contract by Mazda at its new factory in Mexico.

Keishi Egawa, CEO of Mazda in Mexico, told Automotive News that Toyota would be responsible for the interior and exterior design and would allocate 50,000 subcompacts per year to Toyota of the factory’s 230,000-unit capacity. Production of the new model will begin between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. Toyota has not confirmed whether the presumed Yaris replacement would also share other components with Mazda.

An official production date for the next Mazda2 hasn’t been set yet, but it’s expected around the second half of 2014, according to Automotive News. Mazda also hasn’t said what version of the Skyactiv is going into the little hatchback. While the Hazumi concept, which likely previews the next 2, is using a new Skyactiv-D 1.5 diesel, this powerplant is unlikely for the US version.

The deal seems to be an ultimate vindication of Mazda’s promise that Skyactiv would allow for class-leading, fuel-efficient engines. “You can’t out-Toyota Toyota and you can’t out-Honda Honda. You’ve got to be you,” said Mazda USA’s director of communications Jeremy Barnes to AutoblogGreen in 2011. Now, it has the world’s largest automaker striking a deal to borrow its tech.

Toyota will use Mazda’s Skyactiv engine in new subcompact originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 08 Mar 2014 15:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chris Harris capitulates on his hatred for the Mazda MX-5 Miata… sort of

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 11th, 2012

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Chris Harris Mazda MX-5

Chris Harris and the Mazda MX-5 Miata have a bit of a checkered past. The infamous auto writer once sank his teeth into the little Japanese convertible and didn’t stop until he drew blood, saying he was “completely ambivalent to the existence” of the machine, and that it drove “with all the precision of a boneless limb.” For reasons that don’t need enunciation, Harris has received plenty of flack over those comments. Now he’s taken the time to give the Miata another shot to see if he was misguided in his derision.

What’s the verdict? Harris says he may have been a little too hard on the Miata on the first go around. But that doesn’t mean he’s recanting his original point of view. He’s still not sold on the fact that the Mazda is a legitimate sports car. We would counter by saying that may be true for someone who parks a Ferrari 599 in his garage every night. The rest of us are happy to get our hands on anything that even remotely resembles a proper-handling machine. Check out the video below.

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Chris Harris capitulates on his hatred for the Mazda MX-5 Miata… sort of originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 10 Sep 2012 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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