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Takashi Yamanouchi to retire as Mazda chairman

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 12th, 2014

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Takashi Yamanouchi

Takashi Yamanouchi has been with Mazda for a long time. He signed on with the Japanese automaker in April 1967 – one month after graduating from Keio University – and rose through the ranks over the years. By 1996 he was named to the company’s board of directors. In 2008 he was named president and CEO, an office he held until 2013, after which he handed over the day-to-day reins to Masamichi Kogai and took up the seat at the head of the board room to serve as the company’s chairman. But now, after 47 years working for Mazda, Yamanouchi-san is retiring at the age of 69.

During his tenure as CEO and then as chairman, Yamanouchi was credited with growing Mazda’s business despite unfavorable fluctuations in exchange rates, opening the company’s first plant in Mexico, and spearheading the development of Mazda’s Skyactiv technologies and Kodo design language.

In his place, current vice chairman Seita Kanai will take over as chairman. The changing of the guard will take place after the annual shareholders’ meeting on June 24.

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Takashi Yamanouchi to retire as Mazda chairman originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 12 May 2014 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda launches 25th Anniversary Miata pre-order site, priced from $32,205

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 2nd, 2014

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2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary

Mazda made a big celebration of the MX-5 Miata at the 2014 New York Auto Show with a bunch of classic models on display. It capped off the model’s 25th birthday with the announcement of the 2015 MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition and showed off the much-anticipated, next-generation version’s chassis.

While we are still at least year away from the new Miata hitting the road, the anniversary edition is on its way and is limited to just 100 copies for the United States. The special cars start at $32,205, compared to $23,970 for the 2015 softtop model and $28,665 for the 2015 retractable hardtop version. There is an additional $795 destination charge for all of them.

To make sure everyone gets a chance to own the ceremonial convertible, Mazda has a countdown on its website until 10:25 AM PDT, May 20, 2014. When the day comes, 250 people can to register for the car, and the first 100 to be verified as buyers get the rare Miata. Those with multiple entries will be disqualified.

The 25th Anniversary Miata is meant to be the ultimate celebration of the car’s legacy. Each car has its pistons, connecting rods and flywheel hand-selected to create an engine that revs more freely. It exclusively comes with the retractable hardtop with two-tone paint. The body is Soul Red Metallic with contrasting Brilliant Black on the A-pillars, windshield surround, outside mirror and roof. An anniversary badge on the driver’s side fender shows the its serial number. The interior is fitted with Almond leather upholstery with red stitching and satin chrome trim. Aluminum pedals and steel doorsill plates complete the sporty look. Buyers also receive a custom Tourneau watch with a winder box. For the lucky few that get them, it seems like a great way to celebrate the history of a fantastic sports car. Scroll down to read the full release.

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Mazda launches 25th Anniversary Miata pre-order site, priced from $32,205 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 02 May 2014 10:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Mazda6 recalled due to fuel overfill fire risk

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 2nd, 2014

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Mazda is recalling 19,000 Mazda6 sedans from model year 2014, over concerns that the fuel tanks can be filled up too much. What is it with Mazda and fuel tanks?

The big concern is, obviously, spillage when filling up. There’s also a risk that a radical temperature swing could cause the fuel volume to expand, causing a full tank to spill over without the driver knowing about it. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin, if the fuel spills over, it could end up in something called the charcoal canister, which helps with the car’s emissions. If it fills up the canister, it could leak out onto the road. None of this is really desirable.

The affected vehicles were all built between October 25, 2012 and May 9, 2013. It’s unclear if there have been any fires due to this problem. Dealers should have been notified by now, while owners should begin receiving official recall notifications very soon.

To remedy the issue, dealers will install an adapter in the fuel tank’s shutoff valve and, if necessary, replace the charcoal canister. Naturally, the repairs will be handled free of charge.

Take a look below for the notification from NHTSA.

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2014 Mazda6 recalled due to fuel overfill fire risk originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 02 May 2014 09:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Next Mazda CX-9 to launch by 2016, could get turbo-four

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 1st, 2014

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2013 Mazda CX-9

Mazda has a lot going on these days, what with launching the new Mazda6 and Mazda3, with the new Mazda2 just around the corner. We know the new Miata is also on the way, and after that it looks like the next vehicle in its lineup due for an overhaul is the CX-9 crossover, due to launch by 2016. The move makes sense because the CUV is growing long in the tooth. It was first introduced in 2007 and was refreshed twice since then.

The next-generation CX-9 will move away from Ford-derived components like the V6 in the current model and will likely use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, a final decision hasn’t been made yet. “If I ask Mr. Hitomi, our top guy of powertrains at Mazda, he believes the downsizing turbo solution costs more. But real downsizing means six-cylinder to four-cylinder turbo could make sense from a cost point of view,” said Mazda’s global marketing boss Masahiro Moro to CarAdvice at the New York Auto Show. The executive said a hybrid powertrain option would be unlikely, but markets outside the US could get a diesel, as well.

Moro also tipped his hand at future Mazda model plans. He hints that the Japanese automaker is considering building a luxury vehicle with a six-cylinder engine. “It’s too early, we don’t have a car yet. But we are collecting advice as to V6 or straight-six,” he said to CarAdvice. We’ll definitely be watching.

Next Mazda CX-9 to launch by 2016, could get turbo-four originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 01 May 2014 11:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda reports highest profits in its 94-year history

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 26th, 2014

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2015 Mazda3

We may only be a third of the way through 2014, but for Japanese companies, March 31 marked the end of fiscal 2014, and it was a banner financial year for Mazda’s global operations. The Japanese independent saw its highest global operating profits in its nearly 100-year history. Its global operating profits were up a huge 238 percent. Yes, a 238 percent increase over 2012 to 1.36 billion euros ($1.88 billion), eclipsing the brand’s previous best year, 2008, by 12 percent. Net earnings, revenue and global sales volume also saw increases over the last fiscal year.

What’s most impressive, though, is where Mazda saw improvement. The notoriously rough European market was rather kind to the Zoom-Zoom brand, where sales increased 25 percent to 163,000 units. That figure was bolstered by a 35-percent sales increase in Great Britain and a 20-percent jump in Germany, Europe’s two largest markets. Japanese sales, meanwhile, were up a respectable 13 percent, to 244,000 units. In China, Mazda saw a 12 percent bump.

Notice we aren’t talking about North American sales? That’s because Mazda only saw a moderate, five-percent gain in the New World, with sales climbing to 391,000 units in the US, Canada and Mexico. This is particularly disappointing considering Mazda has launched three critically acclaimed products (CX-5, Mazda6 and most recently, Mazda3) for the North American market over the past two fiscal years. Still, it isn’t a particular reason to be concerned, as IHS industry analyst Stephanie Brinley notes. “Five percent isn’t terrible,” Brinley told Autoblog, saying that Mazda should see a bump in 2014 as the Mazda3 picks up steam.

While Mazda may have hoped its five-percent gain in North America was a bit higher, it shows solid progress on company CEO Masamichi Kogai and his promise to raise US sales to 400,000 units.

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Mazda reports highest profits in its 94-year history originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda recalls 109k Tribute models for rust issue

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 18th, 2014

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2004 Mazda Tribute

The Mazda Tribute is being hit with a similar recall as its platform-mate the Ford Escape underwent a few weeks ago. Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tributes from model years 2001 to 2004. On the trucks, the subframe can rust from road salt, potentially causing the lower control arm to detach. If this happens, a loss of steering control could occur.

Mazda is adding a reinforcement crossbrace for added strength on the affected models. The recall covers Tributes currently registered in or originally sold in 20 northern states and Washington, DC, where road salt is used.

The reinforcement braces aren’t available yet to do the repair. Mazda will send a letter in May to owners of affected vehicles that will inform them of the problem, and a second letter telling them when the parts will be ready. Scroll down to read the full recall press release.

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Mazda recalls 109k Tribute models for rust issue originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda reveals 25th anniversary edition MX-5 Miata alongside next-gen chassis

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 17th, 2014

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition

Ford may be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang this week, but it’s not the only automaker with a sports car icon to fete at this year’s New York Auto Show. Mazda is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata with an array of 15 classic models. It’s also showing off the chassis for the next MX-5, and unveiling a special 25th Anniversary Edition.

Next-gen Mazda MX-5 Skyactiv chassisThe special edition is based on the retractable hardtop model with either manual or automatic transmission, Bilstein shocks, a metallic red paint job with contrasting black roof and an off-white leather interior. Naturally, special badging can be found inside and out to set it apart from the record 940,000 other MX-5s sold to date, and just 100 examples will find their way to US buyers.

Along with the two-tone special, Mazda is also showing off the new Skyactiv chassis and engine that’ll underpin and power the upcoming next-generation MX-5 (as well as an as-yet-to-be-determined Fiat Group roadster if the two parties can work out their differences). With a lower center of gravity that’s also closer to the middle of the car, the new chassis promises even better balance and a good couple hundred pounds of weight savings over the outgoing model. Check it all out in the press releases below.

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Mazda Miata 25th anniversary display is roadster heaven on Earth

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 17th, 2014

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Mazda Miata 25th Anniversary Display

As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata, Mazda has put together a rather large display at its New York Auto Show booth, showing off significant models from the diminutive roadsters history.

The display represents a healthy split of volume models, with cars 14, 15 and 17 sitting alongside cars 500,000 and 700,000. There are also more than a few concept cars in the offering, such as the Super20 Concept we drove a few years back, as well as older offerings, like the Club Racer concept from the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, the M-Speedster from the 1995 Chicago show and the M Coupe from the 1996 New York Auto Show.

We’ve put together a gallery of images of the historical Miata display, which you can view above. Take a look and then let us know which of Mazda’s awesome roadsters is your favorite.

Mazda Miata 25th anniversary display is roadster heaven on Earth originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:41:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Mazda6: Winter’s End Update

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 14th, 2014

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2014 Mazda6 Long-term

The Winter Without End is seemingly dead. Outside my office windows, my brown and yellow lawn is fully exposed to the increasingly powerful sunshine, the morning birdsong is louder than anything until the garbage trucks start rolling, and I’m seriously considering having the summer tires put back on my personal fleet. That last one is a little scary, as I’m a firm believer in the April Snow Jinx, but you get the idea.

The long-term Mazda6 has also long since left my driveway. Looking back on my notes from the time it was in my charge, however, I see all remarks are dominated by one highlighted section at the top: “worst winter drive of all time.” I hardly need the reminder, to be honest. Here’s what happened.

When the Mazda showed up at my door, we’d already fitted the thing with its new winter rubber: Bridgestone Blizzaks. Plunking down for dedicated snow tires was a near necessity this year – as it almost always is in Michigan. We didn’t see much reprieve from snow-choked, iced over roads here in Ann Arbor, and the knobbier rubber proved invaluable in getting me out of my house time and again.

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2014 Mazda6: Winter’s End Update originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda spiders return, 42k Mazda6 sedans recalled for webby fuel tanks

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 5th, 2014

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2010 Mazda6 S sedan

It seems that Yellow Sac spiders really, really love Mazda. Three years after Mazda recalled 52,000 Mazda6 sedans over spider webs obstructing the evaporative canister vent lines of 2009 and 2010 Mazda6 models, another recall has been issued for 42,000 more of the models built between 2010 and 2012 and equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

According to the automaker, there have been nine confirmed sightings of spiders in vent lines since the original recall. It seems that covers were applied at the factory to keep the arachnids from entering, but it hasn’t quite exterminated the problem. A reflash of the ECU is required that “[changes] the logic behind how the car purges the charcoal canister during normal operation,” says Jeremy Barnes, Director, Public Relations & Brand Experience at Mazda North American Operations.

So far, Mazda has not recorded any fires, accidents or injuries due to this tangled mess of webs. Recall notices will be mailed out to owners later this month. Scroll down below for the statement from Mazda, along with the official recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Mazda spiders return, 42k Mazda6 sedans recalled for webby fuel tanks originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 05 Apr 2014 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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