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Mazda SkyActiv Diesel Making First US Appearance

Takeri concept may reappear as next-gen Mazda6.

by on Apr.03, 2012

The next Mazda6? The Takeri concept will reappear in NY - and will notably feature the new SkyActiv-D diesel.

Technically, the Mazda concept vehicle that will be unveiled in New York, this week, is staging its North American, rather than global debut.  Known as the Takerei, it was first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, last autumn.  But Mazda had little to say about the prototype back then, except to note the name – in Japanese – means “male.”

The maker is revealing a bit more as it prepares for the NYIAS unveiling – although it’s still keeping a few secrets.  Most significantly, it describes Takerei as “a vehicle of mid-size sedan proportions.” And considering that Mazda is preparing to update its aging Mazda6 model, it seems reasonably likely that the concept will soon reappear in production trim – or at least heavily influence the upcoming Mazda6 replacement.

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Meanwhile, the other significant detail is that the Takerei concept is powered by Mazda’s new SkyActiv-D diesel powertrain.


Axe to Fall at Mazda This Week

"Substantial" job cuts to begin with buyouts.

by on Mar.14, 2012

Mazda is counting on the new, SkyActive-based CX-5 to begin its turnaround.

With its parent company preparing for its worst losses in more than a decade, Mazda Motors of America will begin the first in a series of what have been described as “substantial” job cuts this week.

Though the maker has declined to discuss precise numbers, the first step will come tomorrow when Mazda discloses details of a first round of “voluntary” layoffs.  The maker is expected to follow with additional, involuntary cuts by sometime in April, according to sources familiar with the plan.

The move is the result of “the global headwinds” the company is facing, spokesman Jeremy Barnes confirmed earlier this month.

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The Japanese maker has forecast a loss of about 100 billion yen, or $1.2 billion, for the fiscal year ending March 31, its worst deficit in 11 years.  Mazda Motor Corp, CEO Takashi Yamanouchi recently revealed plans to raise as much as 150 billion yen through a new stock sale needed to replenish its coffers.