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Toyota, Mazda, Denso Join Forces for EV Development

New joint venture designed to produce new technologies.

by on Sep.28, 2017

Toyota, Mazda and Denso created a new joint venture to develop electric vehicle technology.

Toyota Motor Corp is setting up a new venture with Mazda Motor Corp. and Denso to develop electric vehicle technology for what has become a worldwide race to develop electric vehicles to meet demands for cleaner air.

Toyota is putting up 90% of the capital for the new venture, EV C.A. Spirit Co. Ltd. Denso and Mazda will put 5% each. The new venture will be based in Nagoya, Toyota’s home base in Japan. Denso is one of Toyota’s most trusted suppliers of sophisticated components, including electronics.

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The venture will be staffed by selected engineers from the three companies to ensure the efficient implementation of the joint technological development projects, according to a statement released by Toyota. (more…)

When it Comes to Jobs, Automakers Give – and Take Away

Industry announces plans for 12,000 jobs long-term, but cutbacks costing thousands now.

by on Sep.25, 2017

Mercedes is one of the automakers getting set to expand U.S. operations and create new jobs.

If you’re looking for a job at an auto assembly plant, hang tight, there will be thousands of new openings over the next several years. But for now, you might want to look elsewhere.

The auto industry was one of the sparks that helped set fire to the U.S. economy after the Great Recession, and since just the beginning of the year, manufacturers ranging BMW to Volvo have announced plans to add at least 12,000 new jobs as they add new U.S. assembly plants or expand existing ones.

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Mazda To Launch Breakthrough Homogeneous Compression Engine

Skyactiv-X said to combine best of diesel, gas engines, including hybrid level mileage.

by on Aug.08, 2017

Mazda reportedly will use the new HCCI engine technology in the next Mazda3 model.

Just days after Mazda announced plans to partner with Toyota on the development and production of new battery-electric vehicles, the smaller automaker said it is getting ready to launch a new breakthrough gasoline engine that could give hybrids a run for the money.

Known as a homogeneous charge compression ignition, or HCCI, engine, what Mazda plans to call the Skyactiv-X has been a long-held goal of many major manufacturers for decades. It essentially combines the best aspects of gas and diesel engines to deliver, among other things, extremely good mileage with low emissions.

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“We think it is an imperative and fundamental job for us to pursue the ideal internal combustion engine,” Mazda R&D head Kiyoshi Fujiwara told reporters in Japan on Tuesday. “Electrification is necessary but,” he added, “the internal combustion engine should come first.”

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Toyota Pairing Up with Mazda on EV Project, $1.6b US Car Plant

Mazda to issue new shares as Toyota set to take 5% equity stake.

by on Aug.04, 2017

Toyota President Akio Toyota and his Mazda counterpart Masamichi Kogai announce their alliance.

On the same day Toyota Motor Corp. announced a 6% jump in net earnings, the Japanese automaker confirmed it will take an equity stake in Mazda Motor Corp. on a venture that will lead them to jointly develop and produce electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, the two carmakers confirmed they will also set up a new, $1.6 billion assembly plant in the United States that will create up to 4,000 new jobs. Toyota already operates a broad network of factories in the U.S., but Mazda hasn’t operated a plant there since exiting a long-running joint venture with Ford Motor Co. several years ago.

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“The greatest fruit of our partnership with Mazda is that we have found a new partner who truly loves cars,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda. “It has also sparked Toyota’s competitive spirit, increasing our sense of not wanting to be bested by Mazda.”

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Mazda Recalls 307K Cars for Parking Brake Problem

U.S. home to 228K of the affected cars.

by on Jun.30, 2017

Mazda is recalling 228,000 Mazda6 and Mazda3 sedans in the U.S. due to a parking brake issue.

Mazda is recalling more than 307,000 cars — 228,000 in the U.S. — because of problems with the vehicle’s parking brake.

On certain Mazda6 and Mazda3 models, the parking brake may not fully release or, conversely, it may fail to keep the car in position, increasing the risk of a crash, the company notes.

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The action covers 2014 and 2015 model year Mazda 6 cars and 2014–16 Mazda 3 models. (more…)

Mazda May Bring Back Rotary – as an EV Range Extender

Japanese maker's first EV reportedly on tap for 2019.

by on Mar.23, 2017

Mazda is bringing back the Wankel. The famous rotary engine will be used as a range extender in the maker's new battery-electric car.

After years of trying to find a way to meet tough global emissions and mileage regulations, Mazda officials have apparently given up on plans to bring back the Wankel engine perhaps known for its use in sports cars like the RX-7 and RX-8 – but the rotary isn’t dead and buried.

Several senior Mazda sources have now revealed that the Wankel will make its return under the hood of the Japanese automaker’s first battery-electric vehicle. If that has you scratching your head, the explanation is simple: the rotary will serve as a range-extender for the EV Mazda is expected to launch sometime in 2019.

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It’s the same approach that BMW is using for a range-extender for its little city car, the i3 REx, albeit with a rotary, rather than conventional piston engine. Once the batteries are drained, the Wankel will fire up to keep the car rolling until the driver can stop for a recharge. (more…)

Mazda Aiming to First With Breakthrough HCCI Engine

High-mileage version of SkyActiv engine readying for next-gen Mazda3.

by on Jan.23, 2017

Mazda reportedly will use the new HCCI engine technology in the next Mazda3 model.

Barring a sudden shift by the new Trump Administration, automakers are facing a tough federal fuel economy target for 2025, and that has them looking at a variety of ways to deliver book mileage gains over the next few years.

Along with various battery-based technologies, a number of exotic internal combustion technologies are vying for acceptance, including a concept known as the homogeneous-charge compression ignition, or HCCI, engine. Combining attributes of the diesel but powered by gasoline, and promising major improvements in efficiency, HCCI may finally be ready for prime time.

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According to a report by Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review, Mazda and another, unnamed manufacturer plant launch an engine using HCCI technology late in 2018. Set to be used in the little Mazda3, the new SkyActiv engine is expected to deliver as much as a 30% bump in fuel economy compared to a comparable, conventional gas engine.

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Mazda Putting Diesel Engine into New CX-5

Engineers tweaked the oil burner for three years before approving it for the U.S.

by on Nov.17, 2016

Globally, Mazda will offer the new CX-5 with three SkyActiv powertrains, including a diesel.

Mazda Motor Corp. announced during its press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show that it will offer the SkyActiv 2.2-liter clean diesel as an option in the CX-5 utility vehicle, beginning in the second half of 2017.

“We’re confident this engine offers a smart new option for North American drivers who want both performance and fuel economy,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s executive vice president and representative director.

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The 2.2-liter diesel used in the all-new CX-5 for North America provides a torque-rich driving experience. It will meet the region’s strict emission standards and make the CX-5 one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, Marumoto said. (more…)

Mazda Sees Red with New CX-5

Putting some soul in motion.

by on Nov.16, 2016

Mazda U.S. design chief Julien Montousse shows off the new CX-5 crossover.

Forget performance. Ignore those fancy new infotainment systems. Virtually every study shows that design is still one of the top motivators when it comes to choosing a new car. And, in recent years, Mazda has worked hard to elevate automotive styling into an art.

The automaker takes things another step with the latest version of its mid-range CX-5 crossover now making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. While picking up on some of the obvious cues of the bigger CX-9, the new CUV takes Mazda’s Kodo, Soul of Motion design language another step forward – adding an eye-catching new paint job it has dubbed Soul Red Crystal.

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“We were searching for a pure emotional expression,” said Julien Montousse, the head of Mazda’s U.S. design operations, during a media preview ahead of the formal opening of the 2016 L.A. Auto Show.

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Mazda Teases All-New CX-5 Ahead of LA Auto Show Unveiling

Refined design and new technologies expected for 2017 crossover.

by on Oct.27, 2016

Mazda uses more of its Kodo design language with the 2017 CX-5 makeover.

It’s promising to be one of the busiest L.A. Auto Shows in years, with manufacturers already signaling plans to preview as many as 50 new cars, trucks and crossovers at the Los Angeles Convention Center next month.

Include Mazda in that list, the Japanese maker adding an all-new version of the CX-5 to the list. Considering current market trends, this could be one of Mazda’s most important launches in several years.

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While the automaker isn’t saying much, it issued a statement with this teaser image promising it has “refined all aspects of its award-winning compact SUV’s design and technology to deliver new dimensions of driving joy.”

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