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BMW, Subaru, Mazda and Toyota offer $553 million settlement following Takata's airbag recall

The aftermath of the Takata airbag recall still largely resounds in the automotive industry, as big automotive companies like BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota were extensively hit with what is considered as the largest single automotive recall of all time. The said 4 companies have had to make a settlement worth whopping $553 million with the United States government. Now that hurt a lot.

Current owners of around 16 million affected vehicles equipped with the faulty Takata air bags are candidates for financial aid in getting their vehicles checked out and fixed, with up to $500 in compensation as part of new consumer settlements that involve various automakers. BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota have provided a collective statement on this unfortunate situation, explaining that the said settlement would allow a series of programs to raise recall remedy completion rates for Takata airbag inflators, including other customer benefits.

Included in this plan is an outreach program that will aid the speed of the recall and repair process, supervised through traditional and non-traditional means. For example, a rental car will serve as loaner vehicles to afflicted customers when requested, or during instances when parts for the recall are not available within 30 days. In addition, afflicted customers will be able to demand reimbursement for "appropriate out of pocket expenses that is due directly to the Takata airbag inflator recalls under out of pocket claims and the remaining distribution program.

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Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey opens doors in Germany

People who want to learn more about the automotive industry and its history can always head out to Germany. This is because not only is it where many of the world’s leading auto brands are based, but it is also where one can visit the best when it comes to museums decided to the automotive world.

With the opening of the Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey, it adds a new reason to visit Germany. Dedicated mainly to the Japanese automaker, it is also the first such collection of models to be displayed outside Japan. The museum is in Augsburg, Bavaria, and is seen as an excellent location as it is between Munich and Stuttgart. For the uninitiated, Munich is currently where BMW is headquartered with Stuttgart serving as the home not only of Porsche but even for Mercedes.

In addition, the location of the museum is about four hours from Oberursel, Augsburg, which is the same area where Mazda’s Research & Development center is based. Oberursel is also where you can find Auto Frey, which not only sells Peugeots but is considered to be the largest Mazda dealer in Europe. Augsburg is also five hours away from Leverkusen, where the European headquarters of Mazda is located. For the museum itself, it was made possible through a joint venture entered into by Mazda and the family that owns Auto Frey. The latter in particular also loaned a number of models from its private collection to the museum.

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3-row Mazda CX-8 SUV teased, will soon arrive in Japan

Three-row crossover SUVs are all the buzz right now especially among families. One such example is the Mazda CX-9 with its seating system along with outstanding options. The only problem is that the CX-9 is a bit too large to be a good fit in selected markets. This is what led the Japanese automaker to arrive at a nifty solution-- a more compact and dynamically designed 3-row SUV revealed as the CX-8.

The CX-9 has not been made available to Japanese auto dealers. There actually wasn’t a three-row SUV from Mazda until the CX-8. The needs of certain Japanese consumers weren’t being met. But all these will change as Mazda has said that by the latter part of the year, it will be launching the CX-8 in the Land of the Rising Sun. A single image stands as our first peek into the cabin of the six-seater CX-8. It revealed that the roof bends more as it approaches the rear compared to the CX-9.

The design is closely similar to that of the CX-4 on sale in China, but is built on a larger scale. The wheelbase of the CX-8 measures around 2,930 mm (115 inches) akin to the CX-9; however, the new SUV is 175 mm shorter overall. Moreover, the CX-8 is narrower, averaging around 129 mm. CX-8 has a similar width as the CX-5, measuring bout 1,840mm. Regarding the new SUV's height, it is much lower than the CX-9 as the CX-8 stands around 1,730 mm tall. However, the CX-8 is 55 mm taller than that of the CX-5. The buyers can choose from a six or seven seat vehicle. Revealed in the teaser image is a six-seat configuration in which the second row has an armrest and cup holders resting in the middle seat.

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BBR Turbo Kit raises output of new Mazda MX-5 Miata by 93 hp to 248 hp

While some delightful owners of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata are happy with its performance, BBR, the British tuning house has cooked up something more delicious for those who aren't fully satisfied. Coincidence? Not really. Over the past years, the UK-based car tuner has been offering turbo kits for the said car model.

Adding more spice to its rather bland performance, BBR has come up with a new ECU package complete with cast-iron twin exhaust manifold, a K & N induction system, a fully mounted scroll turbocharger and a carbon fiber turbo heat shield especially for the new MX-5.

To begin with, BBR’s £6,000 Stage 1 upgrade provides up to 248hp (185kW) and 236 lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. The BBR-charged Mazda MX-5 Miata could reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250kph) after hitting a 0-60mph (0-96kph) in as short as five seconds. Aside from complying with MOT emission standards, the tuning specialist ensures that its products have the official approval of the TÜV and CARB. Likewise, BBR offers a fully reversible setup for those who want to revert the MX-5 back to its original spec. The newly added accessories meanwhile come in factory finish to conceal any changes made to the engine.

Read the entire article BBR Turbo Kit raises output of new Mazda MX-5 Miata by 93 hp to 248 hp

Now that the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is already being sold in Japan, it won’t be long before it arrives in other markets around the world. Withproduction currently underway at the carmaker’s Ujina Plant No. 2 located near the carmaker’s global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 would soon arrive at Mazda’s showrooms in other countries. So, if you have plans to get a new Mazda CX-5 on your garage, perhaps knowing how much one cost would help.

According to the Japanese carmaker, the base version of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 will be available in the United States with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MRSP) of $24,045, plus $940 in destination charge ($985 in Alaska) or taxes, fees or additional charges. This means that the least expensive 2017 Mazda CX-5 – in Sport trim with front-wheel drive -- is available for $24,985. When the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Sport is specified with i-Activ AWD (all-wheel drive), the MSRP goes up to $25,345, excluding destination charges.

Meanwhile, the Touring model of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 FWD has an MSRP of $25,195 excluding destination charges. When the 2017 Mazda CX-5 i-Activ AWD is specified, the MSRP increases to $27,215, sans the destination charge. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring could be availed with two trim packages. These are the Touring Preferred Equipment package that is available at an additional $780, and the i-ActiveSense package that comes at an extra $625.

Read the entire article US-bound version of the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 has a starting price of $24,985

Mazda’s RX-7 and RX-8 rotary sports car are two of the most beloved sports cars from Japan. Aside from their terrific road balance and agility, these sports cars are powered by the Japanese carmaker’s equally iconic rotary engine. Thus, when news leaked out that Mazda is mulling a rotary sports car, many customers, fans and enthusiasts became thrilled and excited for the arrival of the successor to the RX-7 and RX-8.

However, Mazda’s top honcho, chief executive Masamichi Kogai has other things in mind. He is not just postponing or deferring such project. In an interview with Automotive News, Kogai has dashed hopes that a sports car powered by a rotary engine would be build and offered by Mazda. This effectively killed previous indications that a rotary sports car was in the works. For instance, sports car chief Nobuhiro Yamamoto was said to have confirmed that a rotary sports car project was underway in 2012 – the same year that Mazda ended production of the last RX-8.

Hopes that a new Mazda sports car was on the way were further boosted when the Japanese carmaker unveiled the Mazda RX-Vision Sports Car Concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. As the name of the concept suggests, this front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports concept represents a “vision” of the future that only Mazda could have provided with its rotary engine, made sportier and stylish by its elegant proportions and awe-inspiring lines.

Read the entire article Mazda CEO denies plan to build RX-9 or any predecessor to rotary sports car

The recently concluded 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show has just showcased the new generation Mazda CX-5. And with it comes a rendered version for an MPS variant. Let us see what the guys from X-Tomi Design are up to.

To begin, the MPS-wearing CX-5 features a variety of body panels to make it sportier and stand out from the standard mid-size SUV. As you can see, the most prominent design goes to the black trim along the front grille and the much-larger set of wheels. The low riding Mazda CX-5 also has new side skirts, lip spoiler and front bumper to complete the MPS get-up. So there it is! X-Tomi has done an impressive job.

Of course there is no actual confirmation if this will come into production. That said, Mazda has concocted a new paint color for the SUV befitting its latest “KODO Soul of Motion” styling. The “Soul Red Crystal” as they call it is the more premium version of Mazda’s Soul Red body paint.

Read the entire article X-Tomi’s rendering of the latest CX-5 Mazda Performance Series is simply stunning

We have good news for those who are waiting for the latest version of the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover. It was just unveiled in November at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, and now the Japanese carmaker is busy assembling the 2017 Mazda CX-5 at its production facilities in Japan.

In fact, a number of CX-5 models – those wrapped in the new Soul Red Crystal color – have been rolled off the production line at the carmaker’s Ujina Plant No. 2 located near its global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan. The initial batches of the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover will arrive in Japan in February 2017 and in other global markets right afterwards.

Developed as “an SUV all customers will enjoy,” the new Mazda CX-5 is designed to provide superior passenger comfort with its quiet and finely crafted cabin and pleasant ride. In an effort to improve the crossover’s motion control, Mazda fitted the 2017 CX-5 with the G-Vectoring Control that could tweak its engine’s torque level to allow easier steering. Three engines are available for the 2017 Mazda CX-5: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and 2.5 gasoline units and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel powerplant.

Read the entire article 2017 Mazda CX-5 production kicks off in Japan

There are a number of things many people are grateful for this Thanksgiving. For car enthusiasts and customers in the U.S., there is another one to add to the list and this is all due to Mazda North American Operations. It should be recalled that there was much excitement with the launch of the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF, the hardtop version of Mazda’s bestseller. Then it was announced that the first unit would be shipped to the U.S. by the first quarter of 2017 or sometime in February.

It has now been revealed that Mazda will be shipping the units two months ahead of schedule. For this latest shipment, 500 units are expected to arrive in the early part of December, with deliveries scheduled for the second week.

The reason for this is that there was a production shift at its Japan facility resulting in the first batch of units ready to be shipped to the U.S. The brand had initially released 1,000 units of what it dubbed as the MX-5 RF Launch Edition back in October. Mainly based on the MX-5 RF’s Grand Touring Trim, the Launch Editions were finished in the exclusive Machine Gray. In addition, this was the only version of the MX-5 in the U.S. market through would have a top that has been hand-painted in black and Auburn Nappa leather inside.

Read the entire article US deliveries of 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF to begin in 2nd week of December

Despite the government implementing new environmental regulations that can make profit for automakers rather challenging, this has not deterred the engineering team of Mazda as they remain to be on the path to develop the rotary engine even further. While the company has confirmed that this work is continuing, the main issue that needs to be hurdled is how to adapt the Wankel and make it work in a more contemporary setting.

The research and development team working on this is headed by Kiyoshi Fujiwara. In an interview with CarAdvice, Fujiwara revealed that while the main objective remains to be finding a way to convert the RX Vision Coupe Concept to a working production version, the team prefers that it come with a rotary powerplant. Fujiwara admits though that this continues to be a dream. In the same interview, Fujiwara disclosed to CarAdvice that while some have looked into the problem as an issue in terms of exhaust emissions and fuel economy, the team believes that the problem is in fact related to the rotary engine’s structural issues. As such, the team hopes to come up with an entirely new technology in order to eventually address this basic constructive matter, he added.

For many experts, addressing the problem of torque and emissions is generally the application of electrification. However, Fujiwara’s team does not want to go that route making the task that much difficult. Fujiwara shared that since the team wants to use a new powerplant to be placed inside a lighweight sports car, using batteries would likely increase the weight. While there have been a number of technological innovations like new smaller batteries which can allow for a hybrid rotary engine, Fujiwara continued by saying that now is not that time. He revealed though that the best option for now would appear to be turbocharging.

Read the entire article Mazda RX engineering team says problem with Wankel rotary engine is ‘structural’

An intense breed of race car combined with highly extreme aerodynamics, this very much defines the concept behind Mazda RT24-P seen at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The super hot prototype model was labelled RT24-P in reference to Mazda’s “Road to 24” driver scholarship programme.

John Doonan, Mazda Sports Director expressed his gratitude about having a racecar that features their design philosophy. The strong spoilers and immense wings represent the company’s Kodo design language. Doonan added how this opportunity is very significant for all of them as a team. He believes there is so much more to reveal and we can finally learn about these things during the race.

Riley Technologies teamed up with Multimatic to develop the RT24-P’s chassis design. The American-Canadian tandem’s own take on the concept machine has resulted on the highly exceptional front-end and bodyworks. These two were also responsible for the prototype’s large horizontal rear wing, vertical fin and curved splitter.

Read the entire article Mazda RT24-P: an extremely gorgeous 2017 Daytona Prototype at the LA Auto Show

Japanese carmaker Mazda Motor Corp. is all set to unveil the latest iteration of its CX-5 compact crossover at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show starting Friday, November 18. For the 2017 model year, the Mazda CX-5 has been redesigned with a new color paint that should allow this crossover to increase its appeal and emotional connection with its owners.

The styling changes on the new CX-5 were a result of adopting a number of design cues from the latest version of its larger crossover sibling, the CX-9. For instance, its front end now comes with a broader grille flanked by arched headlights. The front end is also marked by a narrow lower intake that links to the running lights, thereby further highlighting the width of the CX-5. When viewed from the sides, the new CX-5 looks the same as its predecessor, but it now features extra chrome around its windows. Meanwhile, the rear end of compact crossover is marked by sharper taillights.

In a bid to increase the exterior appeal of its offerings, Mazda has developed a new body color that represents its KODO - Soul of Motion design. The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the first vehicle in the carmaker’s lineup to don this new color, which will then be applied to new and current models. Soul Red Crystal is an advanced version of Soul Red. Soul Red Crystal features 20-percent better color saturation and 50-percent more depth than Soul Red.

Read the entire article Mazda unveils redesigned 2017 CX-5 compact crossover at LA Auto Show

Like many automakers, Mazda North American Operations knows what the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show (SEMA) is all about. Held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event allows many designers the chance to think out of the box and come up with a number of excellent dream cars. For the 2016 SEMA Show, Mazda will be exhibiting the more ruthless yet lighter MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution and the MX-5 RF Kuro. The MX-5 RF Kuro in particular is based mainly on the 2017 MX-5 RF retractable fastback and slated to be released early next year to the U.S. market.

It was during the 2015 SEMA Show when Mazda first unveiled the MX-5 Speedster. Compared to the MX-5 soft top on which it was based, it weighed 2,080 lbs., a reduction of 11% or about 150 lbs. After that, the MX-5 Speedster was then taken to the Goodwood Festival of Speed held in U.K., where it underwent the 1.16-mile hill climb. Later the model was brought back to Mazda Design Americas located in Irvine, California, where a team started to look into how to make this version even lighter.

The design team was led by none other than Design Manager Ken Saward, who took out everything beneath the dashboard and made sure to replace all the gauges with a digital display. In addition, the team also removed the Brembo brakes in the front and instead used the calipers and rotors of the MX-5 Sport and Grand Touring, as they were lighter. Furthermore, the standard battery which weighed 25.1 lbs., was replaced with the Braille GreenLite G20 Lithium battery which only weighed 4.5 lbs.

Read the entire article SEMA: Mazda exhibits much lighter MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution, MX-5 RF Kuro [Live Photos]

Mazda revealed that it has long been committed to providing customers with a driving experience that is free from any trappings in addition to being lightweight.

Thus at Las Vegas’ 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (2016 SEMA Show), Mazda will be unveiling two sporty MX-5 concepts, namely: the MX-5 Speedster Evolution Concept and the MX-5 RF Kuro.

Read the entire article MX-5 RF Kuro and Speedster Evolution unveiled by Mazda for 2016 SEMA

Japanese carmaker Mazda is introducing the latest iteration of its already stylish crossover, the new Mazda CX-4. To a great extent, the new Mazda CX-4 represents a new degree of evolution for Mazda's KODO design language that retains only the essential styling elements to express the dynamic power of a vehicle while providing an aura of majesty and elegance.

At first glance, the new Mazda CX-4 is so exclusively stylish that it stands out among the rest of vehicles even on a busy road. In fact, its exterior beauty is one that would attract people’s attention on the street.

After all, the new Mazda CX-4 follows the "striking traction form" as its exterior design attitude.

Read the entire article Mazda introduces more stylish and much-improved CX-4 active crossover

Mazda North American Operations has priced the 2016 Mazda CX-9, its newest three-row midsize crossover SUV, at MSRP starting from $31,520. In addition to the pricing, the company has also released its packaging information. The 2016 CX-9 has fun-to-drive handling dynamics, offers a first-rate experience, and comes with bold KODO, its Soul of Motion design.

MNAO’s Senior Vice-President for U.S. Operations Robert Davis said that the company had high expectations when it came to the 2016 CX-9 which included having a more responsive powertrain and providing a smoother yet quieter ride, among others.

As its flagship vehicle, Davis continued, the 2016 CX-9 shows the future of innovative technologies and features that the company believes will advance their vehicles in their respective segments. Under a Sport trim, the 2016 CX-9 will have the standard LED headlights and taillights, much like the 2016 MX-5 Miata roadster.

Read the entire article 2016 Mazda CX-9 has a starting price of $31,520 in the United States

Mazda has finally introduced the MX-5 RF retractable fastback at the 2016 New York Auto Show. This latest iteration of the MX-5 remains fully able in providing a dynamic and enjoyable open-top driving experience.

However, Mazda is offering this experience on a new dimension that is accessible to a wider range of drivers. The new Mazda MX-5 RF is powered by either the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engines. Power is transmitted to the wheels either through a quick-shifting six-speed SKYACTIV-MT transmission and an MX-5 RF- exclusive six-speed automatic gearbox.

This new Mazda MX-5 RF comes knocking with a fastback styling featuring a smooth roofline sloping down to the rear. Moreover, its distinct rear roof and retractable back window allow it to offer a unique convertible feeling. Interestingly, a driver could easily deploy or employ the power roof with just a push of a button even while the MX-5 RF is moving at speeds of up to 10km/h.

Read the entire article 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF retractable fastback is presented at 2016 New York Auto Show

Expecting a surge in demand from the U.S. and Canadian markets, Mazda Motor Corporation recently announced that the production of the all-new CX-9 three-row mid-six crossover SUV has begun in its Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima. According to Mazda, the new CX-9 is specifically designed for the North American market and would be available by spring of 2016.

The North American market is a very important region for Mazda, with annual sales expected to hit 50,000 units, accounting for 80 percent of global sales. The CX-9 model is a high-end car that will form part of a new-generation line-up from Mazda that will be fitted with full range SKYACTIV TECHNOLOY and KODO-Soul of Motion design which offers comforts and specs beyond the industry standard.

This is part of Mazda’s thrust to strengthen its brand recognition by continuing to make high quality vehicles that customers would feel strong emotional connection to and that would eventual enrich their lives. Mazda's attention to detail is evident the moment one steps inside the new CX-9. The elegance of the interior is enhanced by the rosewood trim on the center console and front of the cabin which is supplied by a premium guitar manufacturer.

Read the entire article Mazda starts CX-9 production in Hiroshima

When Mazda first introduced its concept car the Furai to the world back in 2007, it instantly captured the imagination and passion of the entire racing world with its eye catching design and revolutionary fuel technology. It holds the record in clean technology as the first race car with a three-rotor rotary engine being propelled solely on ethanol, a certified race car that runs on 100 percent renewable energy.

The Furai is the fusion and incarnation of the two thrusts that define Mazda and set the Japanese company apart from the rest. These include its dedication to instill the “Soul of a Sports Car” into every car that the company manufactures as well as its commitment to look forward to the future unencumbered by sometimes sentimental traditional views.

Mazda’s “Soul of a Sports Car” thrust is best exemplified by the company’s own tagline itself – the world famous Zoom-Zoom which playfully but accurately captured the spirit of motor racing that the company wants its customers to feel when driving any of its numerous cars.

Read the entire article Mazda Furai Concept combined excellent design and seamless functionality

The 31st Festival Automobile International has named the Mazda RX-Vision as the “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year.” An instant celebrity at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the Mazda RX-Vision is a rotary-powered sports car concept donning elegant proportions and awe-inspiring lines.

Fellow nominees for the “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year” award included the Bentley Exp10 Speed 6, Peugeot Fractal and Porsche Mission E. The award is given to the concept vehicle that best conveys unsullied design creativity and emerging trends. It is considered as one of four grand prizes at the Festival Automobile International.

The winning concept car is selected by a jury of experts and enthusiasts from the world of motorsports, architecture, fashion and design. This accolade was accepted by Ikuo Mazda’s international design chief Ikuo Maeda; Mazda’s European design director Kevin Rice; Mazda North America design director Julien Montousse; and Mazda designer Norihito Iwao.

Read the entire article Mazda RX-Vision is named “Most Beautiful Concept Car” at 2016 Festival Automobile International
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