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Toyota, Mazda will build $1.6B plant in Alabama that boasts 300,000-unit annual production capacity

A couple of months ago, we talked about the mutually beneficial long term partnership inked by two Japanese giant automakers, Toyota and Mazda. Later on, they revealed that this will involve the construction of a manufacturing facility located in the United States. But it is only now that they revealed where this will be built.

The Toyota-Mazda manufacturing facility will be built in Huntsville, Alabama, which is located 150 miles (241 kilometers) away from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the location of Mercedes-Benz’s plant.

To build this, both companies invested as much as $1.6 billion. The factory will employ about 4,000 people (a plan praised by the US president when he was in Tokyo), with a long-term goal of producing up to 300,000 cars annually.

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2018 Mazda MX-5 gets design, performance and functional updates

The fourth generation of the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car, the Mazda MX-5, was launched to the global market two years ago as the 2016 Mazda MX-5 (ND). But this early in its life cycle, the convertible sports car also known as the Miata is already getting a number of updates, as announced by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).

The 2018 Mazda Miata will still be available in three trim levels: the entry-level MX-5 Sport, the hardcore MX-5 Club and the most sophisticated of the trio, the MX-5 Grand Touring. For the 2018 model year, the three trim levels will boast of a number of design, performance and functional updates.

Design updates for the 2018 Mazda MX-5 include the availability of a new Dark Cherry and a Black soft top. Likewise, Mazda is adding new color finishes for the exterior palette of the new 2018 MX-5, such as Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Peal Mica and Soul Red Crystal. Mazda MX-5 customers may also avail of the Machine Gray Metallic finish, which was previously exclusive available on MX-5 RF retractable fastback models. Inside, further MX-5 RF Launch Edition-exclusive features are now available for the MX-5 Grand Touring models, like an Auburn-colored interior and Nappa leather seating surfaces.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda MX-5 gets design, performance and functional updates

This stylish new Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport Edition with a cherry fabric top is only available in the UK

We have some good news for Mazda MX-5 Miata owners in the United Kingdom. The automaker recently announced an upgrade for the model which they call the Z-Sport model. Sales will begin on March 1 next year, but Mazda will limit production to only 300 units.

What’s included in the Z-Sport Edition, you ask? Well, it will give your good old Miata a beautiful Deep Cherry fabric roof, 17-inch black finished BBS wheels, and a Machine Grey Metallic body. The cabin will then be dressed in Sand coloured leather upholstery, and of course, the Z Sport logo will be present on the floor mats and door sills. To represent that the car is one of 300 examples only, it comes with a numbered plaque on the dashboard that displays its production number.

The Deep Cherry Red roof makes a beautiful contrast to the rest of the body’s darker paint and black wheels. The interior is a mix of two tone light beige and black that makes it look sexy. Lucky for UK customers, they get to own this stylish edition.

Read the entire article This stylish new Mazda MX-5 Z-Sport Edition with a cherry fabric top is only available in the UK

2017 LA Auto Show: Updated Mazda RT-24P Racecar will compete at Rolex 24 at Daytona this January

At the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Japanese automaker Mazda presented the 2018 Mazda6, which made a lot of people very excited. But that was not the only vehicle that they brought over to the City of Angels. Alongside it was the updated version of the RT-24P racing coupe, and this time, the race car wears a striking red paint that, without a doubt, will catch your attention. The motorsport spec machine will also compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s 2018 season.

If you were not aware, Mazda has taken the updated RT-24P to several places in the past couple of months like Hockenheim and Donington Park. And during the LA Auto Show, it had competition livery on that uses Mazda’s eye-catching Soul Red Crystal paint.

At this moment, we cannot judge how the RT-24P will perform as a race car, but what it promises is that it will be one of the most beautiful cars on the circuit. For instance, the body has gorgeous lines that flow over the vehicle’s body, making the coupe look fast even if it is just parked. It has got an angular air scoop in exposed carbon fiber that creates a visual division with its already smooth shape. Furthermore, it comes with huge diffusers at the front and rear, which is a sign that this Mazda is race-ready.

Read the entire article 2017 LA Auto Show: Updated Mazda RT-24P Racecar will compete at Rolex 24 at Daytona this January

Mazda has brought a refreshed version of its Mazda6 sedan at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in time for its debut this Friday. In this groundbreaking update, the midsize sedan not only receives a new turbocharged engine and excitingly new exterior but it even has a cool new interior to go with it.

The new 2.5 liter turbo four delivers an output of 250 horsepower (186 kilowatt) and 310 pound feet (420Nm) of torque while the newly enhanced exterior design has borrowed inspirations from the brand’s Vision Coupe Concept previewed earlier this year. Its interior is now offered with Mazda’s Signature trims including Ultra-Suede, Sen wood, and brown Nappa leather echoing Japan’s natural landscape.

The Mazda 6’s power boost is for the new SKYACTIVE- G 2.5 T engine that runs on a dynamic pressure turbo that can engage at steady rate between 25 and 50 mph via cylinder deactivation feature.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda6 arrives at the LA Auto Show with major updates

At the upcoming 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, one of the cars that will be shown is the next generation Mazda6. The Japanese manufacturer is set to debut not the concept, but the final production version of the model that has thoroughly been re-engineered.

Now, we have here the very first teaser of the Mazda6 that shows the car’s exterior. Dressed in a bold and shiny red paint, it looks like it will retain the main characteristics of the current Mazda6, such as the muscular wheel arches and short overhangs. The one difference you would notice is probably the revised front end, just like that of the refreshed CX-5. This means that Mazda6 will come with a larger radiator grille that will be surrounded with a set of more aggressive headlights.

Moving into the cabin, there will be a reshaped center console, together with new controls for the climate system. These are the only changes that we could see in the photos, but there will likely be more that we do not know of just yet.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda6 before its actual debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show

By studying today’s trend, one would notice that crossovers and small pickup trucks are what most people are looking for, and to step up its game, Mazda decided that they would develop a new version of their longstanding BT-50 pickup. According to the automaker, the next generation pickup will still share the same platform as that of the Isuzu D-Max, just like its outgoing model. But even though it has the same mechanics as the Isuzu, the design will entirely be unique to Mazda.

In an interview between WheelsMag and Ikuo Maeda, Managing Executive Officer and Head of Design, the latter confirmed that a new BT-50 is being developed. He also said that they will face a challenge by converting the Mazda’s current design direction to a much smaller pickup truck.

Speaking of the design, Mazda said that their goal for the next generation pickup is to create a beautiful form that has tougher elements to give it some masculinity as well - after saying that it will be a tough job. Also, he mentioned that the pickup will get inspiration from the Vision Coupe and the Kai concept, both of which appeared at the recent Tokyo Motor Show a week ago.

Read the entire article Mazda’s next-generation BT-50 pickup may be smaller but it will be 'manly'

Not a few have been expecting Japanese carmaker Mazda to unveil the much-anticipated RX-9 rotary powered car, or even a concept that previews such creation, at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It would have been based on the elegantly sports RX Vision Concept unwrapped at the same auto show two years ago.

But to the chagrin of many, Mazda didn’t unleash the RX-9 or its preview at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Instead, Mazda is presenting a styling study that closely resembles the RX Vision Concept both in looks and name – the new Mazda Vision Coupe Concept.

From what we see, the new Mazda Vision Coupe Concept is more of a styling exercise than a technology or engineering concept as a whole. This concept essentially embodies Mazda’s pursuit of distinct elegance, as achieved by adopting classic Japanese aesthetics. Overall, the Mazda Vision Coupe Concept employs the Japanese minimalist concept of “less is more,” allowing it to boast of a beauty that while subtle and restrained, is also rich and abundant.

Read the entire article Mazda Vision Coupe Concept is a larger four-door evolution of the RX Vision

Could this be the future appearance of the Mazda3 compact hatchback? Mazda has just unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan a new design concept that previews the styling of future Mazda vehicles – the new Mazda Kai Concept. This new design study was unveiled by Mazda along with another concept, the Mazda Vision Coupe.

According to the carmaker, the new Mazda Kai Concept compact hatchback heralds a new generation of inspired vehicles from the company. While Mazda provided some details of the new Kai Concept, it still has to divulge the specifics.

Basically, the new Mazda Kai Concept debuts a more mature expression of the already well-known KODO design language. It is underpinned by the SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and will be powered by the next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine. Thus, overall, the new Mazda Kai concept is an embodiment of what could be expected from Mazda’s next-generation models in terms of technology, engineering and styling.

Read the entire article Mazda Kai Concept previews new mature KODO design for future cars

It seems Japanese carmaker Mazda Motor Corp. has found a new way to implement a rear spoiler on its vehicles. In fact, Mazda has filed two patents – with the United States Patent & Trademark Office -- that would become vital elements of its innovative active rear spoiler.

Carmakers typically try to increase the aerodynamic performance of their vehicles by installing rear spoilers, which are also called rear wings. By spoiling unfavorable air movement over a moving vehicle, a rear spoiler could decrease the so-called aerodynamic turbulence or drag while generating more downforce. These rear spoilers are typically fixed – mounted permanently with an undeviating position – on the rear of the vehicle. Since these are fixed-mounted to the rear of the vehicle, the aesthetics of the model seems compromised from the rear viewpoint.

Nonetheless, there are those so-called active rear spoilers that rise automatically when the vehicle reaches a certain speed, and then settles down to fit flush with the vehicle when the speed goes down to a certain level. This way, the aesthetics of the vehicle would be enhanced, as the rear spoiler could be hidden flush when not really needed.

Read the entire article Mazda patents new type of active rear spoiler with US Patent Office

According to Japanese website Car Sensor, Mazda recently claimed that they might borrow a platform from Toyota, which they will use for the next generation Mazda6, so this can be given a rear-wheel drive option. But to make things even better, the chassis might underpin the production version of the RX-Vision concept as well.

As part of the move up market, the Japanese automaker will give the Mazda6 the rear wheel drive they are planning. But they will also change the design so it features a long nose and shorter front overhang, giving the sedan a more upscale look. As for the engine, the fourth generation Mazda6 will probably share the company’s Skyactiv X spark controlled compression engine, including the mild-hybrid system believed to be of the 48-volt flavour.

What’s very important for Mazda’s plan is to make sure that they continue to have a good relationship with Toyota. Currently, both automakers have entered a collaboration and they are developing a factory in the United States. They have also been sharing some commercial vehicles in Japan. Furthermore, both companies admit that sharing future platforms would be possible. The future Mazda6’s rear drive chassis will likely be the same as the future generation Lexus IS and GS, says Car Sensor.

Read the entire article Next generation Mazda6 may be getting an RWD platform

If you know of the Japanese-spec RX-8 Spirit R special edition from 2011, you would be aware of the rotary engine. In fact, it was the last model to be equipped with the said engine. But recently, Mazda hinted that the RX might come back to life, and this may look like the RX Vision concept unveiled in 2015. Furthermore, when the Japanese automaker celebrated the 50th anniversary of rotary power this year, they did say that “the story is not over yet” - another reason why we should expect to see this soon. Therefore, we are hoping to see a new rotary-powered show car for next month’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.

The new concept that seems like an evolution RX Vision may actually be closer to a production model. During the Frankfurt Motor Show, Matsuhiro Tanaka, Mazda’s Vice President for R&D Europe, said that the model will represent an intention from the design and engineering community to turn it into a reality. He further explained himself saying that they are trying their best to make things work, and make them a possibility. Coming from him, that is more viable than just a gossip.

Unlike before with the MX-5 / 124 Spider where Mazda partnered with Fiat, they will be working solo this time, says Tanaka. The company made it clear that they are currently not interested in teaming up with another automaker to cut down on development and costs.

Read the entire article Expect Mazda to bring rotary-powered concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

A couple of years ago, Mazda introduced to us the 2016 CX-9 model year, and it was loved by many. This year, they have decided that it is time to introduce another model year that comes with a handful of technological upgrades. The 2018 model year should be out in dealerships by the end of September.

So speaking of technological upgrades, drivers can now enjoy functions including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Smart City Brake Support. The latter works just like an automatic emergency braking system.

I did mention that it will be getting a number of tech upgrades, right? Another new feature that the CX-9 gets will be the company's G-Vectoring Control that comes as standard. What this feature does is that it tweaks the engine mapping, steering inputs, and throttle settings to reduce engine torque when cornering. These adjustments are supposed to put more of the vehicle's weight to the front wheels, while providing a more direct feel from behind the wheel.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda CX-9 gets tech updates and safety features, prices start at $33,070

A little over two years ago, Toyota and Mazda signed a long-term partnership that they suggested was “mutually beneficial” for both firms. This partnership focuses on shared technology through joint manufacturing. To this day, Toyota and Mazda had agreed that that they would build a new factory in the United States where they can develop and produce electric vehicles, according to Nikkei.

Both companies invested a total of $1.6 billion to build the factory. This will provide 4,000 jobs to US residents, who will be able to produce 300,000 units annually. Each company will be focusing on their own needs - Mazda will be producing crossovers while Toyota will be building Corollas for North America. The plant will not be operational until sometime in 2021.

That is not all that’s planned for the Japanese automakers. They will also begin developing technologies that are needed for the growing EV market, including advanced safety systems and such. Other than that, Toyota and Mazda plan to share more models, and the former will begin supplying a commercial two-box van to the latter in Japan.

Read the entire article A new US facility will be built by Toyota and Mazda’s joint venture

Every year, Mazda gives their cars upgrades in small increments, and customers definitely appreciate the changes that the Mazda3 has gotten. This year, according to Motoring, the company is stepping up its game in terms of combustion engine efficiency with the new powerplant they are releasing - with homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI). This will be launched in August at a technology conference that will take place in Frankfurt.

HCCI is a gas-powered engine that works like a diesel mill. It compresses the mixture of air and fuel in the cylinder until combustion. Apparently, the Mazda engine (a Skyactiv II engine) will use spark plugs at lower speeds, but when the car goes faster, the powerplant will switch to HCCI.

The company further added that the Skyactiv II engine is going to be more efficient by 30 percent compared to current gasoline-fueled engines. This means that the new Mazda 3 could have a fuel economy of 42 miles per gallon compared to the current 32 mpg combined.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda3 with sparkless ignition engine technology will make its debut in Frankfurt

Do you remember the Mazda MX-5 Miata? Perhaps not if you are a millennial reading this. That’s because it is a car from almost 3 decades ago. The older a car gets, the more signs of age you will notice, no matter how often you maintain it or how sparsely you use it. The MX-5 Miata, also known as the NA generation, is facing that issue now, and owners of this model are not ready to give up their cars yet. This is why Mazda is starting a restoration program for the car.

Mazda came up with this solution as they kept hearing from MX-5 Miata owners that they cannot let go of their cars, and that they want to keep on driving them, no matter how old the car gets. A lot of Miata owners also requested for Mazda to produce parts of the 28-year-old model.

Now, their prayers have been answered and Mazda will start accepting customer cars by early 2018 to restore them to their original shape. The restoration process will vary from one car to another, depending on the customer’s requests. The company will ask their clients what they want to get out of their Miata exactly, before working on the car. But first, Mazda plans to get a certification from German inspection group TÜV Rheinland Japan Co., Ltd so that they could produce high-quality vehicles.

Read the entire article Mazda Japan opens restoration service for 1st-gen decades-old MX-5 Miata

Ever since Mazda discontinued the iconic RX-8 rotary sports cars, there have been rumors and speculations that it would proceed with the eventual rotary successor, the RX-9. These rumors were never confirmed as true and yet they keep on resurrecting. Just lately, a number of Web sites in Asia have reported that Mazda would be unveiling the new RX-9 at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show slated in October.

According to the Web sites – among them are LeVolant Boost, Thairath and Auto Sina – the new Mazda RX-9 would still be powered by a rotary engine, an evolutionary version that the carmaker just patented in 2016. Featuring a power output of over 400 hp (298 kW), this new rotary engine is quite different from the usual rotaries that Mazda had employed.

For instance, this engine was rotated 180 degrees about its longitudinal axis, allowing it to offer packaging under the hood. This layout allows the rotary engine to have a top-mounted turbocharger and high exhaust ports, thereby freeing up more room in the engine bay to be used for additional suspension components. Moreover, the evolutionary rotary engine will feature a tri-angle rotor and new fuel injectors – all located in proximity to the combustion chamber thereby helping improve fuel efficiency. Interestingly, the decision to phase out the RX-8 was due to the rotary engine not being able to meet emissions regulations.

Read the entire article New Mazda RX-9 rotary sports car to be unveiled at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda seems too far ahead in Safety technology for having four of its vehicles chosen as the safest on the road. Very recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has included the Japanese automaker’s CX-9 among the Top Safety Pick+ ratings along with the CX3 crossover, the Mazda 6 and the Mazda 3.

While its highly advanced crash avoidance system lead to its Top Safety Pick rating +, the CX-9 scored the highest in all 5 crash tests which included rigorous testing on the new LED headlights.

Other midsize SUVs that have earned the top spot are Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Honda Pilot. Meanwhile, the highest slot in the midsize luxury category went to Volvo’s XC60, Mercedes-Benz’s GLE, the Lexus RX /NX, Buick Envision, Audi Q5 as well as Acura’s RDX and MDX models.

Read the entire article 2017 Mazda CX-9 has earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

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.

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

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.

Read the entire article Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey opens doors in Germany
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