Mazda launches CX-9 production in Japan

6:22 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Mazda has started production of it the redesigned CX-9 three-row crossover, a vehicle that plays a pivotal roll in the brand's strategy to expand sales.... Read More »

Mazda says quarterly earnings ease on currency exchange impact

7:21 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Mazda reported a lower-than-expected operating profit for the third fiscal quarter largely due to a stronger yen against the euro and other currencies, and maintained its outlook for a slightly lower full-year profit.... Read More »

Mazda issues recalls for potential fuel leak, Takata airbags

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Mazda issued two recalls covering all of its 2014-16 CX-5 crossovers in the U.S. for potential fuel leak concerns, in addition to 2004-06 pickups equipped with Takata airbags.... Read More »


BLOG: Sergio's plan to sell rebadged Dart, 200 replacements could work -- if he chooses wisely

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

FCA just may be able to replace the Dart and 200 with more salable vehicles. The key to success: The replacements must not be available here from any other manufacturer.... Read More »

Takata must change culture to prevent another safety crisis, panel says

6:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Takata Corp. must make quality a part of company culture if it hopes to prevent future safety defects like the exploding airbags at the center of the largest automotive recall in U.S. history, a panel appointed by the Tokyo-based manufacturer to review its manufacturing process concluded.... Read More »

Mazda ventures into snowy territory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Mazda is launching a market offensive in U.S. cities such as Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago, sensing an opportunity to ride a trio of all-wheel-drive crossovers to greater success in the snow belt.... Read More »


BLOG: Seeing double in Detroit

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

The 2016 edition of the Detroit auto show is packed with the usual introductions, concepts and good gossip. This year, more than in previous years, though, we can't help but notice some of the cars and trucks are all starting to run together.... Read More »


BLOG: Confessions of a NACTOY judge: 2016 edition

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

It is fun to test drive all of the candidates for North American Car and Truck of the Year, but when it gets down to the finalists, any vehicle could win because they are all worthy and there aren't many nits to pick.... Read More »

Mazda stands by diesel move despite VW scandal

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Mazda still wants to bring its diesel drivetrain to the U.S., despite technical delays and a blowback against the technology following the Volkswagen scandal.... Read More »

Mazda moving its U.S. headquarters, but not far

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Mazda, which has maintained a U.S. headquarters in Southern California since 1970, is joining the parade of automakers and brands that have decided to move their headquarters. But it’s not going very far -- or even leaving town.... Read More »

Mazda recalls 374,000 vehicles for Takata airbag defects

3:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Mazda said it will recall 374,000 U.S. vehicles linked to potentially defective front passenger-side airbags made by Takata Corp.... Read More »

In hot Mexico market, even troubled VW is thriving

7:21 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

In Mexico's red-hot domestic auto market, even embattled Volkswagen is doing well. Customers are flooding Mexican showrooms so quickly that they've helped automakers take up slack from a recent lull in exports. Mexico's maturation from being a mere producer into a country with robust internal demand also suggests that the economy is gaining strength.... Read More »


Flying fashionably under the radar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Through pricing and the "Driving Matters" marketing campaign, Mazda is positioning itself as an upscale alternative for people who like driving. Transaction prices and profits are rising, so Mazda is sticking to the plan.... Read More »

Prepare for change at the speed of zoom-zoom, O'Sullivan says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

The only thing constant is change. That's Jim O'Sullivan's reminder to the automotive industry as he hangs up his hat after a 13-year stint as Mazda's North American chief.... Read More »

2015's list of departures

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2015

O'Sullivan, 62, has been CEO of Mazda's North American Operations since 2003, making him the dean of import-brand bosses. He retires on Dec. 31.... Read More »

Mazda's likely U.S. strategy: Boost sales of crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2015

Masahiro Moro, who takes the reins at Mazda in North America, laid out a likely agenda in an interview in September at the Frankfurt auto show: Build customer loyalty and profits by increasing crossover sales.... Read More »

O'Sullivan says Mazda poised for healthy growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2015

Jim O'Sullivan, who helped guide Mazda's transition from a Ford-controlled affiliate to independent automaker, says he's leaving the company with the right products in the right segments, and a healthy approach to selling them.... Read More »

Mazda's O'Sullivan to retire as head of N.A. operations; Masahiro Moro to take helm Jan. 1

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Jim O'Sullivan, an auto industry veteran and current CEO of Mazda's North American Operations, will retire at the end of the year, the automaker said Monday. Mazda has named Masahiro Moro as O'Sullivan's successor.... Read More »

Mazda sees Koeru as 'totally new' entry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said the Koeru concept, which debuted at September's Frankfurt auto show, envisions a completely new entry for the small Japanese automaker. He cites the Subaru Outback as the genre Mazda is considering with the low-riding, wagonlike sporty crossover.... Read More »


Mazda's CEO seeks to play product, pricing right in the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai is betting new product and a disciplined approach to incentives eventually will build brand value and lift sales. He explains in this Q&A with Automotive News.... Read More »

Mazda CEO prioritizes profit ahead of volume

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Mazda is on pace to lose market share in the U.S. for the second time in three years, as its sales lag the industry's. But CEO Masamichi Kogai is doubling down on his “right-price” strategy in pursuit of better margins, brand power and residual values, even if sales suffer.... Read More »

What people are saying about Mazda's revamped CX-9

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2015

Mazda's redesigned CX-9 crossover is the model's first full overhaul since its introduction in 2007. Mazda has called the three-row crossover a “high-end model” and has hopes of selling 50,000 vehicles a year worldwide. There was no shortage of commentary on the CX-9 following its unveiling.... Read More »

Fiat will add models, sales points to growing Abarth unit

Nov. 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Fiat's Abarth unit, which is on track to boost sales by 50 percent this year, plans to more than double its global dealership network as it expands its lineup, said Paolo Gagliardo, who heads the performance subbrand.... Read More »

Los Angeles' hits & mehs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Like any auto show, Los Angeles was supposed to be chockablock with astonishing, flabbergasting production models, honey-will-you-look-at-that concepts - maybe even a handful of hybrids or green cars with mind-bending technology. Well, maybe the exciting stuff got stuck in L.A. traffic.... Read More »


Glimpses from a subdued Los Angeles show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

A look at what was cool about five cars unveiled in Los Angeles.... Read More »

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