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Toyota e-Palette To Use A Mazda Rotary For A Range Extender 12
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Mazda, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts, Toyota Videos, video on 01 12th, 2018


Toyota has revealed that its e-Palette Concept will use a Mazda-sourced rotary engine as a range extender.

Unveiled at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the e-Palette Concept imagines a future where Toyota could partner with other companies to develop purpose-built vehicles and mobility solutions. Brands named as partners in the ‘e-Palette Alliance’ include Uber, Amazon, Pizza Hut, and Mazda.

Speaking with Green Car Reports at the Consumer Electronics Show, spokesman for Mazda North America, Jacob Brown, said Mazda’s engineering team will aid in the development of the vehicle’s powertrain, including supplying a rotary range extender.

“Mazda will provide technical information on a (rotary engine) range extender to be used in the vehicle being developed. We will reveal more details at an appropriate time,” Brown revealed.

By using a compact, light, and quiet rotary engine, Toyota could fit a smaller and less-expensive battery into the vehicle. If this happens, it would come on the back of admissions from Mazda that its rotary engine could eventually be used as a range extender in electrified vehicles.

As for the e-Palette itself, Toyota imagines the vehicle as being highly customizable and finding use as a package delivery van, ride-sharing vehicle, and a mobile e-commerce vehicle.

Toyota intends on conducting tests with the vehicle in the early 2020s and could use it as a mobility service for athletes during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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Sweet Home Alabama, Toyota And Mazda Pick Huntsville For $1.6 Billion Joint Plant 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Mazda, TOYOTA, Toyota Corolla, USA on 01 10th, 2018


Following a report earlier today, Mazda and Toyota have officially announced their new U.S. factory will be located in Huntsville, Alabama.

The plant is slated to cost $1.6 billion and it will have an annual capacity of 300,000 units. Production will be evenly split between the Toyota Corolla and an unconfirmed Mazda crossover.

The plant will open in 2021 and be located approximately 14 miles (22 km) from the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant which builds an assortment of different engines for vehicles such as the Camry, Highlander, and Tundra. The new facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs and it will become Toyota’s 11th manufacturing facility in the United States.

In a statement, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said “Mazda makes cars with a clear vision of how we want to inspire people, contribute to society and help preserve the beauty of the earth. By making such cars here in Alabama, we hope that over time our plant will come to occupy a special place in the hearts of our employees and the local community.”

His sentiments were echoed by Toyota President Akio Toyoda who said “Our investment to establish a new vehicle assembly plant with Mazda builds on the strong success we have enjoyed in Alabama where we produce engines for the North American market.”

The announcement is a major victory for Alabama as several states – reportedly including Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina – were in the running for the plant.

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Toyota And Mazda Pick Alabama For Their New $1.6 Billion Factory 10
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Mazda, Reports, TOYOTA on 01 10th, 2018


Toyota and Mazda have reportedly picked Alabama as the site for their $1.6 billion joint factory.

According to Reuters, the new factory will be located in Huntsville, Alabama and will employ up to 4,000 people and produce around 350,000 vehicles per year. Toyota has already a big engine plant in the state, as well as an existing network of suppliers.

A formal announcement is imminent by the two companies, which have scheduled a press conference tomorrow at 15:00 EST.

Toyota is planning to build models like the Corolla there, while Mazda says it want to produce its SUVs there, which might include a new-gen CX-7 crossover, when the factory goes online in 2021.

The two companies had narrowed their choices in recent months down to two locations, in Alabama and North Carolina. Toyota has currently 10 factories in the U.S. and announced a capital alliance with Mazda last August, aiming to explore the joint development of EV technologies.

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Is An All-Wheel Drive Mazda6 Coming To U.S.? NHTSA Says So 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Mazda, Mazda6, Reports on 01 9th, 2018


The 2018 Mazda6 recently debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show and a new report is suggesting the model could be offered with all-wheel drive.

Mazda hasn’t announced plans for an all-wheel drive variant but Motor Trend noticed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists an all-wheel drive model when users search for the safety rating of the 2018 Mazda6. While this could simply be a mistake on the NHTSA’s part, it’s interesting to note Mazda refused to comment on the issue when the publication inquired about the listing.

Mazda is keeping quiet but executives have previously hinted at the possibility of adding all-wheel drive. It would certainly make the model more appealing to customers in colder climates and help distinguish the Mazda6 from rivals such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

The 2018 Mazda6 features a modestly revised exterior with a new grille and restyled wheels. Bigger changes occur in the cabin as designers installed new seats, an upgraded infotainment system, and a 7.0-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster. There’s also a new range-topping model which has Nappa leather and UltraSuede upholstery as well as Sen wood trim.

Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine which produces up to 250 hp (186 kW) and 310 lb-ft (419 Nm) of torque when running on premium fuel.

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When Will It End? Takata Recalls Another 3.3 Million Airbags In The USA 8
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, audi, BMW, Daimler, FCA, Ford, GM, honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, mercedes, Mitsubishi, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports, Subaru, Tesla on 01 8th, 2018


Takata added another 3.3 million airbag inflators to the continuously expanding recall, making it the largest of its kind in the United States of America.

According to a report published by DetroitFreePress, the latest action revolves around the faulty frontal airbags in certain 2009, 2010, and 2013 vehicles made by a variety of car brands.

The list of automakers includes Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and Tesla. The exact models will be announced later this month, in the paperwork submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Takata’s faulty airbag inflators include ammonium nitrate, a chemical used to create a small explosion that fills the airbags quickly in the event of a crash. However, it’s known that when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, the chemical deteriorates, causing the metal canister to blow apart and spreading shrapnel into the cabin.

So far, at least 180 people have been injured by the metal bits worldwide, and more than 20 have lost their lives.

The NHTSA continues to monitor the automakers’ repairs progress, but even though Takata recalls originally began back in 2001, many companies have been slow to replace the airbag inflators.

A report published by an independent monitor, quoted by DetroitFreePress, states that 43.1 million inflators had been recalled until September 15, 2017, out of which only 18.5 million had been replaced, which accounts for 43 percent.

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Mazda Flair Wagon And lair Wagon Custom Style Unveiled In Japan 26
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Hybrids, japan, Kei Cars, Mazda, new cars on 12 26th, 2017


Mazda has introduced the new Flair Wagon and Flair Wagon Custom Style in Japan.

Set to go on sale in February, the models are based on the Suzuki Spacia and feature a bolder design which makes them significantly more appealing than their predecessor. The standard model looks fairy conventional for a kei car but Mazda says it features a distinctive beltline that has been designed to “emphasize the thickness of the body.”

The Flair Wagon Custom Style is the more interesting of the two models as it features a unique front fascia with a prominent grille that is flanked by LED headlights. The model also has additional chrome trim and circular fog lights.

The interior is little on the plain side but drivers will find a large speedometer and a small digital display. There is also an infotainment system, metallic accents, and a sporty steering wheel. Mazda also notes the model has a more spacious interior as well as improved entry and egress.

Despite its small size, the Flair Wagon comes loaded with technology including a collision warning system, high beam assist, and a lane departure warning system.

Under the hood, two 660cc engines are available. The entry-level unit produces 52 PS (38 kW) and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft) of torque, while the range-topping variant has a turbocharged engine developing 64 PS (47 kW) and 98 Nm (72 lb-ft) of torque. Both are paired to a hybrid powertrain that features an electric motor that produces 3 PS (2 kW) and 50 Nm (36 lb-ft) of torque.

The powertrain is connected to a new CVT transmission and it enables the Flair Wagon to travel up to 30.0 km/L (70.5 mpg US). Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional.

Pricing starts at ¥1,333,800 ($11,777) and climbs to ¥1,908,360 ($16,850) for the top of the line Flair Wagon Custom Style Hybrid XT.

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Mazda Parts Company With Laguna Seca 21
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Mazda, SCRAMP on 12 21st, 2017


As far as naming rights go, Mazda’s relationship with Laguna Seca has lasted a long time. 17 years, to be exact. But now it’s drawing to a close.

AutoWeek reports that the Japanese automaker has opted not to renew its title sponsorship of the Northern California racing circuit, leaving its name to revert simply to Laguna Seca Raceway as it was once known.

“After 17 seasons as the title sponsor for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Mazda has chosen to end its naming rights agreement with the storied race facility,” Mazda said in a statement. “We will continue to participate in key event weekends, as racing is a part of our DNA.”

The automaker was quick to point out that the end of the Laguna Seca deal will not affect its other racing activities, which include the MX-5 Cup spec racing series and Mazda Team Joest that will compete next season in the prototype class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (which itself includes a round at Laguna Seca).

Despite Toyota’s best efforts, Mazda remains the only Japanese automaker to have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It also supports the Mazda Pro Championship that forms part of the Road to Indy program.

One of America’s most legendary tracks, Laguna Seca was built in 1957 and has hosted a variety of automobile and motorcycle races over the decades since. The track is arguably best-known for the “corkscrew,” a five-and-a-half-story drop bookended by sharp turns.

The track is owned by Monterey County and managed by the non-profit Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP). No word as of yet whether they’ll be selling the naming rights to another company, but we wouldn’t be surprised.

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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Boast Modest Changes And Lower Prices 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, prices, USA on 12 20th, 2017


Mazda has announced a series of updates to the 2018 MX-5 Miata.

Set to go on sale next month, the 2018 MX-5 features a handful of exterior changes including a newly available Dark Cherry soft top. The model also has an expanded color palette that now includes Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Peal Mica, and Soul Red Crystal.

The entry-level MX-5 Sport starts at $25,295 and the model gains a newly standard passive entry system and a 7-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system.

The $29,155 MX-5 Club now has heated cloth seats with red contrast stitching. The car’s $3,770 Brembo/BBS Package gains heated black leather seats while there’s an all-new Brembo/BBS Recaro Package that costs $4,470 and includes Recaro sport seats.

The MX-5 Grand Touring starts at $30,195 and the only change is the addition of newly optional Auburn Nappa leather upholstery which costs $300.

On the performance front, the cars have been equipped with a retuned power steering system and a revised rear suspension. Mazda says these changes “provide an even more surefooted ride.”

Power is provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 hp (115 kW). It sends power to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Boast Modest Changes And Lower Prices 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, prices, USA on 12 20th, 2017


Mazda has announced a series of updates to the 2018 MX-5 Miata.

Set to go on sale next month, the 2018 MX-5 features a handful of exterior changes including a newly available Dark Cherry soft top. The model also has an expanded color palette that now includes Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Peal Mica, and Soul Red Crystal.

The entry-level MX-5 Sport starts at $25,295 and the model gains a newly standard passive entry system and a 7-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system.

The $29,155 MX-5 Club now has heated cloth seats with red contrast stitching. The car’s $3,770 Brembo/BBS Package gains heated black leather seats while there’s an all-new Brembo/BBS Recaro Package that costs $4,470 and includes Recaro sport seats.

The MX-5 Grand Touring starts at $30,195 and the only change is the addition of newly optional Auburn Nappa leather upholstery which costs $300.

On the performance front, the cars have been equipped with a retuned power steering system and a revised rear suspension. Mazda says these changes “provide an even more surefooted ride.”

Power is provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 hp (115 kW). It sends power to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Boast Modest Changes And Lower Prices 20
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Mazda, Mazda MX-5, prices, USA on 12 20th, 2017


Mazda has announced a series of updates to the 2018 MX-5 Miata.

Set to go on sale next month, the 2018 MX-5 features a handful of exterior changes including a newly available Dark Cherry soft top. The model also has an expanded color palette that now includes Eternal Blue Mica, Snowflake White Peal Mica, and Soul Red Crystal.

The entry-level MX-5 Sport starts at $25,295 and the model gains a newly standard passive entry system and a 7-inch Mazda Connect infotainment system.

The $29,155 MX-5 Club now has heated cloth seats with red contrast stitching. The car’s $3,770 Brembo/BBS Package gains heated black leather seats while there’s an all-new Brembo/BBS Recaro Package that costs $4,470 and includes Recaro sport seats.

The MX-5 Grand Touring starts at $30,195 and the only change is the addition of newly optional Auburn Nappa leather upholstery which costs $300.

On the performance front, the cars have been equipped with a retuned power steering system and a revised rear suspension. Mazda says these changes “provide an even more surefooted ride.”

Power is provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 hp (115 kW). It sends power to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.

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Meet Abbie Eaton, The Grand Tour’s New Driver 18
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Amazon, Film, Mazda, racing, The Grand Tour, video on 12 18th, 2017


Those of you who caught the second episode of season two of The Grand Tour, also had the chance to see “The Driver” in action, the show’s replacement for “The American”.

Her name is Abbie Eaton, and she is the new queen of the Eboladrome, with two championship titles, 25 wins, 38 podiums and 16 fastest laps marked down in her 8-year racing career resume.

Aside from being just 25 years old and already one of the most successful female racing drivers in the UK, she’s also a qualified racing instructor and a performance driving coach.

In her first appearance on The Grand Tour, she got to sample the new Mercedes-AMG GT R, which she took around the Eboladrome in just 1:18.7 sec, less than a second shy of the McLaren 650S’ time and half a second quicker than the Audi R8 V10 Plus.

We should mention that this video was made by Mazda back in 2014, so if you want to see her in action in a more modern setting, tune in to season 2 of The Grand Tour, streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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Restored Mazda Miatas Bound For Tokyo Auto Salon 14
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Mazda, Mazda MX-5 / Miata, Reports, Tokyo Auto Salon on 12 14th, 2017


Mazda will show off the fruits of its labor at January’s Tokyo Auto Salon by premiering three original-generation MX-5 Miatas which have been restored through the recently-established NA Roadster Restore program.

The three Miatas bound for Tokyo come painted in red, white, and blue and will reveal to MX-5 enthusiasts how the automaker can breathe new life into the timeless sports car. Mazda says it will start accepting commissions from Miata owners on December 13 for restoration projects.

Beyond offering its own restoration services, the NA Roadster Restore program has put numerous parts from the NA-generation Miata back into production, namely the fabric roof, Bridgestone tires, Nardi steering wheel, and shift knob of the car.

To ensure the highest quality restoration service possible, Mazda has received certification from the Japanese division of German standards organization TÜV Rheinland on every aspect of the restoration.

The NA Roadster Restore program will initially be offered exclusively to Japanese MX-5 owners.

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Would You Pay $20k For A Very Low Mileage 1987 Mazda 626? 10
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Mazda, Mazda Europe, used cars on 12 10th, 2017


The third-generation Mazda 626 sold very well in Europe between 1982 and 1987, and this 5-door hatchback version was by far the most practical option in the range.

Now, somebody’s trying to sell a 1987 facelifted example on cc-cars for no less than 129,000 DKK – which, at current exchange rates, amounts to around $20,000! The reason why they’re asking so much is because the car has less than 1,000 km (621 miles) on the clock.

Looking at its interior, we spot electric windows, a sunroof and an automatic transmission, which is probably the four-speed one introduced in 1987 that replaced the three-speed one used previously.

All things considered, this 626 looks pretty good, especially for those of us who grew up admiring these types of mid-size family cars. Go back in time and put this exact spec model on the road, and you’d get plenty of attention from your fellow motorists.

Anyhow, asking 20 grand in late 2017 for a 30-year old Mazda 626 is, in our opinion, quite a stretch – but to each his own. Would you be willing to pay that much for it? Chip in in the comments section below.

H/T to Christian

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Japanese Vehicles Dominate CarMD’s Latest Reliability Rankings 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Traverse, honda, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Kia, Kia Forte, Mazda, Mazda5, Study, TOYOTA on 12 8th, 2017


CarMD has released its latest Vehicle Health Index Make & Model Reliability Rankings which examine how often vehicles show their check engine lights and how much those resulting repairs typically cost.

According to the company, they analyzed the check engine health of more than 4.2 million vehicles from between 1996 and 2017. The data was collected from CarMD’s network of ASE-certified technicians who “recommend, validate and upload repairs and costs to the database on a daily basis.”

The results of the study show Hyundai vehicles have the lowest average repair cost for a check engine light issue as the resulting parts and labor typically cost owners $306. The company was closely followed by Mazda and Kia which both had costs under $320.

The costs vary significantly by model and three most affordable average repair costs were for the 2012 Mazda 5, 2015 Kia Forte and 2015 Chevrolet Traverse. The Mazda 5 was the clear winner as its average repair cost was just $109.30. The Forte and Traverse had averages of $150.02 and $152.60, respectively.

CarMD’s data also showed vehicles from Acura, Honda, and Toyota were the least likely to have their check engine light on. In terms of models themselves, the Honda Civic was determined to be the vehicle that is least likely to have a check engine warning. It was followed closely by the Toyota Camry and Corolla.

The company says at least 10 percent of vehicles in the United States have their check engine light on at any given time and repair costs car vary widely as sometimes the light is activated for something as simple as not fully tightening the gas cap.

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Watch A Rotary Engine Catastrophically Explode In Australia 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mazda, Mazda Videos, Offbeat News, video on 12 8th, 2017


When things go right, a Mazda rotary engine can deliver exceptional power, response, and intoxicating sounds. When things go wrong, a rotary engine can explode in a truly frightening way.

A couple of days ago during a loud exhaust competition at Rotary Revival 6 in Sydney, Australia, a Mazda owner thought he’d wow the crowds with his incredible rotary engine, reportedly revving all the way to 10,000 rpm. Sadly, the engine went boom.

We’ve seen engines blow up in the past and for the most part, they’re not as eventful as one may think. However, this rotary was spinning so fast that when it decided to let go, it did so catastrophically.

The videos below show parts of the engine strewn across the ground, likely alongside all the owner’s hopes, dreams, aspirations, and money.

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