March 17, 2000 |
Mazda Motor Corp., Japan's No. 5 auto maker, said Thursday that it will combine its U.S. planning and design division with the engineering and manufacturing division in Irvine to cut costs and speed up vehicle development. No jobs will be cut, spokesman Jay Amestoy said. Gordon Dickie, formerly Mazda's U.S. vice president of engineering, manufacturing and supply, will head the combined unit. Mazda, which makes the Miata sports car and MPV minivan, last year sold 243,708 vehicles in the U.S.
September 9, 1995 |
Mazda Cuts Jobs in Reorganization: Mazda Motors of America said it laid off 50 employees, including 35 at its Irvine headquarters, as part of a revamping aimed at cutting costs and making the company more competitive. Sales of the Japanese auto importer's cars and trucks--including several models produced in the United States--are off 19% for the year. Employees who were laid off were told that Friday was their last day, said Jay Amestoy, vice president of corporate relations.
February 28, 1997
Mazda Motor Corp. said it has appointed former Ford Motor Co. export director Richard N. Beattie to oversee and integrate the operations of the five Mazda subsidiaries in North America. Ford is a major Mazda stockholder and last year assumed operational control of the ailing company at the behest of its Japanese financial partners. Beattie will be headquartered at Mazda Motor of America Inc. in Irvine, the company's import and distribution arm.
November 11, 1992 |
After canceling plans last month for its proposed Amati luxury-car division, Mazda Motors of America has begun offering employees early retirement and voluntary severance packages to scale back its work force. The company has no firm goals for the number of employees to take advantage of the two programs or how much money it hopes to save, Mazda spokesman Jay Amestoy said Tuesday. Mazda also has no plans for layoffs if only a few employees accept the voluntary programs, Amestoy said.
April 19, 1996 |
Ford Motor Co.'s management takeover at Japan's Mazda Motor Corp. probably won't mean big changes for Mazda's U.S. arm in Irvine, which has just launched an aggressive campaign to recapture some of the market share it lost last year. Still, Mazda Motor America Inc., the company's import, distribution and dealer development operation, has been longing for word from Hiroshima about its place on the corporate priority list.