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January 9, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Diesel fans waiting on Mazda's long-promised 6 sedan with such an engine under the hood are going to have to have a little more patience, the automaker has announced. Mazda confirmed Thursday that it was delaying for the second time the release of the mid-size 6 sedan with a SkyActiv-D diesel engine into the U.S. market. The car is to be Mazda's play at efficiency in a segment where most brands use a hybrid to serve the eco-conscious buyer. The diesel 6 was originally scheduled to hit the road in fall 2013, but an initial delay pushed that to spring 2014.
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April 21, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs to fix possible corrosion issues in the vehicles' suspension, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At least it's not spiders. The recall affects Mazda Tributes from the 2001-04 model year, and only those sold or currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The vehicles are being recalled due to corrosion on a piece of the front suspension called the lower control arm. In some cases, the corrosion can cause the piece to separate, causing the loss of steering, the NHTSA said.
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BUSINESS
April 5, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If there's an ideal vehicle for every buyer, consider matching Mazda's 2013 CX-5 with Zeus or better yet, his kids' baby sitter. Although no gilded chariot, this all-new compact sport utility vehicle has the sturdy construction to climb Mt. Olympus, impressive safety features to keep little Herakles in one piece and the adroit handling ability to outmaneuver any errant lightning bolt thrown its way. Plus, for anyone with a bit of a commute and...
AUTOS
April 8, 2014 | By David Undercoffler, This post has been updated to reflect new developments.
Some of the country's most popular midsize sport utility vehicles flunked a recent series of crash tests, leading the influential magazine Consumer Reports to pull its coveted "recommended" rating for three of the vehicles. The independant Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced Tuesday that the Kia Sorrento, Honda Pilot and Mazda CX-9 all earned a "poor" overall rating in the front overlap crash test. Six others passed the test. The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain twins scored "good" ratings from the IIHS.
BUSINESS
June 2, 1987
The two auto makers will team with a major Japanese appliance maker to build car air conditioners in an industrial park in Japan. The new company, to be called Japan Climate Systems Corp., will begin this fall building a 75,000-square-foot plant near Hiroshima, the companies said. The plant will initially make 100,000 air conditioners a year for Mazda and will employ about 150 workers. Joining with the two auto makers will be Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2012 | By John Reed
Some people underestimate Alan Mulally when they first meet him. Ford Motor Co.'s 66-year-old chief executive, who grew up in Kansas and once aspired to be an astronaut, looks and sometimes acts like an overgrown Boy Scout. He laces his speech with words such as "neat," "cool" and "absolutely. " But the farm-boy exterior conceals one of business' toughest, most ruthless managers. When a desperate Bill Ford recruited Mulally from Boeing in 2006, Ford was heading for a $12.7-billion loss and on the verge of losing its No. 2 sales spot in the U.S. to Toyota because of poor management and an uninspiring vehicle lineup.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1985
It seems to me that "U.S. Services Targeted by the Japanese" (June 2) might have missed the mark. Travel services are usually bought based on personal friendship and/or service. The Mazda people chose to do business with those whom they felt more comfortable with. I doubt that the travel agent who lost the business speaks Japanese or is familiar with Japanese culture. I suspect both of these needs will be available at the new agency for Mazda. If I wanted Mazda's business, I'd sure be taking Japanese language classes and learning their culture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013
A dog died and a man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries early Sunday after they were rear-ended by another car on Irvine Boulevard, Irvine police told the Daily Pilot on Monday. Brad Marsicano, 30, of Mission Viejo was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, Lt. Julia Engen said. Marsicano was driving a Toyota 4Runner when he rear-ended a Mazda 3 hatchback while it was stopped about 1:20 a.m. at Irvine Boulevard and Sand Canyon Avenue, police said. A man, woman and two dogs were in the Mazda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 1992
The patriotic American car buyer should be aware that more is at stake than just jobs, in the world struggle for auto market share. While jobs are important, where the profits go is even more so. When an American buys a Mitsubishi Eclipse or its Eagle Talon and Plymouth variants, the profit goes to Mitsubishi. When one buys a Mazda, one-quarter of the profit goes to Ford, a 25% share owner in the company. Some Mazdas are also built in Michigan, in plants shared with Ford, thus providing American jobs and helping Ford produce such models as its Probe.
AUTOS
June 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Mitsubishi is recalling more than 3,000 of its Outlander Sport compact SUV to correct an issue with the vehicles' optional panoramic sunroofs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 3,181 Outlander Sports from the 2011 model year were being recalled in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. At issue was the lack of a primer being installed around the sunroof during the manufacturing process. This could cause the glass roof to become detached from the Outlander Sport while it's in motion, "resulting in a road hazard to other vehicles," according to NHTSA.
AUTOS
April 7, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Mazda's web of spider problems is growing. In one of the stranger recalls in recent memory, Mazda is again recalling some of its cars to fix a problem with spiders getting inside and wreaking havoc. The latest recall involves 42,000 Mazda6 midsize sedans from the 2010-12 model years, and equipped with the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the spiders can weave a web inside a vent hose connected to the fuel tank. This blockage can cause excessive negative pressure inside the gas tank itself.
AUTOS
January 9, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Diesel fans waiting on Mazda's long-promised 6 sedan with such an engine under the hood are going to have to have a little more patience, the automaker has announced. Mazda confirmed Thursday that it was delaying for the second time the release of the mid-size 6 sedan with a SkyActiv-D diesel engine into the U.S. market. The car is to be Mazda's play at efficiency in a segment where most brands use a hybrid to serve the eco-conscious buyer. The diesel 6 was originally scheduled to hit the road in fall 2013, but an initial delay pushed that to spring 2014.
AUTOS
October 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Compact cars are like toasters. Almost everyone, at some point, has owned one. They do their job without drama. Only rarely do they burn you. Automakers have traditionally played it safe in this segment, the automotive equivalent of selling appliances: The products are designed for a simple task, without much thought to style or fun. Compacts are often a buyer's introduction to a brand. The cars' size, price and practicality appeals to a wide swath of customers, whom automakers hope to hook for more expensive purchases throughout their lifetimes.
AUTOS
July 12, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
The problem for Mazda as it readies the launch of its latest generation Mazda3 is the message, not the car. A drive through the twisty roads of the Angeles National Forest earlier this week proved that the Hiroshima, Japan, automaker has produced yet another in a series of great small cars. But consumers still haven't gotten that message. Despite best-in-class handling and competitive pricing, these cars just don't sell well. Year-to-date, Mazda has moved about 53,000 of the 2013 model, less than a third of the sales of compact car rivals such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
AUTOS
June 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Mitsubishi is recalling more than 3,000 of its Outlander Sport compact SUV to correct an issue with the vehicles' optional panoramic sunroofs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 3,181 Outlander Sports from the 2011 model year were being recalled in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. At issue was the lack of a primer being installed around the sunroof during the manufacturing process. This could cause the glass roof to become detached from the Outlander Sport while it's in motion, "resulting in a road hazard to other vehicles," according to NHTSA.
AUTOS
June 26, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
This is how you celebrate an anniversary. Mazda announced that after 10 years, two generations, and 3.6 million units of its popular 3 sedan and hatchback sold globally, a new version is on its way. The 2014 Mazda3 will go on sale this fall. When it does, it will bring with it a bold dose of the KODO styling cues that have recently graced the handsome Mazda6 sedan and CX-5 crossover . It will also rely heavily on an efficiency philosophy that Mazda calls SkyActiv technology.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1991 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mazda, Toyota and other Japanese auto manufacturers have been dumping minivans in American markets at unfairly low prices, the Commerce Department said Friday in a ruling that could lead to import charges on the popular vehicles. The preliminary ruling was an important victory for General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, the U.S. companies with more than 80% of the domestic market for the profitable vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1986
A 17-year-old boy was stabbed several times early Saturday morning in an Anaheim park after four or five males tried to steal his beer, police said. Robert Matthew Parsons of Anaheim was reported in guarded condition at UCI Medical Center. The attack occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday in Schweitzer Park, 311 S. Bel Air St., as Parsons and an unidentified friend were drinking beer, Police Officer Jerry King said.
AUTOS
April 26, 2013 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If Mazda can't figure out a way to sell its excellent all-new sedan - the 2014 Mazda6 - the automaker should just give up selling cars altogether. Mazda has no problem building great vehicles. It just can't seem to sell them. The company has long failed to capitalize on critical acclaim and a track record for reliability with its mid-size sedan - a crucial segment for any automaker. Part of the problem is of Mazda's own making, with its "Zoom-Zoom" marketing. The automaker has cast itself as the fun-to-drive brand in a family sedan segment in which buyers don't care much about fun. Mazda has acknowledged as much and will seek to appeal to a wider array of car buyers with a more aggressive national advertising campaign for the new 6. PHOTOS: 2014 Mazda6 looks and drives the part The product should make the sales job easy.
AUTOS
April 11, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
For at least a decade, the owners of more than 3 million cars from six automakers drove around with air bags that could shoot shrapnel around the cabin in a crash. The problem went undetected by the world's biggest automakers and safety regulators on two continents until at least 2011, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Now those cars are being recalled. "This clearly should have been caught earlier," said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety.
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