April 7, 2014 |
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.
January 9, 2014 |
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.
October 12, 2013 |
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.
July 12, 2013 |
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.
June 27, 2013 |
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.
June 26, 2013 |
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.