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Kobe Steel falsification scandal may impact Toyota, Honda, Nissan, other Japanese marques

Kobe Steel, a key supplier to the automakers and other heavy industries, has admitted it shipped products with falsified inspection certificates for at least a year. The certificates are meant to confirm the product in question meets specifications agreed to by both Kobe Steel and the customer...

2018 Mazda 3 to be previewed in Tokyo

Mazda has confirmed a pair of concept cars for the Tokyo motor show later this month, one likely previewing the next-generation Mazda 3 small car, and the other giving a glimpse of the company's next instalment of its 'Kodo' design language. The company says its theme for the 2017 event is "Celebrate Driving", hinting at the company's plans to continue offering fun-to-drive cars in the wake of the push for autonomous vehicles...

Mazda tops Roy Morgan owner satisfaction survey

Mazda drivers are the most satisfied in Australia, at least according to new research by Ray Morgan. Part of the firm's 'Automotive Satisfaction Report', the study is based on over 40,000 interviews yearly with Australian motorists, with 95.3 per cent of Mazda owners 'Very' or 'Fairly' satisfied with their vehicle in the 12 months leading into July 2017...

Mazda patents new retractable wing design

Mazda has patented a new retractable wing design, and its filing may provide clues about a future concept or production vehicle, or not. The patents were filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and were found by AutoEvolution. The original application was made by Mazda on October 20, 2016, and approved March 24, 2017, before being published late last month...

2018 Mazda CX-4 coming to Australia? Spotted in Melbourne

The 2018 Mazda CX-4 has been spotted testing in Melbourne, despite the brand knocking it back for the Australian market. Spotted testing by CarAdvice reader David in Melbourne, the CX-4 was launched at the 2016 Shanghai motor show exclusively for the Chinese market...

Mazda, Toyota, Denso to jointly develop electric vehicle technology

Japanese companies Mazda, Toyota and Denso have signed a contract this week to co-develop "basic structural technologies" for electric vehicles (EV), and establish a new company to oversee the related joint development projects...

2016-17 Mazda BT-50 recalled for airbag fix

Mazda has issued a recall for 277 examples of its late-2016 to early-2017 BT-50 utes over concerns faulty initiators may cause the side airbags to not inflate in a collision. The Japanese manufacturer reports that an incorrect chemical mixture could cause the inflator to not initiate, meaning the airbag may not deploy in the event of a crash...

Mazda confirms new rotary concept for 2017 Tokyo motor show

A new Mazda concept car featuring a rotary engine is destined for the 2017 Tokyo motor show, which starts in late October. At the Frankfurt motor show, Matsuhiro Tanaka, Mazda's head of research and development in Europe, told AutoExpress, "With the Tokyo Motor Show we will be introducing a new design concept — you can think of it as an evolution of theme of the RX Vision"...

2018 Mazda CX-8 revealed in Japan

The 2018 Mazda CX-8 has been revealed in its home market of Japan this week, giving us a first look at the brand's new seven-seat SUV. Sitting below the larger CX-9 in Mazda's global line-up, the CX-8 is the company's first three-row crossover in the Japanese market - as the CX-9 isn't sold there. Power comes exclusively from an updated version of the familiar 2...

Mazda 6, RX-8, BT-50 recalled for Takata airbags - UPDATE

UPDATE: Mazda Australia has confirmed that 5117 vehicles in Australia are fitted with the more dangerous 'Alpha' airbags locally, with 3693 of these units already repaired (72.2 per cent). That leaves 1424 vehicles outstanding, though the local arm has confirmed with CarAdvice that these vehicles were already subject to the original Takata airbag recalls that were issued over the past two years...

Mazda: electric car manufacturers 'controlling the minds of the media' on CO2 claims

Mazda has taken a swipe at the media’s role in propagating the benefits of electric cars for the environment, which Mazda says is blinding the public about the true CO2 emissions of such vehicles, in favour of a new-generation of internal combustion engine (ICE) technologies...