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  • Asia’s other powerhouse

    January 4th 2019

    Already a dynamic and rapidly growing manufacturing hub, South-East Asia’s automotive industry is finding further opportunity in the growth of battery and hybrid vehicle production

  • Unease in the East

    November 21st 2018

    Falling sales, electrification and mega mergers: Nick Gibbs provides an overview of the current automotive industry trends in China

  • Mazda appoints new R&D VP

    October 19th 2018

    Japan – Seikaku comes with 30 years of experience at the company

  • Mazda hits 50m production milestone

    May 29th 2018

    Japan – The company is hoping to produce and sell record numbers of cars after witnessing growth

  • Mazda Toyota establish production JV

    March 9th 2018

    US – The two Japanese OEMs are looking to tackle the US market together

  • Toyota-Mazda JV opts for Alabama site

    January 11th 2018

    US – Toyota and Mazda have chosen Alabama for a new $1.6bn plant they will run together, which will make 300,000 vehicles a year. The investment will be split evenly between the two OEMs

  • Still going strong

    October 31st 2017

    As November marks the 40th anniversary of the original press-hardened steel patent, AMS takes a look at how the technology has evolved and where it is heading next in an era of mixed-material vehicle production…

  • Mazda Hofu starts making new CX-5

    October 17th 2017

    Japan – Plant 2 in Yamaguchi Prefecture has joined Hiroshima Plant and other facilities in China and Malaysia as a producer of the new model. Mazda said this will enable it to “flexibly and rapidly” meet growing global demand for crossovers…

  • Kobe investigates quality violations

    October 11th 2017

    Metal producer Kobe Steel has admitted delivering aluminium and copper products in the past year which did not meet specifications agreed with customers, leaving Japanese car manufacturers concerned about the impact on their own output. Kobe is conducting internal quality and government-ordered safety checks, but has already stated that affected products account for about 4% of its shipments of aluminium and copper parts, plus aluminium castings and forgings…

  • Mazda makes CX-5 at revamped Kulim

    September 28th 2017

    Malaysia – Production of the new model began at the end of August after an investment of 2.3 billion yen ($20.5m) to automate part of the body welding process and install a new paintshop. Mazda said the upgrade has brought its Malaysian operation into line with its “parent factories” at Ujina and Hofu, Japan…