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Three members of Mazda UK have been honoured in Autocar’s Great British Women in the car industry Top 100 Industry Rising star award. A celebration of women’s role in the car industry, the Top 100 recognises female rising stars in the global automotive business.

Run by Autocar, in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the top 100 are selected from the following areas of the car industry: executive, marketing, sales, PR and communications, operations, manufacturing, vehicle development, people development, aftersales, new mobility and digital solutions and apprentices.

For 2019 Clare Bishop, Sales Programming and Analysis Manager; Tracy Howes, Network Development Manager and Rebecca Hough, Business Manager are all honoured in the Top 100 Rising Stars. With 30 per cent of its senior management team women, Mazda was the first member of the UK Automotive 30% Club to achieve this mix with its senior executives.

Mazda UK HQ, Dartford

Mazda UK Human Resources Director, Liesa Neal is responsible for the development of Mazda’s most valuable resource, its people. Commenting on the award, Liesa said: “congratulations to Clare, Tracy and Rebecca, this is well earned regognition of their abilities and enthusiasm, but I also see this as an award for everyone at Mazda UK and recognition of our inclusive culture, which helps us recruit, retain and develop people regardless of gender.

Clare Bishop

Bringing huge expertise across 11 years at Mazda in franchising, marketing and sales planning roles, Clare Bishop said: “I am very proud to be recognised by Autocar, I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy the challenge of a variety of roles, progressing my career within a company that has a strong sense of passion, heritage and determination for success.  I hope many more women have the confidence and aspiration to join our industry and embrace the opportunity to make a positive impact”.

Rebecca Hough

Having joined Mazda UK in 2014, Rebecca Hough said: I’m honoured to be nominated, especially at a young age. I am so proud to work at Mazda and genuinely look forward to the new challenges I face on a daily basis in my role as a business manager. No day at Mazda is the same and I wouldn’t have it any other way.’ 

Tracy Howes

Commenting on the Top 100, Tracy Howes said: “I am very proud to have been recognised by Autocar alongside many other rising stars. I have worked at Mazda UK on two separate occasions during my career; for almost 13 years on this second stint! I feel fortunate to have been in field based, dealer facing roles for all of that time, as forging strong relationships with our franchise network is key to Mazda UK’s success”.

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122ps Skyactiv-G petrol engine
  • Mazda M Hybrid

The All-New Mazda3 sees the debut of Mazda’s Mazda M Hybrid system. Both the Skyactiv-G, and the soon to be launched Skyactic-X, petrol engines feature this 24v mild hybrid technology. A belt-driven integrated starter generator (ISG) converts the kinetic energy recovered during deceleration into energy and stores it in a 600KJ lithium-ion battery. A DC-DC converter alters the power to the appropriate voltage to supply the cars electrical system. In addition to improved economy, Mazda M Hybrid also helps drivability by substituting engine torque for motor torque when the car is starting, accelerating or coming to a stop. Even better, engine speed is adjusted by motor torque during upshifts to deliver a smoother gear change and subconsciously smoother clutch operation by the driver.

Energy flow

  • Cylinder deactivation

Cylinder deactivation has been added to the evolved 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G in the All-New Mazda3. Delivering improved economy and enhanced efficiency, the system automatically switches between two-cylinder and four-cylinder operation depending on driving conditions, shutting down cylinders one and four in light load situations, such as when cruising at a constant speed. Intake volume, fuel injection and injection timing are all precisely controlled so that the cylinder deactivation isn’t perceptible to the driver.

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As a tribute to Huntsville’s leadership role with the U.S. space program, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc. (MTM) will name its two assembly lines Apollo and Discovery, respectively.

“Thanks to our team members’ creativity and innovative thinking, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing is proud to name our two future assembly lines Apollo and Discovery in a nod to our city’s heritage as the birthplace of our nation’s space program,” said Mark Brazeal, vice president for administration at MTM.  “The scores of brilliant men and women who worked tirelessly to further mankind’s progress and exploration into the unknown gives our team motivation to add to the Rocket City’s history as a producer of world-class vehicles.”

Apollo was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) program that resulted in 12 American astronauts walking on the moon.  The Space Shuttle Discovery completed 39 successful missions, surpassing the number of flights made by any other orbiters in NASA’s fleet.  Discovery also launched the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit and was the first American Spacecraft piloted by a woman, Eileen Collins.

The line naming follows the first steel beam installation at the end of April, which marked a major milestone for the jointly owned and operated automotive production plant of Mazda and Toyota in Huntsville, Alabama.

“Today marks an exciting milestone for the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A team and the state of Alabama,” said Masashi Aihara, President MTM, on 23rd April. “We are fully committed to this project and we can now see the beginning of our new campus taking shape. Soon, we will be proud to say ‘built in Alabama with pride.’”

With the first steel column now in place, construction is well underway for Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. Despite a heavy rain season, construction of the advanced manufacturing facility remains on schedule. Team members celebrated the milestone with a small gathering at the plant site.

Team celebrate the first steel milestone

Masahi Aihara, President Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA

First steels go into place

Construction highlights include:
–  Approx. 2.29 million m3 of dirt graded for site preparation. 
   This is enough dirt to fill the Empire State Building twice!
–  Ca. 115,000 m3 of gravel poured to create the plant 
   foundation, equal to filling 46 Olympic-sized swimming
   pools.
–  2,500 construction workers projected to be on site by
   late summer 2019.

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A. is a jointly owned and operated automotive production plant. The $1.6 billion facility is expected to create up to 4,000 jobs and will have the capacity to assemble up to 300,000 vehicles a year, beginning in 2021.

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Making its debut in the All-New Mazda3, Mazda’s ground-breaking Skyactiv-X engine will go on sale in the autumn. Featuring Mazda’s unique Spark Plug Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology, the 2.0 litre, four-cylinder Skyactiv-X engine is the world’s first commercial petrol unit to combine the spark ignition of a petrol engine with the compression ignition of a diesel.

Providing drivers with the free-revving performance of a petrol engine and the superior response of a diesel, the Skyactiv-X engine will have a maximum power output of 180PS and 224Nm of torque. Skyactiv-X achieves outstanding, WLTP-measured fuel economy of up to 52.3mpg and produces CO2 emissions from just 96g/km* – depending on transmission and wheel size.

The All-New Mazda3 Skyactiv-X is also equipped with Mazda M Hybrid technology, fitted as standard. The intelligent 24V mild-hybrid system minimises fuel consumption, increasing fuel economy and lowering emissions by recycling energy recovered during deceleration that powers an electric motor that assists the engine.

The All-New Mazda3 Skyactiv-X engine will be available on both the hatchback and saloon models later this year, with a choice of six-speed Skyactiv-MT manual or six-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmissions. The Mazda i-Activ all-wheel-drive system will be available on the All-New Mazda3 Skyactiv-X Hatchback. Full UK specification and pricing details of the All-New Mazda3 Skyactiv-X will be announced next month.

[1] Vehicles are homologated in accordance with the type approval procedure WLTP (Regulation (EU) 1151 / 2017; Regulation (EU) 2007/715).

*NEDC converted figures

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Mazda Skyactiv-X engine

We asked Dr Jamie Turner, Professor of Engines and Energy systems at the University of Bath, to take a look at Mazda’s Skyactiv engine technology including the revolutionary Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition SPCCI engine.

SkyActiv Engines Explained - YouTube

The Skyactiv-X engine will make its debut in the All-New Mazda3 in the autumn of 2019. Across the entire Mazda range, ‘right-sized’ Skyactiv-G petrol and Skyactiv-D diesel engines continue to win praise from media and customers alike.

More information on Mazda’s Sustainable ZoomZoom 2030 vision can be found here

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– A challenging weekend ended with a tough result for Mazda Team Joest at the Sports Car Classic held on the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.

The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P, qualified in third position by Jonathan Bomarito, jumped into second position at the start and was locked into a battle for second position throughout the opening segment of the race. After the car was taken over by Harry Tincknell, who was in fifth position as alternate pit stop strategies played out, it was involved in an incident where Tincknell was hit by a car attempting an overtaking maneuver, sending him into the tyre wall in turn four. The damage from the incident forced him to retire the car from the race.

Starting in seventh position, the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P driven first by Tristan Nunez employed an alternate pit strategy to gain track position on the difficult-to-pass Belle Isle circuit. Staying out when the rest of the field pitted, Nunez and Jarvis were attempting to complete the race on one stop. After running as high as first place, a caution flag negated their advantage and, on the restart, Jarvis was hit into a spin by another car. He finished the race in ninth position.

The next race of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship will be the Sahlen’s Six Hours Of The Glen at Watkins Glen International on the 30th June.

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John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports

“The race today was definitely not the outcome that we were hoping for. Our drivers and team executed really well today, we led laps with the No. 77, and both cars gave us a great chance of success today at Belle Isle. We were, unfortunately, on the receiving end of contact with both of the cars right after restarts. It was particularly tough for the No. 55, because Harry had just executed a great pass for third place and the damage put us out of the race. We’ll rebound from here and be ready for the next race at Watkins Glen.”

No. 55 Mazda RT24-P
Jonathan Bomarito

“The initial stages of the race were pretty good. I had a good start, we were just a bit slower to build temp into the tire. But, we kept getting faster and faster and I had a good scrap with Derani that was really fun and got us into second. It was pretty drama-free, just hard racing. I feel really bad for Harry, he drove a great race and pulled off that amazing pass down into turn three and then got hit in turn four – in my opinion, not his fault at all. It was a really tough day for Mazda, but we showed a lot of perseverance as a team in turning around our lack of practice into two really fast Mazda RT24-Ps. There are a lot of positives to take from this weekend, and to apply what we learned as a team.”

Harry Tincknell

“We started off playing catch-up after first practice, had a decent practice two and then Jonathan did a great job in qualifying to put us in third. With the missing practice time, we didn’t have time to do a long run and I think in the race we didn’t have quite the advantage that we did in qualifying, but it was still a very fast Mazda RT24-P and it’s a shame what happened. I had to go for the pass in turn three, had a lot of wheelspin on the exit, came across to defend and the other car sent me into the wall. It’s hard racing and street circuits are difficult to pass – but that was a very hard move. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

No. 77 Mazda RT24-P

Oliver Jarvis

“It’s difficult to recover from missing track time. This is not an easy track, and that lack of time affected our qualifying and our race. The Mazda Team Joest guys did a fantastic job and we made huge practice in the second practice, but we had to try something different with the strategy, which we did, and unfortunately it didn’t work out. We’ll come away from this weekend, regroup, and just learn from it.”

2018 Daytona 24 Hours. Daytona, USA 25th – 28th January 2018. Photo: Drew Gibson

Tristan Nunez
“It was pretty much complete chaos out there today. It’s a sprint race – around the streets of Detroit nonetheless – so you expect everyone to be driving really hard. Our Mazda RT24-P was really, really quick in clean air but I think we were all struggling in traffic. Once we gambled on strategy and got some clean track, I lost the spot to the Penske but I was able to stick with him on old tires which shows the pace we had in the car today. We had to take a gamble which is the sort of thing you need to do in these races, so hat’s off to Mazda Team Joest. From where we started in first practice, it was a huge rebound given that the No. 55 was able to qualify in third. There’s a lot of good takeaways from us from this weekend.”

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On the back of a strong race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where Mazda Team Joest captured pole position before finishing in second and third place in the fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the team’s drivers are looking for a slightly better result this weekend.

This weekend’s Sports Car Classic, held on the temporary circuit on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan is the second temporary circuit that the Daytona Prototype international class will race on this season. At the Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach, Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez led laps in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P before finishing in fourth position.

Mazda captured a podium at Detroit in 2017 in the Daytona Prototype international class, and a Mazda6 driven by Nunez won the GX class at Belle Isle in 2013. Nunez and Jarvis sprayed champagne for the second time in two years at Mid-Ohio, finishing in second position in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P, while Jonathan Bomarito and Ryan Hunter-Reay, who subbed for Harry Tincknell, finished in third position in the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P. Tincknell returns to Mazda Team Joest this weekend.

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John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports

“Given how we have performed at each of the events so far in 2019, we are entering each weekend with the confidence that the Mazda RT24-P is capable of being quick, running up front and threatening for the win. For several years, the temporary circuits have not been our best opportunity for success but candidly, the IMSA BoP formula and process has given every entrant the chance to be in the game. With solid execution, we will be in the hunt at Belle Isle. Huge thanks to everyone at Multimatic, AER, Motegi Racing and Mazda Team Joest. When success does come, those who have given so much effort will reap the satisfaction and all of our Mazda fans, dealers, racers and employees will be rewarded with what they deserve.”

No. 55 Mazda RT24-P
Jonathan Bomarito

“Coming off a double podium at Mid-Ohio, and since we had two very fast Mazda RT24-Ps at the last street course at Long Beach, I am very excited for Belle Isle this weekend. It’s a complex street course that requires tons of commitment from the driver, which is challenging. We will be pushing extremely hard for that first win for Mazda.”

Harry Tincknell

“I am really excited to be back in the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P after missing Mid-Ohio. Mazda Team Joest did such a fantastic job there with a double podium and I’m sure that form will continue at Detroit. Last season, we were fast in testing but didn’t get the end result, but I feel like having the track experience will really help me this year. The team is on a high and we go into the weekend with a lot of confidence.”

No. 77 Mazda RT24-P

Oliver Jarvis

“After just missing out on the win at Mid-Ohio, we head to Detroit fully motivated to build on our recent strong performances and results. Last year we ran strongly in the race, and with the hard work and preparation that has gone in over the winter, we will be in an even better position this year in our No. 77 Mazda RT24-P.”

Tristan Nunez
“Belle Isle has always been a track that surprises us. Every year, we never expect to be as competitive but in recent years we’ve had great results for Mazda. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Olly and I in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P this weekend, and with the momentum from Mid-Ohio I’m even more excited.”

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The All-New Mazda3 has been awarded the maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP in its latest series of tests. Following the Mazda6 last year, this is the second Mazda to achieve an overall five-star rating under the new, more stringent 2018 Euro NCAP crashworthiness ratings.

The All-New Mazda3 performed impressively in all four Euro NCAP test categories -Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Vulnerable Road User (pedestrian safety) and Safety Assist. This may be attributed to three key factors: the adoption of the very latest Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, which features a high-rigidity, impact-absorbing yet lightweight bodyshell; an even wider range of advanced i-Activsense safety technologies to help drivers identify potential risks and reduce the likelihood of damage or injury; and enhanced pedestrian protection performance.

With a truly outstanding 98% score in the Adult Occupant category, the All-New Mazda3 achieved maximum points for frontal full width impact, and both car and  pole side impacts. Mazda’s Smart Brake Support system also gained full marks in low speed tests, with collisions avoided in all scenarios.

 An excellent Child Occupant score of 87% includes maximum points for child protection in the dynamic tests, with full marks for both frontal and lateral impact. Vulnerable Road User (pedestrian safety) tests garnered an equally noteworthy 81%, with maximum points for pedestrian leg and pelvis area protection. And an impressive 73% score in the Safety Assist category pays tribute to efficiency of the All-New Mazda3’s comprehensive suite of i-Activsense safety features.

Superior driving dynamics throughout the Mazda vehicle range are a vindication of the company’s painstaking Skyactiv Technology programmes. They also contribute to the new Mazda3’s five-star Euro NCAP achievement, in the form of its linear, responsive and predictable acceleration, braking, handling and steering. By making the car easier to drive safely, such attributes further reduce the potential for accidents without compromising Mazda’s traditional fun-to-drive character.

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The all-new Mazda3 made its global debut in LA and is now being celebrated with a unique portfolio of images by Rankin, one of the most influential photographers of our generation. The London-based photographer has been at the forefront of commercial and editorial innovation since he co-founded the magazine Dazed and Confused in 1991, bringing a unique aesthetic to fashion shoots and portraiture. Over the course of a high-profile career, Rankin has taken the portraits of the Queen of England, Daniel Craig, Kate Moss, David Bowie, Monica Bellucci and many hundreds more. He has also published around 30 books and been a key driver behind major charity and commercial campaigns for a number of key brands around the world.

To celebrate the new Mazda3, Rankin brings his talents to unlocking the emotion of the new car, as described by chief engineer Mitsui Hitomi, “we don’t design to a spec, we design to a feeling”. It is also a story of pure driving pleasure and a challenging portrayal of true automotive beauty, a car that is as beautiful in motion as it is at rest. 

Talking about the shoot, Rankin said: “I wanted to not only show the essence of the Mazda3, but also evoke emotions with the viewer. I wanted to make the images really sensual so I approached the shoot in a completely different way.  I have used light and created motion through actual camera movements, not retouching, that literally bring the car to life for the viewer.”

The brief was to capture the new Mazda3 and bring out the energy and feelings that the Takumi clay modeller at Mazda puts into the car when they craft each model by hand. Mazda is the only car manufacturer that still creates its car from the original full scale clay model.

“Our design philosophy is called Kodo: Soul of Motion, with simple clarity of purpose,” says Jo Stenuit, Design Director Mazda Motor Europe, “Rankin has a wonderful way of capturing the car as art.”

The end result captures the emotions of this important model, the first car in Mazda’s new generation of products. Each picture represents a significant emotion Rankin tried to capture within his work. “You can’t work with an artist and then constrain their art,” says Stenuit, “and this is about two brands coming together to create beautiful art.”

Rankin is a British photographer, publisher and film director. With a portfolio ranging from portraiture to documentary, he has shot The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner and The Queen to name only a few.

Rankin co-founded the seminal magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack in 1991, and has since published the likes of AnOther and AnOther Man, alongside over 40 books and the biannual fashion, culture and lifestyle print and digital platform, Hunger.

His photography has been published everywhere from his own publications to Elle, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Wonderland, and exhibited in galleries around the world, including MoMA, New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. As a director, through the eponymous Rankin Film, he has created campaigns for the likes of Nike, L’Oreal, Dove, Pantene, Diageo, Women’s Aid, and Comic Relief alongside music videos for, amongst others, Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora and Kelis. Fearless behind the lens, Rankin’s visuals have become ingrained in contemporary iconography.

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Fresh from an update across the range last August, the Mazda CX-3 line-up gets a new burst of colour this summer with the addition of the new GT Sport Nav+. On sale from the 1st June, and limited to just 500 cars, the GT Sport Nav+ features unique styling and extra value in one attractive package.

Based on the range topping Sport Nav+, the GT Sport Nav+ is offered exclusively with the 2.0-litre 121ps Skyactiv-G engine matched to two-wheel drive with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. With a choice of free-of-charge Jet Black Mica, Ceramic Metallic or Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint, the GT Sport Nav+ is marked out by unique matt silver trim garnish on the lower sections of the front and rear bumpers, plus bright silver door mirror covers.

Inside, Red Nappa leather seats with white inserts combine with white soft touch door panel and dashboard inserts to give the cabin a stand out look, while the leather driver’s seat features power adjustment with a memory function.

“Over 75 per cent of the CX-3’s we sell in the UK are Sport Nav+ models, so our customers love the combination of premium quality and style the high-grade versions of this excellent small SUV deliver. The launch of the GT Sport Nav+ adds a standout special edition model, which brings the generous equipment, distinctive looks and enhanced value that discerning crossover buyers are looking for”, commented Mazda Motors UK Managing Director, Jeremy Thomson.

Adding, “plus with the suite of well-considered updates the CX-3 range received last year, the Mazda CX-3 has the style, quality and driving dynamics to remain at the top of this most demanding of segments.”   

Launched last August, the updated CX-3 saw a host of technology and interior improvements. Visually, distinguished by a revised grille and darker side pillar treatment that enhances the sweeping coupe-like profile of this sporty small SUV. All cars, with the exception of the entry-level 121ps SE Nav+, feature front LED fog lights and rear privacy glass, while Sport Nav+ cars have 18-inch silver alloy wheels, LED headlights, signature LED rear lights and chrome effect front bumper and side trim garnishes.

Inside, the comfortable, ergonomic and upmarket interior is designed around the electric parking brake so that the centre console flows more elegantly into the dashboard, while the Mazda Multimedia Commander has moved forward for improved usability.  Comfort and functionality is improved with a padded armrest with console storage box underneath.

The front seats benefit from use of high-damping urethane foam cushions that improve comfort and support, while the rear seats now feature a central armrest with built in cup holders. Cabin refinement is a strong point thanks to upgraded door sill trims, thicker sound isolation in the doors and enhanced rear glazing. In addition, an increase in the cabin headliner thickness absorbs more sound to deliver a hushed cabin.

With the focus on the driver engagement you’d expect from Mazda, last year’s updates to the CX-3 also targeted enhanced handling and improved ride comfort. New coil springs and dampers have been fitted, while the front anti-roll bar has also been changed. Combined with a recalibration of the electric power steering, the end result is more consistent weight transfer and improved shock absorption.

Priced at £24,095 for the manual and £25,095 for the automatic, the GT Sport Nav+ Mazda CX-3 arrives in dealerships from the 1st June 2019.

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