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
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.
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
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.’
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Vehicles are homologated in accordance with the type approval procedure WLTP
(Regulation (EU) 1151 / 2017; Regulation (EU) 2007/715).
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.
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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.
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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.
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
“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.”
“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
“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.
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.”
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.
John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports
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
No. 55 Mazda RT24-P
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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.