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    Who decides what cars Canadian dealers sell?

    But the disappearance of the Mazda2 from the Canadian market is stark evidence of how the landscape has changed north of the border. Compact and subcompact cars once accounted for more than half of passenger-vehicle sales in Canada where higher retail prices, taxes and fuel costs pushed buyers towards smaller vehicles than their American cousins. […] More

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    Mazda Canada plots strategy to reverse flat sales performance

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    In what’s shaping up to be another record year for auto sales in Canada, Mazda Canada is an outlier. The long-established Japanese brand’s sales volume dropped 1.2 per cent in the first six months of 2016, compared with the same period last year, against an industry average increase of six per cent. It’s a confounding […] More

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    November Canadian sales numbers by automaker

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    All major automakers in Canada have reported their November sales and a strong majority of them posted gains, including double-digit increases by General Motors, Ford, Nissan/Infiniti and Porsche. There were two extra selling days in November 2016 versus 2015 (26 versus 24). Analysts expect Canadian auto sales to set a new record in 2016, rising […] More

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    Mazda says Toyota tie-up could yield electric, connected cars

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    TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. have discussed electric vehicles and connected cars as part of at least 10 potential areas for cooperation, the latest indication Japan’s automakers will join forces to cope with technological trends shaking up their industry. Mazda is having broad discussions with Toyota, Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s executive vice […] More

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    Ford, Toyota form telematics alliance with other automakers, suppliers to stymie Google, Apple

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    Ford Motor and Toyota Motor have formed a consortium with four other automakers to speed development of auto-industry standards for in-vehicle apps, a step toward preventing Apple and Google from controlling how drivers connect smartphones to their cars and trucks. Ford and Toyota said that Mazda Motor, PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries and Suzuki Motor […] More

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    Another 117,000 Canadian vehicles recalled over Takata inflators

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    Nissan Canada and Mazda Canada are recalling 117,341 vehicles combined because new testing has prompted Takata Corp. to declare millions more airbag inflators defective. The recalls have not yet been added to Transport Canada’s Vehicle Safety Recalls Database, but will be. The automakers and government agency confirmed the recalls to Automobile News | tomobile.org Canada […] More

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    Toyota, Mazda will build $2 billion U.S. assembly plant

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    DALLAS — Toyota plans to build a C $2 billion (US $1.6 billion) U.S. plant in a joint venture with smaller Japanese rival Mazda to assemble Toyota compact cars and Mazda crossovers. The factory, at a not-yet selected site, will have annual capacity of 300,000 units and create some 4,000 jobs, Toyota said Friday. The […] More

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    Mazda unveils plans for world’s first compression ignition gasoline engine

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    Mazda Motor Corp., struggling to stay competitive in a world of electrified cars, said it would become the first automaker to commercialize a powerful, fuel-efficient gasoline engine technology that has eluded engineers for decades but offers an alternative to going electric. The Japanese automaker, with an r&d budget a fraction of those of major peers, […] More

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    Mazda6 cars recalled because airbags could fail to deploy

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    Mazda Canada is recalling nearly 3,000 Mazda6 cars because they could lose power steering and the entire airbag system could become deactivated. There might be excessive weld spatter on the front passenger seat frame of 2,886 vehicles due to a manufacturing issue, a recall notice on Transport Canada’s website says. Over time, the sensor that […] More

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    Mazda Signature line targets Canada’s premium segment

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    VERNON, B.C. — Mazda is making a concerted effort to steal some sales from the lower end of the premium market with a new Signature trim level. “It’s a natural step for Mazda to go upmarket, as premium brands are coming down to gain market share,” said Sean Claessen, executive vice-president, strategy and innovation, at […] More

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