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MAZDA RX-8: 2004 GRAND-AM (ST) RACING CHAMPION
Submitted by Berny on Monday, November 8, 2004 - 18:26Mazdaspeed RX-8

-Mazda RX-8 edges out BMW to win Grand AM Cup title-

IRVINE, Calif. - Spectators witnessed history at last Saturday's Lexus 250 in Fontana, Calif., as the SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 racing team climbed the podium for the fifth consecutive race, clinching both team and driver championships in the Grand AM Cup. This is the first professional racing championship for the RX-8, the world's only rotary-powered sports car.

Throughout the 2004 race season in the RX-8's inaugural production year, the SpeedSource RX-8 team battled the Number 95 Turner Motorsport BMW wheel-to-wheel. But when the season's dust had settled, SpeedSource RX-8 team co-drivers Sylvain Tremblay and David Haskell had piloted their number 70 car to the top of the point standings.

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Mazda Reports Strong First-Half Results - Increases Full-Year Outlook
Submitted by Berny on Monday, November 8, 2004 - 17:20


-Management team commits to mid-term plan; will maintain 'Mazda Momentum'-
-First-half consolidated operating profit up 53 percent to 43.5 billion yen.-
-Full-year operating profit outlook increased to 78 billion yen, all-time record.-
-Mid-term commitments established to generate operating profits above 100 billion yen in FY2006.-


Mazda Motor Corporation today reported a strong profit increase for the first half of FY2004. The results have put the company well on course to achieve its best ever, full-year operating profit.

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MAZDASPEED Accessories Take Center Stage at 2004 SEMA Show
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Tuesday, November 2, 2004 - 15:44MazdaSpeed

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Promises made, promises delivered. At the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show today, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will display its full range of MAZDASPEED and Genuine Mazda Accessories. In doing so, Mazda fulfills a promise made at last year's SEMA show to bring a full line of MAZDASPEED-branded accessories for RX-8, MAZDA3, MAZDA6 and MX-5 Miata to market in North America.

MAZDASPEED accessories include items such as performance exhaust systems which can improve horsepower; springs, struts, shock absorbers and stabilizer bars that flatten out handling; performance brake parts which increase stopping power while reducing stopping distance; and interior and exterior styling parts to help every customer define their own vision of Zoom-Zoom. Nearly a third of Mazda's 700-plus dealers across the country are now registered to sell MAZDASPEED accessories, most of which carry Mazda's full factory warranty. MAZDASPEED accessories are built specifically for the vehicles on which they fit -- developed by the same engineers and designers who created the host vehicle, guaranteeing perfect fit and operation.

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MAZDA REGISTERS HIGHEST INCREASE OF ANY BRAND IN J.D. POWER AND ASSOCIATES STUDY
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 14:48Other

IRVINE, Calif. -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced its score in the benchmark 2004 J.D. Power and Associates’ APEAL Study – released today – registered a 22-point increase, the highest year-over-year increase of any automaker. In addition, Mazda is the highest scoring full-line non-luxury manufacturer. The company’s score also places it well above the industry average and is the highest score Mazda has ever received in the Study.

"With APEAL measuring what customers like and dislike about their vehicles, it’s no wonder Mazda’s new line of cars is driving this success," said Robert Davis, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Development, for MNAO. "The reality is that there truly are no bad cars on the market today – the difference between the highest and lowest ranking vehicles in the Study is closer than ever before. Only those companies that produce cars that surprise and delight their owners at, and long after, the purchase, will succeed in the future."

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ALTENBURG LEADS MAZDA TO REPEAT WIN AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 14:41Mazda6

MONTEREY, Calif. – Jeff Altenburg took the checkered flag in his new MAZDA6 racecar at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday to give Mazda its first SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car victory in the final round of the season. The victory was the first win for the new MAZDA6 racecar prepared by Tri-Point engineering.

Altenburg piloted his number 72 MAZDA6 flawlessly around the slick track and through a pack of Acura TSXs, RSXs, BMW 3-series and Audi A4s, before holding off Peter Cunningham by a 1.287-second margin. The MAZDA6 led the remaining six laps of the race after zooming past three-time series champion Pierre Kleinubing in turn 11. Altenburg set a new fast-lap record with a time of 1:39.446 (81.016 mph) – breaking the record he set last year by more than five seconds. MAZDA6 team driver Shauna Marinus finished the race in thirteenth place.

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The All New Mazda Premacy to be Exhibited at the 38th Tokyo Motor Show
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 13:15Other

- Mazda’s Show Theme: Sharing Zoom-Zoom -
At the 38th Tokyo Motor Show*1, to be held from Tuesday November 2nd to Sunday November 7th at Makuhari Messe (Nippon Convention Center), Chiba Prefecture, Mazda Motor Corporation will be exhibiting the all new Mazda Premacy, a minivan in which Zoom-Zoom*2 enjoyment and functionality can be shared by the whole family. (Mazda plans to conduct the market launch of the new Premacy in spring 2005.)

Mazda will also be showcasing other exciting developments. These include the Bongo Van Concept and Titan Dash Concept, each of which incorporates a system that enhances environmental protection and reduces work for delivery drivers. They also include environmental technologies in the form of the RENESIS hydrogen rotary engine, and the MZR-CD with DPF. And they include Mazda Smart Safety Technologies in the form of advanced driver-support systems.

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Mazda Releases Upgraded 'Spiano' Micro-Mini
Submitted by Berny on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 22:50Other

- Front bench seat now standard for all models; new seat and door trim fabric to create brighter air in interior -

Mazda Motor Corporation has upgraded the Spiano micro-mini that features the rounded-edge-design exterior with an interior packed with comfort and utility. The Spiano goes on sale today at Mazda Autozam, Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.

In the upgraded Spiano, a front bench seat and a foot parking brake are standard equipment, both enabling the driver and passenger to have a sufficient leg space. The Spiano also features new seat and door trim fabric in brighter color--light blue or pale orange--and two new fashionable body colors, Coconuts Beige Metallic and Musk Blue Metallic.

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Mazda AZ-Offroad Micro-Mini Undergoes Major Facelift
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 08:55Other

Mazda Motor Corporation announces the release of the extensively restyled all-wheel-drive micro-mini model, "Mazda AZ-Offroad." It goes on sale today at Mazda Autozam, Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.

The new AZ-Offroad micro-mini features the restyled front grille, stylish aluminum wheels, a redesigned instrumental panel, upgraded seat materials, improved front seat structure for better supportability, a new on-board switch to change drive mode--all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive--for easier operation, etc.

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Mazda Launches Special Edition Mazda Demio SPORT-S
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 20:20Other

Popular items now standard; exclusive body color-Titanium Grey Metallic II

Building on the established performance and level of functional equipment of the "SPORT" model, Mazda Demio "SPORT-S" provides customers many with popular items as standard equipment, including the stylish retractable-type key and the exclusive Titanium Grey Metallic II body color.

To enhance the level of audio equipment, an audio remote control switch fitted on a steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system, both originally available as a manufacturer option, are now standard equipment on this special edition. In addition, a flexible choice of music systems, such as a CD kit compatible with MP3 or an MD kit compatible with MDLP, is available as a dealer option, which allows customers to create their own audio systems with a variety of combinations.

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'20S' Sporty Grade Added to Mazda Axela Series
Submitted by Berny on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 20:40Mazda3

Mazda Motor Corporation has added a sporty grade "20S" of the Mazda Axela (aka. Mazda3) -- new generation sports compact that fully embodies company's Zoom-Zoom spirit, while upgrading all Axela models by making popular items available as standard. Orders for these new models will be taken from today at Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Mazda Autozam throughout Japan. Based on the Mazda Axela "20C," the Axela "20S" boasts its sporty equipment, featuring exterior parts originally available with the "23S," including large front/rear aero bumpers, side under spoilers, sporty grille, which have been favorably received by customers. With affordable base model price, the addition of "20S" further enhances sporty features of the Axela series, strengthening the entire Axela brand.

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