Category Archives: Mazda

FAW Bases 2014 Besturn B70 on the Second-gen Mazda6

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FAW has derived the entire Besturn lineup from Mazda6. The B70 in particular is, in its current form, modeled upon the first generation of the Japanese car (so is the B50). As the company prepares to release the locally-built Atenza, it upgrades the Besturn B70 by transplanting it to the platform of the second-gen Mazda6, […]

Atenza to Join First-gen Mazda6 and Ruiyi

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FAW-Mazda confirmed that it will start producing Atenza in Changchun later this year, as the all-new Mazda6 made its Chinese debut in Shanghai. It will join, rather than replace, the two older generations, called " Mazda6" (first-gen) and "Ruiyi" (second-gen) in the local market. Of varying sizes, the three generations of Mazda6 will compete in […]

Spy Shots of FAW Besturn MPV, Based on Mazda8


Despite declining sales of the Oley and Besturn brands, FAW Car seems on track to launch new models. Two will be added to the Besturn lineup by the end of 2014, an SUV and a MPV. Like the B70 and B90, the upcoming Besturn models will be derived from Mazda, a partner of FAW. The […]

Yema Auto Develops S-MPV, Derived from Mazda5


Preparing to enter the MPV market, Sichuan (Yema) Auto Industry Co., Ltd., a makers of SUVs and buses, displayed a concept van, the A-MPV, at last year’s Chengdu Auto Show. Recently, it exposed on its official website the production version called S-MPV. Like the Yema SUVs, the S-MPV copies the design of a well-known foreign […]

Mazda’s China Sales Dropped 12.9% in 2012

Mazda China said today that it sold 187,087 cars last year, 12.9% less than 2011. In the last month of 2012, sales slumped 25.4% over a year ago to 17,273. Between the two joint ventures, FAW-Mazda, a maker of Mazda6 and 8, delivered 113,606 units, down 16.1% on year; Changan-Mazda, a maker of Mazda 2 […]

2013 Mazda8 Gets Upgraded Powertrain

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With an improved powertrain and unchanged pricing, the 2013 Mazda8 from FAW-Mazda hit the market last week. The 2.3L L3 engine on the previous model was replaced by a 2.5L L5 that can put out a maximum of 120kW of power and 226Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the 4AT gave way to a 5AT. According to […]

Production of Mazda CX-7 Will Shift to China

Due to disappointing sales, Mazda announced in August the end of the production of the CX-7 in Japan, which effectively discontinued the compact crossover SUV in its major markets. This, however, does not mean the model has been consigned to history. As we learned this week, the CX-7 is still on course to China, where […]

Changan to Sell Re-badged First-gen Mazda3 as Cinturx

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The joint venture of Changan Auto and Mazda will release a new compact sedan named "Cinturx" early next year, reveals a recent new-car catalogue from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Spy shots published in the past two months indicate the Cinturx will be the first-gen Mazda3 carrying the Changan logo. Changan-Mazda currently builds […]

FAW Besturn B90 Goes on Sale for US$21,995-31,434

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First Auto Works (FAW) released the third, flagship model, the B90 mid-size, in the Besturn sedan series on Wednesday. With a price range of 139,800-199,800 Yuan, the B90 is significantly cheaper than Mazda6 Ruiyi, the second gen Mazda6 from which the B90 is derived. In its official press release on the market launch, FAW claims […]

Mazda Sales Gained 1% to 18,634 Units in May

Mazda China posted small 1% sales growth for May from a year earlier, with 18,634 units of Mazda-brand new vehicles delivered. In the first five months, sales dropped 0.4% on year to 86,319 units. The company attributed the slowdown to two factors: the stagnation of the overall Chinese auto market seen so far this year […]

FAW Besturn Changes Logo, Road Tests B30, B90


Realigning products from its sprawling divisions, FAW (First Auto Works) replaces the "1"-number logo (seen in the first picture below) on Besturn sedans with the "eagle" emblem (in the second picture below) found on other small FAW cars like those from Tianjin Xiali and FAW Jilin. So now vehicles of FAW’s own brands are re-grouped […]

Mazda’s China Sales Increased 33% to 239,709 Units in 2010

Annual China sales of Mazda-brand vehicles hit record high last year, rising 33% to 239,709 units, exceeding the target of 220,000 units set by Mazda China, according to data released today by the company. December sales increased 36% on year to 35,023 units, setting a new monthly high. Between Mazda’s two Chinese ventures, FAW-Mazda delivered […]