Inside Mazda

The People Behind Mazda

Mazda Employees Craftsmen

A Life’s Work

Sometimes it takes a lifetime to hone your craft. Meet three Mazda employees who have dedicated decades to the art of producing cars.
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Meet the Man in Charge of Mazda’s Heritage Collection

Part museum and part working garage, what sets Mazda’s Heritage Collection apart is the fact that the cars are driven as regularly as possible.
Mazda Craftsmen Takumi

Takumi Craftsmen Bring More Than Experience to Their Work

Inside Mazda editors sat down with Osamu Fujiki, a hard-clay modeler at Mazda’s Design Headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan, to talk about the nature of beauty in the automotive design process.
Mazda Driver's Choice Campaign Behind The Scenes TV Commercial

Behind The Scenes: Driver’s Choice TV Shoot

So have you ever wondered what it takes to make that 30 second spot? The Inside Mazda team recently tagged along on the Driver’s Choice Event TV shoot to get a behind-the-scenes look at just how those advertisements are made.

Designing Mazda’s New Home: Explore Mazda’s New North American Headquarters

In August of 2017, Mazda celebrated the official grand opening of its new North American headquarters located at 200 Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine.
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The Visionary

It’s day two of the Tokyo Motor Show and he’s at the epicenter of a media hurricane, moving from interview to interview with barely a pause for breath.

Mazda’s Detroit Operations Perform a Critical Function for the Company

In order to ensure that top quality standards are met, Mazda has positioned its quality control operations close to its suppliers.
Dave Coleman Mazda Engineer MX-5 Miata Roadsters

Dave Coleman’s Winding Road Home

“There was a period when my dad bought a Mazda RX-7, and I turned into a total rotary nut,” Coleman recalled. “When people would ask what I wanted to do, I’d say I wanted to work at Mazda’s R&D.”
Mazda engineer Ruben Archilla

Making Things Better – How Mazda Engineer Ruben Archilla Works

Ruben is a crusader for Mazda’s theory of human-centric design, where the perceptions of the driver are the focal point throughout the development process.
Mazda North American Operations CEO and President Moro-san

Masahiro Moro, President and CEO of MNAO, Sets Focus on Long-Term Goals

Moro-san sat down with the editors of Inside Mazda to discuss his perspective on the current status of the brand and his vision for Mazda’s future.
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Lead Designer Teresa Spafford Drives Mazda’s Color Connection to Car Lovers

“What’s so great about Mazda, and design, is that Mazda is the kind of place that really inherits the energy of the people that work here,” Spafford said. “People who stay tend to have this kind of passion.”

Designers Take Center Stage at Mazda’s Hollywood Gala

The event focused on the company’s leadership with the RX-VISION concept and the MX-5 Miata RF sports car, then moving on to unveil the latest interpretation of KODO design in the 2017 CX-5 crossover SUV.
MX-5 Miata RF power retractable hard top roadster

Freedom of design made possible by ingenuity at the production site

Takaki Nakamura is an engineer who develops new cars at Mazda, but his job does not entail coming up with parts for the suspension or creating a beautiful form.
2017 MX-5 RF Miata sportscar

In Pursuit of Alluring Retraction

This second episode in the new series focusing on the MX-5 RF hardtop introduces Kouichi Matsumoto, who led development of the retractable roof.
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The Power of Co-Creation Brings New Value to the MX-5

The People Behind the MX-5 series features interviews with engineers and designers involved in the development of the fourth-generation model.

A Beat of His Own: Engineer Matthew Valbuena on Discovering Mazda’s ‘Spirited Sound’

As a driving force behind tuning the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9’s lauded BOSE Premium audio system, it might come as some surprise that Mazda engineer Matthew Valbuena didn’t go to school for engineering.

In Pursuit of a Simple Dream – MX-5 Smiles for All

Mazda’s engineers want nothing more than to introduce as many people as possible to the joy of driving a car that moves exactly as you expect.
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Behind the Zoom: Jacques Flynn

The lead designer of the team responsible for the styling of the 2016 MX-5 and owner of his own hand-crafted leather accessories business in California.
Mazda Clay Molder

Because We Are Drivers, Too

One of the reasons Mazda’s cars provide so much driving pleasure is the people who craft them love to drive, too. While it’s natural to consider the part the engineers play in achieving this, the design staff has a significant role in the process.