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Why Mazda says hybrid crossover SUVs are the 'sweet spot' for the US market


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Count Mazda (MZDAY) among the automakers who were criticized for dragging their feet into EVs, but the company is likely now glad it did.

Globally, for the first three quarters of its fiscal year, Mazda on Friday reported record earnings of 200.2 billion yen ($1.32 billion), up 83% year over year, with global sales volume up 17% to 930K units. The company is forecasting “record results for all profit levels” when it reports fiscal full year results after the quarter ending on March 31.

While Mazda does not currently offer a pure electric EV in the US (it killed off the MX-30 EV that was only sold in California), the Japanese automaker intends to be fully electrified by 2030 — meaning 75% hybrid and 25% pure electric vehicles.

For the time being a conservative approach from the relatively nimble Mazda in the US is working out, as evidenced by the company’s best sales year in America since 1994. Mazda North America CEO Tom Donnelly said Mazda’s transition plan was deliberate, even in the face of a shifting marketplace.

The Mazda CX-70 crossover utility (Mazda) (Mazda)

“No question it is a dynamic marketplace right now, but we've had a strategy all along that we call multi-solution, meaning all along our plans were around hybrids and plug-in hybrids and ultimately electrification,” Donnelly said in an interview with Yahoo Finance.

Donnelly notes the Mazda plan is a three-phase approach, starting with its flagship CX-90 plug-in hybrid CUV (crossover utility vehicle) that debuted last year, the just-revealed CX-70 plug-in hybrid, and the CX-50 hybrid coming later this year.

Those three vehicles will take Mazda through 2030 when the brand will feature exclusively electrified powertrains. “We think the pacing and our overall strategy is right for the market today,” Donnelly said.

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On 2/10/2024 at 9:17 PM, dasari said:

Count Mazda (MZDAY) among the automakers who were criticized for dragging their feet into EVs, but the company is likely now glad it did.

Globally, for the first three quarters of its fiscal year, Mazda on Friday reported record earnings of 200.2 billion yen ($1.32 billion), up 83% year over year, with global sales volume up 17% to 930K units. The company is forecasting “record results for all profit levels” when it reports fiscal full year results after the quarter ending on March 31.

While Mazda does not currently offer a pure electric EV in the US (it killed off the MX-30 EV that was only sold in California), the Japanese automaker intends to be fully electrified by 2030 — meaning 75% hybrid and 25% pure electric vehicles.

For the time being a conservative approach from the relatively nimble Mazda in the US is working out, as evidenced by the company’s best sales year in America since 1994. Mazda North America CEO Tom Donnelly said Mazda’s transition plan was deliberate, even in the face of a shifting marketplace.

The Mazda CX-70 crossover utility (Mazda) (Mazda)

“No question it is a dynamic marketplace right now, but we've had a strategy all along that we call multi-solution, meaning all along our plans were around hybrids and plug-in hybrids and ultimately electrification,” Donnelly said in an interview with Yahoo Finance.

Donnelly notes the Mazda plan is a three-phase approach, starting with its flagship CX-90 plug-in hybrid CUV (crossover utility vehicle) that debuted last year, the just-revealed CX-70 plug-in hybrid, and the CX-50 hybrid coming later this year.

Those three vehicles will take Mazda through 2030 when the brand will feature exclusively electrified powertrains. “We think the pacing and our overall strategy is right for the market today,” Donnelly said.

how about mini cars discussed in the other thread? if these are made sturdy to meet US safety standards would be even much cheaper for those who don't need full/mid size cars? plus, they look really really cute!

 

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Or the water-powered car engine tech that is in R&D and said to give 100-150 MPG and emitting zero pollution (only oxygen)

 

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