Mazda Canada is recalling nearly 3,000 Mazda6 cars because they could lose power steering and the entire airbag system could become deactivated.
Mazda, 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.
Toyota plans to build a $2 billion U.S. plant in a joint venture with smaller Japanese rival Mazda to assemble Toyota compact cars and Mazda crossovers.
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. Ford Canada is looking into the matter.
Mazda is recalling more than 307,000 cars — nearly 80,000 of them in Canada — because the parking brake may not fully release or could fail to hold the cars, increasing the risk of a crash.
A combined 86,733 units of the Mazda2 and Mazda3 from the 2010 and 2011 model years are being recalled because the mechanism that adjusts the height and inclination is faulty.
Ford and Toyota have formed a consortium with automakers including PSA and Mazda 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.
November sales were up in Canada for a strong majority of automakers, including double-digit gains by General Motors, Ford, Nissan/Infiniti and Porsche.