The latest logistics developments at Mazda



Baltimore port on the rebound after bridge collapse


Baltimore port is working to get back on track as the US’ busiest vehicle-handling port and continuing with its revitalisation of infrastructure

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GM wins big in 2023, Stellantis and Ford lose out


GM had the strongest sales in North America last year compared to other OEMs, having sold nearly 2.6m units in 2023, up 14% over 2022 according to market analyst Cox Automotive.

Mazda and XPO Logistics team up to use HVO-powered trucks

XPO Logistics and Mazda use HVO trucks to cut aftersales emissions


Mazda joins the likes of Nissan, BMW and Hyundai in trialling non-diesel trucks.  


Mazda begins exports of CX-50 from US to Mexico


Mazda has added Mexico as an export country for its CX-50, which is made at the US joint venture plant it runs with Toyota in Huntsville, Alabama. The carmaker is also exporting the CX-50 to Canada and Colombia

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Jaxport promotes James Bennett to chief operating officer role


James Bennett is moving to a new role at Jaxport as chief operating officer where continuing development of automotive capacity at Blount Island will be one of his key tasks

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Blueprints for the rebound at North America’s vehicle ports


North America’s main vehicle-handling ports are preparing for a return in volumes as production stabilises and have built in more sustainable ways to process them

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Jacksonville port invests ahead of volume rebound


Production volatility in the automotive industry means volumes are down at the US port of Jacksonville but with a rebound around the corner the port authority is working with terminal operators to upgrade its facilities


A gateway for growth in the Gulf


The US Gulf coast has a new port for finished vehicle trade that offers competitive advantages in cost and time, and the latest in vehicle processing services and technology


Automotive logistics in Russia is in tatters


Sanctions on Russia and the withdrawal of foreign carmakers has hit the automotive sector hard, with heavy losses felt by the transport provders


Mazda begins direct imports to UK from Japan


Mazda has made its first direct delivery of Japanese vehicle exports to the UK through the port of Bristol, part of a regular service that will delivery vehicles every 10 days. The vehicles are being processed at a dedicated distribution centre at the port. 


Martijn ten Brink to lead Mazda reshuffle in Europe


Martijn ten Brink will take over as president and CEO of Mazda Motor Europe (MME) on June 24 this year. He replaces Yasuhiro Aoyama, who returns to the headquarters in Japan to take up the role of director, senior managing executive officer for oversight of global marketing, sales and customer service.


A stronger supply chain since Fukushima


In the ten years since the earthquake and tsunami hit the Japanese region of Tohoku, carmakers disrupted by the disaster have been working on mitigation strategies to better prepare and respond to the next supply chain threat. Marcus Williams talks to Mazda, Nissan and Toyota about what has been achieved over the last decade

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Tom Donnelly expands role at Mazda North America Operations


As part of wider organisational changes at Mazda North America Operations (MNAO), Tom Donnelly is taking on additional responsibilities to his role as senior vice-president of retail operations. Yoji Nukina will lead vehicle distribution.


Mazda curbs production during coronavirus crisis


Mazda is suspending output in Japan, Mexico and Thailand, because of difficulties procuring parts, plummeting sales and uncertainty of future sales amid the Covid-19 pandemic..


Hirotec deploys AVs to handle Mazda parts in Hiroshima


Tier one parts supplier Hirotec has started using autonomous vehicles (AVs) provided by Otto Motors at its manufacturing plant in Hiroshima. The vehicles are delivering Mazda door panels to welding cells at the facility…


Mazda changes Californian ports of entry for finished vehicles


Carmaker Mazda is now dividing dispatch of its vehicles from Japan to California between Benicia and Los Angeles ports, instead of sending them all to National City port, San Diego, in the state’s far south…


WW Solutions starts processing Mazda vehicles in California


Mazda vehicles arriving from Japan into the US West Coast are now being prepared at WW Solutions’ processing centre (VPC) in Los Angeles before delivery to dealers…


Russia confirms logistics subsidies for car deliveries from Far East


The Russian federal government has introduced “long-term logistics subsidies” on vehicles transported to the European side of the country from the Far East, to be in place by December 1 this year. The latest development appears to repeal the decision announced by Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak in April of 2018 ...

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Stretching to the limit: How Sollers and Lorus move finished vehicles across Russia


For the Russian carmaker Sollers the importance of effective logistics hardly can be overemphasised. With a distance of up to 8,000km (4,971 miles) between its main production assets in European Russia and the Far East, a widespread network of more than 100 tier one suppliers both in and outside Russia, plus worldwide export operations, costs and lead times within the supply chain clearly make a big difference to the company.


Hail, Caesar: How ECG’s template is giving power to distribution planning


Inadequate forecasting is one of the biggest causes of inefficiency in finished vehicle logistics, but ECG’s Project Caesar is setting new standards for distribution planning.

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