Derek Jenkins is no longer the head of design as confirmed by Eric Booth. Senior Manager, Public Relations at Mazda North American Operations. According to Booth, Jenkins’ last day was Friday, July 17, 2015, just days before the launch of the 2016 Mazda CX-3, “His last day was Friday. Derek was a huge part of […]
Mazda’s Chief designer, Derrick Jenkins, talks about the history of the Mazda6 design. Mazda has brought out concept cars for many years, each more beautiful than the previous one. Now Mazda is producing aspects of those concept designs on production vehicles.
Jenkins went to school for car design. What is the one thing in the […]
California is a critical state for Mazda. Robert Davis, Senior Vice President for U.S. Operations, reminds me that they are headquartered in California, so he knows the California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions requirements all too well. “We’re a smaller manufacturer, so the ability to meet the requirements they give us are a little […]
Dave Coleman, vehicle development engineer for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), explains Mazda’s skyactiv technology to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com.
Since torque converters work best at low speeds Mazda added a multi-plate clutch to the torque converter. Coleman shows the old system and the new system through pictures and animation (courtesy of Mazda). It […]
Derek Jenkins, Mazda’s Design Director, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about Aerodynamics and how much the designer works with the engineers on designing for more fuel economy.
At what point in the design game does the designer talk to the engineers, and has that changed over the year?
Dave Coleman is the Vehicle Development Engineer at Mazda’s research & development. Coleman took time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 2013 Mazda CX-5. Watch the video as we go around Laguna Seca’s Mazda raceway, out on the Monterey streets and stop to view the sunset on Monterey peninsula.
It’s all about compression […]