Derek Jenkins out as head of design for Mazda on Driving the Nation

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 […]

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2016 Mazda CX3 on Driving the Nation

Derek Jenkins, Mazda’s North America Design Director, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation at the Los Angeles auto show about the all new subcompact 2016 Mazda CX-3.

The CX-3 is the fifth model in Mazdas line-up that features SKYACTIV Technology and Kodo design. Jenkins takes us through the interior of the […]

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2013 Shanghai auto show floor scenes

Shanghai, China – Scenes from the 2013 Shanghai auto show includes the women, the characters, the police and the cars. Watch the video to see BMW, BYD, Peugeot, Renault, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Geely, Opel, Mazda, Smart, Brabus, Citroen, Luxgen, JAC, Infiniti, Volvo, Continental, Buick, Kia, Chevy and Jeep on the floor of the Shanghai auto […]

Mazda’s Derrick Jenkins on the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 on Driving the Nation

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 […]

Mazda’s Robert Davis on the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 on Driving the Nation

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 […]

Derek Jenkins on Mazda’s new paint flop on Driving the Nation

Derek Jenkins, Chief designer for Mazda North America, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,, about a paint technique called flop.It’s not a paint color, but a technique that allows certain ingredients to have greater flop, a higher high and a darker dark.

Dave Coleman on Mazda’s skyactiv technology on Driving the Nation

Dave Coleman, vehicle development engineer for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), explains Mazda’s skyactiv technology to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO,

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 […]

2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) nominees

It’s that time of the year again, time to whittle down the long list of new cars and trucks to decide which one is crowned car and truck/utility of the year award for 2013. The list below is referred to as the long list. For the most part, all new cars and trucks make it […]

Aerodynamics and the art of design of the Mazda CX-5 on Driving the Nation

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?

2013 Mazda CX-5 compression ratio on Driving the Nation

Dave Coleman is the¬†Vehicle Development Engineer at Mazda’s research & development. Coleman took time to talk to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, 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 […]