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Company Profile

The Mazda Group

Research & Development
Mazda is dedicated to developing vehicles that are distinctive and innovative, using the latest and most advanced technologies to satisfy the diverse needs of customers worldwide. To accomplish this, Mazda created a global R&D network with operations in Japan, the United States, Germany and China.

Headquarters R&D Divisions

Fuchu-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima

  • Product and engineering planning
  • Design development
  • Product development
  • Advanced research for significant new technology

Mazda R&D Center (Yokohama)


  • Product and engineering planning
  • Advanced design development
  • Advanced research for significant new technologies

Mazda North
American Operations

Irvine, California

Flat Rock, Michigan

  • Technology and market trend studies in the North American market
  • Design Development for the North American market
  • Evaluation of product conformity with the North American market standards
[*1] Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is a generic organizational name which comprises of Mazda Motor of America, Inc., Mazda Canada Inc., Mazda Motor de Mexico S. de R. L. de C.V., and Plaza Motors Corp.

Mazda Motor Europe GmbH. (MME)
European R&D Centre

Oberursel, State of Hessen, Germany

  • Techology and market trend studies in the European market
  • Design Development for the European market
  • Evaluation of product conformity with the European market standards

Mazda Motor (China) Co., Ltd. China Engineering Support Center

JiaDing District, Shanghai

  • Technology and market trend studies in the chinese market
Comprehensive vehicle proving grounds


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Miyoshi Proving Ground

June 1965

Hiroshima, Japan

Mazda's main proving ground: used to develop basic vehicle functionality for driving, cornering, and stopping. Also, contributes to comfortable and safe vehicle engineering by providing test areas for stability tests, crash testes, and durability tests.

Mine Proving Ground

May 2006

Yamaguchi, Japan

Ongoing development of test course facilities that are unavailable at the Miyoshi Proving Ground for further promote product improvements.

Hokkaido Kenbuchi Proving Ground

January 1990

Hokkaido, Japan

Technology development and functional tests on frozen roads of systems such as AWD, ABS, TCS[*1], and DSC[*2] that ensure safe driving under hazardous frozen/snow conditions.

Hokkaido Nakasatsunai Proving Ground

January 2002

Hokkaido, Japan

The Mazda's second proving ground in Hokkaido is for developing vehicle functions for differing conditions in various climates. Mainly performs development tests for safe-driving systems such as ABS, TCS, and DSC under frozen conditions.

[*1]Traction Control System (TCS): Mechanism to optimize a vehicle's traction according to the driving conditions.
[*2]Dynamic Stability Control (DSC): DSC integrates the 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Traction Control System to optimally control the engine output and 4-wheel individual brake force to prevent side skids. In addition, the system maintains stable driving conditions while cornering on slippery roads or during evasive steering to avoid hazards.

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