• Jan 25, 2006
Ford owns about 51% of Mazda. Thus many folks, including some here at Autoblog, assumed the new CX-7 SUV displayed at the North American International Auto Show was built on a shared platform with the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover vehicles. It didn't help that all three are sized within inches of each other.

Not so, according to this report from TCC Confidential. The automotive news source confirmed with Mazda’s Jay Amestoy that the new SUV is actually closer to the Mazda5 (e.g., same rear suspenion). That vehicle is based on the fabled C1 platform that underpins the Mazda3, Volvo S40 and European Ford Focus.


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      • 9 Years Ago
      I prefer the Mazda. In general, I think Mazda has done a great job with its current lineup.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Lot of Ford cars on the road in Germany back in the late 80`s. The German police used the Ford sierra, the Merkur XR4TI here. I`m sure now, Ford an GM still do well in Europe. The GM opel was very prevalent on German roads too. I had a 77 Opel Manta GT, fun car and fast. That car was the German equivalent of the Camaro.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Automotive News says the front suspension is from the Japan-market MPV, rear suspension from the Mazda5. Also, the CX-7 uses a turbo-four from the Mazda parts bin that Ford doesn't have access too. The Edge has that same old lumpy Duradreck V-6.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Elliot is right in post number 1, Ford does not own 51% of Mazda. In fact, no foreign automaker owns more than 50% of any Japanese auto manufacturer. The closest to 50% was GM back in the day when they owned 49% of Isuzu. Recently the closest ABOVE 50% was Jurgen Schrempps bid to drop $3 Billion into Mitsubishi to take a controlling stake. We all know how that ended -- Schrempp was shot down by Wolfgang Bernhard and Zetsche -- which resulted in Schrempp eventually leaving (YAY!) and Eric Cordes leaving in a huff after not getting the Benz top-job.

      So yeah, coporate law in Japan says that you only need 33.3% of the stock and Ford owns 33.4%. There has been a push in Japan to get it above 50%, but the likelihood is slim.


      • 8 Years Ago
      I hear so many people talking about Ford being old and tired. Ford owns Volvo, Aston Martin, Land Rover, Jaguar (the dog of the bunch) and controlling interest of Mazda. All of these brands have benefited from each other in one way or the other. Ford must be doing something right. It looks like they are finally getting North American Operations in line with whats working elsewhere. If they can get rid of the long standing corporate culture that has ruled the business in Dearborn, they might become an exciting car company again.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If I was Mazda, I probably wouldn't want to associate my products with Ford Motor Co either. Ford's image is old and stale (despite their new edgy design theme) - Mazda is perceived as "zoom zoom zoom." I am surprised though, that Mazda did not use Ford's Duratech35 , which would seem a more suitable engine in the type of driving a crossover would be used for.
      • 9 Years Ago
      And you would know what Ford's global reputation is, right CrunchyCookie? Cuz you have lived everywhere in the world and you know everyone's take on Ford...right? Well of course you do, cuz like every other shmuck that posts on Autoblog....you're a Know It All.....i.e: your opinion speaks for everyone everywhere.
      Ford actually is very well respected in Europe and Australia......mainly cuz of their stronger products there. Just wish they'd bring some of those products here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its very easy to check stock ownership percentage just go here http://www.mazda.com/investors/03kabu/st1.htm and add it up yourselves. It is NOT 51%. The Duratec 3.5l ford engine will be used in Mazda's CX-9 which is a larger 3 row vehicle and WILL be on the same stretched Mazda6 platform that the Edge uses. The new generation 3.5 is a nice engine and much better than the previous version. Mazda of course will tweak it for their purpose. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford respected in Europe?

      Kind of. Motoring journalists generally recieve their vehicles well. The Focus, Mondeo, Fiesta and Ka all set benchmarks for driver enjoyment in mainstrem models. However, the public aren't so sure. Outside the UK, sales are poor and they are under constant pressure from the 'premium' German brands. People want an Audi A3, not a Focus or a 3-series BMW instead of a Mondeo. These models depreciate less so despite higher purchase prices, lease rates are equivalent.

      As for Ford's premium brands, Jaguar's XJ and S-Type and superb vehicles let down by olde-world styling. No one under 50 wants one. The X-type is a disaster. The new XK looks and apparently goes superbly but isn't a volume car. Result? Jaguar is losing millions. In fact, the brand hasn't made a profit in 40 years.

      Aston is doing OK, but again, its a low volume maker - it lends prestige but not much profit to Ford family.

      As far Volvo, it seems to be doing OK - I can't say I know what the figures are though. The XC90 has done wonders for its image as a Merc / BMW competitor, but I dont think models lower down its range are stealing many BMW sales.

      All in all, tough times. But to get back to the point in hand, I love the look of the CX7. Mazda has done really well to turn around its model range in such a short time.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sure, if by "barely any issue with associating with Ford" you're talking about the few hundred thousand Mazda 626 owners whose automatic transmissions blew up in their faces and made them swear to "NEVER BUY A MAZDA AGAIN", the 6 and Tribute owners who think their engine is garbage, or the Navajo and B-series owners (if there are any) who think their whole car is garbage. "Very respected in Europe"? BAHAHAHA. Ford and Jaguar are worldwide jokes; the only Fords getting any level of respect are the ones based on Mazdas (Fusion, Milan, Zephyr, Escape, Mariner) or Volvos (Five Hundred, Freestyle, Montego) or designed in Germany (Focus).

      Anyway, there's been a lot of Japan ownership changes lately. GM now owns barely any of Isuzu (12%?) and sold their Subaru stake to Toyota; Renault bought a little extra Nissan; DCX unloaded all of Mitsubishi; Ford has owned 1/3rd of Mazda since about 1995.

      So we've got:
      - Renault owning 45% of Nissan
      - Ford owning a third of Mazda
      - GM owning a little bit of Suzuki and Isuzu
      JayNorth
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow these things are gorgeous. Can't wait for them to get to our showroom so I can start sellin' 'em!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Different platform..... okay. They still look dead alike and priced almost exactly the same. Who needs 3 of the same damn thang??? Ford is tired! I'm just waiting for the Mazda Navajo to make it return since Aviator is gone.
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