Japan's larger automakers – companies like Toyota, Honda and Nissan – have tremendous engineering talent at their disposal. That's largely because, selling as many cars as they do, they've got more revenues to tap into. Logic might dictate, then, that smaller automakers like Mazda, which no longer has the deep pockets afforded to it by its former partnership with Ford, might have less of a budget and workforce for engineering. But Mazda has been raking in record profits, and it plans on cashing those revenues in by hiring a substantial new pool of engineers.

According to Automotive News, Mazda is preparing to hire as many as 185 new engineers over the next two years – almost four times as many as the 50 engineers it previously targeted. Many of those engineers will be put to work developing the second-generation, Skyactiv 2 technologies that are on the drawing board while the first round of Skyactiv features are still being rolled out.

The boost in recruitment is enabled by a positive fiscal year that ended last March, marking the first profits Mazda had logged in four years. Sources anticipate that the fiscal year culminating at the end of this month will mark the company's most profitable yet, netting over a billion dollars to eclipse the fiscal year that ended in 2008 when it recorded $872.5 million in profits.


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      flc
      • 9 Months Ago
      Just hurry up and bring the new miata...
      Brian
      • 9 Months Ago
      This makes me so happy. I had a 2007 Mazda 3, now i'm on a 2013 3. Can't wait for my next one!
        Schwy
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Brian
        Why people down vote a happy comment is besides me.
      thequebecerinfrance
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm happy for Mazda. My parents, who are over 70, and who never cared much about driving, cannot stop talking how they love driving their new Mazda 6. I have tested it and it's nice. And looks really good too.
      drew
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is great news!
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      It also helps that Mazda's products aren't appliances.
      Wetstuff
      • 9 Months Ago
      Unlike GM who cut bonus checks when they they get a big order from Dolllar Rent A Car, these folks are putting it back in the business. Good for them. Jim
        Mchicha
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Wetstuff
        You really think Mazda can out Engineer GM on anything? While this is great news, GM is still the best in the business when it comes to engineering stuff.
          Bacon
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mchicha
          Really? Give examples of your bold statement...
          ELG
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mchicha
          lol. whole lotta nope.
          drew
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mchicha
          Such as ignition cylinders?
          Mchicha
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mchicha
          MRC, PTM, HCCI, lots of stuff to list. GM has millions of patents, the volt alone is driving bag of patents.
          Gorgenapper
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mchicha
          Yes, absolutely. They make the best ignition systems in the business, for example.
          bubba_roe
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mchicha
          GM? BWAHAHAA!!! My leaky, squeeky, mirrors that fall off for no reason, S10 says otherwise.
          Gorgenapper
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mchicha
          Give me an example of a GM full size family sedan with an internal combustion engine (and no electric motor) that is better than the current Mazda 6.
          James John
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mchicha
          Is this why they had to be bailed out by the taxpayers?
          Myself
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mchicha
          You know it's really interesting that somehow that best GM stuff just can't make it to real products :)
      GFB
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ford is the poison pen of marques. The list of brands that have done well AFTER being sold by Ford: Land Rover, Jaguar, Volvo and now Mazda. List of brands that have tanked while in Ford's stable: Mercury and now Lincoln.
        Billy Lthr
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GFB
        wasnt the last generation Mazda 6 and mazda 3 made while under ford control ? I am not defending ford cause your right about mercury and Lincoln but Mazda did ok under ford with those 2 models and they were good hits for mazda. now the 2 was a sleeper and I think the production version of the 2 concept above will loose all its good charm by the time it rolls off the line but time will tell!
          Myself
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Billy Lthr
          Yes, they were - and a lots of Parts of those Mazdas were used in Fords. Ford had the money, Mazda had the know-how. That's why Focus, Fusion, Mondeo and Fiesta used Mazda-derived chassis and Mazda engines. Not the other way round.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GFB
        At least Ford left them alive. Compare that to the list of brands that GM left behind: Saab, Isuzu, Suzuki, Holden, Opel....
        Jacel
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GFB
        Ahaha thats the most retarded comment on AB ever. All those engines in those cars that people speak wonderfully about.... guess where they came from... thats right buddy, Ford. Including the engines on the new F-Type. Range Rover Sport, guess what... Ford product. Volvo was sold profitable.
          Myself
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jacel
          And GW Bush is the world's greatest philosopher ever….
          Moreno636
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jacel
          Wrong on soooooo many levels. None of those engines are Fords. Literally none...
      Willy
      • 9 Months Ago
      Rotary revival!
      futurecars
      • 9 Months Ago
      skyatciv 2, HCCI development?
      Eta Carinae
      • 9 Months Ago
      GM already has an arsenal of engineers....heard of a C7, ATS, CTS, Z06 ?
      ELG
      • 9 Months Ago
      bring us some boost!
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 9 Months Ago
      Beautifully made cars. Its like Mazda is luxury.
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