By on January 17, 2016

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Porsche-Piech family is standing behind their man — which totally isn’t the kiss of death, right?

That, Toyota’s completely nuts and it’s awesome and Mazda’s CX-4 breaks cover … after the break!

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Porsche-Piech family says Müller is their man, for now

After a particularly disastrous trip to the United States, Volkswagen’s controlling family told sources it would stand behind Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller, Reuters reported (via Automotive News).

According to the report, doubts are growing within the Volkswagen board as to whether the former Porsche boss is up to the task of digging the German automaker out of the biggest crisis in its history. Volkswagen denied those reports.

Volkswagen’s supervisory board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to hear progress on the automaker’s internal investigation.

Volkswagen has been criticized for being too slow to act and too slow to fix its illegally polluting cars.

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Toyota has lost their damn minds and it is great

Toyota said this weekend that its new C-HR crossover (which’ll come Stateside as a Scion) will race at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in May because why the hell not.

Toyota Gazoo Racing will field the crossover alongside a Lexus RC and RC F for the endurance race in Germany.

It’s unclear what will power the C-HR at the race in May — the production version will likely be a hybrid, but that kind of racing tech would be wildly expensive to develop overnight — when takes a stab at the 24-hour race. We’ll likely get a chance to see what normal people can buy in March when Toyota reveals a production version in Geneva, and Scion’s version in New York.

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Is this the Mazda CX-4?

Our friends over at Auto Guide found snaps of a Mazda CX-4 hiding in plain sight over in China.

The “tweener” crossover between the subcompact CX-3 and midsize CX-5 looks to be fairly close to the Koeru concept we saw last year — albeit with some smoother angles and smaller wheels.

It’s possible that we see the CX-4 on sale sooner rather than later if these shots are to be believed. It looks ready for prime time to me.

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30 Comments on “TTAC News Round-up: Müller May Be On The Hot Seat, Crossover Racing, and Mazda’s CX-4...”


  • avatar
    heavy handle

    The C-HR will race at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and the Camry races in Nascar. Any similarity to cars you can buy and license are purely advertorial.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    Are we sure it’s a CX-4? It looks like it could be the next 3 with 14inch wheels.

    Isn’t there a CX-7 in the pipeline?

    I wish Mazda would stop acting like the Operah of CXs (Everyvody gets a CX!) and give us a new Speed3.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    Despite the cartoonishly big wheels the CX-4 is no taller than a Fit.

    What are CUVs coming to?

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Is Mazda skipping the CX-7 or not? Replacement for wifey’s Rabbit is supposed to be the new Sportage, the new Tiguan and the as yet unannounced CX-7…. looks like we are only 1 for 3 so far.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    You say lost their damn minds, I say goes to Germany to do a nanny nanny boo boo dance at VW. Sure, distinction without a difference. But throwing a compact CUV on as frosting is a talented touch.

    • 0 avatar
      NickS

      This. It’s how the automotive industry rubs salt on a competitor’s wounds. It’s a masterstroke.

      Muller should take another post for his own sake (and VWs). It’s way bigger than his abilities. The supervisory board needs to put down the crackpipe long enough to appoint an American as a CEO, someone with a proven track record. Once they are through the mess in the US, they can go back to hiring Germans whose CV lists only one company under employment history.

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        There’s no reason to change VW leaders AGAIN. No one “leader” is going to do better than MM, despite the PR mess he’s in. It’s a job no one person could possibly handle, the way people want to see the job done: quickly, with full disclosure.

        Volkswagen is in a long term fix, and there won’t be any overnight resolution. It’s better to have one guy in charge throughout, as long as he’s not the guy (Winterkorn) who was directly involved. Muller will do as a steady hand over the longer term needed to resolve the mess, since he had nothing to do with the scandal and was plopped into the middle of it on short notice.

        It doesn’t help that the Porsche family is purging Piech managers that could continue the coverup, but could also give Muller some answers. Until that process ends and he can get details from underlings no longer threatened by Piech people, Muller can’t get answers, or is even fully in charge.

  • avatar
    e46 Touring

    If the Mazda has the same dimensions as the concept, it is slightly longer and wider than the CX-5. I’m really interested to see interior and powertrain details.

  • avatar
    derekson

    Isn’t it more likely to be a CX-6, just like a BMW X4 is an X3 with a sloped roofline? The dimensions make it look like it is based on the CX-5, and it will likely cost more, so giving it a lower number makes no sense.

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    28-Cars-Later

    “The “tweener” crossover between the subcompact CX-3 and midsize CX-5 looks to be fairly close to the Koeru concept we saw last year — albeit with some smoother angles and smaller wheels.”

    Even if development costs were reasonable (or paid for via Chinese business) how much do you think it will cost to federalize yet another model which really seems redundant? Were there really so many people who said I really want a CX-5 but only afford a mid-level/loaded CX-3, if only there was a middle ground!

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Everyone is plugging every possible crossover hole because they see it as their savior. Like the BMW report the other day. Cant name anyone -maybe Rolls Royce?- not going mad with crossovers lately. Its getting pretty old to me already. Yes, I see their point, but it is a bit silly, this influx of so many sizes from each automaker. Nissan-Renault have how many Escape or smaller size ceossovers around the world? From Dacia to Infiniti, its crazy.

      • 0 avatar
        RideHeight

        “Everyone is plugging every possible crossover hole”

        You and 28 should find cause for rejoicing in that fact. As CUVs become the only booming market besides pickups their portion of total fleet-wide sales will increasingly attract the CAFE monster.

        The inevitable peristaltic pressure on their form factor is already evident in little cat turds like the HR-V and this poor Mazda mutant.

        Soon everything except trucks and vans will look like a snub-nosed, junior Hudson Hornet.

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    “The “tweener” crossover between the subcompact CX-3 and midsize CX-5…”

    The CX-5 is in no way a mid-size. It’s roughly the same dimensions as an Escape, RAV4 or CR-V with the front wheels set slightly forward.

    How can we be sure what we’re seeing isn’t the CX-6, meant to be positioned as a two-row mid-size below the CX-9? This has been posited on other sites, and makes a lot more sense IMO. (Although it would better be called the CX-7 in that case, but I wonder if Mazda thinks that name is poison.)

    • 0 avatar
      derekson

      It is almost assuredly a CX-6. If you compare its size to a CX-5 it’s basically the same.

      I suspect CX-7 is being saved for a more conventionally shaped crossover to go between the 5 and the 9, probably with 2 rows (think Edge competitor).

  • avatar
    grinchsmate

    Surely VW biggest crisis was WW2. I mean it is not like it is being shopped around conquering powers as spoils of war.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      LOL!

      Ah, c’mon… let us have our US-centric and historically clueless sense of PROFUNDITY about this.

      Otherwise it might occur to us that the off-handed, bumbling way VW has approached its problem with the kvetchy Amis only shows how little it feels threatened.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “Volkswagen’s controlling family told sources it would stand behind Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller”

      “Stand Behind”

      I do believe the correct term would be “meat shield”.

  • avatar
    qfrog

    Yeah, I’m sure a Mazda employee in Japan just had to pop into a mall in China. My best guess is that those pictures were taken in a Mazda plant, probably in Japan unless they are setting up joint venture mfg in China.

    PP-18 could that stand for pre-production 18? Is that a light tunnel for checking body fit and finish in the background? Where do you find a green epoxy coated floor large bright orange painted metal objects and cars without license plates. Could it be… in an auto mfg plant?

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      The background in the original photo that #3 here is cropped from looks even less like a retail environment:

      http://indianautosblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Mazda-CX-4-spied-undisguised.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      Has to be a mall..from the looks of the cars in the background it was everyone with a Mazda CX-something gets free up front parking day.


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