Japan - Hajime Seikaku has been named the new vice president of Mazda's European Research & Development Centre, which is located in Oberursel, Germany. He was previously working at Mazda's vehicle development division in Japan.

"Mr. Seikaku brings a wealth of vehicle development expertise and knows the requirements and preferences of European market and its customers very well," stated Mazda Motor Europe president & CEO Jeff Guyton. "We’re delighted to have someone join us with such an invaluable level of experience after more than 30 years at Mazda."

Seikaku will be succeeding Matsuhiro Tanaka, who has held the position since September 2016. Tanaka will return to Japan to become general manager of the company's chassis dynamics development department.

Mazda recently announced that it had made over 50m vehicles in Japan since it started 86 years ago. It has also started to build a plant in Huntsville, Alabama, with joint venture partner Toyota.