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- Mazda to assist car owners affected by the hurricane -

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced a $100,000 contribution to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, The Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc., Board of Trustees approved grants to the Flemington Area Food Pantry and The Food Bank Network of Somerset County for $5,000 each. These two area food banks serve the communities immediately surrounding Mazda's Northeast Region Office, an area devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

"Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating impact on many people in the Northeast, including our own employees, dealers and customers, so we're pleased to work with the American Red Cross and local food banks to help those who have been affected by the disaster," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO.

In addition, Mazda Capital Services (MCS)1 has informed MNAO that it will assist current customers in the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy by automatically waiving late fees on MCS auto loans and leases. This will give MCS customers until the end of business on Monday, Nov. 5 to make a payment to bring their accounts current and avoid fees. MCS customers who believe they are in an area that has been impacted by Hurricane Sandy and who are having trouble making a car payment, want to confirm eligibility for the late fee waiver, or have any questions, can call Mazda Capital Services at 1-866-984-7718 (loan customers) or 1-866-984-7716 (lease customers).

For everyone in the high impact areas who have an insurance claim of damage or loss to their current vehicle, MNAO is offering $500 cash towards the purchase of a new Mazda. In addition, qualified customers have the option to defer their first payment for 90 days from the contract date on the purchase of any new Mazda financed under special financing offered by participating lenders.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through more than 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and b-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at

1 Mazda Capital Services (MCS) is the program under which JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. ("Chase") provides auto financing and account servicing to many Mazda customers. The tradename "Mazda Capital Services," as well as Mazda, are owned by Mazda Motor Corporation or its affiliates and are licensed to Chase.  MCS loan and lease accounts are owned by Chase.  This announcement is issued solely on behalf of Mazda North American Operations; Chase is a not a party to, nor is it responsible for, the contents of this announcement.

SOURCE Mazda North American Operations

For further information: Nick Beard, +1-949-727-6567, or Eric Booth, +1-949-727-6144, both of Mazda North American Operations


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