In an effort to boost quality levels, Mazda Motor Corp. tacks North American quality onto the job description of its product chief for the market, effective Jan. 1. Robert Davis, formerly senior vice president-product development and marketing, sheds the marketing responsibility in order to focus on product quality, which is among the bottom quarter of automotive nameplates in the U.S., according to J.D. Power and Associates’ 2004 Initial Quality Study. Mazda is below average in terms of ...

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