The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 December 2006

Really stylish boat anchors

When last we heard from Mazda regarding those 4700-plus vehicles that had taken a bath in the Pacific Ocean, they had announced that they were not going to sell any of them as new.

Now they aren't going to sell any of them at all:

"After thorough testing by engineers from our American and Japanese R&D centers, we decided the most appropriate course of action — with our customers foremost in mind — was not to sell any of the 4,703 Mazdas aboard the ship," said Jim O'Sullivan, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, based in Irvine, Calif.

The Cougar Ace sat listing at more than 60 degrees for nearly a month after an incident at sea, before it could be towed to the Port of Portland, Ore., for repairs and to have its cargo off-loaded.

Good call, Jim. Does this also mean that we won't see any sea-washed Mazda3 or CX-7 parts in the pipeline?

Posted at 11:09 AM to Driver's Seat