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Mazda's next president committed to growth with Toyota

Automaker leans on partner for bolstering electric and US operations

Akira Marumoto, left, will step up as Mazda's president in June, replacing Masamichi Kogai, right. He brings to the job expertise in the Americas and strong ties to Toyota. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- Mazda Motor's next president is ready to deepen its partnership with Toyota Motor to leave diesel behind and enter the electric vehicle era while also grappling with its North American operations as U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to tear up NAFTA.

Vice President Akira Marumoto will step up as the Japanese automaker's president on June 26. Current President Masamichi Kogai will become chairman at that time.

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