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Mazda and Toyota Collaborate on In-Vehicle Information Service

Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 10, 2004 - (JCN Newswire) - Mazda Motor Corporation
and Toyota Motor Corporation today announced that they have reached a basic agreement on providing Mazda owners with G-BOOK, a Toyota-developed network information service. Mazda aims to introduce this service from 2005.

Toyota began providing the G-BOOK service to Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd. last August and has already announced similar agreements with Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. Mazda and Toyota
reached the agreement based on a mutual belief that it is important for
automakers and the information infrastructure industry to work together
to promote the early establishment of an industry standard.

This will serve to facilitate the development of systems with an extensive network that provide customers with high quality services at reduced cost. In the future, both companies will continue collective efforts to promote the widespread use of telematics, an interactive network information service using in-vehicle terminals, and provide customers with a safe and further enhanced service. When the cooperative relationship envisaged in the basic agreement between Mazda and Toyota is fully realized, both companies will be able to provide high-quality, lower-cost services to more customers while working towards the creation of an industry standard in order to further support the widespread adoption of telematics services.

Key points of agreement
1. Mazda will install G-BOOK compatible information terminals in its models sold in Japan starting in 2005 and will offer G-BOOK services to its customers.
2. This service will be provided to Mazda by Digital Media Service Corporation which sells E-TOWER terminals for use in convenience stores and Toyota outsources e-commerce service in its GAZOO site and customer management in its G-BOOK service. (The company is 75% owned by Toyota, 15% by FSAS, and 10% by Fujitsu.)
3. Toyota will supply Mazda with the related technologies necessary for
realizing the above in order to facilitate the expansion of telematics services.

The two companies will continue to jointly discuss detailed
specifications, service contents, conditions and timing.

Toyota commenced its G-BOOK service in October 2002 and has since made
the technology standard on its manufacturer-installed vehicle navigation
systems, enabling more customers to benefit from the service.

Mazda has been providing its own "Mazda Telematics" service for members
since July 2000, but is looking to move towards a unified G-BOOK service
in the future. Mazda will continue to provide current members with the
existing service.
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