On paper with only 167 horsepower under the hood, the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata doesn't look like a sports car, but unlike other sports cars that boast about their gobs of power, this little roadster has something else under its sleeve. When Mazda handed me the keys to the 2014 Miata Club Sport I didn't know what I was in store for. On paper the Miata's stats didn't seem too impressive, so I prepared myself for what would end up being a kinda blah experience. Well I was definitely wrong.
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Mazda is bringing a natural gas-powered version of the new Mazda3, the Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept to the Tokyo Motor Show. The natural gas-powered Mazda3 is in response to the growing demand for CNG-powered vehicles.
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Sadly rear-wheel-drive is becoming almost as rare as the manual transmission. With most automakers moving towards front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive models, rear-wheel-drive is now being relegated solely to "performance" models. Even BMW has announced plans to move its small 1-Series to a front-wheel-drive platform. Well if Mazda's engineers have their way, Mazda could soon buck the trend.
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We've heard plenty of news about the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety "Top Safety Pick" ratings, but what is this new "Advanced" rating? Well the IIHS has now come up with a new "Advanced" rating for vehicles that are not only safe, but also fun to drive and the 2014 Mazda6 has earned the rating.
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Midsize and compact crossovers have quickly become the top choice for consumers looking for a new SUV/ crossover. The next big trend is going to be the introduction of new smaller subcompact crossovers with the introduction of new models from Honda, Toyota and now Mazda. Mazda has confirmed that it is working on a new smaller crossover that will likely share its platform with the new Mazda3.
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The midsize sedan segment is one of the most competitive segments in the US and for years it's been dominated by models like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. In the past year it's gotten even tougher for automakers competing in the segment since Honda, Ford and Nissan all released new models. Now Mazda has put its hat in the ring with its all-new 2014 Mazda6, which makes you take notice with its sexy Kodo design and efficient SkyActiv technology under the hood.
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Mazda has released the pricing for the all-new 2014 Mazda3, which arrives this fall starting at $16,945. The new Mazda3 is wrapped in an all-new body that has been designed using Mazda's new KODO "Soul of Motion" design language and gets new technology like Mazda's capacitor-based regenerative engine braking i-ELOOP system.
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Mazda has been hard at work revamping its entire lineup with new models like the CX-5, the Mazda6 sedan and most recently the 2014 Mazda3, which arrives this fall. With most of its current lineup being redesigned that leaves the Mazda2 hatchback as one of the oldest models in the Mazda lineup. Well Mazda2 fans won't have to wait to long for the next-generation. This magazine scan from a magazine in Japan possibly gives us our first look at the next Mazda2.
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Mazda has taken the wraps off the all-new 2014 Mazda3 sedan, although we've already seen several leaked photos of the sedan. The Mazda3 sedan is slightly longer than the hatchback, but rides on the same wheelbase, which is just over 2-inches longer than the current Mazda3.
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Mazda has released the specs for the version of the 2014 Mazda6 that features Mazda's new regenerative engine braking system known as i-ELOOP. The i-ELOOP equipped Mazda6 is rated at 28 city/40 highway, which is slightly better than the non i-ELOOP equipped Mazda6 that is rated at 38 mpg on the highway.
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After unveiling the all-new 2014 Mazda3 five-door, we've been anxiously awaiting our first look at the sedan version. Well the guys over at Top Gear Russia received the first official round of photos that you see here. The sedan version looks like a baby Mazda6, which isn't a bad thing, while the interior is identical to the five-door version.
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Last week Mazda took the wraps off the all-new 2014 Mazda3 hatchback, but we have yet to see the sedan version. A photo of what appears to be the 2014 Mazda3 sedan has started circling the internet, but is it the real thing?
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Mazda has taken the wraps off the all-new 2014 Mazda3 hatchback, which is now longer and leaner than before. The 2014 Mazda3 sits on a wheelbase of 106.3 inches, which is 2.4 inches longer than the previous generation, yet the hatchback is 1.8 inches shorter in length at 175.6 inches. The Mazda3's exterior now adopts Mazda's new Kodo design language and Mazda says that the Mazda3 five-door and sedan models will have best-in-class coefficient of drag (Cd) at 0.275 and 0.255.
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Mazda is going to officially unveil the all-new 2014 Mazda3 later today, but the first official photos have been leaked. As expected the new Mazda3 gets Mazda's new Kodo design language, giving it a classier look than the current Mazda3. It's sweptback headlights, pronounced fenders and new grille are a nice change from the current Mazda3.
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Mazda is slated to unveil the next-generation Mazda3 next week, but a photo of a 2015 Mazda3 sans camouflage has shown up on a Russian Facebook account. This is the second image of the new Mazda3 following a magazine scan.
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Is this our first unofficial look at the all-new 2015 Mazda3 hatchback? A picture of what appears to be the new Mazda3 has surfaced online. The all-new Mazda3 will adopt Mazda's new Kodo design language giving it a face that is very similar to the new Mazda6, which is a nice departure from the "smiling" face on the current Mazda3.
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The all-new 2014 Mazda6 has earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2014 Mazda6 is the first Mazda vehicle to earn the new safety rating by receiving a rating of "Good" on frontal moderate overlap, side, roof, and head restraint tests, and "Acceptable" on the new small overlap test.
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Who remembers the Mazda Navajo? It was Mazda's first attempt at an SUV in the US, but it was basically a rebadged two-door Ford Explorer Sport. Then there was the Mazda Tribute, which was basically an easily forgotten rebadged Ford Escape. Then the most recent attempt at a compact/ midsize crossover, the CX-7, which was plagued by bad gas mileage and a cramped interior. What does this all translate to? For over two decades Mazda hasn't been able to create a competitive compact crossover to go head to head with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4.
Well everything changed last year that with the introduction of the 2013 Mazda CX-5, which quickly jumped to the front of the compact crossover class, but was only held back by one issue, its engine. With only 155 horsepower under the hood you can imagine how hard it would be to get going. Well for the 2014 model year Mazda has introduced a more powerful 2.5L engine for the CX-5's two two trim levels. Does the new engine answer our prayers for more power without a big sacrifice in fuel economy?
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Subcompact cars like the Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent are often regarded as practical transportation that is more at home in a college parking lot than on a track. While it's definitely a far stretch to say that the Mazda2 is so sporty that it would be a great car for the track, it definitely brings more fun to the segment than expected. With a base price starting under $15k and only 100 horsepower under the hood, the Mazda2 looks like a bargain basement small car on paper, but as we quickly found out, it's actually one of the more enjoyable models in its segment.
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Mazda has announced all the pricing details for the 2014 Mazda6, which is on sale now and starts at $20,880. The 2014 Mazda6 is powered by a 184-horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine, which can be paired with a choice of transmissions: the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic. It gets up to 25 city/37 highway/29 combined MPG when equipped with the standard manual transmission and 26 city/38 highway/30 combined with the automatic transmission.
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Mazda has released the pricing for the 2014 Mazda6 on its website, which lists the starting price for the new sedan at $20,880 for the Mazda6 Sport with manual transmission. Mazda hasn't made an official announcement about the pricing breakdown, but its website shows a top of the line Mazda6 Grand Touring model, which has a $29,495 price tag. Of course you also have to add the $795 destination fees to the final pricing.
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Mazda has confirmed that the all-new 2014 Mazda6 will be offered with a diesel engine in the U.S. The 2014 Mazda6 sedan will go on sale in January 2013 and will be powered by Mazda's new Skyactiv 2.5L four-cylinder engine, with a diesel engine arriving in the second half of 2013.
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Mazda and Toyota have announced a new partnership for Mazda to produce a new Toyota-branded sub-compact in Mexico that will be sold in the US. The sub-compact Toyota-brand vehicle will be based on the Mazda2, is to start production around the summer of 2015 at a pace of 50,000 units per year.
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Mazda built the last RX-7 in 2002, but its now being reported that the RX-7 is going to return in 2017. Mazda's sports car chief Nobuhiro Yamamoto recently confirmed the plans at a launch event for the facelifted MX-5. When the next RX-7 is released in 2017, it will be lighter and less complex than the last one and will be powered by a new rotary engine.
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Mazda has unveiled the refreshed 2013 CX-9 crossover, which will be officially unveiled at the 2012 Australian Motor Show, next month. The new CX-9 gets a new face that incorporates elements from Mazda's new Kodo design language.
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For the 2012 model year Mazda has introduced its new SkyActiv technology to the Mazda3 lineup, which helps it achieve 40 mpg on the highway. Today every major automaker is trying to get the highest fuel economy numbers in their class. Lately it seems like almost every model in the compact class is obtaining 40 mpg ratings, but what are these vehicles actually like to drive and are the ratings actually obtainable in a real world situation? After driving 400 miles between New York City and Washington D.C. did we actually get even close to the 40 MPG rating and even more important did we have to drive like an old person to get there?
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Mazda has unveiled the all-new Mazda6 wagon ahead of its debut at the this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Following the debut of the Mazda6 sedan in Moscow, Mazda will unveil the new Mazda6 wagon and Mazda's new Skyactiv 2.2L clean diesel engine in Paris.
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Mazda has unveiled the all-new 2014 Mazda6 midsize sedan at the Moscow Motor Show. The new Mazda6 is scheduled to start arriving in some markets this fall. At the show chief designer Akira Tamatani revealed that Mazda is currently deciding if a coupe version of the Mazda6 makes sense. Tamatani told Autocar, "There is no decision, but I would love to make one. The first job is to make the saloon and estate, but from this position a coupe is not so far away."
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Yesterday Mazda officially took the wraps off the all-new 2014 Mazda6 midsize sedan in Moscow. Reports are starting to come in about the new Mazda2 subcompact and the Mazda3, which are both going to be redesigned for the 2014 model year.
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Mazda has unveiled the all-new 2014 Mazda6 sedan at the Moscow Motor Show. The Mazda6 is the second new generation of Mazda models that adopts the full range of Mazda's new Skyactiv technology and KODO design language.
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Mazda just kicked off production of the all-new 2014 Mazda6 in Japan. The first vehicle to come off the line was a Mazda6 wagon built to European specifications and powered by the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine.
In his speech, Takashi Yamanouchi commented "I am deeply moved that production of the third generation Mazda6, the flagship model of our new-generation vehicles, starts in such an important year for us. It is the 30 year anniversary of the start of operations here in the Nishinoura district of the Hofu Plant and the 10th anniversary of the start of production of the first-generation Mazda6, back in 2002. That first Mazda6 debuted as an embodiment of Mazda's brand message, Zoom-Zoom, and its success led to great improvement in our brand image. The new Mazda6 that starts rolling off the line today features both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO - Soul of Motion design. Its development represents the very best of our engineering capability and our uncompromising attention to detail. Let's all work together to promote the new Mazda6, to make it a model that gains the support of customers all over the world and leads the Mazda brand to new level."
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Mazda has officially unveiled the all-new 2014 Mazda6, which is going to debut at next month's Moscow International Automobile Salon. The next-generation Mazda6 is heavily influenced by the Mazda Takeri concept and wil be the second Mazda to incorporate Mazda's Skyactiv technology.
The Russian-spec 2014 Mazda6 that we will see next month, will be powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine mated to a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. The Mazda6 also will feature "i-ELOOP," the world's first capacitor-based regenerative braking system. In real-world driving conditions, which involve frequent acceleration and braking, i-ELOOP, a name derived from "Intelligent Energy Loop," will improve fuel economy by up to 10 percent.
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Mazda has been teasing us the past few weeks with little glimpses of the all-new 2014 Mazda6, but thanks to Mazda's Russian division, we now have our first look at its face. From this photo we can clearly see how close the 2014 Mazda6 is to the Takeri concept.
Expect to see the 2014 Mazda6 debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.
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Mazda continues to tease the all-new 2014 Mazda6. Mazda has released the fourth teaser video that now shows off the Mazda6's profile.
Akira Tamatani describes the all-new Mazda6 as "Drawing on the untamed vitality of nature, we refined a design that is sensual and artistic. The KODO design expresses the powerful beauty of a living organism. With its low center of gravity the car seems to hug the ground as it sprints along. Just wait until you see it in the flesh!"
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Mazda has released the third teaser video of the all-new 2014 Mazda6.
This time Mazda had this to say about the new Mazda6: "The car's form manages to convey both a dignified tension and suppleness at the same time, and Soul Red is brilliantly vivid with a deep luster. It's the way these two elements complement each other which produces the charm of the new Mazda6," says chief designer Akira Tamatani.
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Following the first teaser video of the 2014 Mazda6 that was released earlier this week, Mazda has a second teaser video of the all-new midsize sedan. This time we get to see part of the front fender.
According to Mazda, "The prominent front fender and sculpted hood creases of the new Mazda6 look like they came right from the Takeri concept car and create a strong visual impression of the car's athletic prowess."
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Mazda has released the first official teaser for the all-new 2014 Mazda6 midsize sedan. The next-generation Mazda6 was previewed with the Takeri concept car, but as Mazda points out in this video, "This is not the TAKERI concept car, it is the first glimpse of the all-new Mazda6 and the similarities are definitely intentional."
Akira Tamatani, Chief Designer of the new Mazda6 stated, "The deeply sculpted face with sharp eyes gazing forward, defined by the chrome 'signature wing', instantly conveys to onlookers that this must be Mazda's new flagship sedan."
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Mazda is giving the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata a refresh for the new year. The updates give the 2013 MX-5 Miata a more aggressive face and an upgraded interior. The 2013 MX-5 Miata is going on sale today in Japan, but should arrive in the U.S. by the end of the year.
Mazda says that the face of the 2013 MX-5 Miata now has a sense of depth with a larger front grille opening. The front fascia also gets a newly designed front fog lamp bezel and a new front chin spoiler. The interior gets a new tan leather option. There aren't any large changes under the hood, but Mazda did revise the characteristics of the throttle and brake booster for improved control of the accelerator in the manual transmission models and the brakes in all models.
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Mazda and Fiat, Alfa Romeo's parent company have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and manufacturing of a new roadster for the Mazda and Alfa Romeo brands based on Mazda's next-generation MX-5 rear-wheel-drive architecture.
Mazda and Fiat will develop two roadsters that will share the same basic platform, but their styling will be different. The Mazda and Alfa Romeo roadsters will each be powered by specific engines unique to each brand. Both roadsters will be built at Mazda's Hiroshima, Japan plant starting in 2015.
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Consumer Reports has released the results of a recent head-to-head small SUV test where the Honda CR-V narrowly topped the all-new Mazda CX-5. On paper the CR-V and CX-5 are very similar, since both can hold up to five-passengers, have comparable dimensions, are available with front- or all-wheel drive, and are priced about the same.
"While their overall scores were close, these two small SUVs have very distinct characteristics that will probably appeal to different types of drivers" said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut.
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