We take on Britcar 24-hour race at Silverstone in a near-standard Mazda MX-5.Read more
The Changan Ford Mazda Automobile joint venture is to build a second engine plant in China.Read more
Ford Motor Co.’s China venture Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co. signed an agreement to build a $500 million engine plant in Chongqing.Read more
The rotary rocket that revived the affordable sports car category.
Mazda’s timing was perfect. In the late 1970s, British and Italian sports car makers were hanging by their fingernails, C3 Corvettes were aging ungracefully, Datsun’s lovable Z-Car was evolving into the foppish 280ZX, and Porsche’s 924 suffered from a hodgepodge of Volkswagen and Audi components. So the Mazda RX-7 that arrived in the spring of 1978 (as an early ’79 model) was the answer to unspoken sports car dreams: it was attractive, fun to drive, and — with a sticker as low as $6395 — bargain priced. As a bonus, the RX-7 was powered by a rotary engine, which at the time was only one step down from a turbine as a source of wonder and amazement.
The RX-8 is not out to impress your friends with its looks, but it can. The RX-8 is not meant to carry you, your spouse and your two kids to grandma’s house, but it can. The RX-8 was not conceived to spend every weekend on a track, but it can. The RX-8 should not be a comfortable enough vehicle to be driven on a daily basis, but it can. In fact, the RX-8 can be a great many things this type of car should typically not be, but it is.Read more
Essen, Germany – Mazda has broken a world record with its cult roadster MX-5, and entered the Guinness Book of World Records(tm). On 18 September 2010, 459 officially recognised vehicles formed the longest continuous MX-5 parade of all time at the grounds of the UNESCO Zollverein World Heritage site in Essen – clearly breaking the former world record of 249 vehicles set in New Zealand.Read more
EXECUTIVE EDITOR–AUTOWEEK.COM BOB GRITZINGER: In looking up the changes for this model year, I learned that for 2010, the six-speed manual versions are fitted with something called an Induction Sound Enhancer.Read more
Video hints at new design direction, more dynamic look for hatchRead more
Mazda’s Kodo design language debuts.
In late June, Mazda officially declared its Nagare design language dead after a brief brush with production. Now, Mazda has unveiled a new design theme with its Shinari concept, dubbed Kodo. Company executives also gave an indication of future platform and further development of the “Sky” powertrain.
Since its launch in the summer of 2006, the Nissan Versa has been a popular choice in Canada. The subcompact category was lukewarm a few years ago, but things are heating up now that the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 have been delivered into their respective showrooms. Expect the Mitsubishi Colt and VW Polo to follow, although neither one have been officially announced yet.Read more
NEWS EDITOR GREG MIGLIORE: The CX-7 is an impressive crossover that presents well in style and function. This engine returns more than adequate power, with smooth acceleration aided by the efficient six-speed automatic transmission.Read more
In today’s News Brake: A recap of the weekend’s racing action, the Mazda BT-50 prepares for its debut, and we test-drive the 2011 Nissan GT-R . . . But Wait, There’s More!Read more
Ford’s Fiesta is a fantastic driver, with excellent composure, a comfortable ride, and satisfying handling in an economical package.
With so much buzz about the Fiesta over the past year and a half, you’d almost forget that the car is actually a typical small hatchback. The engine isn’t terribly powerful, although it has a 20-hp advantage over Mazda’s mechanically similar Mazda 2. I’m looking forward to sampling the dual-clutch transmission on another Fiesta later this year, but I suspect that the manual transmission will still be the enthusiast’s choice for the Fiesta.
Photo Gallery: 2011 Ford Fiesta SES Editor’s Notebook – Automobile Magazine
HIROSHIMA, Japan–Mazda Motor Corporation will hold the global unveiling of the all-new Mazda BT-50 compact pickup truck at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show during a press conference on Friday, October 15, 2010. The show will be opened to the public from 5 p.m. on Friday, October 15, and the all-new BT-50 will hold pride of place on the Mazda stand until the show closes on Sunday, October 24.Read more
In News Brake: A look at Mazda’s future products, Chip Foose designs a pair of Oakley shoes, and a preview of the Bentley Continental GT . . . But Wait, There’s More!Read more
The big news at Mazda is a new family of direct-injection gasoline and diesel engines that will start to arrive in 2011.Read more
Leverkusen,. Mazda Motor Corporation today announced Mazda’s new design theme, ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’, and the design concept model, Mazda SHINARI, a pure expression of this new theme.Read more
In today’s News Brake: The Chevy Cruze hatchback will debut in Paris, the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor upgrades its engine, and we test drive the 2010 Mazda RX-8 . . . But Wait, There’s More!Read more