Collectible Classic: 1979 – 1985 Mazda RX-7

Collectible Classic: 1979 – 1985 Mazda RX-7
Collectible Classic: 1979 - 1985 Mazda RX-7 - Automobile Magazine
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.

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2010 Mazda RX-8 GT Review

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.

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World Record for the Mazda MX-5

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.

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Mazda Shinari Concept

Mazda Shinari Concept
Mazda Shinari Concept - 2010 Paris Auto Show - Automobile Magazine
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.

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2011 Ford Fiesta SES

2011 Ford Fiesta SES
2011 Ford Fiesta SES Editor's Notebook - Automobile Magazine
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.

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Mazda to unveil the all-new compact pickup truck at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show

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.

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