Run to the Sun — MazdaSpeed3

Imagine driving a very cool new car for a distance between 9 to 25 miles, getting out and then into another very cool car for another 9 to 25 mile leg and then repeating the same routine through 23 cars in a two day period. Welcome to the 2010 NWAPA (Northwest Automotive Press Association) Run…

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KODO – New Mazda Design Language

For the past 50 years, Mazda designers have explored the concept of ‘motion’ in their designs.  Starting with their first passenger car, the Mazda R360 Coupe in 1960, the designs have evolved and have become more athletic and sporty. In September, Mazda revealed the latest iteration of the ‘motion’ theme, ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’….

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Test Drive: Mazda6

Critically rated one of the better cars in this tough midsize segment, the Mazda6 had always been a little smaller and sportier than the pack, but that all changed in 2009, when the 6 was redesigned.  The new larger and more refined Mazda6 now competes with all the big names like Toyota Camry, Honda Accord,…

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Test Drive: 2011 Mazda2 Subcompact

The Mazda2 is long overdue. This car should have been brought to the United States in 2007 when Mazda was selling the previous generation of this model in Australia and Asia. I know, I know, 2007 was the fin de siecle for big gas guzzlers – when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth in automotive form….

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2010 MAZDASPEED3 – Rekindle Your Love

I was one of the first journalists in the world to drive the original MAZDASPEED3 back in 2007, and it was a classic case of love at first sight. “This is your next Mazda,” is what I wrote at the time. In the years since then, I’ve never found a reason to revise that opinion….

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Test Drive: Mazda3s Grand Touring

When we were growing up the V-8 powered Chevys, Fords, Pontiac and Oldsmobiles were the popular cars. While we still appreciate the brute force, deep-throated rumple and straight-line performance of those machines, we understand the appeal of the today’s popular cars. Today Hondas, Mazdas, Subarus and Volkswagens are the cool cars driven by the 20…

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He said/She said: Mazda CX-9

She – Since Mazda pulled the wraps of its CX-9 crossover in 2007, it’s received top ratings including the prestigious North American Truck of the Year for 2008, a Consumer Reports “Recommended” rating, five-star government safety ratings for front and side crash safety along with critical acclaim from the automotive press. Even with the proliferation…

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Mazda and BRE Racing Unveil New MX-5 Miata Race Car

When admiration is mutual, and partnerships are made among good friends, it’s easy to make fun things happen quickly.  In this case, what’s happening is a fantastic reunion of a classic racing team. Racing legends Peter Brock and John Morton will fly their famous #46 red, white, and blue pattern on a classic Japanese roadster…

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Consumer Reports picks top 2010 models

Consumer Report magazine announced its Top picks for 2010, and the list includes six new models. Consumer Reports’ Top Picks are the best all-around models in their categories and must meet the non-profit organization’s stringent road test, reliability, and safety requirements. Each Top Pick scores at or near the top of its category among the…

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