It's not often that a car manages to be both iconic and affordable, but Mazda struck that balance with the MX-5 Miata early on, and now there's no small amount of interest in the 2016 model. There isn't long to wait to see it, either, with the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata now set to debut on September 3rd, complete with the first use of the Skyactiv-Chassis the company teased earlier in the year.
If you feel a sense of Deja vu, then don’t worry too much about it. The company is the same, the car model is the same and the problem is also the same. In 2011, Mazda recalled almost 52,000 Mazda 6 sedans because they were infested with yellow sac spiders. This year the number of cars to be recalled is 42,000 (US only); and this is despite Mazda putting covers on vent lines to keep the spiders at bay.
Mazda is celebrating the 25th birthday of the world's most popular two-seat sports car. The car is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The very first version of the Miata was introduced in the US on February 9, 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show. Fast forward 25 years and Mazda has sold 920,000 Miatas since launch.
In the US, the vast majority of cars rolling the streets have gasoline-powered engines. Diesel power isn't uncommon in trucks in the US, but it is rather uncommon for cars. There are a few diesel-powered cars in the US, notably from Volkswagen.
Mazda is on a roll with its KODO design, and latest to get the "Soul of Motion" treatment is the new Mazda3. Historically the best seller in the Japanese company's line-up, and now in its third generation, the 2014 Mazda3 picks up where the sharply swoopy Mazda6 sedan left off, with a more aggressive grille, sleeker headlamps with LED detailing, and a longer wheelbase that pushes the 16- or 18-inch wheels to the corners of the car.
The Mazda6 is the epitome of the ugly duckling finding its unexpected swan. Anonymous in its first two generations, Mazda threw its Kodo design language at the third-gen version and ended up with one of the most distinctive four-doors around. Meanwhile, with the EV specter hanging over most car firms, Mazda remains a hybrid hold-out, maintaining there's still plenty to squeeze out of existing technology before we look to batteries. Does the Mazda6 deliver? Read on for our full review.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced the five vehicles awarded with its Top Safety Picks+ designation. The awards are based on each vehicle's performance in crash tests, with the goal being to encourage safer vehicles. This has been successful, with the Institute stating that some automakers have made changes to their vehicles in order to perform better on the tests.
Not only did Lexus earn top slot in Consumer Reports' annual Car Brand Report Cards, but it achieved a 100-percent recommendation across all its vehicles that were tested. Said Consumer Reports' Director of Automotive Testing Jake Fisher, "That is quite a feat for a brand whose cars are brimming with technology including impressive hybrid drivetrains and complicated infotainment systems."
Cars powered by diesel engines are not very common in the United States. In Europe, diesel engines are very common in cars, but in the United States, we typically only see diesels in a few Volkswagen models. Over the next few months that will be changing as Mazda will be unveiling a diesel power plant for its new Mazda6.