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Mazda's rotary rocket ready for launch

Wednesday January 21st, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Mazda RX-8 R3
Wankel rotary engineBeating rhythmically underneath the hood is the heart of the the RX-7 and RX-8 — a Wankel rotary engine. Wankel is such a funny sounding name, but the rotary engine (originally conceived and developed by Dr. Felix Wankel) is much more energy efficient than a typical combustion engine with pistons and cylinders. In a piston engine, the same volume of space (the cylinder) alternately does four different jobs — intake, compression, combustion and exhaust. A rotary engine does these sam­e four jobs, but each one happens in its own part of the housing. It’s kind of like having a dedicated cylinder for each of the four jobs, with the piston moving continually from one to the next.

The Wankel engine has basically one moving part that just spins. And it has a higher power to weight ratio than any traditional engine. Mazda’s RENESIS engine in the RX-8 is remarkably smooth and high revving — all the way to 9,000 rpm — and offers a smaller engine footprint than traditional internal combustion engines. In fact, the packaging and styling that define the RX-8 would not have been possible had Mazda engineers chosen a conventional piston engine.

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New Miata Debuts In Japan

Wednesday December 10th, 2008 at 10:1212 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Mazda MX-5 Miatasa-WEET! I love these little guys. Sure, a lot of people, men mostly, look at Miatas as being “girls cars”. They either don’t know the first thing about sports cars, have never ridden in the passenger seat of one when a competent driver is at the wheel, or are in the midst of some heavy Freudian psychology (e.g. compensation and denial).

If MG/Austin-Healey/TR had been making cars like this in the 70s, they’d still be in business … but alas, they did not, and for too many years, the affordable drop top was not seen on these shores (or anywhere else for that matter). In ’89 Mazda changed all that with the introduction of the Miata. It’s in its third generation by now (if you ignore a couple of half-gen updatings here & there), and no longer officially called the Miata. Now Mazda calls it the MX-5 here in the U.S., and in the home country it’s referred to as “The Roadster”.

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2009 Mazda MAZDA6 Review – Spicing up the mid-size family sedan

Tuesday December 2nd, 2008 at 7:1212 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2009 Mazda Mazda6
By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Effortless V6 power
  • Zoom-zoom handling
  • Sleek, athletic look
  • Huge trunk

Cons:

  • Almost too much power for front wheel drive
  • So-so interior quality
  • Slightly cramped rear seats
  • Dashboard lighting a bit too spicy

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2010 Mazda MAZDA3 Video

Monday November 24th, 2008 at 5:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

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We have driving shots of the newly redesigned 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 that was officially revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Mazda also tells us that the 3 will carry over its 2.0L four-cylinder, but be joined by a larger 2.5L engine to replace the current car’s 2.3L. As for the Mazda3 five-door hatchback, we’ll have to wait until some time after the L.A. Auto Show for that.

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Ford Sells 20% Of Its Stake In Mazda

Monday November 24th, 2008 at 12:1111 PM
Posted by: tonyb

In an effort to raise cash and prop up its faltering balance sheets, Ford Motor Company has sold 20% of its stake in Mazda, netting the blue oval boys $540 Million. This follows on the heals of GM selling of 3% of their stake in Suzuki (netting the General $230 Million).

According to statements from both Ford and Mazda, this will not effect their ongoing joint ventures, as well as the sharing of platforms and powertrains. That makes sense for both entities. especially for Ford. what will be needed in the near future will be smaller, more fuel efficient engines, which Mazda seems to have by the boxcar load.

Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally said, This agreement allows Ford to raise capital that will help fund our product-led transformation, and at the same time, allows Ford and Mazda to continue our successful strategic relationship in the best interest of both companies. Ford will continue to focus on the Ford brand worldwide and deliver the products our customers really want and value.”

And Mazda Chairman, President and CEO Hisakazu Imaki added, “The sale of Mazda shares by our partner, Ford, will not result in any change in Mazda’s strategic direction and we will continue to accelerate our product-led brand improvement and cost innovation initiatives. We will continue our strategic relationship through our ongoing joint ventures with Ford, as well as the sharing of platforms and powertrains.”

Source: CarScoop

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2009 Mazda MAZDA3 S GT Sedan Review – The Renaissance Car

Tuesday October 7th, 2008 at 6:1010 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

Blings:

  • Top-shelf interior
  • Go-kart handling
  • Terrific balance of power and fuel economy
  • Unmatched value

Dings:

  • Weak in the low-end grunt department
  • Low backseat headroom
  • No Sixth Gear?

Ruling: Power, luxury, style, sportiness, affordability, fuel efficiency, cargo room, comfort, yadda, yadda and yadda; this is the Renaissance Car of the decade.

In our lives we’ve all met people with exceptional and widely varied interests and skills. Whether it’s writing a novel, building a log cabin, flying a plane, playing in an 80′s butt-rock band, reciting the Dictionary or completing more than one Ironman triathlon, we all have friends with some unique and bizarre interests. But what if all these interests resided in one person? A person this multi-faceted is often referred to as a Renaissance Man, and often draws the respect and admiration of everyone he meets. And if there was ever a parallel car to match this beloved persona, it would be the MAZDA3 – The true Renaissance Car.

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2008 Mazda MAZDA5 Review – Bringing the European “space wagon” to America

Thursday August 14th, 2008 at 7:88 AM
Posted by: AKramer

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By Alex Kramer

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Pros:

  • Perfectly poised suspension
  • Fantastic touch-screen Navigation system
  • Practical dual sliding doors
  • Unique, shuttle-style exterior design

Cons:

  • Eager engine outmatched by chubby curb weight
  • So-so build quality
  • Cramped 3rd row seats
  • Less than stellar fuel-efficiency

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2008 Mazda CX-9 Review – the Zoom, zoom, zoom SUV!

Wednesday June 11th, 2008 at 4:66 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

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by Holly R.

2008 Mazda CX-9

Pros:

  • VERY roomy
  • Engine pick-up is really good
  • Safe and very fun to drive (yes, both in the same sentence)
  • Big vehicle feel in a slightly smaller package
  • Not a whole lot of them on the road (yet)
  • Voice recognition system

Cons:

  • Volume control for stereo is really far away (the steering wheel one is good)
  • “Zoom, zoom” might actually get you in trouble…
  • I do actually prefer the XM® Satellite Radio over Sirius® (but I’m really searching for “cons”).
  • Voice recognition system

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2008 Mazda RX-8 Review – Japanese Rocket Ship with Turbine Smooth Rotary

Friday February 15th, 2008 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: gmchan_66

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2008 Mazda RX-8
By Gary Chan

Pros

  • Rigid car
  • Driving dynamics
  • Driving position/seating
  • Engine is turbine-like

Cons

  • Fuel economy
  • Oil consumption
  • Small trunk and back seat
  • Low height
  • Low torque

I remember when a high school classmate got a brand new RX-7 in the mid 80’s … that was back when the BMW 320i and the Porsche 944’s were out … and have always liked the car especially the 3rd generation RX-7. Well, a lot has changed since then with updates and technology advances so I was excited to be able to drive this 40th Anniversary Edition. Having never driven a RX-7/8, I was excited to learn how a rotary felt and the driving dynamics of the RX-8. The last Mazda I drove was the phenomenal Mazdaspeed3. Thus, the bar was set high.

Driving Impressions
Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary Emblem The gray metallic color of the car camouflages the sportiness of the car. Who would suspect a gray-colored Japanese car to perform so well; lucky for me, I never garnered any interest from the police.

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Driving Impressions: Mazda RX-8 40th Anniversary Edition

Friday February 1st, 2008 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: Derek

Mazda RX-8 at Mazda Raceway

Sometimes you just have to let it all hang out. Sometimes you are inspired to drive the wheels off a car because you just can. And there are the times when it all comes together and you know everything is just right in the motoring universe. Such was the case when I took Mazda’s 40th Anniversary Edition RX-8 to (of all places) Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca located in Monterey, CA. Read the rest of this entry »

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