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Convertibles and luxury compact crossovers are on the menu this week, and despite the sheer number of cars we’re testing this week, no one is complaining. Here’s AutoGuide Now, where we let you into our garage to see what we’ll be reviewing in the near future. Continue Reading…
The Beginning of a Legend
In 1990 Mazda introduced a back-to-basics sports car. Utilizing the same philosophy as British roadsters did in the 1950s and 1960s; the MX-5 Miata was a lightweight, front engine roadster that offered moderate power, a well-balanced chassis and top down motoring fun.
Ask AutoGuide No. 36
Unlike past installments of Ask AutoGuide we’re taking a moment to help one of our own this week. Don’t like it? Well then, how about you send us some car-buying questions then? How’s that sound? In any event road-test editor Mike Schlee could use a new ride. He’s the proud owner of a first-generation Mazda Miata that’s sitting just shy of 200,000 miles.
An open-air version of the new 2 Series introduced earlier this month during the Detroit Auto Show will be sold in the U.S. and will reach production late this year.
Warm Weather Cars You Might Actually be Able to Buy
The U.S., Japan, Italy, Britain and even Germany; they all have something in store for buyers who want performance without going particularly spend-crazy.
From hot hatches to sports coupes and full-on convertibles, there’s nothing quite like having a performance machine to play with in the summer. You might be surprised by the choices under $30,000 and that’s exactly what this list is here to demonstrate. What are you waiting for? Click through and see what your choices are.
Mazda’s severed ties with Ford and recent shift to a single, scalable platform have birthed a series of noteworthy products, but there’s one major question mark left in the company’s portfolio.
It still isn’t clear what Mazda plans to do for either of its performance nameplates. Information on the next MX-5 is still scarce, but a new report suggests Mazda plans for its new roadster to weight in 220 lbs lighter than the current car.
That’s significant considering the current car only weighs 2,447 lbs when equipped with the soft top and a manual transmission. Both the convertible hard top and the automatic transmission add weight.
SEE ALSO: 2015 Mazda MX-5 to Get 1.3L Turbo
Mazda will partner with Fiat to build the car, which will lead to both a new MX-5 and a new Spider for Alfa Romeo. While Mazda hasn’t made details about the car availble, past speculation suggests the car will be powered by a turbocharged 1.3-liter four cylinder rather than the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four it uses today. That, at least in part, could help account for the weight savings.
[Source: Automotive News]
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Convertible sales account for a tiny fraction of the market, and that slice is shrinking.