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10. Toyota Avalon
Sometimes it’s pretty difficult to determine what makes a vehicle reliable. But one sound way is to look back and see how much the average repair cost was for a vehicle over three to five years, and seeing which ones suffered the least breakdowns.
Data was studied using 100,000 auto warranty policies linked to family cars by Direct Buy Warranty in order to determine this top 10 list of most reliable family cars, listed in no particular order. It’s worth noting that not a single American vehicle made it onto the list.
The first on the list is the Toyota Avalon, the Japanese automaker’s flagship sedan in the United States. According to the data, the Avalon was one of the cheapest vehicles to maintain over the past five years with typical Toyota dependability and safety ratings. Larger than the Camry, the Avalon is a perfect fit for those looking for size and dependability.
We have already seen a solid hint at the styling of the new Mazda 6, with the Takeri concept (pictured above) which the automaker revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show this past December. The new production version of the 6 will probably share some of the major styling of the Takeri, with maybe a few small changes.
The Takeri was built on an all new light weight platform, and features Mazda’s Skyactiv technologies to increase fuel economy. Mazda has engineered a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (as seen in the 2012 Mazda3), however, the Takeri concept made use of the brand’s new Skyactiv diesel engine, capable of producing 165 hp and over 300 lb-ft of torque.
Mazda has said it will offer a diesel engine in North America in the near future, but has yet to confirm if it will arrive in the new 6, or perhaps the CX-5.
GALLERY: Mazda Takeri Concept
See AutoGuide’s First Look Video of the Takeri Concept below:
Contrary to earlier reports, Mazda will not be ending production of its Mazda6 midsize sedan. Earlier reports suggested that the slow-selling model would be axed after reports emerged that production of the vehicle at Mazda’s Flat Rock, Michigan plant may cease.
While Mazda confirmed that the Mazda6 would remain in the lineup for some time (and will get Mazda’s new SKYACTIV powertrains), it’s possible that production at the Michigan factory may move elsewhere, and this event was misconstrued as the end of the Mazda6′s life. Mazda may move production to Mexico to take advantage of less expensive, non-union labor, as the Flat Rock plant is shared with Ford, which pays its workers $8 per hour more than its non-union counterparts.
[Source: Car and Driver]
The ugly duckling/swan theme is an often used cliche in romantic comedies and other low-grade forms of entertainment, but we were caught of guard when Mazda ditched their Nagare design language and blossomed into a beautiful creature with the Shinari concept.
Nagare, if you remember, is the current design theme for Mazda that looks a lot like a mutated sea creature. The Shinari, on the other had, and the accompanying Kodo design language, looks like something from an expensive European manufacturer that costs many multiples of what a Mazda3 would.
The four-door coupe Shinari, seen in the video, is a promising start to a new era of design in Mazda, and we can’t wait to see how it will extend to its regular lineup
Hit the jump to see the official video
Mazda Canada announced Friday that a dealer that sold a Mazda6 demonstrator to a woman for nearly $25,000 above retail value has had its franchise agreement terminated. Mazda of Orangeville, situated about 35 miles northwest of Toronto, will no longer be able to sell new vehicles or parts or make repairs.
Mazda of Orangeville attracted a flurry of negative press after it emerged that it sold a disabled woman a 2010 Mazda6 demonstrator for $66,000, when it should have sold for roughly $41,000
In an interview with the Toronto Star, Greg Young, Mazda’s director of corporate public relations explained the reasoning behind the termination. “We informed the dealer this morning that we were terminating the agreement because he had not adhered to the business standards, under the terms of the sales and service agreement.”
Young said that the overpriced car was one example found during an investigation into the dealership’s business practices. The dealership charged the buyer, Madeline Leonard, nearly three times the retail price for various accessories, and gave her an 8-year loan which added significant costs to the vehicle. Leonard is on a fixed income and should not have qualified for a standard loan.
[Source: Toronto Star]