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 |  Apr 28 2014, 9:01 PM

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Mazda might soon be spurred to fit a turbocharger to its SkyActiv four-cylinder gasoline engine in order to power the next generation CX-9.

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 |  Apr 17 2014, 11:45 AM

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Despite its dainty proportions the Mazda Miata is always a big deal, especially when there’s a new one on the way. To help celebrate this iconic roadster’s 25th anniversary the company brought in a throng of historic models and put ‘em on display here at the New York Auto Show.

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 |  Apr 09 2014, 11:59 AM

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A redesigned version of the spunky little Mazda2 was spotted frolicking in Europe. The car was dressed in a festive zebra pattern, but not because Easter is nearly here; it’s so we can’t get a good look. Still some information about this 2016 model can be gleaned.

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 |  Mar 22 2014, 10:00 AM

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It’s not quite the full car reveal, but Mazda will be bringing something from its new MX-5 Miata to the 2014 New York Auto Show.

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 |  Jan 09 2014, 12:32 PM

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One of the best-received newcomers to the mid-size sedan market is making a go of things without one of its promised engines and will continue to do so indefinitely. 

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 |  Jan 06 2014, 9:32 AM

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Already hailed for their efficiency, Mazda’s “Skyactiv” engines are bound for a second and third generation aimed at further improving fuel economy. 

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 |  Dec 05 2013, 9:43 AM

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The penultimate AutoGuide.com Car of the Year Award finalist hails once again from Mazda. Yes this is the second car to be nominated from the SkyActiv company.

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 |  Nov 19 2013, 6:00 PM

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Mazda has just unveiled a host of new concepts and up-coming models at the The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 that includes diesel, natural gas and hybrid technology.
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Long Term Wrap Up: 2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

A wholly capable and fun crossover

 |  Oct 22 2013, 8:23 AM

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Time flies. It seems like just yesterday we picked up our long-term Mazda CX-5 with a little over 600 miles on the odometer. But it is now nearly half a year later, our three-month evaluation period turned into four months during which time we drove nearly 8,000 miles behind the wheel of the CX-5.

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 |  Aug 30 2013, 12:02 PM

2014 Mazda6


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Getting “mileage” out of a purchase can mean more than saving gas. There’s cargo capacity, seat space and price to take into account on top of hunting for high miles per gallon.

You might be surprised by how many new cars there are in dealer showrooms today that offer all of those attributes without compromising much in any category. With that in mind, here are 10 family-friendly options that can achieve at least 40 mpg.

This is the only vehicle on the list with a traditional gasoline drivetrain. Think about that for a minute…

Mazda is the only company with a vehicle this size that isn’t using a hybrid system and is boasting up to 40 mpg. That’s impressive for such a small company. In AutoGuide’s recent mid-size sedan comparison, the car returned impressive fuel economy, too. It wasn’t the claimed 40 mpg, but our car wasn’t equipped with the mildly mpg-boosting i-Eloop system and it still managed to return the second-best fuel economy.

 |  Jul 23 2013, 10:47 AM

The New Face of Zoom-Zoom


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Zoom-Zoom, it’s what sets Mazda apart from other car companies. The small Japanese manufacturer focuses on driving dynamics far more than other mass-market automakers. The result of that relentless toil is a lineup of cars and crossovers that are more entertaining than their competition. Paraphrasing one of the company’s TV commercials, if it’s not worth driving it’s not worth building.

One of Mazda’s most important products is the compact Mazda3. Available as either a hatchback or sedan it’s the cornerstone of the brand’s global sales. It’s never an easy task updating a successful product; drastic changes can attract new buyers but they also risk alienating existing customers. Fortunately for everyone the company has made common-sense updates to the 2014 model that should actually please everyone. Here are 10 things you absolutely must know about the new Mazda3.

 |  Jun 27 2013, 8:32 AM

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Mazda unveiled its 2014 Mazda3 yesterday with a full redesign, but there could be more in the compact car’s future.

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 |  Jun 26 2013, 10:56 AM

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Like a Broadway premiere the 2014 Mazda3 will take a bow in New York City today. Mazda’s best-selling compact car has received a bumper-to-bumper redesign along with some significant improvements. The company’s latest C-Segment offering brings a healthy dose of style, performance and technology to an extremely competitive slice of the market.

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 |  Jun 26 2013, 7:08 AM

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Set to debut later today, full details and a large selection of photos of the all-new 2014 Mazda 3 have leaked online.

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2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Introduction

Mazda’s compact crossover begins a three month test

 |  Jun 17 2013, 2:31 PM

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After impressing us during a comparison test earlier in the year, we get our hands on a 2014 Mazda CX-5 for an extended test drive. Over the next three months we will put this vehicle through a barrage of tests and situations to see how well it stacks up during everyday life.

The AutoGuide family is constantly growing and we would like to welcome our newest family member. No, we haven’t hired another caroholic into our ranks. This new addition is a little more mechanical, it is the 2014 Mazda CX-5.

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 |  Jun 03 2013, 9:10 AM

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A picture taken from the pages of a Japanese magazine might have prematurely revealed the new Mazda3 hatchback. 

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 |  Apr 05 2013, 2:33 PM

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Last week was a lot like the British ocean liner Lusitania; it got sunk, but this time around it wasn’t the Kaiser’s fault. Instead of falling prey to a German U-Boat it was torpedoed by the New York Auto Show.

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 |  Mar 21 2013, 7:15 PM

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The same new design language and platform pulling the Mazda6 and CX-5 out of automotive doldrums will likely make it to the compact Mazda3 by this fall according to a new report.

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 |  Feb 22 2013, 12:15 PM

What's in a Name?


Usually the engine found inside a vehicle receives a name based on some sort of manufacturer specific numbering and lettering convention. However, every once in a while a manufacturer will feel a little fiery and give that new hunk of metal an actual, proper name.

These names, more often than not, conjure up images of power and hairy-chested strength. Names like Rocket 350, BOSS and Fireball. Or, sometimes the name will refer to the design of the engine itself like Hemi (referring to hemispherical combustion chambers) or Quad-4, which is a dumb name in itself, but at least referred to four valves on four cylinders.

But now and then a manufacturer will reveal their latest and greatest engineer marvel and slap on a name that leaves us scratching our heads in disbelief, or is just so pretentious our eyes can’t stop rolling. Remember the have-your-cake-and-eat-it-to named Ford inline-6 called the ‘Thriftpower’? Well, that didn’t even make this list.

 |  Nov 28 2012, 1:17 PM

The 2012 L.A. Auto Show is in full swing, and hanging out at the Mazda booth is the new 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D diesel engine with a plaque beside it that confirms that it will arrive in the 2014 Mazda6.

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 |  Oct 01 2012, 1:02 PM

No-holds-barred technology sharing between Mazda and Fiat might be on the table.

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 |  Sep 27 2012, 7:42 AM

After sitting in the backwaters of the mid-size sedan segment for far too long, Mazda has revealed its all new 6 model today at the Paris Motor Show with dramatic styling and a focus on light weight.

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 |  Sep 17 2012, 10:01 AM

The Mazda 3 may have been the first car in the Japanese automaker’s lineup to receive SkyActiv technology but the use of the brand’s all-new engine is just a stop-gap measure until this.

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 |  Aug 29 2012, 5:33 PM

The all-new Mazda6 midsize sedan debuted in Moscow this week looking much like the Takeri concept seen at several auto shows and now the company’s first commercial is showing the car in motion.

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