Mazda – AutoGuide.com https://www.autoguide.com Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:21:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 AutoGuide.comMazda – AutoGuide.com https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/wp-content/themes/autoguide-proper/img/logo_autoguide_red.gif https://www.autoguide.com Mazda MX-30 Trademark Points to Mystery Machine https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/07/mazda-mx-30-trademark-points-to-mystery-machine.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/07/mazda-mx-30-trademark-points-to-mystery-machine.html#respond Wed, 03 Jul 2019 18:48:02 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=784988 Mazda MX-30 Trademark Points to Mystery Machine Mazda MX-30 Trademark Points to Mystery Machine
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Following the debut of the Mazda CX-30, many were left wondering if Mazda would rebrand the whole lineup. Now we have a bit more fuel for that rumor, as the automaker has applied for a new trademark, the MX-30.

Originally filed in the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) the automaker has applied for this new name that we’ve never heard before. The filing is related to automobiles according to the EUIPO, which is very suspicious. Could Mazda be working on a new sports car to take the MX mantle?

Mazda itself is going through a bit of a rebranding. The new Mazda3 is far more luxurious than its predecessor, and also more expensive. The newly revealed CX-30 also puts a focus on its high end, crafted design. Could the MX-30 be a successor to the MX-5, with a focus on more luxuries?

The enthusiast community may not react positively to that move. The MX-5 Miata is a beloved sports car that has gained a huge following that is predicated largely on the Miata’s relatively low cost and low weight. Perhaps this is a smaller sports car? Or is it the rumored successor to the RX-series? The imagination knows no bounds!

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If anything, this application should be viewed as a precautionary measure. It’s unlikely Mazda is currently doing anything with the name, but in case it wants to use it, it has the trademark.

More important is the automaker’s recent application for the trademarks CX-10 through to CX-90. Could these nameplates replace the current CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9? This seems far more realistic of a situation, as evidenced by the new CX-30.

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Top 10 Cheapest Cars to Insure in 2019 – The Short List https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/06/top-10-cheapest-cars-to-insure-in-2019-the-short-list.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/06/top-10-cheapest-cars-to-insure-in-2019-the-short-list.html#respond Tue, 04 Jun 2019 14:38:44 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=778278 Top 10 Cheapest Cars to Insure in 2019 – The Short List Top 10 Cheapest Cars to Insure in 2019 – The Short List
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Cars and trucks aren’t getting any cheaper, and neither is insurance.

According to analysts at Kelley Blue Book, during April 2019 the estimated average new-vehicle transaction price in the U.S. was nearly $37,000! You can blame added safety features and technology, the proliferation of luxury amenities and more for this ever-growing figure.

If new-vehicle sticker shock isn’t enough to make you convulse, you’ve also got to budget for fuel or electricity, plus maintenance and possible repairs. Oh, and you’re definitely going to need insurance.

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Now, this is one area where you could save significant amounts of cash if you’re smart. As they have for nearly a decade, the website Insure.com has compiled a list of the cheapest vehicles to get insurance for. Supposedly they compared rates in every state of the union for some 3,000 different models and trim levels, shopping prices from six major providers and then averaging them out.

So, what are the best insurance bargains out there? Well, here are 10 of the most affordable 2019-model-year vehicles to insure.


10. Jeep Compass Sport, $1,349

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And we start with the Jeep Compass Sport, a handsome off-roadable compact crossover that looks like a baby Grand Cherokee. Insurance for this little mountain goat will supposedly set you back $1,349. Not too shabby. Base price for most-affordable Compass is likewise budget-friendly at 23 grand and change including delivery.

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9. Subaru Forester 2.5i, $1,347

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Undercutting that Jeep by a single two-dollar bill – for insurance coverage, of course – is the Subaru Forester 2.5i. Keeping costs down, this Japanese utility vehicle comes with loads of standard equipment including all-wheel drive, the automaker’s EyeSight suite of advanced safety equipment and even unbeatable crash-test scores, all things insurance companies love!

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8. Ford Escape S, $1,344

In position No. 8 on this list is the Ford Escape S, the most affordable version of this compact utility vehicle. In this configuration, it comes with a 2.5-liter engine, a phalanx of airbags and not much else. Plan on spending around $1,344 for insurance. Base price is about $25,000 to park one in your garage.

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7. Jeep Renegade Sport, $1,338

Next up, another Jeep! Slightly cheaper to insure than its bigger brother is the diminutive Renegade Sport. According to Insure.com, the average cost of coverage for this petite SUV is $1,338. Grab a front-wheel-drive model with a manual transmission and standard 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and it will set you back about 20 grand.

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6. Honda CR-V LX, $1,333

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Coming in sixth place is the Honda CR-V LX, the first of three vehicles from the Japanese automaker that made it in this top-10 list. Coverage will cost you around $1,333, one solitary Abraham Lincoln less than the Renegade. Shielding passengers from harm should the unthinkable happen, it’s earned a Top Safety Pick score from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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5. Honda HR-V LX, $1,325

The subcompact Honda HR-V utility vehicle is another insurance bargain, averaging just $1,325 for coverage. Even this entry-level model comes with a flipping and folding second-row Magic Seat plus standard front-wheel drive and a 141-horsepower 1.8-liter engine, all for less than $22,000.

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4. Mazda CX-3 Sport, $1,307

Moving along, in spot No. 4 is the Mazda CX-3 Sport, yet another subcompact crossover. In stripped-down form, it comes with a 148-horsepower engine, front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic gearbox, all for 21-grand and change. The national average to insure this vehicle is a paltry $1,307.

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3. Subaru Outback 2.5i, $1,306

But even cheaper than that is the Subaru Outback 2.5i, which clocks in at $1,306. Of course, insurance companies love Subarus because they come with lots of safety equipment and are relatively inexpensive. This base Outback starts around $27,000.

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2. Jeep Wrangler Sport, $1,304

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Wowzers, a third Jeep! The off-road brand’s Wrangler also made this list, in Sport form. Insurance companies must love these rugged and often fairly bare-bones vehicles. Sturdiness and mechanical simplicity, in theory, keep them out of trouble. Coverage for this flavor of Wrangler averages $1,304. Base price for one is less than $30,000.

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1. Honda Odyssey, $1,298

And now for the vehicle that, on average has the lowest insurance rates! Drumroll, please… It’s the Honda Odyssey minivan! Yes, this family hauler will cost you just $1,298 to cover. They say that’s $514 less than the national average of $1,812.

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Interestingly, the Odyssey has always been an insurance bargain. For eight of the 10 years they’ve been compiling this list, it has made it in the top five. And back in 2010 when they started ranking new models this van cost $1,095 to insure, which means over the last nine years the cost has only increased by $203.

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Top 10 Best Convertibles: 2019 – The Short List https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/05/top-10-best-convertibles-2019-the-short-list.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/05/top-10-best-convertibles-2019-the-short-list.html#respond Tue, 21 May 2019 15:17:04 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=774018 Top 10 Best Convertibles: 2019 – The Short List Top 10 Best Convertibles: 2019 – The Short List
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After another brutal Midwestern winter, warm weather is finally upon us once more. This makes convertibles top of mind, and here’s a list of our favorite ones.

Whether you’ve got a middle-class budget or can afford six-figures, there’s a wide range of droptop cars available from manufacturers all around the world. Underscoring this point, here are 10 of our favorite convertibles, an eclectic list with a little something for everyone.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

And we start in Italy with the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. What other car offers such dramatic styling and purity of purpose for the same money? Starting at less than $70,000, it truly is a reasonably attainable exotic. Not a convertible in the traditional sense because it has a removable fabric roof section rather than a contraption that folds away like a piece of origami, it nonetheless provides an open-air driving experience, allowing you and one lucky passenger to see the sky above and listen to its 237-horsepower engine crackle and churn with every gear change.

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Ford Mustang

Neither the fastest nor fanciest car available, the Mustang is nonetheless an icon, a four-wheeled piece of rolling Americana. Available in fastback and convertible body-styles, Ford’s fabled filly unquestionably deserves a spot on this list thanks to its heritage, affordability and, of course, performance. Droptop models can be had with a thrifty EcoBoost four-cylinder engine or the mighty 5.0L V8 endowed with 460 horses.

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Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Aston Martin’s DB11 is, hands down, one of the prettiest cars available today. With a long nose, clean flanks and perky rear, it’s a stunner from just about every angle. And even the convertible Volante version is gorgeous, losing none of the coupe’s elegance when engineers chopped the top. A 503-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 borrowed from the folks at Mercedes-AMG makes an equally compelling argument.

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Jeep Gladiator

Next up, the Jeep Gladiator. Wait, hold on, hold on. Why is a JEEP of all things on this list? Well, it turns out every version of this off-road-focused pickup is a convertible. And just like a taco you can have either a hard shell or soft – removable rigid panels or an easily folded fabric roof. Gladiator is our wild-card pick here, melding the go-anywhere capability of a Wrangler with the versatility of a midsize truck. It looks nice, drives well for what it can do, and is far more versatile than anything else presented here.

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Chevrolet Corvette

As it has been for generations, Chevrolet’s Corvette coupe is an unfathomable performance bargain, delivering near-supersonic speed at an entirely blue-collar price. For droptop aficionados, the convertible version is similarly affordable, starting at less than $62,000. Even in bargain-basement guise, it packs heat in the form of a 455-horsepower small-block V8, which enables it to hit 60 miles an hour in as little as 3.7 seconds. And if the Corvette is still out of your budget, the more affordable Camaro is also available as a droptop.

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Jaguar F-Type

What’s not to love about the Jaguar F-Type? This British performance machine comes in both coupe and convertible formats, is clothed in gorgeous styling, and offers a multitude of drivetrain configurations. You can get a base turbo-four, a potent six or even a fire-breathing supercharged V8 with up to 575 horsepower in the range-topping SVR model. No matter the model, this Jag is one of our favorite droptops.

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Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

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The Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster is a Germanic take on the classic convertible formula, with more angles and hard edges than, say, Jag’s F-Type. With an almost impossibly long hood and a curt rear end, this Benz is all drama, especially when you pop the hood. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 is standard, delivering either 469 horsepower in “base” form or a stout 550 in the GT C model. Unfortunately, it ain’t cheap, starting north of $125,000. Mercedes also offers many other convertibles if this is out of your budget — the C-Class Cabriolet, E-Class Cabriolet, and SLC Roadster are all great options.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata/RF

But no convertible compilation would be complete without the Mazda MX-5 Miata. This car proves you don’t need 500 horsepower or a second mortgage to have a blast behind the wheel. In fact, a mere 181 ponies and about $25,000 is all that’s required. Small, lightweight and surgically precise, this droptop will absolutely dance in the hands of even less-than-perfect drivers. Maximizing the open-air fun, you can get a lid that’s either soft or hard, so take your pick.

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Porsche 911

Porsche’s 911 is one of the most hallowed automobiles in production today. Including it on this list is simply a no-brainer. The 911 is offered in a huge variety of models. Of course, there are plenty of convertible options, from the base Carrera Cabriolet to an open-air version of the 911 Turbo S, there’s plenty to choose from, especially if you count the Targa models. But no matter which one you lust after, this Porsche is guaranteed to please. In fact, we’re sure even the good doctor himself would be proud (that’s Dr. Porsche). If the 911 is a bit too rich, Porsche also offers the more affordable 718 Boxster, which is definitely one of our favorite convertibles as well.

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Audi R8 V10 Spyder

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Now, unquestionably, one of our favorite convertibles available today is the Audi R8 V10 Spyder. In high-output “Plus” form this Teutonic speed-machine brandishes 602 horsepower and can hit 60 miles an hour in a breathtaking 3.5 seconds. Not quite as fast, the car’s skimpy cloth roof opens or closes in about 20 seconds at speeds up to 31 MPH. Base price for a standard model is around $180,000, grab a Plus and you’re closer to 210. YIKES! If you’re looking for something more affordable, Audi also offers the A3 and A5 Cabriolet and the TT Roadster.

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8 Great V8 Swaps – The Short List https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/05/8-great-v8-swaps-the-short-list.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/05/8-great-v8-swaps-the-short-list.html#respond Sun, 12 May 2019 02:18:55 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=774282 8 Great V8 Swaps – The Short List 8 Great V8 Swaps – The Short List
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How can you transform your ride into something truly special while drastically improving its performance at the same time? Just swap in a V8 engine!

Welcome to another installment of The Short List! It’s hard to argue with the smooth, responsive performance of an engine with two banks for four cylinders. I think we can all agree, the addition of a V8 can improve practically any car.

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This engine configuration provides maximum displacement in a relatively small package, meaning you can shoehorn one into a space normally occupied by something as small a malnourished four-cylinder.

Now, on this list, we’ve focused on realistic V8 swaps, ones you could do yourself using readily available kits. This means there are no crazy one-off builds from SEMA or anything, as much as I’d like to see a Rolls-Royce Merlin swapped into an original Mini, but I digress.


8. Jeep Wrangler (Hemi)

Starting things off, who wouldn’t want a V8-powered Jeep Wrangler? If you’re a JK owner and are unhappy with Pentastar power, or worse, that breathless, old 3.8-liter pushrod V6, the folks over at Quadratec will happily sell you a kit that allows a 5.7-liter Hemi to mount under this off-roader’s hood. Making it worth the $5,800, this kit also includes things like a new wiring harness, an updated transmission crossmember and high-flow catalytic converters. Engine not included.

Of course, there are other companies that will sell you kits allowing you to drop a GM LS V8 into your Wrangler, but c’mon, a Chrysler product should really feature a Mopar powertrain.


7. E46 BMW 3 Series (GM LS)

Love the E46 3 Series? Who doesn’t? All these years later, it’s still my favorite BMW. But if you’re unsatisfied with the performance provided by this generation 3er’s inline-six, fear not, there’s room for an LS ahead of the firewall. Vorshlag Motorsports sells a variety of brackets and bolts that allow this legendary V8 to securely mount inside the bowels of your favorite 3 Series where it can provide stupid-fast acceleration with plenty of rumbling sounds.

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6. Ford Focus (Small-block Ford or Modular)

The Ford Focus has always been a scrappy little car, funky and fun to drive, but it’s never been the fastest thing on four wheels, especially the first-generation model. That changes if you grab the V8 conversion kit from Kugel Komponents. It allows you to drop a small-block Ford or modular V8 into your Focus. Best of all, this kit is completely bolt-on, requiring zero welding, however, it ain’t cheap, costing roughly $8,000, which doesn’t include an appropriate engine, transmission or rear end. Still, the idea of a rear-drive Focus with V8 power is tantalizing…

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5. Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 (GM LS)

The Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 family of sports coupes is a blast to drive, sharp, light and plenty engaging. But the major complaint about these cars is a relative lack of power. Their 2.0-liter boxer four maxes out at about 205 ponies, though this is nothing a little LS can’t correct. For a mere $3,200, Weapons-Grade Performance will sell you a kit that allows one of these V8s to fit into the engine bay of your BRZ-family vehicle. Opt for the $7,500 complete kit, which comes with extra goodies like cooling components, upgraded wiring, a new instrument cluster and more, and you’re well on your way to roasting the tires, just provide the LS engine and transmission of your choice.


4. Nissan 350Z (GM LS)

Nissan’s Z car is a legend. For decades, it’s provided performance and driving dynamics in spades. Now, if you own a 350Z, the acceleration it offers is more than adequate, but who wants to settle for good enough when you could have astounding? Rectifying this, Sikky Manufacturing offers a little something that – surprise, surprise – lets you enjoy the smooth giddy-up of a GM LS V8. Base price is around $2,250 and it goes up from there depending on what goodies you want.

Interestingly, with this kit, no modifications to the factory crossmember or subframe are required. And that’s an important word of warning; V8 conversions are generally neither easy nor cheap. Lots of heavy wrenching is involved, and many require welding. While they can be SERIOUSLY COOL, swaps like these are NOT for the faint of heart.


3. Honda S2000 (GM LS)

Unquestionably, one of the greatest sports cars of the last 20 years is Honda’s S2000. Light and nimble, its naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine revved to the heavens above to deliver exhilarating performance. But for all its virtues, this two-seater had one serious flaw: a complete lack of torque. You had to wring its neck or else it wouldn’t move. But solving this issue is as easy as signing your name; just cut a check for a suspiciously inexpensive $1,650 and you’ve got most of what you’re going to need in order to fit an eight-cylinder fire-breather between the S2000’s front fenders. Yes, yet again, it accepts another LS, which you have to provide…


2. Subaru WRX (GM LS)

With standard all-wheel drive and unusual-sounding boxer engines, Subarus are not afraid to be different. But let’s say you want something a little more mainstream, to make your WRX sound like a muscle car. Well, now you can do that thanks to a bunch of components offered by the website V8WRX.com. Buy their subframe kit, oil pan and more and you’ll be well on your way to LS-ifying your favorite Subaru.

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1. Mazda MX-5 Miata (GM LS)

Miata Is Always The Answer, right? Sure, unless you’ve got to haul sheets of plywood. Anyway, if you want an absolutely INSANE MX-5, get in touch with the fine folks at Flyin’ Miata out in Colorado, because they’ve figured out how to fit a V8 into each generation of this legendary Mazda car: NA, NB, NC and even the new ND. This swap is sure to transform a light and nimble vehicle into something absolutely insane, a car that’s fast enough to outrun some supercars. Because don’t forget, the Miata has always been a featherweight.

It’s amazing how popular GM’s LS engine is. It’s taken over the world, trouncing both the Chrysler Hemi family and Ford’s various V8 offerings. And why shouldn’t it? They’re reliable, GM’s built untold millions of them meaning they’re affordable, they support huge displacements with very compact external dimensions. This puts it right in the sweet spot of the Venn diagram, making it an ideal engine for V8 swaps.

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Top 10 Best Cars for Teens – The Short List https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/05/top-10-best-cars-for-teens-the-short-list.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/05/top-10-best-cars-for-teens-the-short-list.html#respond Tue, 07 May 2019 13:00:39 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=773974 Top 10 Best Cars for Teens – The Short List Top 10 Best Cars for Teens – The Short List
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Are you a young driver in need of a new car or the parent of one that will be making the monthly payments? 

If so, you’re probably wondering what are the best new cars for teenage motorists. Well, any recommendations need to be safe, so we picked cars with Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick + ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Affordability is also critical, as is reliability, efficiency, and even coolness. Anything we recommend can’t be a total snooze. Keeping all those important factors in mind, here are our picks for the best cars for teens.

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Honda Fit

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The Honda Fit is a snap to maneuver, exceptionally efficient, and more versatile than some vehicles twice its size, thanks to that hatchback body and second-row Magic Seat. With a base price around $17,000, up to 40 miles per gallon highway, and good crash-test scores across the board from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this car is a no-brainer. Oh, and for extra fun, they can even be had with a six-speed manual gearbox, which is great because we think it will help curb distracted driving.

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Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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What is it that Toyota does better than practically any other automaker? Oh, that’s right, they make vehicles that last forever. With luck, the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback will provide decades of reliable service with minimal repairs. Versatile, stylish, and economical with a starting price around $20,000, this five-door just about does it all. And with 168 horsepower on tap, its performance isn’t too bad, either. Another bonus? It’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

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Nissan Kicks

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Next up, a crossover, Nissan’s subcompact Kicks. One of this vehicle’s main advantages is its bargain-basement price, starting off around $19,000. But even though it’s exceedingly affordable, nothing about it feels flagrantly chintzy. The interior is reasonably nice, there’s plenty of cargo space and of course, the fuel economy is stellar, topping out at 36 MPG highway. Throw in good crash test scores and just 122 horsepower so no one can go too fast and it’s an ideal choice for teenage drivers.

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Hyundai Veloster

But if young motorists want something with a little more visual pizzazz than provided by the Kicks, Hyundai’s Veloster delivers. This asymmetrical hatchback looks cool yet is still reasonably practical. Three powertrains are offered, including a base 2.0-liter engine with 147 ponies, though a 1.6L turbo with much more giddy-up is also available, as is a high-performance N model with up to 275 horsepower. We’re going to recommend the base version, which starts at right around $19,500 with a six-speed manual transmission. Yes, an automatic is offered for an extra $1,000.

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Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is another excellent choice for youthful drivers. Not only does this compact sedan look great, but it also comes with an upscale interior and starts at right around $18,000. At that price, you get a standard eight-inch touchscreen, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and much more. The Forte even earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, meaning it should perform well in practically every type of crash.

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Mazda CX-3

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Our next recommendation is the Mazda CX-3, one of the most stylish and upscale small crossovers available today. Not only does it look and feel far more expensive than anything that starts at less than $22,000 should, but it’s also great to drive and is extremely safe. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine provides the motivation, delivering 148 horsepower. It’s matched to a six-speed automatic gearbox and standard front-wheel drive. Of course, for extra grip, four-corner traction is also on the menu.

ALSO SEE: Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks

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Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza’s biggest selling feature is standard all-wheel drive, but that’s not all this small sedan or five-door hatch has going for it. An IIHS Top Safety Pick+ thanks to its superior front-crash prevention technology, excellent headlights, and all-around structural integrity, this Subaru is a jack-of-all-trades. A 2.0-liter boxer-four provides 152 ponies, while an available continuously variable transmission helps deliver up to 38 miles per gallon on the highway.

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Kia Soul

Another top choice for young drivers is the Kia Soul. A style-focused hatchback-crossover-thing, this segment-blurring icon has been totally redesigned for the 2020 model year. Not only does it look cool, but it’s also versatile, well-built, and offers loads of technology, like standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Most models of the Soul feature a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, but you can also get a 1.6-liter turbo with 201 ponies. No matter what’s under the hood, this Kia is an excellent choice for teens.

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Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf has always been popular with young motorists, likely because it has cachet thanks to its buttoned-down looks and no-nonsense interior. Starting at around $22,000, this versatile VW gives you a lot for your money, like a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 147 horsepower. There’s also standard blind-spot monitoring and even forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. But perhaps best of all, the Golf comes with a standard six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. It may not be as reliable as a Toyota, but that guarantee is tough to top.

SEE ALSO: 5 Fun, Low-Horsepower Cars

 

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Honda Civic

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But perhaps the best new car for young drivers is the Honda Civic. This nameplate has a long track record of dependable and economical service, providing transportation to millions of people around the world. It’s super safe, starts at about $20,000, sips fuel, drives well, offers lots of tech, and is even available in a wide range of flavors. You can get sedan, coupe, hatchback, sporty Si and ultra-high-performance Type R versions of the Civic, meaning there’s something there for practically everyone, even teens.

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Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks: 2019 https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/04/top-5-best-awd-hatchbacks-2019.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/04/top-5-best-awd-hatchbacks-2019.html#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 13:38:42 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=772338 Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks: 2019 Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks: 2019
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There aren’t many all-wheel-drive hatchback vehicles on sale in North America these days.

After all, most consumers will just buy a crossover or SUV if they are in the market for a spacious vehicle with AWD. Many are willing to pay a little more and sacrifice a small amount of fuel economy in exchange for added capability, ride comfort, and a higher driving position, and it’s easy to see why. A small market still exists for sportier, compact all-wheel-drive hatches, however. Often more affordable than their crossover counterparts, an AWD hatchback is a good option for people who still want the extra confidence that four-wheel traction offers but don’t feel that they need something as tall as a crossover and want to save some money.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Station Wagons: 2019

In this list, we’ll count down our favorite all-wheel-drive hatchback vehicles on sale in North America. Like we mentioned previously, though, the list of all-wheel drive hatches on sale in the U.S. and Canada is exceedingly small, so we didn’t have a very large pool of vehicles to choose from in the first place. Consumers are beginning to value practicality and capability more and more, though, so perhaps this will change in the coming years.

Here are AutoGuide’s Top 5 Best AWD Hatchbacks for 2019.

Best AWD Hatchbacks

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback (Not Available in U.S.)

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class will only be sold as a sedan in the U.S. market, but Canadian consumers will have a choice between the sedan and the hatchback bodystyles. All-wheel drive is optional on this little German runabout (front-wheel drive is standard), which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only available transmission.

When we drove the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, we said it the automaker had “completely rewritten the luxury compact car,” rulebook with the new entry into the segment. We particularly liked its technology, which is hard (if not impossible) to find at this price point elsewhere in the industry. It’s too bad this one isn’t available in the U.S.

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ALSO SEE: 2019 Mercedes A-Class: 7 Things to Love and 2 to Hate


Toyota Prius AWD

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We’re kind of cheating by allowing the Toyota Prius AWD on this list. It’s more of a liftback than a hatchback, but Toyota really upped the appeal of the Prius by adding AWD for the 2019 model year, in our opinion, so we’re making a concession. AWD vehicles are also less efficient than two-wheel drive ones, but the Prius AWD is similarly efficient to the FWD model.

With this change, the Prius is now more of a realistic option for those living in Canada and northern parts of the U.S. This AWD system is a little different than a traditional one, consisting of a single electric motor on the rear axle that powers the rear wheels from zero to 6 mph for better acceleration and then up to speeds of 43 mph when slippage is detected.

Toyota says the Prius AWD is one of the most fuel-efficient AWD vehicles on sale in America — and it has a convenient liftback to boot. This is a hard package to fault, although the looks are still a bit questionable, don’t you think?

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SEE ALSO: Top 10 Practical Performance Vehicles


Volkswagen Golf R

What’s not to like about the VW Golf R? It has a 288-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission — all stuffed into a refined and practical hatchback package. There’s also an optional DSG seven-speed automatic transmission if that’s more up your alley. As the only performance-oriented vehicle on this list, it’s definitely a winner.

Don’t forget about the optional VW Spektrum exterior colors either, which consist of more than 40 different exterior body colors for the Golf R, including bold shades of green, pink, purple, yellow, blue and more.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers

The only downside to the Golf R is that it’s the only Golf model with AWD and it’s also the range-topping Golf variant. That means you have to spend quite a bit of money to get AWD in VWs popular hatchback. Maybe that will change for the upcoming MK8 Golf.

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Mazda3

The redesigned 2019 Mazda3 is available with optional all-wheel drive. The updated hatchback is powered by Mazda’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes 186 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Sharp looks, a refined interior, and a slick 8.8-inch touchscreen also sweeten the deal.

It’s unclear if the optional SkyActiv-X spark controlled compression ignition gasoline engine, which promises to be ultra efficient and both fun-to-drive, will be offered with AWD in the Mazda3. It’s also not clear when the Skyactiv-X engine will arrive in the North America Mazda3, with the Japanese automaker electing to put it on sale in Europe first.

The only downside here is that you cannot get the Mazda3’s six-speed manual transmission with AWD.

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ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best AWD Coupes


Subaru Impreza

Completing our list is the Subaru Impreza. Until Mazda introduced AWD to the Mazda3, this was really the only true inexpensive, all-wheel-drive hatchback on sale in the United States and Canada.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Cars for Teens – The Short List

Powering the 2019 Subaru Impreza 5-door is a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated boxer engine, which is rated at 152 hp and 145 lb-ft. Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system is standard, as is a five-speed manual transmission. A CVT automatic is also available as an option.

The Impreza is inexpensive, no-nonsense, practical and safe — all areas that we feel are important to buyers who are in the market for all-wheel drive hatchbacks. All of these qualities make it one of the best AWD hatchbacks you can buy.

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Mazda Finally Offers CX-5 with Diesel Engine in North America https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/04/mazda-finally-offers-diesel-in-the-2019-cx-5.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/04/mazda-finally-offers-diesel-in-the-2019-cx-5.html#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 21:44:49 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=773280 Mazda Finally Offers CX-5 with Diesel Engine in North America Mazda Finally Offers CX-5 with Diesel Engine in North America
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Mazda is making good on a promise that it made back when the new CX-5 first debuted by finally offering its compact crossover with a diesel powertrain.

The Skyactiv-D motor will be offered on the Signature trim of the 2019 Mazda CX-5, meaning customers can choose between two uplevel engines: a 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and this 2.2-liter twin-turbocharged diesel engine. This new engine makes just 168 horsepower, which is actually less than the base (non-turbocharged) 2.5-liter engine puts out, but the diesel has a significant amount of torque with 290 lb-ft. Peak horsepower comes in at 4,000 rpm, but the torque arrives at 2,000 rpm, meaning this CX-5 should feel like a blast off the line.  

See Also: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Review

This is likely paired to a six-speed automatic, but customers can only get all-wheel-drive for the diesel-powered CX-5 Signature model. The fuel economy numbers for this powertrain have been shared, and they’re a decent bump over the other CX-5s with a city rating of 27 MPG and a highway rating of 30 MPG, leading to 28 MPG combined.

The diesel-powered CX-5 Signature AWD will set buyers back $41,000 and the car is offered in four colors: Black, White, and Mazda’s signature colors, Machine Grey and Soul Red.

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Buyers looking for an alternative powertrain in this segment have only a few options, like the RAV4 Hybrid, which earns 40 MPG combined, an upgrade of 12 more MPGs than this CX-5, yet it only offers 219 horsepower. A fully loaded Toyota RAV4 Limited Hybrid AWD will set buyers back $39,615 (before destination) meaning customers have a tough decision to make when it comes to alternative fuels: lots of MPGs with a Toyota, or a ton of torque in the Mazda. We can’t wait to bring you that head-to-head in the near future.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Diesel Cars You Can Buy in the US

 

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Mazda’s Unique Approach to Better Fuel Economy https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/03/mazda-s-unique-approach-to-saving-fuel.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/03/mazda-s-unique-approach-to-saving-fuel.html#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:43:35 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=767254 Mazda’s Unique Approach to Better Fuel Economy Mazda’s Unique Approach to Better Fuel Economy
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Automakers around the world are under intense pressure to cut the amount of fuel their vehicles consume and the byproducts expelled from tailpipes. True to form, Mazda is going its own way.

Instead of hybridizing its entire lineup or offering diesel engines across the board, this small Japanese carmaker is striving to optimize its range for each market served. And it seems to be working. The EPA has ranked Mazda as the most efficient automaker in the United States five years in a row, despite having no EVs or hybrids in its lineup.

“We are taking [the] approach of well-to-wheel, not just tailpipe emission,” said Masahiro Moro, the chairman and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. At least for the near-term, internal combustion is still the way to go for many markets around the world, provided you can make it as efficient as possible. “I think this is [a] much better way because [of] how each country generates electricity,” added Moro. While nuclear, solar and renewable sources certainly help, many places burn copious quantities of oil and coal to generate their power, which, obviously, in turn, produces large amounts of CO2.

“[The] internal-combustion engine, I think it is a foundation and I believe it is right for us. And then we step by step couple [it] with electrification devices,” said Moro. “That’s we call [a] building-block strategy,” and it’s the one Mazda is implementing today.

SEE ALSO: Is Mazda a Luxury Brand?

This approach means the automaker won’t offer the same powertrains in every global market. Europe has extremely challenging CO2 standards, so Moro said that’s where they’ll provide more electrified powertrains. But on this side of the Atlantic, “In [the] USA we have different requirements [in] different states. But overall, compared to Europe, it’s still milder,” so, at least for the time being, Mazda will focus on building more efficient internal-combustion engines.

“But in the future, even talking about the USA,” explained Moro, “Beyond 2025, I believe the market requires us to couple with a small mild hybrid or [a] bigger hybrid. And we are ready to do that.” Changes are in the works, even if the company is not ready to release anything just yet.

 

This electrification push could even include Mazda’s beloved sports car. Speaking through an interpreter, Masashi Nakayama, chief designer of the MX-5 Miata said, “Of course, Mazda wants to help support saving the planet… [so] we don’t limit the methods of how to reduce CO2 emissions.” But if they add electrification to the Miata, it cannot take away from the car’s legendary driving dynamics. Nakayama said “we want to have that alternative, of course, for the MX-5 as well,” though they are unwilling to make the vehicle any bigger or heavier by adding the required batteries and motors.

“X” Marks the Spot

Mazda developed a revolutionary new internal-combustion engine design called Skyactiv-X. Thanks to something the automaker calls spark-controlled compression ignition, it promises to deliver diesel-like fuel economy and reduced emissions, though curiously it’s not coming to the U.S., at least not right now.

Skyactiv-X is an ideal fit for North America, so not offering it here seems counterintuitive. But Moro said this is because they are carefully deploying it region by region “making sure all the quality is right to arrive at the USA.” He also noted that fuel quality and customer needs are different around the world, factors that play a role in the engine’s performance.

SEE ALSO: We Explain Mazda’s Fancy New Skyactiv-X Engine Tech in Layman’s Terms

Simply put, Moro said Mazda doesn’t have enough experience with Skyactiv-X to offer it across the board just yet, but it will come to the U.S. in the future as environmental regulations get tighter. For now, in terms of fuel efficiency, performance and responsiveness he added, “I think our Skyactiv generation-one engine is still leading the industry.”

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The Delayed Diesel

Offering diesel as an under-hood option is an obvious way to improve a vehicle’s fuel economy, though the engine technology has not necessarily had great success in the U.S. and is currently under siege in Europe. Both regions have strict emissions standards that make oil-burning powerplants expensive.

ALSO SEE: The Simple Reason Why Mazda No Longer Benchmarks BMW

Mazda had planned to offer American motorists a diesel engine for years, but it’s been postponed numerous times. Moro said he’s a bit ashamed they keep delaying this introduction, but he did say “we are in the final phase” and that the world “will hear from me in [the] not-distant future about what we are doing for diesel engine.”

Historically, compression-ignition passenger cars have not been big sellers, but their advocates are fierce. “I know how they [drivers] are loyal to that engine,” said Moro. “We are happy if we are able to serve those customers still looking for their beloved diesel engine.”

To ensure its compression-ignition powerplants meet all government requirements, Mazda has been working in tandem with the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Moro said they want to be 100 percent in compliance with every regulatory obligation, so customers and their cars are protected.

In global markets, Mazda currently offers a range of diesel engines, including a 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D that delivers 181 horsepower in certain applications. This would be the most likely candidate for America.

A Rotary Revival?

The thing Mazda is probably most famous for is its Miata roadster, which has delighted drivers for three decades. What else is this automaker renowned for? Rotary engines.

SEE ALSO: Mazda6 Turbo Review – VIDEO

But does the high-winding Wankel have any future in Mazda’s lineup? “Technology-wise we have a team… working on both the environmental side as a generator and a power source side as well,” said Moro. “But we still don’t have a particular product plan yet.”

Rotary engines have a bevy of issues, from heavy emissions to low fuel economy to questionable longevity, so the sun has likely set on this propulsion technology in the automotive space. But Moro said “Mazda is a company that never give(s) up.” He said we may see a new rotary engine at an auto show in the future, or maybe not.

ALSO SEE: Where is Mazda From and Where are Mazdas Made?

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Is Mazda a Luxury Brand? https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/03/is-mazda-a-luxury-brand-.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/03/is-mazda-a-luxury-brand-.html#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:56:27 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=766638 Is Mazda a Luxury Brand? Is Mazda a Luxury Brand?
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Compared to industry juggernauts like Honda and Toyota, Mazda is tiny. Offsetting its size disparity, this scrappy automotive upstart from Hiroshima, Japan cultivates a more upscale image than its major domestic rivals. 

But is it a luxury brand? Masahiro Moro, now the chairman and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, explained their vehicles do tend to attract customers that are more affluent than the industry average, a strong indicator of the brand’s premium positioning, and an advantage other automakers would love to have.

“There are a number of different premiums, right? The German premiums, Japanese premiums, American premiums, super-premiums, there are many different territories,” explained Moro. “But we try to keep our unique position.” He wants Mazda “to always be unique to the mainstream,” which is something they seem to have achieved.

SEE ALSO: Mazda6 Turbo Review – VIDEO

“Yeah, I think the customers right now are finding Mazda as a very good, smart alternative to other premium brand(s),” said Moro. Vehicles equipped with the company’s high-end Signature trim level feature luxury-car styling, interior materials, craftsmanship and amenities.

For Signature-equipped models, Moro noted, “Our customers’ average profile in terms of, for example, household income is more than $130,000, which is very high.” That certainly sounds like luxury, but with Mazda’s more mainstream models he noted that figure is around $80,000 or $90,000, certainly a good place to be and one that’s in the upper-middle range of premium brands.

ALSO SEE: The Simple Reason Why Mazda No Longer Benchmarks BMW

Why the H*ll Does the 2020 Mazda3 Have a Torsion-Beam Rear Suspension?

Aside from its well-trimmed interiors and thoughtful features, a couple other major things separate Mazda vehicles from the crowd. “I think design and driving dynamics are absolutely guaranteed,” said Moro. “Those two characteristics… absolutely define Mazda as Mazda.”

Aside from exhaustive chassis development work and tuning, helping deliver that exceptional on-road performance are special engines. Generally, Mazda’s powerplants are strong, smooth running and economical to operate. Exactly what customers demand in high-end vehicles.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Review

“I think probably our approach to, for example, internal combustion engine design, everything is pretty unique compared to mainstream,” said Moro. Their 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that’s offered in the Mazda6 sedan and CX-9 crossover is specially tuned to deliver tons of low-speed torque, up to 310 pound-feet, which makes everyday driving a breeze. The firm’s naturally aspirated engines are likewise a joy to operate, free-revving and smooth.


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Mazda may not compete directly with Mercedes-Benz or Lexus, but in recent years, it’s certainly transformed into a premium brand by offering more luxury than mainstream competitors.

ALSO SEE: Where is Mazda From and Where are Mazdas Made?

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Winners and Losers from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – The Short List https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/03/winners-and-losers-from-the-2019-geneva-motor-show-the-short-list.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/03/winners-and-losers-from-the-2019-geneva-motor-show-the-short-list.html#respond Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:40:36 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=765180 Winners and Losers from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – The Short List Winners and Losers from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – The Short List
Another Geneva Motor Show is in the rear-view mirror, which means it’s time for us to start making fun of all the stuff we didn’t like. Accordingly, here’s our obligatory list of winners and losers, a specially curated selection of vehicles hand picked by the AutoGuide.com staff. For a little extra balance, we’ve also included... more]]>
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Another Geneva Motor Show is in the rear-view mirror, which means it’s time for us to start making fun of all the stuff we didn’t like.

Accordingly, here’s our obligatory list of winners and losers, a specially curated selection of vehicles hand picked by the AutoGuide.com staff. For a little extra balance, we’ve also included a few undecided options.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Geneva Motor Coverage


WINNER: Vanquish Vision Concept

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Aston Martin is firing on all cylinders, debuting a trio of design studies in Switzerland. Arguably the coolest of the bunch is this, the Vanquish Vision Concept. Despite the McLaren-esque proportions, it previews the British Brand’s first mid-engine production model. In typical fashion, it features an aluminum structure, but what’s not expected for Aston Martin is the power source, a turbocharged and hybridized V6.

ALSO SEE: Aston Martin Unveils Three Stunning New Concept Cars


WINNER: Honda e Prototype

Next up, something at the opposite end of the spectrum. Honda’s e Prototype hints at the Japanese brand’s first battery-electric production vehicle. An urban runabout, it offers a driving range of 200-kilometers – about 125 miles – and can be charged to 80 percent capacity in as little as 30 minutes. Unusual for a Honda, this car is rear-wheel drive. The production model is slated to debut later this year as a 2020 model, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show.


WINNER: Alfa Romeo Tonale

crossovers, Crossovers, CROSSOVERS! The world just can’t get enough of these things. Helping satiate demand, Alfa Romeo unveiled a new premium compact SUV in Geneva. Smaller than their acclaimed Stelvio, Tonale is the Italian brand’s first plug-in hybrid. Basically, zero details about its drivetrain have been shared at this time, but it promises best-in-segment dynamics, which we’d expect it to deliver. With classic styling and a sweeping interior, it at least looks like a winner.


WINNER: Bugatti La Voiture Noire

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Now for what was perhaps the star of this year’s Geneva show, a mega-pricey, one-off creation from Bugatti. Called La Voiture Noire, which translates rather fittingly to “the black car,” this creation was clearly inspired by Darth Vader, or the legendary Type 57 SC Atlantic. Your pick…

Power is provided by a 16-cylinder engine that delivers about 1,500 horses. This one-of-one grand-tourer sold for nearly $13 million. Whoever bought it can sleep soundly at night knowing that nobody else is going to roll in in a La Voiture Noire at their local cars and coffee.


UNDECIDED: Mazda CX-30

Shifting gears, let’s focus on a few of Geneva’s UNDECIDED reveals. And the new Mazda CX-30 crossover is a bit of a head-scratcher. Size-wise, it’s intended to slot between the CX-3 and CX-5 models. But this raises a couple questions: One, why do they need a vehicle sandwiched in the middle of these two offerings? And two, shouldn’t it just be called CX-4? On the plus side, this thing is beautifully styled and will likely be brilliant to drive.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Engines of 2019


UNDECIDED: Subaru Viziv Concept

The Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept is yet another installment of the automaker’s Viziv range of design studies. It showcases the bolder, more exciting direction Subaru styling is supposedly heading. While we certainly wouldn’t call it ugly, neither is it breathtaking. Of course, since this is a concept, powertrain, pricing and other details are unknown, but we’d still bet this is an early look at the next-generation Crosstrek. Your thoughts?


UNDECIDED: Volkswagen ID BUGGY

The last UNDECIDED vehicle on this list is the Volkswagen ID BUGGY concept. A battery-powered dune-hopper, it demonstrates what the company can do with its advanced MEB electric-vehicle architecture. This thing’s got a 62 kWh battery and a 201-horsepower motor, both of which can deliver 62 miles an hour in as little as 7.2 seconds. The ID BUGGY is kind of cool, and there are rumblings they’ll actually build it, but we shall see if it makes it to production without being completely watered down.


LOSER: Imagine by Kia

Moving on to the LOSERS, we start with the Imagine by Kia concept, which may have the worst name of the entire Geneva show. Predictably, it’s an all-electric design study that vaguely resembles a crossover. It’s got a six-layer paint job, 22-inch wheels and even a continuous piece of glass that forms both the windshield and roof. Upping the ridiculousness, it’s gussied up with 21 individual screens inside, like someone shuffled a stack of smartphones. According to the press release it’s “designed to get your pulse racing.” Yeah, OK.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Detroit Auto Show Winners and Losers — The Short List


LOSER: Ginetta Akula

With supercars, you expect certain design flair, but the Ginetta Akula is just too friggin’ weird. This thing’s got more gills than a school of sardines! Unsurprisingly for an exotic, it’s made of carbon fiber and features a mid-mounted engine. It also brandishes 600 horsepower and can hit 200 miles an hour. Aside from the design, there’s another BIG downside. It costs more than half-a-million dollars.


LOSER: Smart Forease+

And the last LOSER we’ve got here is the Smart Forease+, which made its official debut in Geneva. If you remember back to the Paris show last fall, the automaker revealed a concept called the Forease. Well, this is essentially the same thing but with a removable roof. It’s kind of like microwaving leftovers, right?

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New Mazda CX-30 Crossover Debuts to Fit Between CX-3 and CX-5 https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/03/new-mazda-cx-30-introduced-to-fit-between-cx-3-and-cx-5.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/03/new-mazda-cx-30-introduced-to-fit-between-cx-3-and-cx-5.html#respond Tue, 05 Mar 2019 16:02:41 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=764250 New Mazda CX-30 Crossover Debuts to Fit Between CX-3 and CX-5 New Mazda CX-30 Crossover Debuts to Fit Between CX-3 and CX-5
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Lost in all the news of the fancy supercars debuting at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show is the reveal of a new Mazda crossover. Called the Mazda CX-30, this all-new vehicle will sit between the CX-3 subcompact crossover and CX-5 compact crossover.

Simply put, this is a new crossover based on the Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture that underpins the latest Mazda3. It’s bigger than the CX-3 yet smaller than the CX-5, offering just enough space for four adults in a stylish package. With sleek, uninterrupted lines, the new Mazda CX-30 certainly has a clean design, but the body cladding surrounding the wheel arches may seem a bit excessive, making the wheels look relatively small. The Mazda CX-30 will be offered with nine paint finishes including Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, and Polymetal Gray, which was originally developed for the new Mazda3.

ALSO SEE: Here’s Why the 2020 Mazda3 Has a Torsion-Beam Rear Suspension

The interior seems upscale and attractive, with a high-end layout that’s centered around driver engagement. Everything is oriented towards the driver, and you’ll find fancy stitching on a dash, giving the CX-30 a premium flair. There are two special interior color schemes available, one with dark brown accents that are combined with leather interior, and a blue accented interior that is fitted with cloth or leatherette upholstery.

The design team at Mazda went to great lengths to ensure that the CX-30 covered as many bases as possible in terms of ergonomics. There are wide openings for the door thanks to the shape and height of the seat cushions and B-pillars. The A and C-pillars are also thin and help with visibility by reducing blind spots.

The infotainment system has also been redone, featuring an 8.8-inch widescreen display with a rotary knob controller. There are two sound systems offered on the CX-30, a standard 8-speaker setup, and an uplevel Bose 12-speaker setup. In addition to these features, the Mazda boasts improvements in terms of noise levels inside the cabin, suppressing unwanted noise to create what the automaker calls “high-quality quietness.”

Under the hood, the CX-30 is being exhibited with a few powertrains including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Skyactiv-G engine that features cylinder deactivation. There is also the upcoming Skyactiv-X compression ignition combustion engine promised for the new crossover. Both engines will us Mazda’s M Hybrid system to improve fuel economy. A 1.8-liter diesel engine is also offered in certain markets, although it’s unlikely to make the jump to North America.

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Mazda is offering only details on an all-wheel-drive CX-30, so it’s unclear if this is the only setup for the crossover. The i-Activ AWD system works in harmony with the brand’s G-Vectoring Control system to provide a better sense of steering and handling. There will also be G-Vectoring Control Plus, which adds yaw moment control via braking to ensure the vehicle has better stability during emergency avoidance situations and high-speed maneuvers.

The CX-30 also features a bunch of safety systems, including Mazda’s Driver Monitoring system which uses an infrared camera and LED to monitor the driver’s condition while driving. There is also a front-traffic alert system, which will alert drivers who are pulling into a busy intersection.

We’d love to give more details about the CX-30, like availability and pricing, but so far, that information has been scarce. We’ll be sure to report that information when it’s announced.

ALSO SEE: Where is Mazda From and Where are Mazdas Made?

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Where is Mazda From and Where are Mazdas Made? https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/02/where-is-mazda-from-and-where-are-mazdas-made-.html https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2019/02/where-is-mazda-from-and-where-are-mazdas-made-.html#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:45:53 +0000 https://www.autoguide.com/?p=760086 Where is Mazda From and Where are Mazdas Made? Where is Mazda From and Where are Mazdas Made?
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Mazda has been a popular brand in North America for ages now and is well regarded by enthusiasts for the massively fun MX-5 Miata, along with its well-sorted lineup of spritely sedans and crossovers.

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Some people may not know where Mazda originated from, though, nor where the automaker builds its cars. In this post, we’re going to provide a brief overview of the history of Mazda, and list the various manufacturing facilities the company operates that serve the North American market.

Where is Mazda From?

The company that we know today as Mazda Motor Corporation was first incorporated as Toyo Cork Kogyo Co., Ltd. in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1920 and later changed its name to Toyo Kogyo Co. in 1927. It first manufactured industrial tools before introducing the Mazdago, a three-wheeled truck/motorcycle. Mazda still has its global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Review

The company did not officially change its name to Mazda until 1984, although every vehicle it had produced bore the Mazda name as part of its model title. The company produced its first real car in 1960, the Mazda R360, and entered the North American market in 1970 with the RX-2. Its use of the Wankel rotary engine helped it rise to prominence in North America, although the automaker no longer produces an engine of this design right now.

Where Are Mazdas Made?

Unlike its Japanese rivals like Honda and Toyota, Mazda does not build very many vehicles in North America. The majority of Mazda’s production happens in Japan, with the automaker operating only a handful of manufacturing facilities abroad.

ALSO SEE: Where Is Honda From and Where Are Hondas Made?

Mazda Hiroshima Plant – Aki, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Mazda3

Mazda6

Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-9

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda Miyoshi Plant – Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Four-cylinder engines

Mazda Hofu Plant – Hōfu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Mazda3

Mazda6

Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-5

Mazda Salamanca Plant (Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation) – Salamanca, Mexico

Mazda3 (for North America)

Alabama Plant (under construction) – Huntsville, Alabama, USA

Production allocation to be announced, partnership with Toyota

SEE ALSO: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Review

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