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The 2019 Mazda Miata Is Doing The Dang Thing And Bringing 181 HP To America

Just over a week ago, Mazda Japan announced its 2019 Mazda Miata—the light, little car everyone either loves (or hates because everyone else loves it)—will go up to 181 horsepower and a 7,500-RPM redline. It was a huge jump from the current car’s power, but nothing was confirmed for other markets. Until now.Read more… Continue […]

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Lawsuit Claims $1.6-Billion Toyota-Mazda Factory Could Push Fish Species To Extinction

During the entire last half of 2017, more than a dozen U.S. states were making a fuss to become the site of a $1.6-billion production plant for Toyota and Mazda. Now that the companies have picked Alabama, the fuss has changed—the plant could put a rare fish species at risk of extinction, according to a […]

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If You Want To Know How Good Modern Cars Are, Drive A Cheap Small Car Now

There’s a Plymouth Colt that lives in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. The name alone should tell you how old it is, and what it is—a miserable shitbox of a car from the 1980s. I don’t know how long it’s been living there, since at least 2003, I’m told, but one thing is for sure: it’s […]

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The Turbocharged 2018 Mazda 6 Is Nicer But It’s No Four-Door Miata

The 2018 Mazda 6 is prettier than ever, and its top-trim interior is downright elegant. It also finally has the thing we’ve been craving from this sporty midsize sedan for years now—more power. But despite improvements to the suspension and an extra 60-plus horses from a new turbocharger, this 6 feels like a move…Read more… […]

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These Japanese Automakers Have Fascinating Histories Behind Their Names

By now, we know that there are more accurate ways to pronounce the names of Japanese automakers than the ones that we dumb Americans have been using. Mazda, for instance, is pronounced “Matsuda” in Japan. But did you know that there are also very fascinating historical and cultural reasons behind some of these names?Read more… […]

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How Do Mazda’s Engineers Reduce Turbo Lag In SkyActiv Engines?

Automakers are obsessed with turbocharging everything at the moment, being that consumers are demanding ever more power and low-end torque feel from their cars, while attempting to meet fuel economy expectations at the same time. That low-end boost is provided a number of ways, but effectively manufacturers desire the…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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I Went Into Mazda’s Secret Basement And Entered Rotary Heaven

Underneath a quiet office building in even-quieter Irvine, California, there rests some of the loudest, strangest, most glorious race cars and historic cars ever made. This is Mazda’s hidden basement in Southern California, something few people even inside the company ever see. What’s funny is it didn’t start out as…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Mazda Was So Small In The 1980s That It Put Off The Miata To Make A Minivan

It’s hard to put the success of the Mazda Miata into perspective, a unbelievably huge hit from a rather small company. How small? Small enough that Mazda didn’t have enough money to to put out the Miata and a minivan at the same time, and it chose the minivan first.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Here’s What ‘Compression Ratio’ Actually Means And Why It Matters

You’ve heard the term compression ratio before, but have you ever wondered exactly what it means? Well, it’s time to explain exactly what compression ratio is, and why every carmaker is now obsessed with it like it was the Holy Grail.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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