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An early look at the new MX-5

Mazda has just thrown the keys to a base model pre-production MX-5 to a handful of motoring journos. The MX-5 is never going to win any horsepower wars and the test cars have been powered by a 1.5 litre/130hp normally aspirated engine which eschews the car’s raison d’être. The MX-5 is about being nimble, basic […]

Mazda announces Global MX-5 Cup

For as long as there’s been an Mazda MX-5 owners have been taking the lightweight sportscars to the track. There’s still a very active following of MX-5 clubs around the world and that legacy will continue and be taken to the next level with the announcement of the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup. This Global MX-5 […]

Watch the US launch of the new Mazda MX-5

If you couldn’t watch the live stream of yesterday’s US launch of the Mazda MX-5 then you’re in luck, because it’s available for you after the break. Hosting the event from Monterey in Calfornia was Derek Jenkins, Mazda Director of Design. As we’ve come to realise there wasn’t a lot of technical detail revealed in […]

Fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 revealed

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So we now have our hands on all the press material Mazda has released with this initial launch of the fourth-generation MX-5. We can say that we do like the design quite a lot at first viewing in this two-dimensional form. This ND MX-5 is the most different from its three predecessors, although Mazda will […]

Yes, this is the new Mazda MX-5

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The leak was right, this is the fourth generation Mazda MX-5. Full technical details and more pictures will follow later today. The good news is the ND MX-5 is 100kg less than the model it replaces and has the lowest centre of gravity of any MX-5 yet built. It will feature Mazda’s Skyactiv-G petrol engines […]

Is this the new Mazda MX-5?

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The fourth generation ND Mazda MX-5 will be revealed with a special worldwide launch later today (well, early tomorrow morning for us Australians) and while renderings come and go, this one has a bit more behind it. It was first posted to the forum’s California section on Monday by a user called sethofdeath with […]

Is the Mazda RX-7 coming back?

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Word from Autocar in the UK says the Mazda RX-7 is on its way back and it will be on sale before the end of 2016. It’s only 18 months or so since the world lost the rotary engine for good. Or so we thought. While Mazda officials are officially saying there are “no concrete […]

Waiting for the karma bus to arrive

More often than not track days are fun. If you like them the next step is amateur level club racing. That can be fun too. You get out on track, with like minded souls wanting to push themselves and their cars to the limits. Sadly, sometimes some club racers confuse ambition for talent. Sometimes they […]

Like father, like grandson?

Matthew Brabham, grandson of Sir Jack and son of Geoff, has added to the family trophy cabinet by taking out the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship. Young Brabs secured his latest title with a pair of victories at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in Quebec on the weekend. It’s a fitting result for the Andretti Autosport […]

2014 Mazda3 in detail

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Mazda has not long released info on the all-new Mazda3 sedan, which goes with last month’s debut of the hatchback model. So here’s a mega photo gallery for you featuring over 80 images of the sedan and hatch. The third-gen Mazda3 is sure to become another worldwide sales success for the independent manufacturer. If the […]

Third-generation Mazda3 revealed

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The Mazda3 has just celebrated its tenth birthday and what better way to build on its impressive legacy than by releasing an all-new model. And that’s just what Mazda did overnight, hosting a special preview event in Melbourne, ahead of launches to follow in New York, London, St Petersburg and Istanbul. As you can see […]

VIDEO: Sideways on New Zealand’s Crown Range

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Kiwi drifter Mad Mike Whiddett has been let loose on one of the world’s great roads, The Crown Range, just out of Queenstown on the South Island. Red Bull has picked up the tab and Mazda has supplied to go fast bits. Can’t say a competition-ready drift car would be our weapon of choice for […]

Over 1500 Mazda6 models affected by recall

Mazda Australia says 1531 Australian delivered new Mazda6 models are affected by a recall which numbers 15,000 vehicles worldwide. According to Mazda there is a potential fault with the DC/DC converter, positioned beneath the front passenger’s seat, that in worst cases could cause a fire. Mazda will replace the convertor at no cost to the […]

New vehicle sales report – December 2012

A round of applause for Australia’s car buying public who achieved an all-time record of 1,112,032 sales in 2012. It’s only the fifth time Australians have bought more than 1 million cars in a calendar year. Last year’s results represent an overall increase of 10.3% (103,595 sales) compared with 2011. FCAI Chief Executive, Tony Weber, […]