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Chris Harris capitulates on his hatred for the Mazda MX-5 Miata… sort of

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 11th, 2012

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Chris Harris Mazda MX-5

Chris Harris and the Mazda MX-5 Miata have a bit of a checkered past. The infamous auto writer once sank his teeth into the little Japanese convertible and didn’t stop until he drew blood, saying he was “completely ambivalent to the existence” of the machine, and that it drove “with all the precision of a boneless limb.” For reasons that don’t need enunciation, Harris has received plenty of flack over those comments. Now he’s taken the time to give the Miata another shot to see if he was misguided in his derision.

What’s the verdict? Harris says he may have been a little too hard on the Miata on the first go around. But that doesn’t mean he’s recanting his original point of view. He’s still not sold on the fact that the Mazda is a legitimate sports car. We would counter by saying that may be true for someone who parks a Ferrari 599 in his garage every night. The rest of us are happy to get our hands on anything that even remotely resembles a proper-handling machine. Check out the video below.

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Mazda Sollers Holds Ceremony to Commemorate Establishment of Russian Joint Venture [PDF format]

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 6th, 2012


2014 Mazda6 Wagon shakes its rump

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 5th, 2012

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Mazda has given the world a glimpse of the 2014 Mazda6 Wagon ahead of its debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The slinky five-door will bow in Europe and Japan with a Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine in both standard and high-output configurations. Buyers who prefer a gasoline engine can opt for either 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter direct-injection four-cylinders. Mazda hasn’t said what we can expect to see in terms of transmission options, but the company has made it clear the 2014 Mazda6 Wagon will make use of a new brake energy regeneration system called i-Eloop.

The new Mazda6 Wagon will show off under the lights of the Paris Motor Show starting on September 27. Public days run from September 29 through October 14. In the interim, you can check out the images above and the brief press release below for more information.

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2014 Mazda6 Wagon shakes its rump originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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World Premiere of All-New Mazda6 Wagon at 2012 Paris Motor Show

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 5th, 2012


Alfa Romeo’s version of Mazda MX-5 Miata to be costlier, offer own engines

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 4th, 2012

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Geneva 2010: Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta concept by Pininfarina - front three-quarter view

If this comes to pass, it shouldn’t be a surprise in the least, but What Car? is reporting that the Alfa Romeo version of the roadster it is co-developing with Mazda will be more expensive than the MX-5 Miata upon which it is based. Alfa’s market perception alone would seem to encourage that scenario, but it sounds like intentionally avoiding competition is also be at play, as Mazda’s CEO has told the magazine that “the two cars were unlikely to be priced or positioned to compete against each other.”

The Miata is predicted to bow as early as year (we’re hearing it will likely be later), the Alfa version in 2015. Although both are expected to be built at Mazda’s plant in Hiroshima, Japan the roadsters will get engines from their respective parent companies. The MX-5 is speculated to get its motivation from a 1.3-liter, 200-horsepower four-cylinder. But if Alfa wanted to charge a little more for a MultiAir-engined, 300-horsepower production version of the Pininfarina-penned 2uettottanta concept showed off at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show… well, we’d have nothing bad to say about it.

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