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World Car finalists announced

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 13th, 2014

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2013 World Car Awards

The 2014 World Car of the Year Awards are set to be handed out at the upcoming New York International Auto Show, meaning now is about the time we can start talking about finalists. The official list has been published and we’ll admit, there are some surprising entries here.

Selected by 69 jurors from around the world, the list includes some obvious entries – the new Audi A3, Cadillac CTS and Ford Fusion/Mondeo, along with some other, unexpected cars. The polarizing Jeep Cherokee and Lexus IS both made the cut.

We have the entire list of potential winners available in the official WCOTY press release, and we’ve assembled a gallery of the finalists at the top of the page. You can also scroll down to see the finalists for the luxury, performance, green and design awards. Three finalists will be announced from each group at the Geneva Motor Show, before the winners are announced in the Big Apple.

The 2013 World Car of the Year (shown above) was handed to the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf. Scroll down for the official press release, and then be sure to head to Comments and let us know what you agree and disagree with.

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World Car finalists announced originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Consumer Reports digs Mazda3, disses Jeep Cherokee

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 11th, 2014

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2014 Mazda3

2014 Jeep CherokeeConsumer Reports has just rendered its verdict on two of the more important cars to launch this year – the Mazda3 and the Jeep Cherokee. Considering the value a “Recommended” rating carries with the public and the viciously competitive markets these two cars compete in, Consumer Reports‘ view could have some impact on their initial success.

For Mazda, that’s a good thing. CR spoke quite highly of the Zoom-Zoom brand’s compact sedan and hatch, testing both models, and citing the excellent fuel economy and snickety-snack manual shifter as high points. Downsides to the 3 included a ride that is agile but “nervous,” a bit too much noise and a cramped back seat. Still, the 3 was good enough to earn its place in the ranks of the “Recommended.”

The Jeep didn’t fare quite so well, with CR calling the polarizing CUV “half-baked.” Although both engines were tested, the magazine called the 2.4-liter four-pot underpowered and its nine-speed automatic unrefined and unresponsive. That’s particularly damning, considering the 9AT’s role in future Chrysler products, including the extremely important 200. Overall, the Cherokee missed out on the coveted “Recommended” rating.

Hop over to Consumer Reports‘ website for a full rundown on both cars, and let us know if you agree with the ratings.

Consumer Reports digs Mazda3, disses Jeep Cherokee originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jay Leno celebrates Mazda Miata’s 25th birthday

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 11th, 2014

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Jay Leno's Garage: 25 Years of Miata

Ask a car enthusiast what the best driver’s car on the road is, and the Mazda MX-5 Miata is very likely to come up rather quickly. Unjustly saddled with a reputation as a “chick’s car,” the Miata has been, over its three generations, one of the finest driving instruments ever built – it’s light, agile and rear-wheel drive with direct, snappy steering, an engine that revels in being revved and a precise, smooth-shifting transmission. The fact that it’s ridiculously affordable and reliable is simply a bonus.

It should come as no surprise then, that a car with these traits has endured for 25 years, a milestone reached only by some of the most famous nameplates in the auto industry – Corvette, Mustang, F-150, SL, M3 and so on. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Jay Leno spent some time with the little roadster that could, while also chatting with two of the Mazda employees that were central to the MX-5′s arrival on the world’s automotive scene, Bob Hall and Tom Matano.

Take a look below for the latest video from Jay Leno’s Garage on the excellent Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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Jay Leno celebrates Mazda Miata’s 25th birthday originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Miata celebrates 25 years of rocking our worlds

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 10th, 2014

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1989 Mazda MX-5 Miata, front three-quarter view

For its birthday, it hasn’t been profiled on 60 Minutes or been to Jay Leno’s Garage, and it isn’t going on a retrospective tour of vintage racetracks or getting a special Spyder Zagato edition. That doesn’t mean we think any less of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the roadster with a simplicity that was as enjoyable as it was barely believable when it arrived in 1989. A quarter of a century and three generations later, the Miata remains the go-to roadster when you want easy, balanced and economical thrills.

It grew from a 116-horsepower speedster with a five-speed manual transmission and a curb weight of 2,116 pounds, to a 167-hp go-kart with a five-speed manual coming in at 2,480 pounds (in Sport guise). Along the way it’s picked up hundreds of awards, including 14 nods on Car and Driver’s “10Best” list, its most recent eight-year streak coming to an end last year, the Guinness Book of World Records title as “Best-Selling Two-Seater Sports Car” and innumerable trophies as weekend racer extraordinaire.

We’ll see the fourth generation at next year’s Chicago Auto Show, and we’re certain to hear more about its 25-year milestone this year. Until that happens, enjoy the images above and the gallery and press release below, as well as a just-announced special Mazda microsite.

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Mazda Miata celebrates 25 years of rocking our worlds originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Launches Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Website

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 10th, 2014


Lexus, Mazda win KBB 5-Year Cost To Own Awards

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 5th, 2014

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Mazda badgeWe focus a lot on what new cars are like to drive, but it’s difficult on a one-week loan to really get a sense of what a car is like to live with. Sure, we try to recreate that sense with our long-term vehicles, but even after a year, it’s impossible to know fully learn about a car, particularly in terms of reliability and cost of repairs. For 2014 model year vehicles, Kelley Blue Book has put together a list of the most affordable vehicles over a five-year period.

At the tippy top of the list are Mazda and Lexus, with the Zoom-Zoom automaker winning the award for best non-luxury brand. Lexus, meanwhile, was the most affordable luxury marque over a five-year period. It’s interesting to note, though, that not a single Mazda won its segment in this year’s awards.

General Motors did quite well, taking eight segments, including both the subcompact and plug-in segments, with the gas-powered Chevrolet Spark and Spark EV. The Chevy Camaro SS and ZL1 took the high-performance car award. Toyota was well represented, with five winners split between the main brand (Corolla, Prius C and Tacoma) and Lexus (LS and RX).

KBB’s five-year cost-to-own analysis takes into account depreciation and fuel costs (the two biggest hits to a driver’s wallet), as well as finance and insurance costs, as well as repairs, maintenance and state fees that come with a new model. To view the full list of winners, scroll down and take a peak at the official press release from KBB.

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Lexus, Mazda win KBB 5-Year Cost To Own Awards originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Feb 2014 05:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fiscal Year Ending March 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results Announcement

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 5th, 2014


Notice of Revision of Consolidated Financial Forecast and Dividend Forecast (Resumption of Dividend) for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2014 [PDF…

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 5th, 2014


Notice Concerning Consolidation of Shares, Change in the Number of Shares Per Share Unit, and Change in the Total Number of Shares that May Be Issued…

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 5th, 2014


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