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Automobile Magazine releases 2014 All-Stars List

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 8th, 2014

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2014 Automobile Magazine All-Stars

You never know exactly when it’s going to come, but you know that it’s going to come, and the Automobile Magazine list of All-Stars is here. Six of the cars that were on the 2013 list have survived into 2014, just two have made the leap from the 2012 roundup, and there are three common names with the 2011 ranking. The only ‘two’ cars to show up in all of those years and this one: the BMW 3 Series – now the 3/4 Series, and the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. The mighty eleven:

Cars were chosen for the single reason that the magazine’s editors like them, then they took them on a road trip from Ann Arbor, MI to New Orleans, LA. You can read one rationale for why each car was chosen, you can read a second rationale for each choice in the press release below, and there’s also the story of that road trip on Automobile Magazine website if you’ve still got some time left.

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Automobile Magazine releases 2014 All-Stars List originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Diesel-powered Mazda6 going racing in Grand-Am Series

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 30th, 2012

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Diesel-powered Mazda6 Grand-Am Series racer - artist's rendering

The diesel version of the 2014 Mazda6 won’t be hitting North American showrooms until the middle of next year, but we won’t have to wait that long to see the car in action. Mazda will enter its midsize sedan in the new Grand-Am GX class with a Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine under the hood, and the car will make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 26. This will be the first time in the race’s 60-year history that a diesel-powered car has competed in the 24-hour race.

We first heard about the 2.2-liter turbocharged Skyactiv-D race engine back in June, but we now know it will used in the Mazda6 and we have a little bit better of an idea of power output. Developed in conjunction with SpeedSource, the clean diesel racer is said to produce more than 400 horsepower using many of the same components that will be found on the passenger version of the car.

The newly created GX class will race against the Daytona Prototypes and GT class cars, and its goal is to provide a race class for alternative fuels and technologies. In addition to the Mazda6, the Lotus Evora GX will also compete in the this class, which will be composed of 13 models from 12 automakers – including Audi, Hyundai, Ford and Scion.

Scroll down for Mazda’s press release, and be sure to check out the Grand-Am link for more information.

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Diesel-powered Mazda6 going racing in Grand-Am Series originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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