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Consumer Reports declares most and least loved cars [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 3rd, 2014

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Consumer Reports Most and Least Loved Car Video

Consumer Reports is crunching the numbers from its annual owner-satisfaction survey, and part of that process is finding out how attached drivers are to their cars. CR simply asks readers of models up to three years old if they would buy the same vehicle again in light of their entire ownership experience, and tallies the results. After looking at the responses for about 350,000 vehicles, it turns out that people really love a certain California-built, electrically powered luxury sedan.

That’s right, this year’s the overall winner was the Tesla Model S with a whopping 98 percent of owners saying they would purchase another one (the Model S also won this award last year, with 99 percent satisfaction). The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came in a close second with 95 percent of drivers hoping to park another one in their garage.

A few models weren’t quite so favored, though. The Nissan Versa Sedan was the least loved model among its owners; a mere 42 percent said that they would purchase another. The aging Jeep Compass didn’t do much better, with just 43 percent of drivers willing to buy the softroader again.

On average, about 70 percent of owners say they would buy their car again, and only four cars ranked below 50 percent in CR’s findings. Check out the video above to see some of the winners and losers in a few of CR’s categories. If you’re a subscriber, you can check out the full list on its website.

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Consumer Reports declares most and least loved cars [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ever wonder how to really pronounce Japanese automaker names?

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 26th, 2014

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Japanese Auto Brand Pronunciation

People tend to get very set in their ways when it comes to the pronunciation of words. Just look at the endless debates over whether or not to say the final ‘e’ in Porsche (which you should in terms of correct German enunciation). Or the argument about whether to follow the British convention and give the ‘u’ in Jaguar a special delivery or to say the ‘ua’ diphthong as more of a ‘w’ sound, as usually happens in the US.

This short video doesn’t answer either of those automotive questions, but it does allow a native Japanese speaker to demonstrate the accepted pronunciations for several, major automakers from the country. One benefit is that it clears up the occasional debate over whether Nissan should be said with a long or short ‘i’ sound. Also, listen closely to how the female host says Mazda as Matsuda, the way it’s actually said in the language. Even if this doesn’t change the way you enunciate these brands, at least now you know the accurate way in Japanese.

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Ever wonder how to really pronounce Japanese automaker names? originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Miata ‘fathers’ Hall and Case offer a tour through the roadster’s history

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 10th, 2014

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Mazda MX-5 Miata history with Dean Case and Bob Hall

The original Mazda Miata broke onto the automotive scene in 1989 and was a huge success. However, the convertible’s genesis goes all the way back to the early ’80s. Bob Hall and Dean Case were among the inside men of the program on the US side, and they were on hand at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the recent MX-5 event there to tell some of their stories about the project’s beginning.

Hall was on the Miata project from very early on, and one of his most fascinating stories is how the convertible got its shape. The droptop wasn’t necessarily going to be a rear-wheel drive roadster. There were both front-wheel-drive coupe and mid-engine concepts being considered. In fact, the classic look of the NA generation was the least favorite of the three at the sketch stage.

Hall comes off as a jokester hiding a genius mind. He has a fountain of information in his head about what a Miata should be, but it all comes down to “less is more.” However, he admits that it’s easy to conceive that idea, but it’s much harder to actually execute it well.

If you’re interested in the inside stories of automotive history, this is a video to check out.

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Mazda Miata ‘fathers’ Hall and Case offer a tour through the roadster’s history originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Miata driver pulls off hilariously diabolical move in fender-to-fender racing

Published by Mazda Blogs on August 27th, 2014

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Mazda MX-5 Hand during race

Racing is all about finding the little advantages over competitors that allow you to get ahead. Sometimes those are legitimate means – like being able to take advantage of a better line through a corner – and other times drivers get a little more creative for a leg up over opponents. Sometimes things might even go a little too far. Case in point: just watch the opening of this Mazda MX-5 Cup race from Silverstone in the UK.

According to the YouTube description, we’re riding with James Rogers in this video, and he appears to be pretty talented behind the wheel. Rogers has a great start from fifth that has him in third within just a few corners. He starts stalking the top two drivers, who are already having a fantastic race themselves, but then we see that the person in second is clearly willing to do whatever it takes to win. Just watch the video, and you’ll see what we mean. Bravo (?) to that racer for some very quick, albeit fiendish, thinking.

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Miata driver pulls off hilariously diabolical move in fender-to-fender racing originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mini Cooper Countryman only small car to earn good grade in latest IIHS crash tests [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 30th, 2014

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Competitors in the small-car segment didn’t do nearly as well. Four vehicles earned “poor” grades.

Only one small car out of 12 tested earned a good grade in the latest round of crash-test results compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Mini Cooper Countryman received a “good” ranking on the organization’s small-front overlap test.

Its competitors in the small-car segment didn’t do nearly as well. Four vehicles earned “poor” grades, including the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Juke, the Mazda5 and the Fiat 500L, and two more earned marginal scores.

Introduced two years ago, the small front overlap test has been a difficult one for automakers to master, particularly so for small cars, which have less weight to absorb the forces of a car accident. So far, IIHS has tested 32 vehicles in the small-car segment and 13 have earned marginal or poor scores. On the flip side, 19 earned good or acceptable scores.

“Consumers trading the inherent safety of a larger vehicle for the convenience or fuel economy of a small car should focus their search on these vehicles with state-of-the-art safety designs,” said Joe Nolan, senior vice president for vehicle research at IIHS.

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Mini Cooper Countryman only small car to earn good grade in latest IIHS crash tests [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Stock Miata beats bunch of high-powered cars in wet 1/4-mile drag race

Published by Mazda Blogs on June 6th, 2013

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When is a stock, 167-horsepower Mazda MX-5 Miata quicker than a Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lotus Elise and a Porsche 911? When it’s raining. Sort of.

Mazda Canada arranged a unique drag race to show off the fact that the Miata’s optional power retractable folding hardtop can go from top-down to top-up in just 12 seconds flat. In this video, all six cars line up for a drag race, and it starts to rain (well, sort of – but you’ll have to watch the video all the way to the end to see what we mean). The green flag is waved, and the timer starts as soon as the convertibles begin to put their tops up. But because the Miata’s roof mechanism gets the car’s roof back up a full 5.1 seconds quicker than the second-place car, the Mazda gets a serious advantage off the line for the actual drag race.

It’s a fun video. And while we’ve spoiled the results (come on, the video was uploaded by Mazda, you knew the Miata was going to win), be sure to see how it all unfolds, below.

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Stock Miata beats bunch of high-powered cars in wet 1/4-mile drag race originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Scion FR-S pitted against oldtimers RX-8 and S2000

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 8th, 2013

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Scion FR-S vs Mazda RX-8 vs Honda S2000

There are very few vehicles available today that compare directly with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins. A case could be made for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and possibly even six-cylinder versions of American coupes like the Ford Mustang. Pretty much everything else is either too expensive or is powered by the wrong set of wheels.

The boys from EverydayDriver on YouTube decided the only fair way to judge the inherent qualities of the Toyobaru twins was to pit them against two standard-bearers of years past: The Honda S2000 and Mazda RX-8. Neither of these cars is an exact matchup, with the Honda boasting a convertible top and the RX-8 offering more practicality via a rear seat and two reverse-opening doors for easier access. What they do offer, however, are similar performance stats and proven reputations for excellent handling.

None of this talk answers the real question, though: Which one wins the comparison test? Scroll down to watch the video, and be prepared for something of a surprise conclusion.

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Scion FR-S pitted against oldtimers RX-8 and S2000 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 07 May 2013 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This is how you set your V8 Miata on fire in your garage

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 30th, 2013

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V8 Miata on fire video

We were never all that great at math, but we can tell you that Miata + V8 = awesome. That even applies to heavy cast-iron small block Chevrolet V8s with carburetors instead of fuel injection. But as one aspiring wrench recently found out, even the most sound of formulas can lead to disaster when you start throwing in unknown variables. Variables like a leaky fuel system. The gentleman in the video below seems keen on firing up his partially installed Chevrolet engine using a jug of fuel and a remote starter, but disaster strikes when things suddenly go all flamb


2014 Mazda6 gets Kinksy in debut vid

Published by Mazda Blogs on August 29th, 2012

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2014 Mazda6 with cellists on a salt flat

Mazda has the very elegant notion that you’ll want to be with the 2014 Mazda6 all day and all of the night: a two-minute piece highlighting the Kodo design and Skyactiv technologies underneath the new sedan puts the Mazda6 on a salt plain with two cellists riffing the hit by The Kinks.

There’s rolling footage to show you how “the wild and dynamic expressions of motion artistically realize a powerful presence” in that seriously Soul Red body. We should get more info on what other expression it intends to bring our way when we see it at the Paris Motor Show. For now, you can enjoy it and the original version of “All Day and All of the Night” in the videos below.

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2014 Mazda6 gets Kinksy in debut vid originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Flyin’ Miata gets the documentary treatment

Published by Mazda Blogs on August 11th, 2012

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Flyin Miata at Targa Newfoundland

It’s been nearly a year since Flyin’ Miata took two cars to the Targa Newfoundland. As you may recall, I got to tag along and do my best to get the supercharged Grand Touring entry as lost as possible. While we were there, one very dedicated film crew followed us from stage to stage, thereby documenting our various triumphs and defeats for a feature-length film. Packed with lots of in-stage footage, interviews with crew as well as fans of both Flyin’ Miata and the Targa Newfoundland, the show finds itself on footing with the likes of Truth in 24 and From Dust to Glory.

I spend a bit of time on screen trying to explain what it’s like to drown under a league of time-speed-distance calculations, but don’t let that be a deterrent. The movie does a stellar job of conveying exactly what it’s like to compete in one of the most unique motorsports endeavors on the planet. You can check out the preview for Racing the Rock below or head over to Flyin’ Miata to purchase your DVD copy. Keep an eye out for it to show up on iTunes and BluRay later down the line.

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Flyin’ Miata gets the documentary treatment originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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