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At the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Mazda unveiled the MX-5 GT Concept . Because the GT Concept’s reception was so warm, the folks at Jota decided to produce this concept and add a little more pep to its step.

The new MX-5 GT Jota is based on the MX-5 Roadster Coupe 2.0-litre Sport Tech version, but Jota added a more powerful engine, an updated exterior look and a sportier cabin. What’s even cooler is that the new GT Jota is about 1.5 seconds faster to 60 mph than a base MX-5.

The new MX-5 GT Jota checks in at £29,995 (about $48,500 at the current exchange rates). It will be sold exclusively by Le Mans race specialists Jota, so only the British customers will have the chance to enjoy it. For now, us Americans will simply have to wait until Mazda decides to bring back the Mazdaspeed MX-5 project.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 GT Jota.

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The sporty Mazda5 van brings its unique blend of hauling space, double sliding doors and low-dollar fuel bills into this year intact. The Mazda5 does without the latest touchscreen technology in its versatile cabin, but has a stellar driving position and balanced handling to make up for any missing trendy items.

There are real tradeoffs for the Mazda ’s eager handling and great mileage ratings. A slippery drag coefficient isn’t enough to silence the roars inside this boomy machine at 80 mph, but for some the car’s $20,000 entry price will mean accepting these shortcomings.

Where the Mazda is happiest is in the smart and practical small family car market, where not even larger crossovers can touch its skillful blend of attributes like easy city driving, amble rear-seat access for loading and unloading, and the hauling flexibility of the compact van’s capacious rear cabin (especially with the second row of seats removed).

The unique small minivan market position occupied by the Mazda5 is more crowded than before, with competition from seven-passenger haulers like the Mitsubishi Outlander and Dodge Journey a real threat despite the crossover models’ less-practical, SUV-style rear doors.

The crossover squad is also nowhere near as fuel efficient in daily driving as the Mazda5. While lacking the newest direct injection from the SkyActiv engines, the Mazda5’s 2.5-liter engine is rarely underpowered in the car’s family mission.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Mazda5, with highlights on all the latest updates and changes.

When you ask students to design a car, you normally get some wildly imaginative drawings of vehicles with wings on it, turbo boosters, or a combination of both in some occasions.

But the automotive engineering students from Clemson University aren’t your typical students. For one, they know how to design a car, but more importantly, they know how to design a pretty cool car. Both things were shown in full bloom with the presentation of the Mazda Deep Orange 3.

Built in collaboration with Mazda, the Deep Orange 3 actually represents a next-generation Mazda concept vehicle, conceived and engineered from the ground up by automotive engineering students at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). "Impressive" doesn’t even do justice on how to describe this vehicle.

Every engineering from the inside and out came from the minds of these young and up-and-coming designers, a tribute to not only their creativity but also to their skills and understanding on how to build a car from scratch. The design of the Deep Orange 3, in particular, was actually penned by student Frederick Naaman at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Everything else was developed and built by students in Clemson’s graduate automotive engineering program, all of whom are required to create and manufacture a new vehicle prototype. The vehicle’s concept and design are developed in partnership with students from the transportation design department at the Art Center focusing holistically on the vehicle and the end-user.

After months of collaboration and tireless work in ensuring a top-end build at the end of the day, the Deep Orange 3 prototype was born.

Click past the jump to read about the Mazda Deep 3 Orange Prototype

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The revised CX-9 follows on company’s hot streak of stylish new models like the Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedan. New LED lights and a slinky Kodo grille revamp the face of Mazda ’s largest and most expensive model.

The seven-seater CX-9 carries over its previous 3.7-liter V-6 in front or AWD configurations. Paired to the crossover’s singing engine is a premium Aisin six-speed automatic with sport and manual modes. A 60 mph sprint time in the mid 7 second range shows off the CX-9’s impressive chassis design – even without the SkyActiv banner that helps build buzz around the smaller CX-5 .

Refined but sporty damping helps this full-size Mazda crossover to be quite competitive in the $35,000 large crossover segment, and the new gearstick design is a classy touch.

Mazda is firmly in touch with premium buyer needs by the looks of the interior, and the CX-9’s revised cabin maintains the stylish vertical accent bars up the sides of the center stack. Touchscreen technology and rear-seat movies are offered in the plush Mazda CX-9, but what are its key advantages over the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 Mazda CX-9, including the features and pricing by trim level and a large photo gallery of the new styling.

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Sales of the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover more than doubled in 2013, following the introduction of a more powerful SkyActiv 2.5-liter four-cylinder for the top two trim levels.

The little CX-5 has certainly caught buyer attention since it replaced the CX-7 in the Mazda lineup about two years ago. In terms of overall market share earned versus the heavy hitters, this small SUV has been a runaway success in a way that still eludes the handsome Mazda6 midsize sedan.

On track to move 70,000-plus units this year in the U.S., the CX-5’s popularity shows the brilliance of Mazda’s entry into the exploding segment at the right time, with the right style and the right price. This five-seater offers all-wheel drive and sprint stats as low as 7.2 seconds to 60 mph for the latest engine and six-speed transmission combo.

The value-priced CX-5 Sport now comes standard with an extra gear ratio in its manual gearbox, but sees base pricing jump to $21,000 for the cheapest entry in the front or AWD range. Even with this price increase of about $1,000 versus last year, the CX-5’s 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway numbers still make life very difficult for traditional economy cars like the Dodge Dart and Hyundai Elantra.

This means some really handsome, fresh and tasteful styling to wrap a roomy and practical five-seat cabin.

Is this handsome face enough to have staying power versus the Toyota RAV4 , Kia Sportage or Ford Escape ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Mazda CX-5, with detailed information about the enhanced performance of the new 2.5-liter powerplant upgrade.

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Mazda added the Mazda3 to its lineup back in 2003 and now, as the model celebrates its 10th anniversary, the Mazda3 enters its third generation for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Mazda3 made its world today debut simultaneously in New York, London, Istanbul, Melbourne and St. Petersburg.

The first-generation Mazda3 went into production on June 25, 2003 and is sold in more than 120 countries. As no surprise, the Mazda3 is one of the best-sold models in Mazda’s lineup with more than 3.5 million units sold in just a decade.

The second generation was announced back in 2008 in overseas markets, but in the U.S. the second-gen Mazda3 didn’t arrive until 2010. When compared to the first generation it offered an updated exterior look and the addition of SKYACTIV technology that helped reducing fuel consumption.

Now entering its third generational change, the Mazda3 looks to continue fighting the good fight against the likes of the Ford Focus and VW Golf .

Updated 06/26/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 07/24/2013: Mazda announced prices for the 2014 Mazda3. Click past the jump to see how much you’ll have to pay for the new generation Mazda3.

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Shortly after Mazda unveiled the new generation Mazda3 , the first teaser image surfaced online revealing what appears to be the sedan variant. If this teaser image is indeed real, we should expect to see the official details on the Mazda3 sedan very soon.

The sedan version will look identical to the hatchback version, except, of course, the trunk on the backside. Up front, the sedan version features the same design language, which is inspired by the Mazda6 sedan. It will feature a prominent black grille, more aggressive headlamps and a ready-to-pounce stance. Expect to see the same active grille shutters mounted in front of the radiator that automatically open and close in accordance with driving conditions to improve aerodynamic performance.

Updated 07/04/2013: The first official images of the upcoming Mazda3 sedan surfaced online today, meaning of course that the official debut is getting closer. Stay tuned! (Top Gear Russia)

Updated 07/12/2013: Mazda unveiled the official details on the new generation Mazda3 sedan.

Updated 7/23/2013: Mazda has just released the official pricing details on the 2014 Mazda3 sedan. The sedan starts out at $16,945 and tops out at $26,495. You can see more details after the jump.

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Though the U.S. market has yet to see the diesel variants of the Mazda3 , the European market has enjoyed them for quite some time now. Because Europeans are more accepting of diesel powerplants, Mazda specialist BBR has taken the all 2006 through 2013 Mazda3 diesels — 2.0- or 2.2-liter — to task with a sweet tuning kit.

BBR starts off with its Phase One kit that remaps the ECU with its StarChip tune to more effectively use the fuel, airflow and turbocharger to produce massive output numbers. This kit bumps the 2.2 185 PS diesel engine from its stock 181 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque to 219 horsepower and 378 pound-feet of torque — a 38-horsepower gain and 68-pound-feet gain.

This Phase One kit also works on the 2.2 150 PS diesel engine, bumping it from the stock 151 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque to 192 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque.

On top of the Phase One’s power upgrade, it also helps improve highway fuel economy, but BBR offered no specifics on the economy increases. This kit runs £499, including installation. If you choose to install it yourself, you will actually pay £100, as you have to also purchase the EcuTek ProEcu to allow at-home programming and tuning.

The Phase Two kit is only available on the 2.2 185 PS diesel engine and bumps it to 243 horsepower and 392 pound-feet of torque. The torque is actually restricted, as this is the mechanical limitation of the stock clutch. This kit achieves these awesome numbers by way of a bolt-on hybrid turbocharger with updated internals, a high-flow air filter and ECU remapping. This kit runs £1,499 with BBR installation or £1,199 if you install it yourself. The latter price includes the EcuTek ProEcu programming kit too.

Because going fast is no fun without a little handling, BBR also offers up an MPS Performance Spring Set for £485 installed (£185 without installation) to help stiffen the suspension in the corners. Also available are the Koni adjustable dampers to allow you to choose from a softer ride for long tours or a stiffer ride for whipping the Mazda3 through the turns. These dampers run £880 with installation (£580 without installation).

BBR doesn’t offer up a body kit to go along with the mods, so this little rap-tapping diesel remains one sick sleeper.

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If you haven’t heard anything about the MX-5 in the past few months it’s only because Mazda is quietly preparing to unleash the new generation soon. Still, in order to keep our attention focused on the model, Mazda announced today the MX-5 Sport Graphite. This release comes as no big surprise, as the MX-5 remains the world’s best-selling two-seat sports car with almost 1,000,000 units sold around the globe.

The model was initially unveiled in 1989 and it is currently in its third generation. All the three generations were built with the "Jinba ittai" credo in mind, which can be translated as "rider and horse should be one body."

What makes the MX-5 so cool is the fact that it managed to keep its origins during all the three generations, and each one was an evolution of the previous one.

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After being teased for quite some time now, the new generation Mazda 6 has finally made its first appearance today before its official debut at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show (August 29 through September 9, 2012). The new model is set to go on sale by the end of the year, with prices to be announced at a later date.

The new Mazda 6 is the second Mazda model - after the new CX-5 - to adopt the company’s full range of Skyactiv technology and the "KODO – Soul of Motion" design language. The sedan is the mass production model born of the Mazda Takeri concept unveiled back in 2011. On the exterior the new Mazda 6 combines the animalistic tenacity, dignity and a sporty flare, while the interior has received better quality materials and a nicer design.

As for the engine lineup, Mazda announced details just for one gasoline, but for sure more engines will be used. This Skyactiv-G 2.5 produces nearly 200 horsepower.

Updated 01/03/2013: Mazda announced U.S. prices for the new-generation Mazda 6 which is now on sale. Prices will range from $20,880 for the entry i Sport version and up to $29,495 for the i Grand Touring version. The mid-level version, i Touring trim, is priced at $24,495. Mazda is offering an optional Touring Technology Package priced at $2,000 and a MRCC/FOW Package priced at $900.

Updated 07/05/2013: Mazda has announced the fuel economy and pricing for the all-new i-ELOOP system. See the amazing mpg increase after the jump.


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