Mazda

Mazda Motor Corporation, or simply Mazda, is a Japanese carmaker headquartered in Fuchü, Hiroshima, Japan. The name Mazda was associated with the God of Light (Ahura Mazda) but it’s also a derivative from the name of the company’s founder, Jujiro Matsuda. However, the name Mazda was formally adopted in 1984, as the company began its activity as Toyo Cork Kogyo in January 1920.

A paramount milestone for Mazda was the development of the Wankel rotary engine which the company saw as a means of differentiating itself from what the other Japanese carmakers were doing at the time. We are in the sixties, and Mazda is gearing up to launch the limited-edition Cosmo Sport (1967). From here on, Mazda’s piston-powered and rotary-powered cars started to reach other parts of the world as well - the RX-2, RX-3, and RX-4 were a lighter alternative to the V-6 or V-8-powered competitors and spearheaded that expansion. In 1970, Mazda officially set foot on US soil, then from 1974 until 2015 it entered a partnership with Ford, which had a 33.4 percent ownership in Mazda. That affair ended in 2015, when Mazda entered a long-term collaboration with Toyota.

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The Mazda 3 Turbo Will Be More Competitive Than We Thought

The Mazda 3 Turbo Will Be More Competitive Than We Thought

That Mazda Mexico video didn’t do the Mazda 3 any type of justice

On July 6, Mazda Mexico released a video that claimed the Mazda 3 Turbo would have just 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. When you consider the fact that we were originally hoping to see it take on the VW Golf R and even the Honda Civic Type R, it was pretty disappointing. Well, Mazda has finally let a few beans overflow from its container of secrets, and the Mazda 3 Turbo is going to post a little more power than we previously thought. Is it good enough to make it competitive? Well, that depends on what you want to compete with.

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This RX Vision - 918 Mashup Is Proof Mazda and Porsche Should Build a Hypercar Together

This RX Vision - 918 Mashup Is Proof Mazda and Porsche Should Build a Hypercar Together

Looks aside, care to think what might power this thing?

It’s easy to get yourself lost in the sea of digital renders popping up these days on the interwebs. With artists becoming more and more visible, we’re constantly bombarded with wannabe futuristic vehicles, modern twists brought to classic cars, or simply all-new concoctions that are never going to see daylight in real life.

Now try to guess where this Mazda RX Vision GT3 - Porsche 918 Spyderhodgepodge fits in.

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Mazda 3 Turbo Power Figures Unveiled, And It's Disappointing As Hell

Mazda 3 Turbo Power Figures Unveiled, And It’s Disappointing As Hell

Well, there goes competing with the Volkswagen Golf R or the Honda Civic Type R

At the end of June, we broke the news that a turbocharged Mazda 3 was in the works and, while we knew it would lead to a Mazdaspeed revival, we thought it would at least have some performance chops. Unfortunately, thanks to a video posted by Mazda Mexico, we know that isn’t the case at all, and the Mazda3 turbo will be little more than a range-topping hatch will a little bit of daily-driving power. Talk about dropping the ball, huh?

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A Mazda 3 Turbo Is Coming, But It Probably Won't Be As Good As It Could Be

A Mazda 3 Turbo Is Coming, But It Probably Won’t Be As Good As It Could Be

Mazda is finally attempting to move the Mazda 3 into hot-hatch territory, but Mazdaspeed isn’t coming back

Rumors of a performance-oriented Mazda 3 have finally been confirmed via a teaser released by the company. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot to tell at the moment, but you can hear some engine noise, and we’ve learned that it will debut on July 8. Will the Mazda 3 Turbo be a real hot hatch capable of taking on the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Hyundai Veloster, Toyota GR Corolla, and the Honda Civic Type R? And, will the Mazdaspeed name finally make a return? Let’s talk a little more about it.

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This 4K Footage of an FD-Generation Mazda RX-7 Is a Must See

This 4K Footage of an FD-Generation Mazda RX-7 Is a Must See

This murdered-out, 550-horsepower Mazda RX-7 is pure art on wheels

Built from 1978 to 2002 in three different generations, the RX-7 is arguably Mazda’s most iconic model. Launched at the same time as the other iconic Japanese sports car, the Toyota Supra, the RX-7 is responsible for making the rotary engine popular and stands as proof that the design can deliver performance and reliability.

The final generation debuted a twin-turbo mill that generated up to 276 horsepower despite displacing only 1.3 liters. Replaced by the not-so-successful RX-8 in 2002, the RX-7 remains a desirable classic. But while some opt to hunt down well-maintained originals, other enthusiasts purchase third-gen cars and fit them with bigger and more powerful engines. The outstanding model shot by Covert Media in 4K is one of them.

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This Rendering of a Mazda MX-5 Wagon Looks Painfully Like the BMW Z3 M Coupe

This Rendering of a Mazda MX-5 Wagon Looks Painfully Like the BMW Z3 M Coupe

They say don’t judge a book by its cover but we can judge it by how it sells, right?

When it comes to quirky BMWs, the Z3 M Coupe certainly takes the cake. That’s why this render of a Mazda Miata MX-5 in shooting brake-ish attire caught our eye instantly.

No, this is not the work of Mazda and in all fairness, we wouldn’t want it to be in the first place. Here’s why.

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Mazda Reveals The Third-Gen BT-50 Pickup Truck With Major Changes Inside-Out

Mazda Reveals The Third-Gen BT-50 Pickup Truck With Major Changes Inside-Out

The truck comes with a new exterior and interior design, new engine, as well as a new platform

Mazda officially unveiled the third-gen of the BT-50 pickup truck. It comes with a whole lot of changes in and out. The truck follows a whole new design philosophy and feels new on the inside as well. It rides on a new platform and is powered by a whole new engine. The only thing that is carried over from the previous iteration is the name. Will this help Mazda boost sales?

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This Review of a 1997 Mazda 626 Will Take You Back to Much Simpler Times With A Few Laughs Included

This Review of a 1997 Mazda 626 Will Take You Back to Much Simpler Times With A Few Laughs Included

A car said to be "so generic it might as well have been in GTA 3"

The Mazda Capella, or 626 as it became known outside of Japan, was a mainstay in Mazda’s lineup for some 30 years before being replaced by the Mazda6 in the early ’00s. Growing throughout the years to battle the likes of Honda’s Accord, the 626 dropped everything that made it unique and became bland, really bland as Mr. Regular explains in this video from Regular Car Reviews.

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Doug DeMuro's Review of the Mazda RX-8 Will Remind You Why It Wasn't a Successful Car

Doug DeMuro’s Review of the Mazda RX-8 Will Remind You Why It Wasn’t a Successful Car

We loved the idea of a replacement for the RX-7, but the RX-8 simply didn’t do the trick

Nobody ever complained about the looks of the Mazda RX-8. Instead, it is known to give owners quite a headache when it comes to running costs, particularly through gulping down a lot of fuel and oil. In this regard, what makes it special - the rotary engine - is also its Achilles’ heel.

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We Demand That This Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept Comes To Life

We Demand That This Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept Comes To Life

My oh my, this is beautiful

Although Mazda and motorsports is an affair that burned the brightest in the early ’90s (1991, to be more precise), the digital world of gaming tends to disapprove. In case you need some further convincing, check out the RX-Vision GT3 ready to scorch the tracks in PS4’s Gran Turismo Sport.

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2020 Mazda MX-5 R-Sport Special Edition

2020 Mazda MX-5 R-Sport Special Edition

Our friends in the U.K. should be looking forward to this one

As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, Mazda is giving loyal fans a reason to celebrate with the launch of the MX-5 R-Sport Limited Edition. Available only in the U.K., the MX-5 R-Sport Limited Edition is a fresh take at the beloved roadster, complete with exclusive touches in the exterior and interior.

The Mazda MX-5 R-Sport Limited Edition is a fresher and bolder version of a roadster that’s not lacking in impressive design qualities. Only 150 units of the special edition MX-5 will be available. Each model is priced at £27,700, which converts to around $34,600 based on current exchange rates. It’s unclear if the special edition MX-5 will be sold in the U.S., though knowing how these things work, don’t get your hopes up.

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A Rotary-Powered Mazda RX-9 Just Became a Realistic Possibility

A Rotary-Powered Mazda RX-9 Just Became a Realistic Possibility

Thanks to a new patent, there is now evidence that a Mazda RX-9 is actually happening

We’ve been hearing for years that the Mazda RX-9 – a successor to the RX-8 and older RX-7 – is coming. In October 2019 a new patent breathed a little bit of life into the possibility, and in early 2020 we learned that while the RX-9 would be a true sports car, it wouldn’t have a rotary engine. In just a short bit of time, things have changed quite a bit, and earlier this month (April 2020), we learned that the Mazda MX-30 could rock a small, modernized Rotary engine as a range extender. So, how does all of this fit together in the large puzzle that is the Mazda RX-9? Well, a new patent suggests that there’s a new high-tech, rotary-powered hybrid powertrain is in development, and it could be what sits under the skin of Mazda’s upcoming sports car.

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You Have to Check Out This Mazda RX-10 Vision Longtail Supercar for Le Mans

You Have to Check Out This Mazda RX-10 Vision Longtail Supercar for Le Mans

We want Mazda to make a Le Mans comeback with one of these, please

Mazda is no stranger to Le Mans. In fact, the Japanese outlet tasted success at Le Mans on June 23, 1991, finished first in front of the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar, becoming the first Asian carmaker to win the famed 24-hour race.

Helping Mazda on its way to victory was the 787B rotary-powered race car drove by Johnny Herbert at an average speed of 127.62 mph. So there’s no wonder why so many car aficionados and Mazda fans have been wondering when and if will the carmaker make a comeback at Le Mans. While there’s no info on such plans, we wish Mazda would decide to return to France with a prototype that looks like this one.

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The 2022 Mazda6 Could be RWD, Feature Straight-Six Engine

The 2022 Mazda6 Could be RWD, Feature Straight-Six Engine

That’s YUUUGE news for Mazda’s sleek sedan

While Mazda broke a lot of hearts when it decided and announced that it won’t develop a Mazdaspeed6 based on the outgoing Mazda6, recent talk about a driving dynamics-oriented new-generation Mazda6 has got our blood pumping.

A new report talks about a hefty shift in paradigm for the Mazda 6, including rear-wheel-drive, a mild-hybrid powertrain, and a longitudinal engine layout.

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Mazda is Officially Considering a Rotary Range Extender for the Mazda MX-30

Mazda is Officially Considering a Rotary Range Extender for the Mazda MX-30

The MX-30 could be U.S. worthy if it has a good range extender.

Way back in early 2016, Mazda filed a patent for a new rotary engine; two years later, Mazda announced that it was, in fact, bringing back the rotary engine but not in the way you’d expect. Then, with the introduction of Mazda’s SkyActiv-X technology, we started to think that the Wankel rotary engine could be feasible once again. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, but the Rotary is actually coming back – it just won’t live up to the full performance potential it was once destined for.

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2020 Mazda 3 - Driven Review

2020 Mazda 3 - Driven Review

How well does the Mazda 3 carry over to the 2020 model year?

Flying in to Newark International Airport last month, I arrived at the Budget Rent a Car counter and received the keys to a familiar staple of rental fleets: a 2019 Nissan Sentra wearing scratched-up Ignore Me Silver paint. Plenty of travelers would likely ask if, pretty please, anything else was available. This previous-generation Sentra (the car was fully redesigned for 2020) is generally reviled by anyone who appreciates a fine automobile. It’s underpowered, it lacks handling poise, and it’s drab-looking inside and out. And yet, it was just what my family of three needed for a three-hour drive home to Maryland. The Sentra’s plus-sized rear backseat was perfect for our rear-facing child seat, and its big trunk swallowed our suitcases and stroller with ease. Its generously sized windows offered excellent outward visibility, and it could go 41.3 miles before burning a gallon of gasoline. And, keeping our rental rate in check, the Sentra provided plenty of features at low prices.

This brings us to the subject of today’s review: the 2020 Mazda3. Like the Sentra, it belongs to the compact economy car market segment. But that’s pretty much where the similarities stop. For two cars in the same segment, it’s hard to get more dissimilar than our tested Mazda3 and our rental Sentra — for better and for worse.

The Mazda3 is basically a luxury sports sedan (or, like in our test car, a five-door hatchback). It’s beautifully styled, elegantly finished, laden with features, and — although it’s not as energetically zippy as it once was — a pleasure to drive. It even offers all-wheel-drive, just like an Audi or BMW. Yet like a luxury car, it’s also more expensive, has a cramped rear seat and tight cargo hold, has slits for windows, isn’t cheap for its class, and gets lousy gas mileage. It would have been absolutely the wrong choice for a family road trip, even for our small family. But if you appreciate something finer than a Sentra and won’t often carry more than one extra passenger, the Mazda3 brings a high-end experience at relatively affordable prices — starting from $21,500.

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This Guy Is Building an AWD Off-Road Mazda Miata and It's Awesome

This Guy Is Building an AWD Off-Road Mazda Miata and It’s Awesome

It even has a Subaru EJ engine under the hood

As we’re all aware, Mazda didn’t build the Miata with off-roading in mind. Then again, neither did Porsche with the 911 and we’ve seen our fair share of off-road-ready Safari-badged Neunelfers out there.

Even though it’s a sports car at its very core, the Miata, just like any other vehicle that roams the earth’s surface, can be tweaked and customized to tackle everything that’s beyond the beaten path. And the best example is this YouTube project we stumbled upon.

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2020 Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept

2020 Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept

May 25 can’t come soon enough...for more reasons than one

A year after announcing that it had become an official video game partner for Gran Turismo Sport, Mazda has unveiled its new digital ride for the game. Called the RX-Vision GT3 Concept, the GT3-class racer is as enthralling and as captivating as you expect it would be.

That’s not a surprise given that the racer pilfers some of its design cues from the obnoxiously raunchy RX-Vision Concept that Mazda unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The low-riding, slinky racer is the creation of Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s global design boss. The Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept isn’t available in Gran Turismo Sport, at least not until May 25, when it arrives as part of an online update. It will join the Atenza Gr.3 as the second GT3-class Mazda in the game.

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If Mazda Was Going to Build A Supercar, This Is What It Should Look Like

If Mazda Was Going to Build A Supercar, This Is What It Should Look Like

The KODO Soul of Motion design style looks evolved and elegant as hell on this Mazda supercar rendering

Mazda is busy formulating its strategy for an inevitable electric future and competing with the ever-growing trend in SUVs. But what if, someday, down the road, Mazda wanted to jump into the supercar market and compete against the Honda NSX as one of the only other rear mid-engined supercars on the U.S. market? Well, automotive design artist, Joseph Robinson took it upon himself to show the world just what it would look like. Let’s take a good look at it.

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You'll Want to Race This Time Attack-Kitted Mazda RX-7

You’ll Want to Race This Time Attack-Kitted Mazda RX-7

But unfortunately you can’t

When most people hear the words ‘Mazda’ and ‘RX-7,’ their minds instantly project the image of the third-generation FD model. And for good reason. This was the last chapter in the RX-7 saga, the best-looking of them all, and at that time, the ultimate interpretation of the Wankel rotary engine.

There’s no wonder that so many gearheads love the third-gen Mazda RX-7. It’s beautifully designed, lightweight, and it handles like a charm out on the open road. Plus, it makes for a mean donor vehicle for drift cars and as you’re about to see, for a time attack car, too.

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A Mazda RX-9 Without a Rotary Engine? It Could Happen

A Mazda RX-9 Without a Rotary Engine? It Could Happen

Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad, it seems

It seems like every 6 months or so, a new rumor about the Mazda RX-9 or the revival of Mazda’s famous and iconic rotary engine comes to life. Kicking off a new decade comes a rumor that says a Mazda RX-9 is, in fact, happening, but it comes with a major caveat – it won’t feature a rotary engine. Word has it that the RZ-9 will feature Mazda’s new RWD platform and inline-six instead, the same setup that was rumored to underpin the next-gen Mazda 6 as well as Toyota’s next-gen Land Cruiser and 4 Runner. This is, as of now, just a rumor with zero confirmation from any credible sources, but it does beg the question: Is a Mazda RX really an RX if it doesn’t feature a rotary engine?

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What is the Cheapest Mazda?

The cheapest Mazda in Europe is the Mazda2. In Germany, the supermini starts at €13,390, but if we are to look at the US market, then the cheapest Mazda you can get is the Mazda CX-3. The crossover wears a starting sticker of $20,390.

What is the Sportiest Mazda?

The sportiest Mazda is undoubtedly the MX-5 Miata, a car that also happens to be the world’s most popular sports car. The MX-5 has made a name for itself thanks to its compact size and lightweight build. The MX-5 is cherished by car enthusiasts for its crisp handling and fun-to-drive factor that prove you don’t need a bucketload of horsepower to enjoy a good road. In the US, the Miata uses a 2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine good for 181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

What is the Most Popular Mazda?

The most popular Mazda - if we are to look at sales figures - is the CX-5. Mazda’s largest market is North America and this is where the CX-5 rules supreme. The CX-5 is by a landslide the best-selling Mazda in the US - in July 2019, the CX-5 pushed 13,391 units. To look at the bigger pictures, Mazda sold 87,778 CX-5 units in the first half of 2019. The CX-5 is followed by the Mazda 3, with 32,174 units sold in the first six months of 2019. However, you might argue that the most popular Mazda is the MX-5 Miata, because it’s the brand’s most thrill-inducing car, but sales figures don’t do much to support that.

What is the Most Expensive Mazda?

The most expensive Mazda in the US is the MX-5 Miata RF ($32,343), but it is followed closely by the CX-9 SUV ($32,280). In Germany, the most expensive Mazda money can buy is the Mazda 6 (€28,590).

What is the Fastest Mazda?

The fastest Mazda is, or better said, was, the RX-7 Spirit R. It could reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in just five seconds and had a (theoretical) top speed of 159 mph (255 km/h). Another candidate would have been the Furai concept, which could hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and continue to a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h), but it caught fire and burned to a crips during a Top Gear test drive. From the current lineup, the fastest and quickest Mazda is the MX-5 Miata. The sports car can reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds and attain a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h).

Are Mazda Cars Reliable?

Yes, Mazda cars are reliable. In fact, in a dependability poll carried out by The Telegraph, Mazda came 11th with 111 problems per 100 vehicles. Moreover, CNN named Mazda the 4th most reliable car brand you could buy in 2015, while Reliability Index places Mazda on the 6th position, above the likes of Nissan and Lexus.