Ford and Toyota team on car tech, Audi announces plug ins & hybrids, In-car internet radio explodes, and we take you - but just one of you - for a ride in the Scion iQ.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 230 SHOW NOTES
Mazda Motor Corp. has canceled production of its RX-8 rotary engine sports car, citing falling sales and stringent global emissions standards.
Production in Hiroshima, Japan, ended in early July and global sales of the car will conclude later this year.
The RX-8 and the three generations of the RX-7 that preceded it have long been the foundation the brand's fun-to-drive aura. The car's high-revving 1.3-liter, twin-rotor rotary engine produces 232 hp at 8,500 rpm -- a big punch in a relatively small package.
But Mazda sold just 1,134 RX-8s last year, a 49 percent decline … Read more
VANCOUVER--You can't say Mazda's new Skyactiv technology lacks ambition. The comprehensive engineering effort looks to set a new standard for performance and fuel efficiency in a consumer-accessible combustion engine.
While Toyota, Honda, Ford, and other automakers spent billions of dollars researching, developing, and building hybrids and electric cars, Mazda directed the bulk of its new engineering into new car designs that provide reliability and performance while serving up a magic number of 40 mpg in highway driving.
In a special media event in downtown Vancouver, Mazda debuted the new Skyactiv-G (a high-efficiency, direct-injection gasoline engine with the world's highest compression ratio of 14.0:1) and Skyactiv-D (a clean diesel engine with that same prime compression ratio). Journalists had an opportunity to drive last year's, pre-Skyactiv Mazda models and new prototype test cars with both engines to prove how much quicker and more efficient each 2012 model-to-be is. … Read more
From generation to generation, automakers tend to make their cars bigger, boasting of increased headroom and legroom in updated model years. But the Mazda5, the mini minivan, kept its dimensions unchanged for the 2012 model update. And this vehicle is still the size of a first-generation Dodge Grand Caravan, yet contains third-row seating.
Although a fairly typical cramped people carrier for the rest of the world, the Mazda5 is an odd fit in the U.S. Here, our minivans are the size of buses, with lots of room for the kids to play, camping gear, and robust rear-seat entertainment systems … Read more
The EPA doubles fuel economy by 2025, BMW shows off an electric car, Nissan complains about an electric car review, and drivers think about stopping.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 227 SHOW NOTES
The 2011 Frankfurt auto show will see the unveiling of a new model from Mazda, a model that shows the future of all cars from the company. The CX-5, based on the Minagi concept shown earlier this year in Geneva, comes to the market with new design language, fuel-saving technology, and cabin electronics.
The CX-5 will be a small crossover vehicle slotting in below the current CX-7, and will be sold globally. The exterior shows off Mazda's new design language Kodo, which means "soul of motion" in English. Replacing Mazda's earlier Nagare design, Kodo involves an … Read more
SALINAS, Calif.--Though the Red Bull Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is considered a pilgrimage destination for motorcycle and racing fans, anyone with an interest in technology and engineering will find a wonderland of expensive toys here.
The Red Bull Grand Prix packs several days of test runs, time trials, and elite motorcycle racing into the big weekend. Thousands of bike and racing enthusiasts flock to the Mazda Raceway, as they do to Daytona Beach for Bike Week or the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. In between races, fans can see the superbikes up close, explore the latest motorcycle and car models, and shop the latest developments in gear and helmets. … Read more
This is episode 21 of CNET Roadside Assistance for Thursday, the 14th of July 2011, the show were the Car Tech guys take a moment to field your questions and listen to your comments. We tackle a Skoda question, Antuan's love affair with a 1st Generation Miata, mounting your Droid X, and debate who likes the convertible Nissan Murano.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 021 SHOW NOTES
TOKYO--"It's not a hybrid. It's not an electric vehicle. It's a new challenge from Mazda."
Or so goes the Japanese TV tagline for the face-lifted Mazda2 subcompact--the first model with Mazda's SkyActiv fuel-efficient engine technologies.
Mazda is banking on the new power train to lure green-thinking customers who might otherwise opt for the Toyota Prius hybrid or Nissan Leaf electric car. Mazda, a latecomer to electrification with its first hybrid due only in 2013, is positioning SkyActiv as a more affordable alternative.
In Japan, the Prius starts at 2.05 million yen, or … Read more
When you think subcompact, you're probably thinking giving up horsepower, cargo space, tech options, and safety. But this isn't so for the 2012 Hyundai Accent.
The new Accent comes in a smart four-door GLS spec and a sporty five-door hatch, in GS and SE trims. With a direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the Accent offers 138 horsepower at 6,300rpm and 123 pound-feet of torque at 4,850rpm.
The Accent four-door is slightly larger than its predecessor (3.5 inches longer and a wheelbase that's 2.8 inches longer). It also bests the Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, … Read more