2011 Mazda 2 Touring, an AW Drivers Log

AutoWeek.com reviews the new 2011 Mazda2:

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you’re not going to find a better chassis setup in the B-segment than this Mazda 2. The Honda Fit, the Toyota Yaris, the Nissan Versa, the Kia Rio, the Chevrolet Aveo and the Ford Fiesta got nothing on the Mazda.

But Jon, doesn’t the Fiesta have the same basic platform architecture as the Mazda, you ask? Yes, but according to Mazda, the two cars only share the basic platform, wheel bearings, front upper-strut mounts and front antiroll-bar end links. Everything else is different.

What I like the most about the 2 is that it drives, well, like a Mazda. Steering is direct, responsive and weighty while the suspension tuning gives the car quick reflexes and sufficient damping qualities. The brakes are strong with lots of modulation available from the pedal.

Read the full review, via AW Drivers Log.

2010 Paris Motor Show: Mazda – Auto123

Auto123 highlights Mazda‘s latest makeovers from the Paris Auto Show:

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Three of Mazda‘s top models will strut their zoom-zoom on the Paris catwalk with total makeovers – their overall theme one of reduced fuel consumption and lowered emissions.

Mazda2‘s new facelift will be unveiled for the first time at the show. Notable changes include a redesigned front end that reflects the Mazda family face, chassis retuning to provide a more comfortable ride, a new automatic transmission, interior upgrades and a new Euro V compliant powertrain lineup.

The new Mazda5 shows off a new, fuel-frugal MZ-CD 1.6 litre diesel engine with a 15% reduction in C02 emissions, a new 6-speed, lightweight transmission, a fresh new design, rear sliding doors and a “Karakuri” interior with 7-passenger seating capacity.

New and improved, the Mazda3 also gains the 1.6 litre diesel engine which boasts lower fuel consumption and emissions while delivering more power and torque. Shifting gears is a new lightweight 6-speed transmission.

Read the full article, via Auto123.

CanadianDriver » Buyer’s Guide: 2011 Mazda RX8

Canadian Driver looks at the 2011 Mazda RX-8:

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Unique among mainstream Canadian models, the RX-8 uses a 1.3-litre rotary engine, also known as a Wankel engine. There are two trim levels, the R3 and GT, both of which come with a six-speed manual transmission, where the engine produces 232 horsepower. The GT can also be optioned with a no-charge six-speed automatic, with a resulting drop to 212 horsepower. Torque remains the same at 159 lb-ft with either transmission.

The RX-8 looks like a coupe, but small, rear-hinged doors provide access to the two-passenger rear seat.

Read the full review, via CanadianDriver.

CanadianDriver » Buyer’s Guide: 2011 Mazda3

Canadian Driver reviews the key changes for the 2011 Mazda3:

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For 2011, the Mazda3 undergoes numerous trim changes. Electronic stability control and traction control are added as standard equipment to the GX and GS trim, so that all models now include these features.

Read the full guide, via CanadianDriver.

First drive: 2011 Mazda2 Yozora

The Score: Cleverly conceived, well put together and priced right, the Mazda2 is very economical and a fun little car to drive.

Read the review, via Driving.ca -First drive: 2011 Mazda2 Yazora.

Mazda BT-50 to debut at Sydney Motor Show | Car Advice | News | Reviews

Wondering if this is Mazda‘s replacement for the B-Series here in N. America..?

Mazda has announced it will launch the all-new Mazda BT-50 at the upcoming international motor show in Sydney. Mazda calls it an ‘active lifestyle vehicle’ and it’s the new approach Mazda is taking on the conventional ute design.

Read the full article, via Car Advice.

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Were buying too many trucks – driving.ca

According to Ford Canada, a distorted Canadian market leads to inflated truck sales:

A combination of high consumer incentives, relatively low oil prices and pent-up demand have conspired to artificially boost truck sales, a trend that is problematic and unsustainable, said David Mondragon, chief executive of Ford of Canada.

Read the full article, via the Calgary Herald.

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