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Mazda and Hyundai top customer satisfaction survey, Suzuki and Jeep at bottom
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2nd Dec 2017
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Mazda and Hyundai top customer satisfaction survey, Suzuki and Jeep at bottom

As a general rule, people are having a better time with car dealers than just a few years ago, but some brands' franchise partners are still lagging behind the performance of industry leaders Mazda and Hyundai. That's a summary of the findings from market research firm J.D. Power, which this week published results from its latest annual customer survey. Overall satisfaction has climbed 48 points on a 1000-point scale since 2013, the firm says.
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Mike Costello
This nifty invention converts your H-Pattern manual into a sequential shifter
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1st Dec 2017
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This nifty invention converts your H-Pattern manual into a sequential shifter

While wandering around SEMA 2017, we ran into Bremer Shifters, a stand that was displaying an innovative way to convert your H-Pattern gearbox into a sequential style shifter. Fitment is extremely easy, Bremer reckons, with no requirement to even drop the gearbox at all. You simply unbolt your existing shifter to accommodate the Bremer conversion shifter. We had a chat to Russ from Bremer, who gave us the rundown.
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Mark Trueno
Mazda working on next-generation rotary engine
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1st Dec 2017
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Mazda working on next-generation rotary engine

Mazda has admitted that it has an engineering division currently working on a next-generation rotary engine, but there's no definitive date for its release. Speaking to media at the 2017 Los Angeles motor show, president and CEO of Mazda North America operations, Masahiro Moro, said the rotary fan base is huge, so a rotary is within Mazda's future.
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Paul Maric
Mazda to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity in 2018
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30th Nov 2017
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Mazda to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity in 2018

While Mazda leads the game in Australia on many fronts, it falls short in the field of basic smartphone technology and connectivity. Speaking to media at the 2017 Los Angeles motor show, president and CEO of Mazda North America Operations, Masahiro Moro said technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is on the way. "Some technology is almost necessary and not just a benefit. This is the 'hygiene' factor in a few years. We are working on that and it will come in 2018," Moro said.
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Paul Maric
2018 Lexus LX570 five-seater revealed, not coming to Oz
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30th Nov 2017
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2018 Lexus LX570 five-seater revealed, not coming to Oz

Lexus has unveiled a five-seat version of its LX570 four-wheel drive for the Los Angeles motor show, but it won't be coming to Australia. Under the skin, the five-seater is the same as the three-row car. That means power from a 5.7-litre V8 engine making 270kW and 550Nm of torque, hooked up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
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Scott Collie