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The automotive name of thrones: Around the world in 80 cars

There’s no doubt some car names have become icons unto themselves to the point where they almost overshadow the brands they come from. Take Mustang and Corvette for instance, which have broken the bonds of their Ford and Chevrolet parents and grown into brands of their own...

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Mazda wishes RX-7 a happy 40th - video
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Mazda wishes RX-7 a happy 40th - video

The rotary is dead for now, but fans of the Mazda RX-7 are still very much alive and kicking. In a nod to the legendary nameplate on its 40th birthday, Mazda UK has assembled all three generations for a video. Given they're now valuable classics, you could have forgiven Mazda for parking three RX-7s side-by-side and releasing a few photos...


Eight reasons you should've gone to World Time Attack 2017
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Eight reasons you should've gone to World Time Attack 2017

Simply, the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) is awesome. For the uninitiated, WTAC – formerly known as Superlap – is a fast-paced, high-action motorsport event, held at Sydney Motorsport Park every year since 2010. In short, WTAC is a local nod to similar types of events run in Japan for decades, focussing on the fastest tuned and modified cars, setting the fastest lap possible around a given circuit...


Mazda rotary turns 50
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Mazda rotary turns 50

Mazda is celebrating the 50th anniversary of it first production rotary engine, the technology with which it remains synonymous despite it being on hiatus since the 2012 death of the RX-8. The back story, as the company tells it, goes a little like this. Mazda, then called Toyo Kogyo Corporation, needed to stand apart from other fast-rising Japanese car makers, and to stay independent...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 17, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 17, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


'Mad' Mike's original MadBul RX-7 gets old-school facelift
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'Mad' Mike's original MadBul RX-7 gets old-school facelift

If you're a fan of the mighty Mazda RX-7, you've not doubt heard of New Zealand drifter 'Mad' Mike Whiddett, and surely seen – or indeed heard – his ear-melting quad-rotor Mazda RX-7. Well, after 10 years in his possession, and more than a handful of rebuilds, the professional Kiwi skidder has treated the car to another refresh...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 9, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 9, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Mazda not working on sports car larger than the MX-5
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Mazda not working on sports car larger than the MX-5

Masamichi Kogai, CEO of Mazda, has stated that his company isn't currently working a sports car larger than the MX-5. During an interview with Automotive News, Kogai was asked if the company had plans for a "larger sports car entry", to which he simply stated no...


Mazda MX-5 a "very important car for the future" says brand's sports car guru
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Mazda MX-5 a "very important car for the future" says brand's sports car guru

The man behind the development of all but the very first Mazda MX-5 has declared the sports car's importance to the brand and its importance to the brand's future...


Mazda 'RX-9' still on the production backburner
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Mazda 'RX-9' still on the production backburner

The Mazda RX-Vision concept that stole the Tokyo motor show last November remains on the production slow-burn, with plans to make it for the road seemingly still in their infancy. The gorgeous RX-Vision concept captured minds and hearts alike when it premiered six-months ago, while it also gave a glimpse at where Mazda was at with the rotary engine — its spiritual hallmark...


Mazda RX-9 previewed with RX-Vision rotary concept at Tokyo motor show
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Mazda RX-9 previewed with RX-Vision rotary concept at Tokyo motor show

Perhaps the biggest unveiling at today's Tokyo motor show is the Mazda RX-VISION sports car concept, a rotary-engined concept which represents what we are likely to see from an upcoming Mazda RX-9. As reported yesterday, Mazda has confirmed that a next-generation rotary engine is currently in development, though the company hasn't given a firm timeline or any exact specifics as to the engine's availability or capability...


Mazda RX rotary sports car concept might emerge next month in Tokyo
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Mazda RX rotary sports car concept might emerge next month in Tokyo

Mazda has given one hell of a strong hint that it will begin talking in earnest about its long-speculated reborn rotary sports car at the Tokyo motor show next month. The mooted launch of a reborn Mazda RX sports car (some say to be called the RX-9) with a modernised rotary engine has long been a talking point surrounding the Japanese company...


Mazda RX revival plans are just 'dreams'
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Mazda RX revival plans are just 'dreams'

Mazda has no plans for a rotary sports car program, with the company’s boss confirming that talk of an RX-7 or RX-8 revival are currently just dreams. Asked why the rotary sports car program has seen an up and down rumour cycle of being established and then denied, Mazda’s managing executive officer in charge of global sales and marketing, Masahiro Moro, told the Australian motoring media at today’s Los Angeles auto show that the sports car program has always been off...


Mazda CEO rules out rotary engine sports car
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Mazda CEO rules out rotary engine sports car

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai has officially ruled out a rotary engine-powered RX halo car for the Hiroshima-based car maker. In a chat with Automotive News, Kogai said: "We don't have that kind of vehicle in our future product plan". Kogai reasons that, as a small mainstream car maker, "if you increase the number of segments, then the resources we can allocate to each will decline and that will prevent us from developing truly good products"...


Mazda performance car revival in the works
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Mazda performance car revival in the works

It’s not often we get a chance to drive a sports car from the 1990s at the request of a manufacturer. But that was exactly the case when we found ourselves behind the wheel of a race-winning 13B twin-turbo rotary Mazda RX-7 at Eastern Creek raceway at the recent World Time Attack challenge...


Mazda considering milestone models to celebrate upcoming anniversaries
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Mazda considering milestone models to celebrate upcoming anniversaries

Mazda is considering launching special new models to coincide with some significant anniversaries for the brand in the coming years. Mazda global sales and marketing general manager Yasushiro Aoyama told CarAdvice at the launch of the new Mazda 2 in Japan last week the largest celebration would be the company’s centenary in 2020...


Mazda RX-7 expected in 2017
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Mazda RX-7 expected in 2017

An all-new, rotary-powered Mazda RX-7 appears a step closer to being reincarnated. Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders said there’s currently a lot of internal chatter surrounding a new-generation rotary-powered RX-7. “I’m just saying, my personal opinion is I’m hearing more noise. That’s all I can tell you,” he said...


Mazda rotary engine production ceases: the end of an era
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Mazda rotary engine production ceases: the end of an era

The last Mazda to use the famed but sadly doomed rotary engine rolled off the assembly line at the company's Hiroshima factory and headquarters in Japan last Friday bringing to a close the life of an extraordinary little powerplant. "Production of the RX-8 will end, but the rotary engine will live on as an important part of Mazda's spirit," said Mazda president Takashi Yamanouchi...


New Mazda RX-7 is a must!
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New Mazda RX-7 is a must!

At least that’s what Mazda’s Head of Design, Ikuo “Speedy” Maeda believes, when he recently spoke with Motor Trend and more or less, pleaded for a crack at a new generation RX-7 when he said, “Please ask Mazda to do a new sports car, please.” If “Speedy” can’t pull this off, then the odds are, no one can...


Steve Glenney to time attack in Mazda
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Steve Glenney to time attack in Mazda

Steve Glenney will jump behind the wheel in one of the country’s fastest Mazda RX-7 racecars at the famed World Time Attack Challenge, at Sydney’s Eastern Creek Raceway. While this will be Glenney’s first time in the RX-7, the talented driver is no stranger to a rotary, having contest twice in the Targa Tasmania in a Mazda Motorsport RX-8 SP...