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Mazdaspeed3 Gunning for the 'Ring Track Record
Submitted by Berny on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 14:52

MAZDA3 MPS: RING MASTER

The Mazda flies down The Foxhole. Bang up against the rev limiter in fifth, then flat‑change into sixth and up to 150mph. Turbo blowing hard, the Mazda3 MPS hotshoe voraciously sucks up the track ahead, rusty Armco, candy-stick rumble strips and towering oak trees filling the windscreen.

Drawing a dead straight line through the left-right-left-right of one of the Nürburgring's most infamous corners, Mark Ticehurst throws the Mazda down to the bottom of the hill, the car's suspension compressing hard before he hurtles up the other side and peels hard left and up into Adenaur Forest. He's gone as quickly as he arrives, the wailing engine note briefly ricocheting off the hillside before leaving a loud silence in its wake.

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Mazda Designs an Exotic Watch
Submitted by Berny on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 18:28Mazda General | Other

Collaborations with watchmakers is normally the purview of exotic car manufacturers, but Mazda has partnered with German watch maker Sinn Spezialuhren to create a limited edition chronograph that's slated to go on sale in Europe this August.

Apparently, this is the third time that Mazda has joined forces with Sinn, as they've released two other timepieces, drawing influence from the MX-5 and RX-8.

Their newest venture was also inspired by the automaker's iconic convertible, which supposedly steals cues from the taillights, door handles and air intake, along with a band that shares the same tire design as the Mazda Hakaze concept.

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Mazda Awarded First Place in Auto Bild Magazine's "Quality Report" for the Third Year Running
Submitted by Berny on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 22:13

HIROSHIMA, Japan— Auto Bild, Germany’s largest car magazine, has ranked Mazda in first place in its highly respected “Quality Report” for 2007, which was published on June 8. This was the third straight year that Mazda has been awarded first place in this annual report.

First conducted in 2001, Auto Bild’s Quality Report compiles the result of seven criteria – endurance tests, car owner surveys (22,795 Auto Bild subscribers), recalls, Germany’s Technische Uberwachung Verein (TUV) report, customer complaints at Auto Bild, type of warranties and the quality of dealerships based on secret service tests – for a comprehensive picture of quality in Europe’s largest market according to brand.

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MX-5 Cup Maiden Victory For Caddell at Portland
Submitted by Berny on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 21:13MazdaSpeed | Mazdaspeed MX-5 | Miata MX-5

Caddell Gets Maiden MX-5 Cup Victory at Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 10, 2007)
– Andrew Caddell, of Graham, Wash., took his first career-win at Portland International Raceway for Round Four of the SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup, part of the Mazda Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe’s. Pratt Cole, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Jesse Combs, of Woodlands, Texas, completed the podium.

Starting second on the grid in his No. 30 TeamMER/AimSport/Pinnacle Mazda MX-5, Caddell dropped to third on the opening lap when his MER teammate Jason Saini, of Fort Worth, Texas, got the better start in his No. 28 Autobarn Mazda/Saferacer.com MX-5. The pair followed the No. 39 ACE Surgical Supply/H&M Motorsport MX-5 of polesitter Brad McAllister, of Portland Ore., into Turn One and commenced a heated battle for the lead.

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Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development Tri-Point Mazda6 Wins Race 2 At Watkins Glen SPEED Touring race
Submitted by Berny on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 21:09

Pobst Completes Historic Sweep of Three SPEED World Challenge Races at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 10, 2006)
– Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., made SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge history by winning his third race of the weekend Sunday, taking Round Five of the SCCA SPEED Touring Car Championship after winning the first half of the series’ doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday morning’s SCCA SPEED GT race at Watkins Glen International, part of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen Weekend.

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Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development Tri-Point Mazda6 Wins Race 1 At Watkins Glen SPEED Touring race
Submitted by Berny on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 20:37Mazda6 | MazdaSpeed | Mazdaspeed 6

Pobst Goes Flag-To-Flag in First Half of Glen Touring Car Doubleheader

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 9, 2007)
– Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., captured his first SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car win of the season Saturday as part of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen weekend at Watkins Glen International. Pierre Kleinubing, of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Charles Espenlaub, of Lutz, Fla., completed the top three.

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Mazda to Participate in ITS Trials on Public Roads in Hiroshima
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 23:09Mazda General

HIROSHIMA, Japan—To promote improved road safety, Mazda Motor Corporation has announced its intention to take part in public road trials in the Hiroshima area to help validate a new Intelligent Transport System (ITS). The road trials are due to commence in fall 2007.

Intelligent Transport Systems use the latest in high-tech telecommunications to create an information network encompassing people, roads and vehicles. The objective of this new traffic system is to work toward solutions for transport problems such as road accidents, congestion and damage to the environment.

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Mazda Motor Corporation announces personnel changes
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 21:04Mazda General

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the following personnel changes, effective June 1, 2007.

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Mazda recalling 260,000+ vehicles in Japan
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 12:15

Source: www.forbes.com

TOKYO - Mazda Motor Corp. said it will recall more than 260,000 cars in Japan due to a possible clutch defect.

The country's fifth largest automaker, which is one-third owned by Ford Motor of the United States, said passenger cars with the same trouble were also shipped to Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Brunei.

'But we don't know the number of the cars,' a Mazda spokeswoman said, adding that the company would decide on whether to exchange defective parts for free 'depending upon the regulations of each countries.'

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Mazda Develops New Naturally-Aspirated MZR 1.3L Miller-cycle Engine
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 11:54Concepts | Mazda General | Mazda2

- The new MZR 1.3L engine powers the all-new Mazda Demio to achieve a fuel economy of 23.0 km/L and qualify for Japan's Green Tax exemptions -

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has developed a new, naturally aspirated MZR 1.3L Miller-cycle engine, which will power the all-new Demio (known as the all-new Mazda2 in overseas markets) when it goes on sale in Japan in July 2007. In combination with Mazda’s first continuously variable transmission (CVT), the engine will assist the new Demio to achieve a 10-15 mode fuel economy of 23.0 km/L, an improvement of approximately 20 percent over the 19.2 km/L rating of the current model.

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