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Mazda’s Paint & Wheels Package for MX-5

December 30, 2006 Leave a comment

Mazda has recently announced their new paint & wheels package for the MX-5 but it’s for their Japanese market. Dubbed as the Blaze Edition—it comes in two blazing colors: the Radiant Ebony Mica and Highland Green Mica.

The Blaze Edition MX-5 possess features like lightweight BBS wheels plus other trim elements like clear markers, turn signals, chrome exterior trim, aluminum cabin accents and a sand beige leather interior.

The Blaze Edition is available in either traditional ragtop or the new power retractable hardtop. Prices range for the Blaze Edition is from ¥2,840,000 to ¥3,135,000 depending on the combo of trim/roof/tranny.

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NAIAS Preview: Mercedes-Benz

December 29, 2006 Leave a comment

This is what German automaker Mercedes-Benz got in store for us at NAIAS.

Mercedes-Benz said they will showcase the Concept Ocean Drive four-door convertible at the forthcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit early next year. As for a Mercedes-Benz model, the car offers nothing but luxury and elegance along with its sporty features.

Significant exterior features of the Concept Ocean Drive include large and upright radiator grille, LED headlamps and taillights, two-tone paintwork and a striking interplay between taut lines and large, restful surfaces. On the interior, it features the finest-quality leather with 3D-effect materials and large bird’s eye maple trim panels and other that elegant interior design cues. The four-door convertible also comes with the company’s patented equipments like the Brake Assist PLUS, the innovative PRE-SAFE brake system along with radar-based DISTRONIC PLUS, and the PRE-SAFE anticipatory occupant protection system.

The car also features the innovative AIRSCARF neck-level heating system that provides enough heat in all four seats when driving through cold weather. Find out more about this car during or after the show.

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Mazda, Skip Barber Racing School Sign Partnership

December 23, 2006 Leave a comment
Mazda and Skip Barber Racing School Sign PartnershipTwo powerful names in racing have just hooked up to help you perfect your skills behind the wheel.

Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda has announced that they have signed off on a new, long-term partnership agreement that will help drivers “gain experience on their way to the top ranks of amateur and professional racing.”

Mazda will reportedly supply vehicles to Skip Barber for exclusive use in the “Skip Barber Driving School Powered by Mazda.” The cars include the Mazda 3, MX-5 Miata and RX-8. They will be used at several Skip Barber locations, including Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California, Sebring International Raceway and Daytona International Speedway in Florida, Road America in Wisconsin and Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.

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New GM Crossover Deliveries delayed by glitch

December 21, 2006 Leave a comment
2007 GMC Acadia
2007 Saturn Outlook
The Detroit Free Press reports that a problem with an engine mount has forced General Motors to tell dealers to hold off on selling its new GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook crossover SUVs. However the delay in sales is expected only for a couple of days, since GM has only shipped about 550 vehicles to dealers.

The engine mount problem could cause some vibration in cold weather. The fix involves drilling drainage holes into an engine mount to keep water from collecting in the mount and freezing.

Dealers will make fixes to the shipped vehicles, and GM already has fixed the problem on its assembly line, a GM spokeswoman said. Meanwhile if you’re looking for GMC parts do check out Auto Parts Corner.

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Nissan Engine Bags Ward’s 10 Best Engines Award

December 15, 2006 Leave a comment
Nissan 3.5-liter VQ V6 engine
For the thirteenth consecutive year, Nissan’s 3.5-liter VQ V6 engine once again made it to the annual Ward’s 10 Best Engines. Editors at WardsAuto.com evaluated a number of engines produced regularly and ranked them among various subjective criteria. The 3.5-liter VQ V6 engine is the only engine that has been included in Ward’s 10 Best Engines every year.

The engine is being manufactured in Nissan plants both in Japan and in the US. The engine is currently used by Nissan and Infiniti models sold in the US including Nissan Altima, Maxima, Murano, Quest, 350Z, and Infiniti G35, FX35 and M35. The award was given specifically to the new 3.5-liter VQHR engine equipped in the all-new 2007 Infiniti G35 with a six-speed manual transmission.

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