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Mazda Hints at ‘Diesel-Electric’ Hybrid

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Engineers at Mazda are reportedly working on a diesel-electric hybrid vehicle that could be ready for sale as early as 2016, according to Japan’s leading newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun. Prospective designs include an electric motor acting as an assisting power source for a super-efficient diesel engine. Talk among Asian auto experts focuses on the current [...]

It’s ‘Clean Diesel’ for Next Mazda 2

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Mazda’s upcoming supermini car, the Mazda 2, will feature a 1.5-liter diesel engine, the carmaker announced this week. The clean diesel offering will use the Japanese car manufacturer’s SkyActiv engine technology, which allows even gasoline-powered cars to approach diesel efficiency ratings. The world got its first glimpse of the SkyActiv-D engine at this year’s Geneva [...]

Mazda to Debut ‘Hazumi’ Concept at Geneva

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Mazda has announced that a replacement for the Mazda 2 will be on display as a concept car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. A spokesperson for the automaker said the new concept “expresses the ideal form for the company’s next-generation subcompact.” Offering a single photo of the mysterious Hazumi, Mazda officials explained [...]

Canada’s ‘Car of the Year’ an Unexpected Choice

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In a surprise move, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada chose the Mazda 6 sedan as the Car of the Year. The announcement was made at the ongoing Toronto Auto Show. The award is considered one of the top vehicle prizes in the industry. Before the revelation, most media members had expected the odds-on favorite, [...]

Surprises in ‘North American Car of the Year’ Finals

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The finalists for car and truck of the year were announced this week. NAIAS officially released its list of three cars and three trucks that made the North American Car/Truck of the Year final round. Any list that contains the pizzazz of a Corvette Stingray and the understated reliability of a Mazda3 is certainly an [...]

Green Car of the Year: Five Finalists Remain

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Green Car Journal has revealed its finalists for Green Car of the Year 2013. The five vehicles include two clean diesel models and a pair of fuel-efficient gasoline cars. The fifth is a Japanese hybrid. Audi’s A6 TDI and BMW’s 328d are the two diesels, while the Honda Accord is available as a hybrid and [...]

Canadian Green Award Finalists Revealed

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Finalists for the Canadian Green Car of the Year Award have been announced. The prize is being handed out for the first time ever and is jointly sponsored by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and Green Living Enterprises. The finalists are: Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid Ford Fusion Hybrid Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Mazda3 Ford C-Max [...]

Mazda SkyACTIV Wins First-ever ‘Green Technology Award’

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At this week’s Washington Auto Show, Mazda’s SkyACTIV technology snagged the Green Car Journal’s “Green Car Technology Award.” This is the first time the award has been given, and Mazda topped a tough group of competitors, which included Ford auto stop-start, the Tesla powertrain, and the Fisker EVer powertrain, among others. The award recognizes a [...]

North American Car of the Year Competition Tightest Ever

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Next month at the Detroit Auto Show, event organizers will announce the winners of the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards. This year’s lineup of candidates features vehicles that are big on efficiency and long on good looks. Car of the Year finalists are Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and the Cadillac [...]

Mazda 6 Diesel Headed for U.S. Showrooms

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Mazda will offer a diesel version of its newest car to U.S. customers. The Mazda 6 marks the Japanese automaker’s commitment to diesel technology, while many other manufacturers are emphasizing EV or hybrid-electric drivetrains. The four-cylinder diesel is historic for the company. Never before has it offered a diesel to U.S. buyers. In the midsize [...]

Green Car of the Year: The Nominees

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Green Car Journal has named its five nominees for the anticipated Green Car of the Year Award, which will be presented at the conclusion of the LA Auto show Nov. 29. To make it into the final round, each car must demonstrate exceptional fuel efficiency, and this year’s contenders are all worthy candidates. The roster [...]

Mazda Hybrid Rotary in the Works

Mazda6: Candidate for hybrid-drive?

Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi used the Moscow International Motor Show this week as the backdrop for his announcement that the Japanese carmaker will bring the rotary engine back next year, likely in a range-extended vehicle. What many are calling Mazda’s version of the Chevy Volt could be a reworking of the company’s newest Mazda6, which [...]

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