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Review: 2012 Mazda5

Mazda's Pint-sized Minivan Gets Better, Not Bigger Way back in 1983, Chrysler shocked the world with the introduction of the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. The upstart family haulers took the auto industry by storm, driving a stake through the heart of station wagon sales while setting the table for Chrysler to own the minivan segment for decades to come. But that segment has evolved in the last several years, leading to a redefinition of family transportation. First and foremost, the minivan has gone through an HGH-fueled growth spurt, adding a host of whiz-bang features like... Read More

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    Car and Driver makes its own Mazdaspeed5
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    Although the story's a bit old, Car and Driver just released the tale of their sixth Boss Wagon project online. Just like their past attempts at turning a sow's ear into a silk purse, this one starts with a casual comment that snowballs out of control. After several rethinks, copious man-hours and a lot of scratched heads, a new Boss Wagon has been ...

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    In the Autoblog Garage: 2007 Mazda5 Touring
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    The Tutors have been waiting months to get a Mazda5 in the Autoblog Garage. The car-like minivan has been on the our family shopping list since we knew we were adding an extra person to the house. Based on the Mazda3 platform, the 5 promised a sedan ride with family-size space for parents on a budget. That, in my mind, is the perfect vehicle.Our strato blue ...

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    2008 Mazda5 gets less change in US trim
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    Click above for high-res images of the 2008 US Mazda5While we just showed you the revised 2008 Euro Mazda5 that will make its debut in Bologna, we wanted to let U.S. 5 fans know that it will be more than a year before most, if any, of those changes find their way to our shores. We say this based on the fact that we've already seen the 2008 Mazda5. Quietly ...

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    Redesigned Mazda5 coming to Bologna Motor Show
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    click above image to view more pics of the redesigned Mazda5The Mazda5 seems to be a few quarts short of Zoom-Zoom juice compared to the rest of Mazda's lineup. It just has never seemed able to generate the same excitement from customers as the brand's other cars. Perhaps that's because it's fundamentally a little minivan, a type of vehicle that by its very ...

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    Mazda releases redesigned Premacy (aka Mazda5)
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    Click the image above for more high-res pics.Like many of the models that find their way to our shores, over the course of the journey they lose their domestic nameplate and are rebadged to fit in with the automaker's local nomenclature. Say "hello" to the Premacy, or here in the U.S., the Mazda5.Mazda has restyled its diminutive people mover and we can ...

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    Spy Shots: 2008 Mazda5 facelift
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    After three years of wearing the same clothes, Mazda's anti-minivan minivan, the Mazda5, has been spotted trying out a new look. This spy shot shows the six-seater with a revised grille, redesigned headlights that extend a bit beyond the fenders, a more rounded front bumper, flashy chrome trim around the fog lights and LED taillights.Possibly the most ...

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    Crossover Crazy: Mazda has five people-haulers from which to choose
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    The well-known zoom-zoom tag-line in every Mazda commercial is being tested by a flood of crossover vehicles that don't exactly fit the company's sporty persona. To complicate things further, all five vehicles are close in price, with the difference from bottom to top being a mere $11,400. CX-9: Minivan replacement, seats sevenCX-7: Sporty and quick, seats ...

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    Tokyo Auto Salon: Mazda Mega-Gallery
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    Click for our gallery of 31 high-resolution photosMazda brought a ton of rides to the tuner-centric Tokyo Auto Salon this year. In addition to machinery like the CX-7 Bright Stylish Concept we brought you a few weeks ago and the Roadster (MX-5) Mazdaspeed M'z Tune Concept that Damon reported on earlier today, there are a host of other trick Mazdas prepared ...

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    Mazda recalls 12,000 over bad airbags
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    Mazda Motor announced Thursday that it will recall more than 12,000 vehicles from the Japanese domestic market to replace faulty airbags. The recall covers the JDM Premacy, Atenza and Ixion models (branded as Fords in Japan) manufactured between March 1999 and July 2002.Three accidents have apparently been attributed to the faulty airbags, which can ...

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    Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid Concept: Eco-friendly rotary power
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    At the British Motor Show, Mazda is showing its "green" side with the Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Concept. The 5-seat MPV (Mazda calls it an MAV - Multi Activity Vehicle) is fitted with Mazda's dual-fuel Hydrogen/gasoline RENESIS rotary engine. It, in turn, is supplemented by a 30kW/40PS electric motor, which allows for torque assistance, stop/start functionality, ...

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    Kia shows off next Carens at Madrid Auto Show
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    More details on Kia's new Carens have surfaced, now that the mini MPV has debuted in Madrid. The five-to-seven seater is widely expected to show up in U.S. dealers as the 'Rondo' where it will mix it up with everything from the Mazda 5 to Chevrolet HHR and Toyota Matrix. A marked improvement in the visuals over the previous iteration will help the Carens ...

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    Jerry Flint on Mazda: Who's Zoom-Zoomin' who?
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    Automotive curmudgeon critic Jerry Flint puts Mazda in his crosshairs for his latest column, Backstreet Driver. He addresses what is a well-known issue about the automaker: There has been no growth in Mazda sales for over a decade.Mazda vehicles are “it” cars among many automotive enthusiasts, who gush over their handling, ...

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