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23Playboy reveals its 2013 Cars of the Year

Vaunted men's magazine Playboy knows that its readers are nearly as interested in cars as they are in the female anatomy... sorry, we thought we could write that with a straight face. Anyway, the buff-book does occasionally fill some of its spreads with sexy metal, to accent all the rest of the sexiness.

4Ford Focus ST Hits 32 Miles Per Gallon

Sporty Compact Bests VW GTI and Mazda Speed3

The much-anticipated 2013 Ford Focus ST will get 32 miles per gallon on the highway, Ford officials said today.

2Autoblog Podcast #271

Top Gear USA joins us, Ferrari F620, Lamborghini Aventador and Land Rover Evoque convertibles

712012 Mazda3 priced from $18,450* with Skyactiv

Mazda has officially released pricing on the 2012 Mazda3. The Japanese automaker has dropped the price on the Mazda3 i SV sedan, which now carries a price tag of $15,200 (*plus a $795 destination fee). That vehicle comes equipped with the previous-generation 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, so if you want to sample the company's new SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter four cylinder, you'll need to step up to the Mazda3 i Touring at $18,450. With an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 40 mpg

33Rumormill: Next Mazdaspeed3 to go diesel?

2010 Mazdaspeed3 – Click above for high-res image gallery

26Upscale small cars face hard times against hybrid rivals

2010 Volkswagen Golf – Click above for high-res image gallery

2Officially Official: Dyson-Mazda-Lola to run biobutanol blend in 2010 ALMS

As expected, the Dyson Racing Team, MazdaSpeed and BP announced today that the Lola-Mazda cars will be running on a new blend of biobutanol and ethanol for the 2010 American Le Mans Series Season. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), which handles the technical regulations for ALMS, put out a technical bulletin last week announcing that iBE20 had been approved for use in LMP-class cars this year. The Dyson team ran one of its two cars unclassified as a test during the last two race

125Review: 2010 Mazdaspeed3 is sitting on the bubble

2010 Mazdaspeed3 - Click above for high-res image gallery

47Car and Driver announces 2010 10Best Cars

Our pals over at Car and Driver, now helmed by our esteemable buddy Eddie Alterman, just released their 2010 10Best Cars. Quite an undertaking. As they put it, "58 contenders. $2.5 million total. 12,000 test miles logged." For those keeping track, this is the 28th time C/D has published their 10Best. Surprises this year? No not really. The BMW 3 Series continues its unabated drive of dominance to 10Best history with an impressive, will-probably-never-be-duplicated 19th straight win. Not to be to

20SEMA 2009: Mazda introduces us to a happy couple, inspires 3-some

Customized 40th Anniversary 2010 Mazdaspeed3 - Click above for high-res image gallery

21VIDEO: The Smoking Tire launches, plays with Mazda enthusiasts in New York

The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah inspects a first generation Miata - Click above to view the video after the jump

116First Drive: 2010 Mazdaspeed3, the five-door sports car evolved

2010 Mazdaspeed3 – Click above for high-res image gallery

29Frankfurt Preview: 2010 Mazda CX-7 gets a familiar fascia

2010 Mazda CX-7 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

11Does Ford's 2.0L EcoBoost four = MazdaSpeed3 four? Nope

After Ford VP Barb Samardzich officially announced that the 2.0-liter four cylinder EcoBoost engine that's coming next year, a correspondent for the Examiner.com postulated that this engine was in fact nothing more than a re-badged version of the 2.3-liter engine from the MazdaSpeed3. Certainly there are similarities in the specs: both have four cylinders, direct fuel injection, turbocharging, etc., and there has been plenty of collaboration between the two companies. The Mazda CX-9 even uses a

38Does Ford's new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four = MazdaSpeed3 four? Not really

After Ford VP Barb Samardzich officially announced the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine for next year, a correspondent for the Examiner.com postulated that this engine was in fact nothing more than a re-badged, smaller version of the 2.3-liter engine from the MazdaSpeed3. Certainly there are similarities in the specs: four cylinders, direct fuel injection, turbocharging, etc. and there has been plenty of collaboration between the two companies. The Mazda CX-9 even uses a version of Ford's

62Geneva 2009: 2010 Mazdaspeed3 (MPS), grin and bear it

Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Mazdaspeed (MPS)

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