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We had a feeling this was coming, but the cat's now officially out of the bag: The Mazda CX-7 is being discontinued in the United States.

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Is Zoom-Zoom More Important Than Room-Room?

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Quite a few automakers have had success with certified pre-owned used car programs, and now Mazda is jumping on board by offering a CPO plan of its own. After all, used vehicles that have passed a rigorous inspection are more attractive to potential buyers, even though certified cars commonly carry a heavier price tag than their non-inspected lot mates.

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IIHS rollover tests for midsized SUVs – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

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Click above for high-res gallery of the 2010 Mazda CX-7

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Click above for a gallery of the 2010 Mazda CX-7

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Please To our eyes, Mazda's CX-7 crossover still manages to look fresh despite having been on the market since mid-2006. While it has aged gracefully, the Japanese automaker is readying a facelift for 2010, and some early mules have just been caught by spy shooters roaming in wintery Michigan.

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Kesselman Mazda CX-7.

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The CX-9 was Mazda's first vehicle designed specifically for US consumption, and one Motor Trend SUV of the year award later, Mazda may be on to something. Sales momentum has increased steadily for the seven-seat utility vehicle, with 3,000 units flying off dealer lots in October alone. Mazda's flexibility allowed the automaker to transform in 18 months a minivan that would likely retail for less than $30,000 into a hot CUV with a price tag reaching $40,000. The Hiroshima-based automaker will le

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click above image to view more pics of the 2007 Mazda CX-7 GT AWD

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click above image for more high-res pics of the 2008 Buick Enclave

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Mazda made it clear at the beginning of this auto show season that each of the three concepts it debuted would be more production ready than the last. First there was the Nagare concept that debuted at the LA Auto Show, and then came the Ryuga concept that was shown at the Detroit Auto Show. The final concept, called the Hakaze, debuted this month in Geneva, and according to a report from Auto Express is destined to inspire the design of a production CUV called the CX-5.

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Some cloaked shots of the production version of Ford's newest cute ute have surfaced. First shown as the iosis-X concept in Paris, this C-segment crossover features that same "kinetic design language" we see in Ford of Europe's S-MAX and C-MAX, in a size that slots between the two. This small crossover would compete head-to-head with the Toyota RAV-4 and Honda CR-V, among others.

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When the Mazda CX-7 went on sale in Japan last month, the automaker set a modest monthly sales target for the CUV -- 380. It's safe to say that they may have (intentionally?) underestimated demand a bit, as around 1800 orders for the CX-7 were placed. Now, as casual observers of new vehicle launches in Japan, this isn't necessarily surprising, especially when you take the lowball projection number into account. Off the top of our heads, we can think of two keis -- the Subaru Stella and Daihatsu

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Mazda just announced that it has decided to scrap all 4,703 vehicles that were aboard the Cougar Ace cargo vessel when it nearly capsized off the Aleutian Islands in Alaska back in late July. The shipping vessel sat listing to one side for over a month before it was towed to and repaired at a port in Oregon. During that time, the vehicles on board, comprised of the Mazda3 small car and CX-7 crossover, were tied down at severe angles. Mazda had previously told us it would inspect all the vehicle

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