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    Featured: A decade later, here are 4 cars we miss and 5 we're happy are gone [UPDATE]
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    Automotive anniversaries are often big news. Last year, the Chevrolet Corvette turned 60 and the Porsche 911 hit 50. This year, the spritely Mazda MX-5 Miata turns 25. The iconic Ford Mustang just turned the big Five-Oh, too. But what about lesser anniversaries? Think about it: there are plenty ...

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    Report: Mazda CEO says rotary not viable, so don't look for a new one
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    We have some very sad news to report, rotor-heads fans: Don't expect a new rotary-powered vehicle anytime soon. This comes straight from Masamichi Kogai, the CEO of Mazda, which is the only company to ever market a commercially successful rotary-powered automobile in the world. The issue, as it ...

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    Report: Mazda engineers urging execs for more RWD models
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    According to Edmunds, Mazda engineers are pressuring the company to create more rear-wheel-drive models, in an effort to better differentiate itself from its rivals. This push is reportedly coming from middle and senior engineers within the company, and these folks at Mazda believe this ...

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    Video: Scion FR-S pitted against oldtimers RX-8 and S2000
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    There are very few vehicles available today that compare directly with the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins. A case could be made for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and possibly even six-cylinder versions of American coupes like the Ford Mustang. Pretty much everything else is either too expensive or is ...

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    Rumormill: Mazda to revive RX-7 in... 2017?
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    There is a special place in our hearts reserved for the Mazda RX-7. Its screaming rotary engine made the '80s and '90s a time of high-revving fun. While Mazda continued the rotary with the four-door RX-8, the two are not the same car, and eventually the latter was phased out. The Motor Report is ...

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    Official: Reprieve! End of Mazda RX-8 pushed back by extra 1,000 units
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    And now for some good news from Mazda: it is doubling the run of its limited edition RX-8 Spirit R, adding 1,000 more units to production due to demand. Announced late last year, this Japan-only model celebrates the end of the RX-8's nine-year existence. The final Wankel-engined four-door is ...

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    Official: Mazda RX-8 Spirit R will be last special edition before production ends
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    Mazda has chosen to commemorate the departure of the company's RX-8 with one last special edition in Japan. The Mazda RX-8 Spirit R is set to arrive at Japanese dealerships next month and will offer 1,000 lucky buyers a host of aesthetic upgrades over the base vehicle. The package starts with an ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #244
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    Toyota-Ford tie-up, Mazda RX-8 and Dakota cancelled, VW Up!, Cadillac ELR Episode #244 of the Autoblog Podcast is here. This week, Chris and Dan are joined by Zach Bowman, fresh off vacation. Topics we cover include the Ford and Toyota partnership to develop hybrid truck powertrain, the ...

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    Podcast: Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #244 LIVE
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    We record Episode #244 of the Autoblog Podcast tonight, and you can drop Chris, Dan and Zach your questions via our Q&A module below. Check out our discussion topics or chime in to help determine what else the crew chats about this evening, too. Subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if ...

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    Report: Mazda stops RX-8 production
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    Automotive News is reporting that Mazda has stopped production of its RX-8 sports car due to lackluster sales and ever tighter global emissions standards. Mazda managed to move a mere 1,134 of the models last year, and 2011 hasn't treated the rotary any better. Sales are down 21 percent through ...

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    Report: Mazda still pursuing rotary development
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    Fear not, rotaryphiles. According to a report from The Detroit News, Mazda isn't giving up on the rotary engine anytime soon. Though the RX-8 is headed for the production guillotine, Mazda execs have apparently confirmed that engineers are working on a more efficient and more powerful version of ...

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    Report: Mazda working on next-gen rotary-powered RX-9
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    Mazda Kabura Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    According to a report from Autocar, Mazda is currently working on a successor to the old RX-7 and the current RX-8. (We've heard this before. Many times.) Believed to carry the RX-9 nameplate, the next-gen sports car is tipped to ...

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    Report: Mazda rotary reportedly at least a year behind schedule, but work continues
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    Renesis rotary engine in 2009 Mazda RX-8 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    "We will never give up," says Mitsuo Hitomi, general manager of Mazda's powertrain division, referring to the automaker's long-running investment into the rotary engine. This vote of confidence in Felix ...

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    Shocking Rumor! Mazda considers RX-7 revival
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    Rumors about a true successor to the FD RX-7 have been kicking around automotive circles since... oh, just about exactly when the car left the world for good way back in 2002. While it could be argued that the Mazda RX-8 is a spiritual progeny of the Zoom-Zoom kingdom's white night, the four-door ...

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    Mazda launches certified pre-owned program
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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 ...

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    Is the sports car an endangered species? [w/poll]
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    Porsche 911 Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery
    The 2010 Camaro has been a boon for General Motors and its Chevrolet brand, with sales of 9,150 units in April alone. The Mustang is down a bit at 5,145 units for April, but that's expected to change once the vastly improved 2011 ...

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    Mazda RX-8 to exit U.S. market after 2011 model year?
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    2009 Mazda RX-8 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    According to "a well placed source at Mazda's North American Operations," Motor Trend is reporting that the aging RX-8 is set to exit stage left here in the States after the 2011 model year. As it is, the rotary-powered sportscar is ...

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    Report: Next Mazda RX-7 in development, but don't hold your breath
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    Mazda Furai Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    It's the rumor that just refuses to die. We're not sure if that means there's a lot of truth behind it or it's just wishful thinking, but once again we're hearing that Mazda is hard at work on a new RX-7 sportscar. And while you ...

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    Report: Mazda RX-8 denied re-entry into Europe
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    Mazda RX-8 R3 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    According to the crew at Auto Motor und Sport, the Mazda RX-8 won't be coming back to Europe for the 2011 model year. Why? The rev-rific rotary can't pass the Euro-5 emission standards and a replacement won't arrive until 2013. Mazda Germany ...

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    Mazda RX-8 to die as RX-7 resurfaces for 2012?
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    The rumormill just can't stop churning out stories of an impending Mazda RX-7 revival. We've been hearing that we should expect the rotary-powered sports car any day now... for the last few years. It's still yet to show its smiling face. Still, here we are with another report indicating that the ...

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