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Mazda sold more sports cars than any of its rivals in the UK last year. Total RX-8 sales in 2005 were 4,971 and the company sold 5,812 MX-5s. Mazda believes the figures would have been even more impressive had supply shortages for the new Mazda RX-8 not dented sales.
The Mazda RX-8 beat off rivals to scoop award for best coupe; for the third year in a row at the What Car? Awards ceremony on Saturday. The magazine commented on the "taut and agile" handling of the vehicle with a supple and yet smooth driving path. Standard features such as electrically adjustable leather seats, CD changer and climate control, were all given nods too.
Mazda has revealed its new CX-7 crossover SUV at the Detroit Motor Show. With a 2.3-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine creating 244 bhp, the cheap new car is available as a two-wheel or four-wheel drive with an active torque split. Designer Iwao Koizumi commented that he intended the car to combine sporty looks with the standard specifications of an SUV.
A new special edition coupe of the Mazda RX8 has been launched for the new year, called the Mazda RX8 Evolve. With a 0-62mph speed of 6.4 seconds and the capability of reaching 146mph, the sporty limited edition will turn heads, being available in Copper red and Phantom blue. This special edition of the Mazda RX8, was originally unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in 2000 as a concept car.
The Mazda MX-5 has won an award for Best Roadster 2006 from Test Drive magazine. Over 1,000 units of the car were sold within the first two months of release in 2005, as Mazda fans rushed to experience the qualities of the cheap new sports car. Reviewers for Test Drive magazine said: "The Mazda didn?t just win on a value-for-money footing. It won on the twisting, rain-soaked mountain roads.
Sales of the new third-generation Mazda MX-5 have risen by a third when compared to sales of the previous edition last year. The news comes as the new MX-5 wins the New Zealand Herald car of the year award for 2005.
The Mazda 6 has been crowned used car of the year 2005 by What Car? Magazine. Owners of the car admire its looks, which contributed to its top score in the JD Power Satisfaction Index. What Car editor, David Motton, said: "In the 6 Mazda has a superb family car that doesn't sacrifice its personality in the pursuit of practicality. In fact, it delivers both in spades.
Mazda has announced details of its forthcoming CX-7 model, which is scheduled to reach American retailers this spring. It is hoped the result will be an SUV that is fun and practical to drive, but also has Mazda's trademark 'Soul of a Sportscar'. It has a turbocharged 2.
The 2006 Mazda 6 is creating a buzz in the motoring industry, as car-buyers and experts eagerly await its release on the market. The new Mazda 6 has striking looks that are more than matched by an impressive six-speed automatic transmission gearbox, with the option for a manual gearbox available too.
The nearly new Mazda6 has been voted Used Car of the Year by Autocar magazine. The new Mazda6 was judged to be the safest, best looking and most reliable motor on the short list of nearly new cars. The panel also celebrated the value for money that nearly new Mazda6s offer with a good example being available from nearly new car websites at less than ?10,000.