Driving The Honda Nsx, Toyota Supra And Mazda Rx-7 Back-to-back

Driving The Honda NSX, Toyota Supra And Mazda RX-7 Back-To-Back

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, many of Japan’s leading automakers built world-beating sports cars that were exceptionally fast, bewilderingly agile and in many ways, ahead of their European and American rivals.

Of all the iconic Japanese sports cars of the time, the first-generation Honda NSX, FD Mazda RX-7 and A80 Toyota Supra are among the most beloved. One fortunate YouTuber had the chance to jump behind the wheel of all three.

Honda Civic, Mazda 3, And Chevy Cruze Batten Down The Hatches

Honda Civic, Mazda 3, And Chevy Cruze Batten Down The Hatches

These days, the market is filled with all sorts of compact hatchbacks, including the (worldwide) popular Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus .

But what if you wanted to step out of their shadow and go for something different, yet still affordable? Well, then you will have to check out other brands, and in this case, they include Honda, Chevrolet, and Mazda.

2015-16 Mazda Bt-50 Recalled For Shifter Fix

2015-16 Mazda BT-50 recalled for shifter fix

Mazda Australia has issued a recall for its BT-50 ute sold during 2015 and early-2016, over concerns manual examples could experience a loss of drive.

The Japanese manufacturer says affected utes could be fitted with a gearshift cable retaining clip that isn’t fully engaged, which could lead to the gearshift cables moving out of position and contacting the propeller shaft.

Mazda Sticking With Diesels

Mazda sticking with diesels

Mazda, the Japanese brand that has bet its powertrain future on the continuation of the internal combustion engine for the medium to long-term, has also acknowledged that work on its SkyActiv D turbo-diesel engines will continue for years to come.

Despite having announced and soon set to launch a range of new compression-ignition SkyActiv X engines, which take the best of petrol and diesel into account, Mazda says there is still a place for diesel engines in its line-up.

Mazda Rotary Sports Car Won’t Arrive Until Sometime After 2020

Mazda Rotary Sports Car Won’t Arrive Until Sometime After 2020

Mazda has said it won’t bring a rotary sports car like the RX Vision to market anytime soon, as it doesn’t have the proper resources to do so.  Mazda's head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, told media at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show this week that it cannot bring a production rotary sportscar to market in time for its centenary anniversary in 2020. The arrival of the RX-7 successor may hinge on the success of its new Skyactiv-X compression-ignition gasoline engine. If the innovative four-cylinder mill can make Mazda some money, it will move onward to its rotary RX Vision project.

"If we achieve success [with Skyactiv-X] probably we can have money enough to invest in the next challenge, then we can judge to go ahead," Fujiwara told Motoring. "It's going to be too late to make the RX-Vision for the centennial.”

Mazda Rolls Out A Mildly Revised 2018 Mx-5 Miata In Tokyo

Mazda Rolls Out A Mildly Revised 2018 MX-5 Miata In Tokyo

It's only been a couple of years since Mazda rolled out the latest ND-generation MX-5 Miata, so we'd expect it to stick around for a while before it'll need replacement.

That won't stop the Japanese automaker from rolling out incremental updates, though, like it has today at the Tokyo Motor Show, where it was easily overshadowed by the unveilings of the Kai and Vision Coupe concepts.

Mazda Vision Concept Looks Like A Proper Four-door Supercar [63 Pics]

Mazda Vision Concept Looks Like A Proper Four-Door Supercar [63 Pics]

Following the striking Kai concept, Mazda’s Vision Coupe kept everyone impressed with its dynamic design, representing the next chapter in the company’s KODO design language.

The bodywork conforms to the golden ratio of a classic coupe design, with the cabin positioned toward the rear of the car while the flowing, clean lines make the Vision Coupe look like it’s moving forward when stationary.

Mazda Kai Concept Hints At A More Muscular, Refined Mazda3

Mazda Kai concept hints at a more muscular, refined Mazda3

Mazda is packing some serious punch for the Tokyo Motor Show, unveiling a stylish hatchback it's calling the Kai Concept to go along with the earlier reveal of the show-stopping Vision Coupe. The compact five-door concept heralds a new generation of cars for the Japanese automaker, which is best known for making sporty, smallish and well-designed vehicles — such as the Mazda3, from which this concept derives its design direction. This version smooths over most of the Mazda3's sharp body creases in favor of smooth, undulating body panels that dramatically reflect light and reflect Mazda's KODO design language. It also gets more narrow, aggressive-looking headlights and a unique overhead profile, with two panes of glass that continue from the windshield and are intersected by a solid-color center, like a U-shaped moonroof. The Kai is powered by a next-generation Skyactiv-X combustion engine, which uses Mazda's proprietary compression ignition system to give the gas-powered engine the fuel efficiency, torque and initial acceleration response of a diesel powertrain. Which is encouraging, considering the Mazda3 already delivers impressive fuel economy. Inside, the concept hints at more refinement, with streamlined chrome accents popping from the black dash and interior panels. It all rests on Mazda's Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture that reflects human-centered design philosophy in everything from redesigned seats to maintain the spine's natural "S" curvature, to NVH tweaks to encourage a quieter, more comfortable ride. Mazda has said it plans to put this concept into production, but there's no word yet on when exactly that will be.

Mazda Vision Coupe | Tokyo Motor Show's Big, Sensuous 4-door

Mazda Vision Coupe | Tokyo Motor Show's big, sensuous 4-door

Mazda has been making a lot of noise recently about not giving up on the rotary engine. Enough that we started to think it might show a new epitrochoid-engined concept at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. But the brand is nothing if not surprising. Have you driven a CX-5 or a CX-9? Have you noted the real-world fuel economy in a Mazda3? Have you looked at a Miata RF?

So instead of trotting out the latest in Wankel weirdness, today in its home market, the Mazda folks pulled the silk off of a stunning full-size four-door design concept, the somewhat inaptly named Vision Coupe.

Mazda Team Joest Gets Down To Work On Track

Mazda Team Joest Gets Down To Work On Track

With Audi long one and Porsche on its way out, fans of endurance prototype racing may be disappointed in following the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the broader FIA World Endurance Championship next season. But while things are winding down in Europe, they're just starting to heat up in America.

The Prototype class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season will be hotly contested by the likes of Acura (which is returning to the fore with Team Penske next season) and Cadillac (surely keen to defend its titles). But they'll both be watching be watching out for Mazda Team Joest.

Off-road Mazda Miata Looks Like A Mad Max Prop

Off-Road Mazda Miata Looks Like A Mad Max Prop

No, you’re not looking at the star of a new Mad Max film. Instead, this Mazda Miata is a home-built creation registered for use on U.S. streets.

The car was snapped by a Redditor at a recent Cars & Coffee event in Minneapolis and looks like it’s come from a mysterious planet to redefine our pre-conceived notions of what a Miata can be.

Mazda Concept Probably Previews The Next Mazda3 At The Tokyo Show

Mazda concept probably previews the next Mazda3 at the Tokyo show

This year's Tokyo Motor Show is shaping up to be an interesting one, with a Nismo Leaf, Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept, and a pair of interesting Toyota concepts already lined up. Now Mazda is joining with its own big reveal of two concepts. One is a design concept that will give us an idea of where the company is heading, and another is all but guaranteed to be our first look at the new Mazda3.

There are a few reasons we say that one of these concepts has to be the next Mazda3. One is the fact that Mazda says it's a concept planned for production. The company also describes it as "a compact hatchback that fuses next-generation technology and design," and it uses the new Skyactiv-X spark-controlled compression ignition engine and "Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture." Plus, just looking at the teasers, the design is a clear evolution of the current Mazda3 hatchback. It looks as though the hood and roofline curve a bit more, and some of the sharp creases of the current car have been smoothed out.