Mazda has not given up on its unique rotary engine despite the car industry's drive towards alternative fuels and powertrains.
Hyundai Motor affiliate Kia has now sold over 500,000 cars in the UK since launching with Mazda-based models here in 1991.
Filed under: Car Buying, Convertible, Volkswagen With summer quickly approaching, we're eagerly awaiting some seat time in our favorite droptop models, cars that allow us to take in the sunshine and the warm air afforded by the summer months - especially for those of us who reside in states with bitterly cold winters. And while many Autoblog team members are already happy convertible owners (fun fact: three of us own Mazda Miatas, and there's even a Saab 9-3 Viggen droptop looming in the AB personal fleet), new sales data shows that the best-selling 'vert through May of this year is the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible - the topless version of the second-generation New Beetle that launched in 2011 as a 2012 model. According to Volkswagen, roughly 6,500 Beetle Convertible models have been sold in the first five months of this year. Behind the Vee-Dub are the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible with around 5,500 units sold and the Chrysler 200 Convertible with around 5,400 models sold. For comparison, Volkswagen has only sold a little more than 2,000 examples of its other droptop model, the Eos. Volkswagen offers its Beetle Convertible in a wide variety of trims, including special '50s, '60s and '70s editions. The German automaker also offers three different engine options for US customers, including our market's one-and-only diesel convertible. Scroll down for more information in VW's press blast.Continue reading And the best-selling convertible heading into summer is...And the best-selling convertible heading into summer is... originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 09 Jun 2013 13:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Videos, Chevrolet, Ford, Lamborghini, Lotus, Mazda, Porsche When is a stock, 167-horsepower Mazda MX-5 Miata quicker than a Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lotus Elise and a Porsche 911? When it's raining. Sort of. Mazda Canada arranged a unique drag race to show off the fact that the Miata's optional power retractable folding hardtop can go from top-down to top-up in just 12 seconds flat. In this video, all six cars line up for a drag race, and it starts to rain (well, sort of - but you'll have to watch the video all the way to the end to see what we mean). The green flag is waved, and the timer starts as soon as the convertibles begin to put their tops up. But because the Miata's roof mechanism gets the car's roof back up a full 5.1 seconds quicker than the second-place car, the Mazda gets a serious advantage off the line for the actual drag race. It's a fun video. And while we've spoiled the results (come on, the video was uploaded by Mazda, you knew the Miata was going to win), be sure to see how it all unfolds, below.Continue reading Stock Miata beats bunch of high-powered cars in wet 1/4-mile drag raceStock Miata beats bunch of high-powered cars in wet 1/4-mile drag race originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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