Mazda MX-5 Miata Reaches New Milestone With 900,000 Units Produced

2011 Mazda Miata Mx5

MX-5 Miata reaffirms its position as the most popular sports car ever made-

IRVINE, Calif. (February 3, 2011) – The world’s best-selling two-seat roadster, the iconic Mazda MX-5 Miata, continues to set the bar even higher for the competition today, reaching a new milestone of 900,000 units produced.  Nearly 45 percent – more than 388,000 units – of those were sold in the United States since the car launched in 1989. Continue reading

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Vintage Crash Tests. How safe is your vintage iron?

1969 Ford Mustang Wreck

What do you drive? For the past fifteen years my daily driver has been vintage or near classic (20+ years old) for all but five of those years. Countless 1960’s Mustangs and Jeeps with a Miata recently thrown in for good measure. As I get older, I tend to learn more towards function over originality. Don’t get me wrong. I am an automotive purist. I’ll curse and mutter underneath my breathe if you turn your 1967 Mustang into Eleanor. If you do it to an original Shelby, well, I might even do it to your face. Don’t get me wrong your have every right to strut around thinking your Nicholas Cage, just don’t butcher a classic Mustang to do it. (If you feel urge to own an Eleanor buy a Dynacorn Mustang Body Shell and make that a clone of a clone. ) -But what I do think is that safe minded upgrades not only increase the drive-ability and value of your car… they just might save your life. Continue reading

Disgruntled ex-employee, kills 1 and injures 11 at Mazda Plant

Former Mazda Employee drives his car into crowd at plant
TOKYO — A disgruntled worker slammed his Mazda Famillia (Mazda 3) into two persons outside Mazda’s east gate, and moments later into ten others inside the compound. Shiaki Hikiji, 42, was arrested about an hour later on attempted murder charges after fleeing in his car from Mazda’s Ujina plant in Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, police said.

Japanese media reports said Hikiji was a contract worker who had been let go in April. He bore a grudge against the automaker and went there with a knife with the intention to kill, they said. Continue reading

Criagslist Ad of the Day: Will Trade Land for a Miata or Jeep

With the high rate of foreclosures, mortgage fraud, and the lagging economy buyers have found it harder to qualify for loans. However, one desperate land owner has come up with some creative owner financing. Interested in relocating to the scenic (rural) Upstate of South Carolina? If you have a travel trailer, Jeep, Miata or Beetle Bug Continue reading

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