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Mazda Reaches New Heights

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Nobody asked me, but . . . Mazda reached new heights in North America today with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new North American headquarters in Irvine, CA.  Mazda employees say working at their new HQ...

2016 BMW M3

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I’ve got an absolutely gorgeous 2016 BMW M3 sitting in my garage. But it’s not mine. Belongs to a relative. Simple story. Relative gets dream job in Silicon Valley. Leases dream car: the M3. Six months later dr...

An Irwindale Tale

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Nobody asked me, but . . . So I’m sitting behind the wheel of my daughter’s Mazda 6, which is straddling the finish line at Irwindale Speedway, and staring up into the grandstands on a rather warmish Saturday a...

Sebastien Bourdais at Full Chat

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                               Nobody asked me but . . . During my career as an automotive journalist I have had the privilege of calling two French racing drivers my friends. Both had long retired from ...

Lingenfelter Reaper

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Nobody asked me, but . . . So you’ve decided you need a seriously badass off road truck. Ford got there first with the SVT Raptor back in 2010. But neither Chevy nor Ram picked up on the Raptor’s scent. So it w...

PS I Love You

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  Nobody asked me, but . . . Dear Kevin, I know you’ve been wondering about the whereabouts of that S550 4Matic Merc you and your bride Jill dropped off with the valet at your hotel at LAX prior to y...

T Hoover Passes . . . in a Hemi

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Nobody asked me, but . . . The father of the Chrysler 426 Hemi passed away last week.  Tom Hoover.  But we  called him T Hoover when I worked a three-month assignment in the Product Planning Race Group while a memb...

Long Beach Formula E

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Nobody asked me, but . . . If there were any lingering doubts about fan reaction to the first race of electric cars at Long Beach, they were all dispelled by the cheering, waving and applause of the 23,000 spec...

2015 Ford Mustang

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Nobody asked me, but . . . When the 2005 Mustang was introduced, the V8 GT version made headlines for offering 300 bhp (and 320 lb-ft of torque) for less than $25,000. The 2015 Mustang introduced today is a...

2014 Mazda Mazda3 Wins MPG Innovation Vehicle of the Year Award

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Nobody asked me, but . . . The 2014 Mazda Mazda3 is the compact car with a difference.  That difference is SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.  What is SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY?  It’s not just an engine philosophy but rather an o...