Posted on 18. May, 2013 by BajaBusta.
Small European convertibles so central to the glory days of sporty drives in search of open-air excitement left a lot of people nostalgic for a happy time that many believed to be gone forever. But they’d forgotten Mazda, which had the brilliant idea of reviving the concept with its Miata in 1989. Since then the [...]
Posted on 12. May, 2013 by BajaBusta.
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Mazda was dumping cash into cars like BP dumped oil into the Gulf of Mexico, so the FD RX-7 was a twin-turbo near-supercar. For one tuning company, its performance still wasn’t enough. Peter Farrell Supercars was set up by the badass New Zelander racecar driver [...]
Posted on 27. Apr, 2013 by BajaBusta.
Smack in the middle of a recession and at a time when “good, but cheap” were consumer buzzwords, the Mazda Protege, introduced for 1995 arrived at a very bad time. Sure it was nicely designed and piled high with valuable qualities, but at a substantial price. In short the, right car at the wrong time.
Posted on 04. Jan, 2013 by BajaBusta.
With the MX5, Mazda proved to the other big car manufacturers of the world that small, relatively cheap sportscars could be built in large numbers again profitably. Not for the first time, the company had an important and worthwhile lesson to teach the rest of the industry. Five or six years after [...]
Posted on 24. Oct, 2012 by BajaBusta.
Whats an enthusiast to do? Back when virtually every manufacturer produced some sort of sporty spoilerized two door coupe, back when the less doors, meant more cool! Mazda’s attempt, the MX-6 GT, is essentially identical (under the skin) to Fords Probe Turbo. Basically the two door version of the less than popular 626, and 626 [...]
Posted on 11. Sep, 2012 by BajaBusta.
The MPV was Mazda’s big news for 1989. It was a compact mini-van with a strange resemblance to Chrysler’s Caravan/Voyager. The MPV had a semi-monocoque chassis with side rails. It was available in base and LX versions. The former had a 2.6 liter 4 cylinder with a 5spd manual transmission, while [...]
Posted on 26. Aug, 2012 by BajaBusta.
Six performance cars battle it out. From two rotors, to eight pistons. Two seats to four. RWD vs AWD. USA vs the world. You name it this competition has it all! See how these cars rank,when Toyota’s new for 94 Supra takes on the the RX7, Stealth R/T, 300ZX Turbo, Porche’s 968 [...]
Posted on 13. Aug, 2012 by BajaBusta.
Setting out after the Honda Accord, and Prelude, the 626 and MX6 were well on their way to improving their position. Unlike the previous models, they have been created specifically for he North-American market. Manufactured with the Ford Probe, they shared the same mechanical elements. The renewal of these two models gave Mazda an opportunity [...]
Posted on 05. Aug, 2012 by BajaBusta.
The Autozam AZ-1, known as the framecode PG6SA, was a mid-engined two-seat sports coupé kei car, designed and manufactured by Suzuki but sold by Mazda under its Autozam brand. It debuted in October 1992 until production ceased in 1994, and was perhaps most noted for its gullwing doors. Power came from the same Suzuki-sourced [...]