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Mazda zooming to new heights with Skyactiv

A biweekly roundup of automotive news, good, bad and just plain weird: Mazda doubles Skyactiv engine production Any driving enthusiast will be cheered to hear that Mazda's Skyactiv gamble appears to be paying off.

Ferrari designer was a tailor at heart

THIS week, Mayberry lost its Sheriff: Andy Griffith passed away, aged 86. News sources were quick to laud Mr.

Mini fleet not so small anymore

A biweekly roundup of automotive news, good, bad and just plain weird: Mini expands their lineup, for better and for worse I'm rather fond of the Mini Cooper S.

Don't be so quick to poohpooh les voitures

LAST Sunday, the skies above the North Shore were steel-grey and heavily pregnant with rain. They loomed ominously, threatening a deluge of the sort that bounces fat raindrops three feet off the pavement and sends folks scurrying for shelter.

Buick looks back at sportier days

A biweekly roundup of automotive news, good, bad and just plain weird. 250 horsepower. Six-speed manual transmission. Buick. (Wait, what?) Let's play a wordassociation game. Ready? "Buick.

When will we get this blinking thing to work?

GOOD morning class, settle down please and take your seats. Thank you, that's better. Today we are going to be talking about something very few of you appear to be aware of.

Here's to you, Mrs. Mazda

A biweekly roundup of automotive news, good, bad and just plain weird: Fiat and Mazda partner up on MX5-based Alfa-Romeo To say that I love the latest iteration of the Mazda MX-5 would be a bit of an understatement.

Enzo's legacy lives in last great supercar

IN 1987, I WAS NINE. It was the era of Lego sets, cap guns, Optimus Prime and Thundercats. The Indiana Jones movies were still good, Jar-Jar Binks had yet to ruin Star Wars, and Justin Bieber wasn't even born yet. It was a magical time.

Punch the pedal once more for Carroll Shelby

A biweekly roundup of automotive news, good, bad and just plain weird: Carroll Shelby, 1923-2012 Summertime's comin' to Vancouver, and as cherry blossom drifts swirl across deserted streets early on a Sunday morning, the garage doors open and the cla

Fake car noise even worse than silent treatment

THE new BMW M5 is one heck of a machine. Face-melting acceleration. Internal-organ-rearranging cornering. Brain-boggling top speed. It is in every way superior to all the M5s that came before. Except for one thing.