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October 8, 1993 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Driving the Mazda MX-5 Miata involves certain indignities. Shortly after I started testing the little sporting machine, I drove to the home of my father-in-law, who appraised the car with hands on hips and then asked, "Do you have to wind it up?" Then, there was the chuckling neighbor who reported that a little boy down the street wanted to know "how that big guy gets in that little car. " All this twitting about the Miata's minuscule dimensions is well worth it, however.
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June 18, 2010
Although police sought the public's help on Tuesday to identify a vehicle linked to a suburban theft - one of dozens in recent weeks - it was one of their own who cracked the case, said a Friday news release from Westtown-East Goshen police. A detective on patrol observed a matching Mazda 3 sedan and made contact with the driver, the release said. An investigation followed and resulted in the arrest of Robert B. Siter, 22, of Media, who was charged with criminal conspiracy, burglary and related offenses.
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March 20, 1992 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
You and I obviously made some defective career choices. We should have gotten work with Mazda as automobile designers. This became apparent to me when I learned how Mazda's design manager went about styling the new 929 luxury sedan. Shunji Tanaka didn't just sit down at his drawing board and come up with a body design for the Mazda flagship. He did a lot of rather appealing research first. His research consisted of traveling around the world, visiting art museums and galleries in order to enhance his understanding of Western and Eastern culture and design.
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January 3, 1994
Here's stunning news to anyone who still thinks of Japanese automakers as geniuses and their U.S. rivals as dummies: Ford is sending some its top people to Japan to help Mazda make a comeback. This is one more signal from the intensely competitive auto industry that American companies are coming back and the Japanese are hurting. Granted, some of this change of fortunes stems from something outside any company's control: a dramatic strengthening of the Japanese yen against the dollar that makes it harder to keep the prices of Japanese cars competitive.
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March 13, 1987 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
Even with its fairly aggressive, wedgy styling, Mazda's 626 GT Touring Sedan doesn't strike the beholder as much of a performer. Four-door sedans with hatches seldom do. They tend to look cute and utilitarian. Sensible cars for people who read Consumer Reports and restrict their intake of red meat and cane sugar. So much for appearances. The 626 GT Touring Sedan may look like it belongs to your neighbor the Amway distributor, but it is, in fact, a wild thing that will make your heart sing - or at least put a little color in your cheeks.
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May 6, 1994 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
In 1967, Mazda became one of the first automakers to put the Wankel rotary engine in a production car. But by the early '70s, the history-making was giving way to migraine-making. The rotaries used in the RX-2, RX-3 and RX-4 - a series of sedans, coupes and wagons built between 1973 and 1975 - had the unhappy habit of dying at an early age. The huge number of costly repairs and engine replacements triggered by those failures took Mazda to the brink of bankruptcy. But it doggedly stuck with the rotary and eventually turned it into an engine that was as durable as it was powerful.
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August 4, 2010 | Staff and Wire Report
A 5-week-old Siamese kitten has been named Mazda for a reason. The kitten survived a nearly three-hour, 130 mile from Rochester, N.Y., to Ulster, Pa., ride while stuck inside the grill of car of that make. Jenna Arsenault, community coordinator for the Bradford County Humane Society, says a couple from Florida left Rochester after visiting family on Sunday and headed to Ulster, about 145 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Arriving in Ulster, the couple heard meowing coming from the front of their Mazda and found the kitten inside the grill.
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May 10, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A 7-week-old girl who was injured in a car crash May 1 in the Wissahickon section of Philadelphia has died, according to police. It is the third fatality to result from the violent collision on a wet, winding road. Zyana Wilson-Perez was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, police said Sunday. Wilson-Perez had suffered severe brain and abdominal injuries as a result of the crash, which occurred when the 2005 Mazda 6 she was in swerved out of control on the 5400 block of Henry Avenue and was T-boned by a 2008 Mazda 3 driving in the opposite direction.
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February 23, 2012
A 22-year-old man was killed and two women were injured, including one critically, when an ATV slammed into the side of a car Thursday afternoon in Camden, police said. The man, a Pennsauken resident, was operating the ATV with a woman passenger on Pine Street at Memorial Avenue when they rode through a stop sign and crashed into a gray Mazda sedan that was entering the intersection at 4:13 p.m., police said. The passenger, a 20-year-old Camden resident, was reported in critical condition at Cooper University Hospital.
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January 16, 1997 | ALEX LLOYD GROSS/ FOR THE DAILY NEWS
A rush-hour fender-bender yesterday involving two eastbound cars on Woodhaven Road near Franklin Mills Boulevard led to a chain-reaction pileup with five other cars, including this 1992 Mazda that ran under a 1984 Oldsmobile, police said. The cars that started the 5:30 p.m. pileup fled. The Olds driver was injured, and was reported in good condition at Nazareth Hospital.
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July 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia police officer's daughter was the victim of a carjacking early Tuesday, police said. The woman had parked her Mazda under the Interstate 95 overpass by Front and Morris Streets about 12:30 a.m. when two boys, about 14 to 16 years old, came up on bicycles, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. As the woman was getting out of her car, the teens, both armed with handguns, demanded her car keys, Walker said. She didn't resist. The carjackers drove away.
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May 30, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
2016 Chevrolet Malibu 2LZ: An American classic sedan gets an update. Price: A base price of $22,500, much ballyhooed in TV ads I've seen, shows GM is still aiming for the value market. The test model, however, was $34,285, with $2,490 going to two options packages emphasizing safety features. The base for the 2LZ is $30,920. Marketer's pitch: "The car you never expected. " Conventional wisdom: Oddly enough, Chevrolet also is carrying over the old 2015 Malibu design as the 2016 Malibu Limited.
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May 10, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A 7-week-old girl who was injured in a car crash May 1 in the Wissahickon section of Philadelphia has died, according to police. It is the third fatality to result from the violent collision on a wet, winding road. Zyana Wilson-Perez was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, police said Sunday. Wilson-Perez had suffered severe brain and abdominal injuries as a result of the crash, which occurred when the 2005 Mazda 6 she was in swerved out of control on the 5400 block of Henry Avenue and was T-boned by a 2008 Mazda 3 driving in the opposite direction.
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May 4, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
Unused seat belts and poor weather were factors in a two-car crash Sunday that killed a 6-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man and critically injured three people, including a 7-week-old girl, authorities said Monday. Five adults and four children, including the two people who died, were hurt in the collision, which occurred just before 4 p.m. Sunday on the 5400 block of Henry Avenue in the Wissahickon section, police said. "It's just a horrific accident," Capt. John Wilczynski of the Accident Investigation Division said Monday.
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March 13, 2016
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club: Even better than the original? Price: $33,120 as tested (including $3,400 for the Brembo brake package, which offers Brembo front brakes, 17-inch dark alloy wheels, and advanced keyless entry, plus $390 for Soul Red paint). Marketer's pitch: "Is it possible to turn glass and steel into adrenaline and emotion?" Conventional wisdom: Very yes. Reality: Very yes. Spring fever: No other vehicle conjures up images of top-down country drives on sunny days than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
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March 7, 2016
2016 Honda Civic 1.5 T Sens vs. 2016 Mazda3 4-door Grand Touring: Little four-door faceoff. This week: 2016 Mazda3 four-door. Price: $30,135 as tested. A $2,800 GT Technology Package offered regenerative braking, radar cruise control, forward obstruction warning, and more. Mobile start and red paint added $1,000. A base Grand Touring can be had starting at $25,795. A base 3 can be had for $17,845, $600 lower than the 2015 price. Marketer's pitch: "It's like hitting every green light, every time you drive it. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "precise handling; very good fuel economy; quick acceleration; top crash-test scores; refined interior with intuitive controls; available hatchback body style; many advanced features are available" but not the "above-average wind noise; ride quality can be choppy with the optional 18-inch wheels.
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December 21, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3 vs. Kia Soul vs. Buick Encore: Small-crossover four-way. This week, the grand finale: 2015 Buick Encore AWD Premium Group. Price: $32,395 as tested (including $495 for audio system with navigation. More on that later.) A basic front-wheel drive could be had for as low as $24,065. Marketer's pitch: "Perfectly sized to suit your next adventure. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "quiet interior; good fuel economy; long list of tech and safety features," but not the "tepid performance; small size limits interior room and cargo space.
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December 14, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3 vs. Kia Soul vs. Buick Encore: Small-crossover four-way. This week: 2015 Kia Soul! Price: $26,715 as tested (more about options later). The trim-level price started at $20,700, and a base model can be had for as low as $15,690. Marketer's pitch: "Totally transformed. " Conventional wisdom: What's a little box like this doing in a comparison of small crossovers? Reality: A worthy adversary. Crossover? OK, OK, so whether the Soul is technically a crossover may be debatable.
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December 6, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3 vs. Kia Soul vs. Buick Encore: Small crossover four-way, part two. This week: 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD. Price: $29,790 as tested (including $550 for Mazda mobile start, and $100 each for door-sill trim plates and rear bumper guard). A bare-bones front-wheel-drive model can be had for $19,960. Marketer's pitch: "What if more adventures started from the driver's seat?" Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "excellent fuel economy; sporty handling; quiet speed; attractive, high-quality interior with appealing features," but not the "snug rear seat; humble cargo capacity.
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October 25, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
The 2016 Mazda6 i Touring: Fun in the family sedan. Price: $25,265 as tested ($300 for red paint; $75 for floor mats; $125 for door-sill trim plates). Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com likes the "smooth and responsive powertrain; quick acceleration; excellent fuel economy; sporty handling; well-built interior with top-quality materials; stylish looks" but not that the "ride quality may be too firm for some; no engine upgrade available. " Marketer's pitch: "The cure for the common drive.
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