• Brent Rieder Posted: 8/22/2009 8:43am PDT

    Mazda should rely on its heritage and core strength (Zoom-Zoom) and understand that the US market will be ready for a sporty Mazda diesel when they have one ready to sell here. That means that many Mazda buyers will not require an automatic tranny and would actually be put off by that requirement. A 2.0L hi-performance diesel in a Miata or 3-series could be breath-taking...with a 6-spd manual.

  • fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 8/22/2009 6:10pm PDT

    The i-stop technology is common in every market that recognizes the benefit -- except here in the USA. The EPA laboratory tests are hardly realistic today.