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Design Impressions from the LA Autoshow

Text Cor Steenstra, Photos Chris

2016 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring FWD

I had the Mazda CX5 Grand Touring FWD to evaluate just around the same time as the VW Tiguan and the Kia Sportage you can see in our other posts, so it was only logical that I would give in to my instinct and compare the 3 of them. They do fit within the same category after all. Where the VW Tiguan was clearly an older ...

2016 Mazda MX5 Grand Tourer – Back to Basics in a way

Text and Photos by Cor Steenstra As you may or may not know, I used to work for Mazda Design in their European R&D center. I joined the team from Mercedes-Benz at the start of 1991, just after Mazda had introduced the MX5 in Europe, Miata in the US. Of course I ended up owning one, a British Racing Green version with ...

2016 Mazda Mazda3

Text and photos by Gabriela Galvan It is really interesting to observe car companies and their respective design efforts, and it is relatively easy to read a lot into that as well. Take for instance Mazda and this Mazda3. After Laurens van den Acker left for Renault, Mazda appointed Ikuo Maeda as new Design Chief and under ...

2015 Mazda Mazda6

The latest generation of the Mazda6 featured its new design language. Gone is the design language initiated by Laurens van den Acker, and voila, here is the new language. It clearly relates heavily to what was shown on the concept car some 2 years ago, of course, featuring smooth feature lines and surfaces, and none of the ...

2014 Mazda MX5 – Last time before the new model

[singlepic id=17601 w=640 h=480 float=center] Text by Cor Steenstra, Photos by Sebastian Steenstra I have always had a weak spot for the Mazda MX5/Miata, ever since I drove my first ones while working for Mazda in Germany. In fact, after totaling a red MX5 in the rain during a company trip to the Mille Miglia in Italy, ...

2014 Mazda Mazda3

[singlepic id=17394 w=800 h=540 float=center] [singlepic id=17407 w=800 h=540 float=center] Text and photos by Cor Steenstra The new Mazda Mazda3 is quite a stunner in real life. It carries over the positives of the previous generation, but adds the new design language in quite a sporty, boy racer type of way. As ...