Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Just too little Mercedes? (CNET On Cars, Episode 36)


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In this episode:

Mercedes CLA250 explored Glance technique: The driving basic you probably forgot. Mazda Skyactiv gas engine technology explained Top 5: MORE fuel economy myths!

As always, e-mail me your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.

Is the 2014 Mazda6 wagon coming to America?

Today, photographs of the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 wagon were unveiled ahead of its upcoming debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Aside from the obvious increase in storage space and resculpting behind the B-pillar, the details are nearly identical to those of the sedan that was unveiled in Moscow earlier this year and will also be making an appearance in Paris.

The automaker's Skyactiv-G direct-injected gasoline engine will make an appearance behind the "Kodo" grille in 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter displacements. The Mazda6 wagon should also be available with standard and high-power versions of the Skyactiv-D … Read more

Next Mazda Miata to lose weight, possibly gain a turbo

The 2012 Mazda Miata is one of the great bantamweights of the automotive industry, but even it has gained more than a few extra pounds over the years.

If reports from British car publication What Car? are to be believed, it would seem that the right folks at Mazda's R&D department have taken notice.

When asked about the next Mazda MX-5 Miata, Hirotaka Kanazawa, Mazda's senior managing executive officer in charge of R&D, told What Car?, "'We will return to the original. It will be lightweight and the cost will be lightweight too. … Read more

Mazda Skyactiv looks to redefine combustion engines

VANCOUVER--You can't say Mazda's new Skyactiv technology lacks ambition. The comprehensive engineering effort looks to set a new standard for performance and fuel efficiency in a consumer-accessible combustion engine.

While Toyota, Honda, Ford, and other automakers spent billions of dollars researching, developing, and building hybrids and electric cars, Mazda directed the bulk of its new engineering into new car designs that provide reliability and performance while serving up a magic number of 40 mpg in highway driving.

In a special media event in downtown Vancouver, Mazda debuted the new Skyactiv-G (a high-efficiency, direct-injection gasoline engine with the world's highest compression ratio of 14.0:1) and Skyactiv-D (a clean diesel engine with that same prime compression ratio). Journalists had an opportunity to drive last year's, pre-Skyactiv Mazda models and new prototype test cars with both engines to prove how much quicker and more efficient each 2012 model-to-be is. … Read more

2012 Mazda3 debuts efficient Skyactiv drivetrain

As with the recently revealed 2012 Honda Civic, you'll have to look closely to see the changes to the 2012 Mazda Mazda3's front and rear ends. However, also as with the Civic, a peek under the hood reveals a number of pretty big changes. At the core of this list of changes are Mazda's new Skyactiv-G engine and Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission, new technologies intended to increase fuel economy.

Specs are still sparse, as Mazda is keeping most of its cards close to the vest until the next Mazda3 makes its bow at the 2011 Canadian International AutoShow. … Read more