Mazda Confirms: First EV Definitely Won’t Be a Sports Car

Mazda design lead Ikuo Maeda stated in an interview at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show that while the form of automaker’s first electric vehicle isn’t certain, it won’t follow popular EV design trends.

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In a separate interview, Mazda president Akira Marumoto stated that he has no desire to make Mazda’s first EV a sports car.

“I don’t want to make such car,” Marumoto said of an electric sports car, to Drive. “I prefer the smell of gasoline”.

Mazda is less bullish about a widespread electric future than many automakers are, and anticipates that vehicles whose propulsion comes solely from a battery will make up just five percent of its sales in 2030. It recognizes that much of its lineup will nonetheless be electrified, meaning all its models will make use of hybrid power, be it 48-volt mild hybrid technology or battery-focused plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

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  • Author: James Gilboy
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QOTD: Two Trucks, Once Choice – The Truth About Cars

Advice time. My friend wants (though she might say ‘needs’) a truck, and the choice is narrowed down to two prospects, each competing for midsize pickup supremacy.

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I’ve known this friend, whom I’ve mentioned in the past, since Grade 4, so you’d best treat her well. Having just given birth to her first child, days and nights are long, and periods of sleep are excruciatingly short for this new mother. I don’t know how they do it. My parenting abilities fall short of a potted houseplant.

Anyway, after the joyous arrival, my friend discovered, to her dismay, that her Mazda CX-3′ a vehicle she quickly grew ambivalent of’ proved to be too small’for the simple task of carrying two normal-sized adults and an infant in a child seat. Stuffing the loung lady in the backseat requires a forward positioning of the front seats, apparently, and this just won’t do. Maybe a subcompact crossover can be too compact?

  • Publisher: The Truth About Cars
  • Date: 2018-11-20T09:17:55-05:00
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Hyundai Confirms N Performance Halo Sports Car

Hyundai has been dropping hints that its N performance brand would develop its own standalone sports car. In an interview with Auto Express, Hyundai’s Vice President of high-performance and motorsport, Thomas Schemera, confirmed that the N division’s standalone sports car will definitely happen. The new sports car will act as a halo model for N and sit above the Veloster N (or i30 N in Europe) in the lineup. This is fantastic news, but we still have no idea what this halo model will be.

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Paris motor show 2018: full report – Autocar

Welcome to Autocar’s extended coverage of the 2018 Paris motor show, one of the biggest events of the motoring calendar.

The Mondial de l’Auto, held in Paris’s Porte de Versailles exhibition centre, traditionally features a host of new metal from some of the world’s biggest manufacturers. While this year’s show was slightly quieter than usual, there were still a number of significant new launches, including the new BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class‘and the Skoda Kodiaq vRS.

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