2015 Mazda3 5-door: Sporty hatch is both fun and functional

Published: January 30, 2015

The Mazda3 5-door is on the shortlist of cars I could buy. What holds my interest is the manual transmission that’s standard across the lineup, available heated seats and roomy cargo area.

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Safe Set: Nine late-model used vehicles with the lowest fatality rate - Published: January 30, 2015

As part of annual calculations made by the IIHS, looking at driver death rates by model, the organization found that a vast gap persists between vehicles with a record for driver protection and those with much higher risk.

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Acceleration-improving Tesla Model S P85D update coming, Musk Tweets - Published: January 30, 2015

With an established 0-60 mph time of just 3.2 seconds, Tesla Motors says its AWD Model S P85D electric car is already the quickest production sedan in the world, but it may be about to get even quicker.

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GM to fit CVTs to many car models for higher fuel economy - Published: January 30, 2015

Transmission technology turns out to be one of the major ways automakers are boosting gas mileage to meet tougher fuel-economy rules.

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Automakers start rolling out the Super Bowl XLIX commercials before the Big Game - Published: January 29, 2015

I started my commercial search this week on YouTube, looking for automakers that are leaking their ads early. Thus far, I’ve found six.

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'Switchgate' death toll hits 50; GM declines to extend claim deadline past Saturday - Published: January 29, 2015

According to Detroit News, the number of deaths officially linked to the faulty switches has now risen to 50. The number of injuries has reached 75, with seven classified as "very serious."

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Nissan, Infiniti backtrack on radical performance offerings - Published: January 29, 2015

Not long ago, senior Nissan and Infiniti execs were touting some pretty radical performance offerings but now it looks like the cars are all off the table.

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Tesla transparency on orders, sales, production fades: Do owners, investors care? - Published: January 29, 2015

Over the last two years, Tesla has quietly stopped providing several pieces of data it routinely reported when it launched the Model S electric luxury sedan.

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7 reasons why a Bentley convertible is a great winter car - Published: January 28, 2015

Once I got behind the wheel, I have to admit I completely forgot I was driving a convertible. It was warm, quiet and luxurious in all the right places.

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DEA is spying on millions of U.S. drivers with license plate readers - Published: January 28, 2015

Technology does awesome things. It also lets people spy on us -- people like repo men, county officials, and according to an article at The Atlantic, the friendly folks at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Toyota exec slams Tesla for having 'all eggs in one basket' - Published: January 28, 2015

Toyota's senior vice president for U.S. operations, Bob Carter, apparently made the comments ad hoc during a presentation last week at the J.D. Power Automotive Summit in San Francisco.

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