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Apple And Volkswagen Will Make Self-Driving Shuttles For Apple Employees Apple And Volkswagen Will Make Self-Driving Shuttles For Apple Employees

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.

The Turbocharged 2018 Mazda 6 Is Nicer But It’s No Four-Door Miata The Turbocharged 2018 Mazda 6 Is Nicer But It’s No Four-Door Miata

The 2018 Mazda 6 is prettier than ever, and its top-trim interior is downright elegant. It also finally has the thing we’ve been craving from this sporty midsize sedan for years now—more power. But despite improvements to the suspension and an extra 60-plus horses from a new turbocharger, this 6 feels like a move…

These Japanese Automakers Have Fascinating Histories Behind Their Names These Japanese Automakers Have Fascinating Histories Behind Their Names

By now, we know that there are more accurate ways to pronounce the names of Japanese automakers than the ones that we dumb Americans have been using. Mazda, for instance, is pronounced “Matsuda” in Japan. But did you know that there are also very fascinating historical and cultural reasons behind some of these names?

What Do You Want To Know About The Turbocharged 2018 Mazda 6? What Do You Want To Know About The Turbocharged 2018 Mazda 6?

The turbocharged 2018 Mazda 6 will likely be one of the best-value sporty sedans you can buy new. On Tuesday, we’ll be spending some time with the 250 horsepower four-door and the people who built it. So what do you want to know?

How Do Mazda's Engineers Reduce Turbo Lag In SkyActiv Engines? How Do Mazda's Engineers Reduce Turbo Lag In SkyActiv Engines?

Automakers are obsessed with turbocharging everything at the moment, being that consumers are demanding ever more power and low-end torque feel from their cars, while attempting to meet fuel economy expectations at the same time. That low-end boost is provided a number of ways, but effectively manufacturers desire the…

I Went Into Mazda’s Secret Basement And Entered Rotary Heaven I Went Into Mazda’s Secret Basement And Entered Rotary Heaven

Underneath a quiet office building in even-quieter Irvine, California, there rests some of the loudest, strangest, most glorious race cars and historic cars ever made. This is Mazda’s hidden basement in Southern California, something few people even inside the company ever see. What’s funny is it didn’t start out as…

Mazda's All-Conquering 700 HP Four-Rotor Le Mans Engine Has The Coolest Intake Ever Mazda's All-Conquering 700 HP Four-Rotor Le Mans Engine Has The Coolest Intake Ever

In 1991, little Mazda stood at the top of the world. It won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its banshee Mazda 787B prototype, and here is the 700-horsepower quad-rotor engine that got it the win.

'A Car For Every Purse And Purpose' Gives Way To 'Maximize Shareholder Returns At All Costs' 'A Car For Every Purse And Purpose' Gives Way To 'Maximize Shareholder Returns At All Costs'

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.

Mazda Was So Small In The 1980s That It Put Off The Miata To Make A Minivan Mazda Was So Small In The 1980s That It Put Off The Miata To Make A Minivan

It’s hard to put the success of the Mazda Miata into perspective, a unbelievably huge hit from a rather small company. How small? Small enough that Mazda didn’t have enough money to to put out the Miata and a minivan at the same time, and it chose the minivan first.

The Classic Japanese Car You Want Is Shooting Up In Value The Classic Japanese Car You Want Is Shooting Up In Value

I got quite a bit of my love of cars from my father, but the people his age that I knew never seemed to understand why I loved Toyota Supras, Mazda rotary engines and various examples of how Nissan used to give a damn. But the people who did grow up appreciating these kinds of cars are now after them in a big way, and…

Here's How Mazda Built Its Rotary Engine Here's How Mazda Built Its Rotary Engine

With rotary engines long out of production, the job of building and maintaining them has fallen to individual experts, like wizards of some kind of dark art. But there was a time when things were official, and this is what that factory assembly process looked like.

Here's What 'Compression Ratio' Actually Means And Why It Matters

You’ve heard the term compression ratio before, but have you ever wondered exactly what it means? Well, it’s time to explain exactly what compression ratio is, and why every carmaker is now obsessed with it like it was the Holy Grail.

This 1968 Volkswagen Fastback Is Actually A Miata This 1968 Volkswagen Fastback Is Actually A Miata

I love aircooled Volkswagens. I should—in theory—hate Paul Nelson’s car, but I can’t. It’s a Mazda Miata under a Type 3 body, and I ain’t even mad.

Your Owner’s Manual Can Teach You Everything You Need To Know About How To Drive Stick Your Owner’s Manual Can Teach You Everything You Need To Know About How To Drive Stick

Learning how to drive a stick shift is hard. There’s a little shifter knob with a weird pattern, some numbers and an “R,” along with three—yes, three—pedals. That’s a lot to pay attention to. But if you’re sitting on a dealership lot in your brand-new car and no one is there to teach you, check out your owner’s manual.

Mazda's Tiny V6 Was Weirdly Overbuilt Mazda's Tiny V6 Was Weirdly Overbuilt

When it debuted, Mazda’s K-series engine was the smallest V6 ever put into production. While it was quickly overtaken and then expanded into a more reasonable 2.0- and 2.5-liters (as opposed to a minute 1.8), it remained almost oddly overbuilt.

The 1989 Tokyo Motor Show Is Where I Will Go To Find Joy Again The 1989 Tokyo Motor Show Is Where I Will Go To Find Joy Again

What do we have to look forward to in our far-flung future year of 2018, besides the sweet release of death? Nothing. To find happiness again I will take you back—back to a time of unbridled optimism, of cheerfully bizarre niche vehicles, of turbocharged world-conquering performance, of gull-winged kei cars. Let us…

The Turbocharged 2018 Mazda6 Will Start At $30,090 The Turbocharged 2018 Mazda6 Will Start At $30,090

Now is not a good time for sedan sales as crossover madness pervades the market. Even the excellent 2018 Honda Accord is having trouble finding customers. But the segments’ losses could be your gain. The new 2018 Mazda6 is here with a punchy turbocharged engine, and it looks to be a killer value.

Watch A Wankel Rotary Engine’s Beautiful Explosions Through A Transparent Housing

YouTuber Warped Perception built a transparent Wankel rotary engine in his shop, and the resulting footage of the combustion process is absolutely stunning.

Making Your Most Hated $200 Crapcan Into A Giant Go-Kart Is The Best Revenge

The Hoonigans bought a lousy $200 Miata with questionable mods and history, but never quite fell in love with it. It wasn’t fun to rip around their yard and took too much time away from their first love, a beat-up $350 BMW E36 named Shitcar. So, they made it into a “deathkart,” which is the most delightful revenge you…

Mazda's Rotary Engine Will Finally Return In 2019 As A Range Extender In An EV: Report  Mazda's Rotary Engine Will Finally Return In 2019 As A Range Extender In An EV: Report 

At this point in the game, it seems highly unlikely that the famed Mazda rotary will return as a standalone engine. Sorry about that. But as a range-extender in a new electric car? Maybe!

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