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Mazda trademarks the MX-6 nameplate, again

Mazda MX-6 Mazda is keen to keep its classic names from falling into other’s hands as the Japanese automaker has filed to renew the the trademark for the name “MX-6.” The company filed the trademark with the Japanese Patent Office in October before it was published to the online archives in November. AutoGuide first discovered the trademark in a Monday report. For those who don’t recall, the Mazda MX-6 was sold from 1987 until 1997 in the United States. The front-wheel-drive coupe was hardly a sales success, but a GT model…

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What does the Ford Mustang mean to America?

2018 Ford Mustang GT in Terlingua, Texas A pencil-straight imaginary line connects Portland, Oregon, to Terlingua, Texas, about 1,800 miles, unbending and uninteresting between two disparate towns at near-opposite poles of the U.S. We found their connection in a 2018 Ford Mustang GT, and in the story of how the Ford Mustang became shorthand for America. For two months, Motor Authority editors buckled into a 2018 Ford Mustang GT to look for the people and the stories that helped make one of America’s most vibrant and iconic cars. Over the…

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Electric cars could lead to end of FWD, say VW execs

Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo concept The front-wheel-drive layout may be approaching the end of its heyday if the future VW execs imagine comes to pass. In a roundtable interview at the 2018 LA Auto Show, Matthew Renna, North American head of e-mobility, said future electric cars will likely have their powertrains in the rear and use rear-wheel drive, Motor Trend reported last Friday. Renna explained that gas engine cars have often have a front engine and front-wheel drive because it saves money, but putting the motor in the rear of an electric…

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TVR’s new Welsh plant delayed, Griffith could be too

Early 2019 is likely an optimistic date for TVR to start production of its reborn Griffith sports car. According to a Monday Autocar report, construction of the firm’s new production plant in Wales has been put on hold. The delays come after the Welsh government purchased a roughly 3-percent stake in the company, or about $700,000 worth. The deal meant TVR was subject to European Union rules and regulations that surround state funding. With the rules, TVR was required to let any EU firm appraise the work on its new…

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