100 years of Mazda
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100 years of Mazda

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On 30th January, Mazda celebrated its 100th anniversary with a ceremony at the company's Hiroshima headquarters that started a year of events during which the company will remember its past and look to the future. 100 years ago Mazda was a Hiroshima cork producer when industrialist Jujiro Matsuda took charge and transformed the business first into a machine tool producer, and then a vehicle manufacturer.

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1999 BMW X5 E53
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Modern not classic 1999 BMW X5 E53

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One of the most successful new cars ever dreamed up happens to be one of the most horrific secondhand. Words Tony Middlehurst.

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April 1980’s issue of CAR
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40 years ago today - April 1980’s issue of CAR

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40 Years Ago Today Did Fiat, Volkswagen, Talbot, Vauxhall, Peugeot or Renault win CAR’s first hot-hatch megatest back in 1980? In April 1980, CAR gathered six examples of a new breed of small, affordable performance car. In retrospect, it was a seminal comparison…

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Kremlin’s cruiser 1958 ZIL 111
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Kremlin’s cruiser 1958 ZIL 111

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Moscow looked to the United States for the car to carry its elite

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Grant Rambler SST Funny Car
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Grant Rambler SST Funny Car

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Taking a break from the American-Italian exotica so beloved of Richard Heseltine’s column, this month he turns his attention to something one per cent pure U.S. Beef – the all-American Rambler!

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Brooks Stevens
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Gone but not forgotten Brooks Stevens

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This dandy of a designer created objects both influential and execrable, and coined the idea of planned obsolescence. Words Delwyn Mallet.

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1957 Triumph TR3 Speciale Vignale - Michelotti’s very first effort for Triumph
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1957 Triumph TR3 Speciale Vignale - Michelotti’s very first effort for Triumph

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This was Michelotti’s very first work for Triumph, a brand, with which he would enjoy a decades-long relationship. Story by Richard Heseltine.

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Rover runs JET
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In this month: 4 March 1950 - Rover runs JET 1, the first gas turbine car

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Most of the modern cars we now own are piston-engined. Some, increasingly, are hybrid, fully electric, maybe even fuelled by hydrogen. But back in the late 1940s the British Rover car company thought there might be a different way to propel the family car of the future: with a jet engine.

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