Has NISMO Really Gone To The Toilet? O.K., I Checked

This must be the coincidence of the week. Yesterday, The Drive lambasted Nissan for allegedly having “turned its back on NISMO, and that’s a damned shame.” Today, Nissan asked journalists to come to NISMO’s Omori factory between Tokyo and Yokohama for a “briefing on our plans to enhance and expand the NISMO road car lineup.” Nissan will push its NISMO performance line heavily, and globally, we heard today.

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If Any Chinese Car Company Will Take On The World, Then This One

When will Chinese carmakers follow the Japanese, and Korean example, and take over the world? If it happens, who will it be? Sitting at a desk overlooking a glitzy Shanghai skyline that can put Manhattan, or downtown Tokyo to shame, I predict that scrappy Geely will be at the vanguard of Chinese automakers to take on the world. I write this after having seen Geely’s R&D center in Hangzhou, after having talked to its production engineers in Geely’s hometown some three hours south of Shanghai, and after having been granted a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of the company’s design studios in Shanghai. I am rarely impressed, but I am.

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Monday morning car news roundup, April 24, 2017

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One-Millionth Mazda MX-5 returns to Japan after its world tour

2016 Goodwood Festival Of Speed 23rd - 26th June 2016 Thursday, 23rd June. Goodwood, England. Photo: Drew Gibson

Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that the one-millionth Mazda MX-5, a commemorative model celebrating the production of 1 million units of Mazda’s iconic two-seater convertible sports car, has returned home after a year-long tour that saw the model exhibited at fan-facing events around the globe. The car arrived back at the company’s Hiroshima headquarters on April 7.

Mazda organized the one-millionth MX-5 tour to celebrate with fans the achievement of 1 million units and to say thank you to everyone who has supported the model over the years. Over the course of the tour the car was exhibited at 35 events in Japan, the U.K., Spain, Germany, Belgium, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and more than 10,000 MX-5 fans signed their name on the bodywork.

The one-millionth MX-5 made its UK appearance at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it appeared alongside the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF as the latest version of Mazda’s iconic sports car made its UK debut.

one-millionth MX-5 at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

“Seeing so many signatures from all over the world really brought home the fact that people from different countries, cultures and generations have supported the MX-5 for more than a quarter of a century,” said Masashi Nakayama, Program Manager and Chief Designer of the fourth-generation MX-5. “We are forever grateful to these fans, and we will continue working to elevate this car, a symbol of Mazda’s dedication to driving pleasure, to the realm of high culture as we set our sights on the next milestone – 2 million units.”

The one-millionth MX-5 will take part in the parade at the Hiroshima Flower Festival on May 3 and will be on display in the lobby of Mazda’s Hiroshima headquarters from the 8-12th May.

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