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100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata gets white paint, red top

The new special edition car marks the company's 100th anniversary.

Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Mazda has revealed the details of its 100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata. The roadster will be available in the U.S. later this year.

Buyers will have their choice of model - the RF (retractable fastback) or soft top. The soft top is an exclusive red color while the RF has a black roof. The Mazda will only be offered with a Snowflake White Pearl Mica exterior paint color. There are red styling features throughout.

At the front, the car is accented by a "100 Years 1920 – 2020" badge. The wheel center caps feature the company's 100th Anniversary Special Logo in red and black.

100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata

Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

This model builds one the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring trim level. It comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's capable of delivering up to 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The car also has a limited-slip differential, Bilstein dampers, front shock tower trance, and sport-tuned suspension.

The Miata's cabin is equipped with red leather seats and red carpet. The interior design elements were chosen as a nod to the two-tone R360 Coupe, Mazda's first passenger car. The headrests are embossed with the 100th Anniversary Special Logo, while the red floor mats share the same badge as the front fender.

The car's key fob is embossed with the 100th Anniversary Special Logo and presented in a special edition box.

It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated leather seats, a Bose audio system with headrest speakers, automatic climate control, and 17-inch dark silver aluminum alloy wheels.

Mazda has priced the car to start at $32,670 (soft top, manual transmission). For the soft top/automatic transmission model buyers will pay $33,195. The RF is priced slightly higher starting at $35,435 when equipped with the manual. The automatic model is $35,750.

The MSRP does not include $945 for destination and handling ($990 in Alaska), taxes, title or additional fees.

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The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is joining the company’s lineup

Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The decision to add a turbocharged engine variant to the Mazda3 was met with praise for those who like getting in a little more excitement behind the wheel. Now It has been announced that the Mazda3's crossover counterpart, the CX-30 is getting the same treatment.

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 will be available with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with 93 octane fuel. The performance drops to 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque when owners fill up with 87 octane. Engines with the turbo-four also get standard all-wheel drive.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The body styling is pretty much the same as the rest of the Mazda CX-30 lineup, but it does have unique wheels and other attributes.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

To accommodate the new engine option, Mazda has not had to change the outward appearance of the model In earnest but does add some highlights including 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, larger tailpipes, gloss black door mirrors and a "TURBO" badge on the liftgate.

As the most premium Mazda CX-30 model, it comes with a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, black upper dash and chrome finishes. The features list includes a Bose 12-speaker audio system and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen..

The CX-30 2.5 Turbo, as the models with the engine will be known. Also comes equipped with Smart City Brake Support Reverse and rear cross-traffic braking technologies that can sense a vehicle coming into the lane of travel when reversing, warn the driver, and apply the brakes in order to possibly avoid a collision. Additional available safety technologies include a 360-degree view monitor, Active Drive Display, traffic sign recognition, and adaptation front lighting.

2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo The CX-30 debuted just last year.Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 2.5 Turbo is scheduled to go on sale by the end of 2020. Specific packaging and pricing details will be announced in the coming months

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The teaser image of the 2027 Kia lineup includes numerous cars and SUVs.

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Kia has revealed plans to launch seven new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2027 in numerous segments. The first, code named CV, will launch in 2021 and serve as the kickoff to a new Kia design direction. The move is known internally as the “Plan S" strategy. Under Plan S, Kia's BEV line will include 11 models by 2025.

The announcement coincides with the company's stated goal of having 25 percent of Kia's global sales come from BEVs by 2029. To do that, the company plans to work to expand the world's electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Kia has sold over 100,000 BEVs worldwide since the company introduced its first model in 2011, the Kia Ray.

Kia Ray EV 2011 The Kia Ray was the company's first production EV.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Plan S includes a company-wide business transformation that will include production, sales, and services. Dealerships will likely be required too invest in equipment to handle the influx of EVs. In the U.S, Kia will increase the number of EV work bays at dealerships to 600 by the end of 2020 and increase the number to more than 2,000 by 2023..

The product plan includes a diverse number of models. The vehicles will include BEVs that are “suitable for urban centers, long-range journeys, and performance driving". They will be based on the company's new adaptable Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The platform will allow for best-in-class interior spaciousness, according to Kia.

Though subscription services have not gained widespread popularity in the U.S., the company is exploring the creation of subscription services, as well as EV battery leasing and rental programs. Other “second life" battery-related businesses may be part of the plan as well.

Kia also plans to add around 500 charging stations in North America, partnering with its dealer networks. Further, the company is seeking a partner in North America to support a larger infrastructure buildout.

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