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  1. The first teaser image of Mazda's fourth-generation MX-5 has surfaced three weeks ahead of its official global reveal early next month. Although it's draped by a thin veil, the rear side angle seen in the image reveals key design details for the first time, including the familiar long-bonnet silhouette that's been synonymous with the world's top-selling two-seat sports car since its inception in 1989. However, adding weight to recent comments by senior Mazda executives that the Mk4 MX-5 "will look nothing like" the model it replaces is the appearance of far more muscular sheet metal. http://www.carsales.com.au/news/sports/mazda/mx-5/mazda-teases-new-mx-5-45303
  2. I have a question for the Good Lord or anyone else similarly blessed with knowledge in this field. There are a couple of situations when one might have a wet car, either because it has been rained on or when it has just been washed. I find drying properly to be extremely important, especially on a black car where any dried droplets completely ruin the finish. I've not been into chamois in some time because I found that they reduce the size of water droplets without truly drying. I've been using a large, soft towel which works OK but I have concerns about it doing harm to the paintwork. Is there any commentary about the best way to dry a wet car?
  3. This is a classic mini-car released in 1990 which was well known in Australia, often nicknamed a bubble on wheels etc. Its predecessor was more of a box on wheels, and ironically so was its replacement (called 121 Metro here). As a result of the tall design, interior headroom was outstanding (in contrast to the 929!). The car was powered by an efficient 1.3 litre four cylinder. A 1994 update, around the time of general cost cutting and neglect throughout the Mazda range, saw serious penny-pinching in response to exchange rate issues. The base model now had nasty grey bumpers, no wheel covers, even reduced sound deadening. However, a larger 1.5 litre engine became available at extra cost at this time. The uninspiring end around 1997 leaves a similar taste to the Eunos range, the 929 and other classics. But the 121 in particular may well have had a Mini-style cult following to continue to this day if only it had been given true successors.
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