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Old And New Mazda Miatas Demonstrate Why Driving Matters

2017 Mazda Miata RF club and 1990 Mazda Miata

In the span of my time so far on this planet, I’ve seen a lot of “sporty” car models come and go. Few have lasted for more than a couple of product generations and they have often evolved into something far different than the original design brief as manufacturers have tried to appeal to a broader market. For many, the carmaker simply couldn’t make the business case to justify the engineering expense to keep it around. The one exception that has somehow stayed remarkably true to its original premise despite coming from a comparatively small brand is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. I recently got to spend time with the latest Miata iteration and compare it to one of the very earliest examples, a low-mileage 1990 that I personally own.

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NHTSA Moves Ahead With V2V Mandate

More than two years after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) first issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to mandate vehicle to vehicle (V2V) to communications in the U.S. the agency is finally ready to move forward. Following an extended comment and testing period, NHTSA today published the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for what is expected to become Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 150.

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