High Performing Auto Parts for the World's Best Selling Sports Car – the Mazda Miata 2006Written by Jenny McLane
A risky venture in 1989 yet shrewdest move for Mazda, this little Japanese roadster eventually chalked up 700,000 sales worldwide as it capped Guinness Book of World Records world's best-selling sports car. Mazda is now looking toward 1 million mark with third-generation, 2006 MX-5.
The 2006 Miata will make its debut in Canada this August, It will be called MX-5 Miata for a year or two, but Canadians and Americans can look for Miata name to disappear after that, unifying vehicle as an MX-5 worldwide.
It will be wider and more muscular in appearance with a prominent front and rear fender arches that recall same style on flashy RX-8; a more smoothly tapered nose and tail; inboard placement of headlights and taillights; and a particularly appealing revised grille.
The body structure is now 47 per cent more rigid, and has a lower center of gravity that should enhance handling. One unusual feature of '06 Miata is convertible roof, which, is a manually raised and lowered metal top.
A stiffer unibody structure serves as chassis foundation, with a double-wishbone suspension in front and multilink system in rear. Larger front-brake rotors and 25-percent-stiffer calipers help extract optimal stopping distances from four-wheel single-piston-caliper disc system.
Honda Parts Meet the Standards of the Reduction of Fuel EmissionsWritten by Jenny McLane
Honda ties up with SELEV, “Study of Extremely Low Emission Vehicles”, a Riverside program hosted by University of California, which shows advantage of upgrading internal combustion engine technology in reduction of vehicle emissions. Several years ago, this reduction to some level has been conceived impossible but due to advancements in technology nowadays everything is made possible and tangible to some extent.
Two years ago, this program has been launched primarily for dwindling environmental condition as main reason. Among concerned partners of SELEV are U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association. The university’s College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) spearheads this innovative research. The study has been endowed by at least $10 million from Ford as a donation. The amount has been of great help for researchers in their tactics of finding ways of lessening fuel emissions of new-generation vehicles so as not to add up with already degrading air pollution that poses great risk to people’s health.
Going environment-friendly, no wonder, Honda Motors Corporation continues to launch and introduce to buying public low-emission vehicles such as that of latest Honda Accord and rest of new-generation vehicles in its fleet. Due to successful study and promotion of technology that tests vehicle emissions at lower levels, another milestone in automotive era poses significant measures and likewise challenges entire realm of auto manufacturers in automobile world.