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In 96 you all probally know the RX-7 was stopped from being imported into the US. After 97 the Supra got yanked. Way before those the Ford GT-40 made a short apperence, so did the Shelby Stangs, Boss, and the Mach 1. The GTO was around for a bunch of years.
Now what we've wished for for many years might turn into a bad thing. Next year Ford is releasing a limited production Mach 1 back out, the GT-40 is due out a little after that, and did I mention the SVT Cobra has quite a horse under the hood now? Then Pontiac is takin the Z06 engine and the GTO is makin a return. Not to mention the RX-8's debut. Then in 2005 the 5 liter mustang might make a return along with a new body style for the 50th.
Now I read in Car and Driver or some magazine like that, that Mazda might only bring back the RX-7 if the RX-8 does well. I also heard plans of the Miata having a Rotary option in a few years.
So now with the crowding of the almost vacant sports car area in america, will all of these big beautiful promises come true with today's shakey economey?
God I can only hope so.
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speaking of the economy and suv's (i know you weren't really) did every one hear that ford suvs are loosing tires again due to tread seperation. this time the tires are from continental. ford is again denying that any thing is wrong with their vehicles. if it is found that ford is at fault they will probably have to pay out big bucks to firestone to reimburse them for the other lawsuits and and tire recalls.
my point is, this could seriously damage ford's financial health and if it does how will it effect Mazda?
I really don't think another tire recall will affect Mazda that much. I mean it'll probally stall a devlopement for maybe a month or something, but (I think) doesn't Mazda and Aston Martin (Ford owns both incase you didn't know) operate seperatly from Ford. It's not like how GM owns Pontiac, GMC, Olds, etc - they have the same parts bin for everything (ever see the inside of the Vette? god it looks like the Blazer). I believe that Mazda is free to what it seems in it's alloted operting budget, they only need to to retrive funds from ford for like huge capital investments (like maybe a new plant). Then Ford gets the earning capital from Mazda at the end of the year. Now this is what I believe to be the case. Now I could be talkin out of my ***, but from talking to people I know around my area that's what I'm told.
Another point that the tire recall probally won't affect Ford. The cost of tires are pocket change compaired to the cost of cars. Plus Ford probally buys a couple million tires and gets them for like $50 a pop for like decent ones. So the overall effect is minimal.
There's no such concept as "too many sports cars". Sports cars represent the height of autodom. They usually have the best or most creative lines, the best performance all around and the most inspiring. Never heard of an inspiring mini van or SUV, Have you?
Gimmie my MazdaSpeed RX-8 NOW!!