2016 Mazda Miata on Real Wheels car chat Washington Post

2016 Mazda Miata on Real Wheels car chat Washington Post

It’s been a busy week again. We drove three cars this week: the 2016 Mazda Miata, the 2016 Mazda CX-3, and the 2015 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe Manual.

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2016 Mazda Miata – here’s looking at you kid

What a surprise it was to find out that Mazda’s head designer, Derek Jenkins, was no longer with Mazda as of last Friday.  Jenkins had been working with Mazda since 2009. Right before the launch of his latest design, the Mazda CX-3, he quit.

I put some video and pictures up of the long awaited Mazda Miata MX-5, including a video from the event, on Facebook.  Gorgeous car, fun to drive, here is my review.

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2015 Jaguar F-Type

I also drove the 2015 Jaguar F-Type S Coupe Manual in Italian Racing Red metallic at home this week. Stretch loved this two-door coupe, but Stretch loves anything Ian Callum designs. It’s part of the reason I keep an eye on the designers. If you’re a car enthusiast, you know who designed your car. If sales are going up is it partly because you like the design of that car?

The only change I would make is I would buy the convertible S-Type that starts at $92,000. Look, if you’re going to buy this type of car, buy the car you want. A coupe is a great driving car; top down is priceless.

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.