All-new Mazda CX-3 Review on Motoring Research

Last week EngageSportMode was tasked with reviewing the brand-new Mazda CX-3 crossover for Motoring Research. Helpfully, the UK launch was taking place pretty much in our own back yard! So, did we fall for the sporty supermini-sized crossover? Did the sun actually shine in the North East? Well, you’ll have to head on over to…

The All-New 2015 Mazda MX-5 – News and Photos

Local loudmouths and internet car-forum keyboard warriors rejoice. Mazda’s fourth-generation MX-5 is here for you to recommend anytime someone asks what two-seater roadster they should buy; but without owning one yourself, of course. But in all seriousness, has Mazda remained true to the MX-5 vision on its 25th anniversary? Mazda has sold over 900,000 examples of the MX-5 (or Miata / Roadster,…

The Mazda MX-5 GT Just Got Real!

If you’ve been reading EngageSportMode for a while, then you’ll know the Mazda MX-5 GT Concept shown at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed ended up being one of our stars of the show. It also picked up a prize in the 2012 ESM Awards. Now, thanks to Jota Sport, concept becomes reality. The heart…

2012 EngageSportMode Awards (Part One)

After a long twelve months, the time has finally come to hand out the infamous EngageSportMode ‘macaroni and glitter’ trophies to this year’s award winners. It may now be 2013, but cast your mind back (a few days) to last year. Despite the world’s ongoing financial problems, the ever-present environmental lobby and the ridiculous price…

ESM’s 2012 Car Buying Predicament #2

Previously on ESM, I set out a rather lengthy list of criteria that I wanted the Polo replacement to have. Somewhat predictably, I then went away and spent several hours days searching AutoTrader and other classifieds. When you’ve given yourself a string of demands which make your average terrorist blush, unsurprisingly the options were limited, with…

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 – The ESM Review

Now that my hearing has started to recover, the sunburn has begun to fade and the numerous pictures and videos have been uploaded, I can now begin to make sense of the previous four days. For the uninitiated, the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS) is an annual event which first began back in 1993. The…