In the News – 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S

On May 30, 1967, Mazda began its legacy of innovation, bringing to marked it first Wankel rotary engine and first sports car. The rotary was in an engine design that many had tried to build for production, but only Mazda could make it viable – because it had to. In the 1960s the Japanese automotive industry was on the cusp of globalization, Mazda needed to harness a technology that would differentiate it in the marketplace to avoid consolidation. Upon licensing the Wankel rotary in 1961 from German firms NSU and Wankel GmbH, Mazda went to work, with its best and brightest engineers tasked with bringing the technology to market.

With the launch of the Cosmo Sport 110S – Mazda found solutions for the considerable issues that had plagued the rotary, from internal scoring to loss of compression. As lore has it, Yamamoto had used graphite as a lubricant on apex seals after noticing how easily his pencil slid across his sketches. From there, the Cosmo Sport would kick off the legacy of successes, from sales to circuits, with the Cosmo unseating some of the best sports cars of the day.

This particular 1967 Cosmo Sport 1110S L10A (short wheelbase) was one of possibly three 1967 Cosmos that were officially exported to the U.S. This one was registered to Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the North American right-holder of the Wankel rotary engine for aerospace development application research. I subsequently changed hands three more time before coming back “home” to Mazda. The odometer reading is original and correct at a little over 16,000 km.

This car is owned by Mazda North American Operations as part of the Mazda Heritage Collection.

1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S
1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S

Disable Daytime Running Lights


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Q:     Can anyone tell me how to disable daytime running lights on a 2019 Mazda CX-5? According to the owner’s manual it’s possible, but one page just refers me back to the other. Their manuals are awful!

Don Turner

A:     I found this from another thread and thought this would be very useful on the how-to forum for people who want to disable their DRL.



1) car set to ignition (car is active, but engine is off)

2) press brake pedal down and hold during the whole time

3) parking brake up


you have to do the whole process once you start under 23 sec.

4) turn parking light on and off 5 times. on – off – on – off – on – off , etc.

under 2 sec start #5

5) turn hazard light on and off 5 times.

under 2 sec start #6

6) turn parking light on and off 5 times.


7) to check if the DRL still comes on, simply disengage the parking brake. If it doesn’t come on, then you’re done. Otherwise repeat the process again.

Repeat same step to reactivate

Vernon Hastings

2020 Mazda CX-30

from Car & Driver

 Slotting into the Mazda SUV lineup in the narrow space between the subcompact CX-3 and the compact CX-5 is the new—and curiously named—CX-30. Why isn’t it called CX-4? We asked Mazda: It’s kind of a long story. Regardless, we like the way it looks. Mazda’s designers gave it a more severely forward-canted rear window and chunkier black-plastic body cladding to help differentiate the 2020 Mazda CX-30 from its other crossover siblings. The CX-30 comes standard with impressive technology, both in terms of connectivity and driver-assistance features. Equipped with the perky and responsive engine seen in the Mazda 3, the CX-30 suggests it’ll ooze with that enthusiast appeal for which Mazda is famous. Are you looking for new vehicles such as this mazda cx30 for sale and want to learn more about this? Read on to know more.

All CX-30s are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 186 horsepower and up to 186 lb-ft of torque; it’s the same engine in the 2020 Mazda 3. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available on the CX-30.

An infotainment display sprouts from the center of the dashboard and is controlled by a rotary knob on the center console; a row of climate-control buttons divide the upper and lower dash panels. This is a good choice for business owners looking to expand their sales department with vehicles. A fleet management system are front and rear-facing cameras that can provide a 360-degree view complete with high-quality video and night vision. The ability to see what really happened can help you save time and money, protect your drivers, maximize efficiency, provide better customer service, and gain peace of mind. Buyers will be able to choose between either an eight- or 12-speaker audio system and can upgrade to available heated front seats.

The CX-30 comes with Mazda Connected Services, which allows owners to lock and unlock, remote start and monitor their vehicle through the MyMazda app. The CX-30 also is equipped with standard Bluetooth, two front USB inputs, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and available features include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration and SiriusXM satellite radio.

2020 Mazda CX-30

2000 MX-5 Miata LS of Laura Byrd

This 2000 MX-5 LS was purchased in 2003, from a BMW dealership in San Diego. She has lived an interesting life, and was shipped to Italy in 2011 to be used as my press vehicle. She lived in Italy for three years, and was driven up and down the Amalfi Coast many times after i got it from the shop, if you want reliable service check out I was a contributor at Vintage Motorsport Magazine, and drove her all over Italy to cover vintage races. I repainted her in Italy, and shipped her back to the USA when I returned in 2014. You can visit when you want to rent a car, buy or sell, their cars are carefully selected from their rental fleet, and have undergone complete scheduled maintenance to ensure longevity, for years to come.

Her leather seats and soft top have both been replaced in black, from the original tan. She also has a tow kit installed, and in 2003, the first year I owned her, towed my 100-year Harley Davidson Sportster to Las Vegas for the HD 100-year celebration. I used a T-back trailer outfitted with matching chrome wheels, and she was the star at the HD dealership in Vegas. She now lives on Camp Pendleton Marine Corp base in Southern California, and is driven very little. Total original mileage is 107,000.

Laura Byrd, Oceanside, California

2000 MX-5 Miata LS of Laura Byrd from Oceanside, California

Meet the New Mazda CLub Members

This section highlights some of the new members that have joined the club since the last ONLY WAY. Once again welcome to all of you!!

Recent members names may appear in a subsequent issue as printing deadlines may have prevented your name from appearing in this issue.

John Boyer
Lisle, Illinois

John Prewitt
Quitman, Arkansas
John has an ‘85 yellow RX-7.

Richard Basarich
Gurnee, Illinois
Richard has an ‘82 white RX-7 GL.

Richard Basarich
Gurnee, Illinois
Richard has an ‘82 white RX-7 GL.

Morris V. Chay
Santa Rosa, California
Morris has an ‘86 brown B2000.

Anthony Brooks
Jacksonville, Florida

Technical Section – Q & A’s – Upkeep Hints

Please note: Questions and answers are provided for information and advice purposes. No liability either express or implied is assumed by reliance on the information presented either by the writers or the MC.

Some or all of the below is from our Facebook group at This is just a part of what appears there and in the member magazine.

Also be sure to see our Facebook group for immediate help from fellow members.

Q:     Anyone have an idea of how long a garage kept convertible top will last before replacement? I have a 2003 Miata. What would be the cost to replace?


Q:     I think a well cared for vinyl top should last 10+ years. It really depends upon how often you clean and treat it, and how long it sits under the sun, rain, hail.

I’ve never had a canvas top, but my understanding is that they are more difficult to keep clean and looking good.

To answer your cost question. A new Robbins vinyl top with rain rail will set you back close to $600, but there are many cheaper options, starting from around $175 for an eBay top.

Dougal McGuire

Mazda CX-30 fits between the CX-3 and CX-5 in the brand’s lineup

by Jake Holmes from

The newest Mazda crossover is called the CX-30. It fits right in between the existing CX-3 subcompact, which is why many expected it to be called the CX-4 rather than the CX-30. Revealed Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show, it’ll go on sale in Europe this summer before launching in other global markets. Though Mazda USA representatives have no official confirmation just yet, it’s almost a certainty the the CX-30 will also make it to the US.

Mazda CX-30
Size-wise, it slots right between the CX-3 and the CX-5.Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow

As we’ve come to expect from the company’s other introductions, the Mazda CX-30 is a great-looking car with striking proportions. Black plastic fender cladding hints at SUV toughness, while a sloping rear window adds a dose of sportiness. Compared to the CX-3, the CX-30 has a slightly higher ground clearance, a longer length and a longer wheelbase, all of which contribute to making it a little more eye-catching than Mazda’s smaller crossover, visit this site for reviews!

Mazda chief designer Ryo Yanagisawa told Roadshow on Wednesday, through a translator, that the CX-30 is the second vehicle with Mazda’s newest generation of its Kodo Soul of Motion design language. The first was was teh new Mazda 3 — and going forward, all future models will follow this design language.

Though their silhouette is somewhat similar, Yanagisawa said that the 3 and CX-30 are distinguished primarily by the surfacing on their body panels: “The interplay of light and shadows is completely different.” On the Mazda3, light appears to plunge into the rear fender; on the CX-30, he said “the top of the front fender is the energy source.”

Mazda CX-30
Mazda uses “the interplay of light and shadow” to define its designs.Mazda

Obviously, as with most crossovers, the CX-30 also features lots of black plastic fender cladding. That reduces the visual height of the car, Yanagisawa said, “so the body looks slender and [like it’s] floating in the air.” With the clean upper panels and tough lower cladding, the car follows Mazda’s design brief of “sleek and bold.”

Within the cabin, and unlike Mazda’s other crossovers and the 3, the infotainment screen is angled toward the driver and the dash design wraps around onto the doors. That’s because the CX-30 is intended to be a multiple-passenger vehicle, and the wrap-around effect gives occupants, “a sense of safety and security.”

As a crossover, “we have four seats and adults can be seated comfortably even for a long journey” in the CX-30, Yanagisawa said. One of the most obvious design references to that is the fact that the windowline is the same height in front and back, whereas in the more driver-focused Mazda3 the beltline kicks upward. “So front occupants and rear occupants can share the same view of the journey,” Yanagisawa explained.

Mazda CX-30
A high-end Signature trim level is a possibility but not yet confirmed.Mazda

Interior materials, which have a total of four color combinations, are intended to give the car a more premium look and feel, Yanagisawa said. As to whether, like the CX-5 and CX-9, there would be a high-end Signature trim level, he said it’s still up in the air.

“We need to study whether we will have a Signature version,” he said, admitting that, “The Mazda brand is trying to shift to Mazda premium.”

Though US specifications have yet to be confirmed, the European CX-30 will offer a 2.0-liter inline-four gas engine and a 1.8-liter diesel, with both manual and automatic transmissions of six speeds on offer. Also available will be Mazda’s forthcoming SkyActiv X compression ignition power train, which like the 2.0-liter mill, will feature mild-hybrid technology. We’d bet that the diesel won’t make it to the US market, although Mazda does plan to sell a CX-5 diesel here. Also on offer will be all-wheel drive, as is expected from any crossover, as well as Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus torque-vectoring system.

We’ll have to wait some time to find out which of these features will make it to the US-market version. “We are finalizing the offerings to the US market, but naturally, we’re going to choose ones that will fit to each individual markets,” Naohito Saga, Mazda CX-30 program manager, told Roadshow through a translator.

Mazda CX-30
The CX-30’s interior follows the stylish design of other Mazda crossovers.Mazda

Interior room is said to be generous given the CX-30’s exterior dimensions. Cargo space is pegged at 15.2 cubic feet by European measurement standards, which Mazda says is roomy enough to fit a large baby stroller and a large bag. Mazda says it designed the seat cushions so passengers can slide in and out more easily.

The CX-30’s interior design is pretty and mostly reminiscent of other new Mazda crossovers, with an 8.8-inch dash-mounted infotainment screen operated by a rotary controller. Mazda says engineers specifically made sure to make the A- and C-pillars as narrow as possible to improve visibility, and that a high driving position was chosen to further improve forward sightlines.

Active-safety technologies include the things like pre-collision braking, as well as advanced features like a driver monitoring function that uses infrared cameras to keep tabs on the driver’s alertness level, forward cross-traffic alert for junctions and a low-speed traffic-jam assist that can control the car’s steering, braking and acceleration in busy traffic. As to passive safety, a knee airbag is standard globally, and the front bumper and hood are designed to soften the impact on a pedestrian in an accident.

Mazda CX-30
The sloping rear window helps distinguish the CX-30 from the CX-3.Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow

Despite being one of Mazda’s smaller models, the CX-30 doesn’t scrimp on refinement. Mazda noted that engineers fitted extra sound-deadening materials and even took steps like reducing the number of holes cut into the carpet to keep NVH out of the cabin, for your own care we recommend the Carpet Cleaner Repair pro services. That’ll make it all the easier to enjoy the standard eight-speaker or optional Bose 12-speaker audio systems.

Though it’s still unknown when it will launch in the US market, the Mazda CX-30 looks to be a great addition to the company’s crossover lineup, splitting the difference between the CX-3 and CX-5 and, hopefully, offering all the same driving satisfaction we’ve come to expect from the brand.

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