Daily News Briefs: July 6, 2012

By Colin Bird  on Fri Jul 06 04:53:37 GMT-06:00 2012

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Mazda posted details about an extensive midcycle refresh for its Japanese-marketed 2013 Mazda Roadster (shown above) — known here as the MX-5 Miata — on its Google+ page. Updates include a new front bumper, grille, fog lamps and chin spoiler. Mechanically, the Mazda Roadster's reworked internal wiring and new 17-inch aluminum wheels help to decrease its overall weight; it weighs in at roughly 2,500 pounds today. Other additions include enhanced barking control and a more responsive throttle, says Mazda. We expect most of the changes to come to the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, too.

In other news:

  • Fiat unveiled a prototype of a new crossover version of its Fiat 500 — called the Fiat 500X — according to the Detroit Free Press. The model will compete against the Mini Countryman and be built alongside a new Jeep compact crossover based off the same platform.
  • President Barack Obama is challenging Chinese tariffs on vehicles imported from the U.S., says the Detroit Free Press. China imposed tariffs on U.S.-made SUVs and luxury cars last year over trade dumping allegations. Around 20,000 Chrysler vehicles and 14,000 GM vehicles are estimated to be affected by the tariffs.
  • Ford released more 2013 Ford C-Max fuel-economy information, saying the model would get 44 mpg on the highway. With the city mpg information already at hand, the C-Max will get 47/44 mpg city/highway, which bests its main competitor: the Toyota Prius v and its 44/40 mpg.

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