Mazda is supposedly jumping into the electric car game, with plans to build a range-extended electric vehicle that will debut in 2010. So if two's company and three's a crowd, GM, with its Chevy Volt, and Toyota, with its next-gen Prius, are probably feeling like their party's about to be crashed.
Mazda's move to start building green electric cars makes a lot of sense. Sooner or later, this is a party that everyone is going to have to join. And Mazda is majority owned by Ford, meaning that whatever goodies and tech tricks it can cook up, Ford can then use in the rest of their cars.
Mazda's engineers are developing a range-extended electric vehicle much like the car GM is working 24/7 to put in showrooms by the end of 2010. Mazda could be right behind them with a Volt of its own, which means Ford could be as well.
Mazda set the automotive world on its heels in 1989 with the introduction of its 1990 Miata two-seat sports car. With its acclaimed performance and simple attention to what a small sports car should be, the Miata set new standards for a new generation of sports cars to come.