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Mazda3 TCR Race Car Program Axed Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

At least the turbocharged ‘3’ is still a go.

turbocharged Mazda3 was born, the Hiroshima-based automaker teased the world with a hotter version of the compact hatchback – the Mazda3 TCR. As its name implies, the force-inducted Mazda3 is meant to race at TCR-sanctioned championships around the world, starting with the four-hour Endurance Challenge part of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. It’s scheduled to take part in the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.” data-reactid=”24″Before the turbocharged Mazda3 was born, the Hiroshima-based automaker teased the world with a hotter version of the compact hatchback – the Mazda3 TCR. As its name implies, the force-inducted Mazda3 is meant to race at TCR-sanctioned championships around the world, starting with the four-hour Endurance Challenge part of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. It’s scheduled to take part in the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Mazda3 race program won’t come to fruition at all.” data-reactid=”25″But

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Coronavirus is a car sales roller coaster with an uncertain end

With no handy playbook, no precedents for the toxic economic fallout from COVID-19, the only thing predictable about auto sales is now unpredictability. And with viral spikes forcing fresh public restrictions — including in California, the nation’s largest auto market — any automotive recovery seems likely to follow the same topsy-turvy course.

Analysts say the worst may be over. But they can’t be sure. The pandemic drove auto sales to a sickly, 30-year-low in April, as Americans bought just 633,000 cars — down 53% from April 2019, and worse than any sales month of the Great Recession in 2009. 

June brought a few rays of hope. But June’s annualized selling rate of 12.9 million units was still a stark reminder of the booming 17.2-million pace of the previous June. Second-quarter sales at General Motors, Ford and FiatChrysler fell 30% or more. Tesla’s mere 5% drop —and a stock

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How to hunt down a used-car deal from a rental company like Hertz, Enterprise during coronavirus

As Hertz offers to sell thousands of its cars at steep discounts and millions of Americans face financial uncertainty due to coronavirus, now might be a good time to hunt for bargains from rental car companies. 

“There are definitely good deals out there,” said Rick Ricart, president of the pre-owned vehicle dealership Ricart Automotive in Ohio. “Rentals are down, and rental car companies might be getting aggressive to cut their losses.”

But there are also things to look out for. 

Pouncing on a used-car deal just because you see an alluring price could leave you in a financial bind down the line. And with cases of COVID-19 ticking up, buyers should take extra precautions before taking off in a car previously driven by dozens or even hundreds of other people. 

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Here’s how to smartly and safely find a used-car deal from a rental company in the age of COVID-19:

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