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1973 Renault 17 Sports Coupe advertisement

Add the reflexes of electronic fuel injection to the agility of front-wheel drive and you’ve got one hell of a machine.
Introducing the Renault 17 Sports Coupe

Either refinement alone would make for a markedly better sports coupe. Together they knock the competition on its..ear.
The Bosch fuel injection system takes continuous readings on variables like engine temperature, intake manifold pressure and r.p.m.’s, and feeds the data into a 220 component electronic “brain”.
The net result is a fantastically responsive gas pedal. Immediate. Unbalky. As advanced as the car it propels. If fuel injection is a better way to make an engine go, front-wheel drive is a better way to make a car go. Front-wheel drive allows our Sports Coupe to gobble up curves, ignore crosswinds, and sneer at ice and snow.
It also comes packed with these standard features:
4-on-the-floor gear box, rack-and-pinion steering, steel-belted radials, OHV hemi-head engine (0-60 in 10.7), disc brakes all around, tachometer, electric windows, molded bucket seats, carpeting, and tinted glass. We could go on. $4,175*

World’s largest producer f front-wheel drive cars.

*Suggested price P.O.E Slightly higher on the West Coast. Freight, taxes, options and preparation additional. Renault, Inc, 100 Sylvan Avenue. Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Source: 1973 Road Test

1973 Mazda Rotary Engine ad

Another First for Mazda: A Quicker Automatic.

The rotary engine has been recognized by top automotive writers a the biggest innovation in decades.
That’s why FORTUNE Magazine called Mazda, “A car that may reshape the industry’s future”
Now Mazda has come up with the biggest development since the rotary engine: a automatic to match it.
To test this new performance pair, we pitted our car with its automatic against a couple of able competitors with their automatics at Pomona Raceway.  Results:

Standing Start 1/4 mile MAZDA VEGA PINTO
MPH 78.19 70.57 71.09
Elapsed time – Seconds 17.867 19.559 19.911

Test sanctioned by National Hot Rod Association.
What won the face for Mazda? The rotary engne? Or the new automatic?
Both. Naturally, the rotary gave us a head start. Nothing in its class can stay on the same track with it. But, we had to have the right running made, too.
One that doesn’t sap its strength. One that puts all that torque to work. One that keeps the power manageable at all times. And provides a smooth, quick, turbine-like response.
Now it’s available. Not just on test tracks, but at your Mazda dealer’s. In five models – Sport Coupes, Sedans and a Wagon.
Things will never be the same in the small-car world. Now you don’t have to be stuck with an anemic performer. Even if your wife or girlfriend insists on an automatic.
To find the Mazda dealer nearest to you, phone the toll-free number anytime. 800-447-4700. (In Illinois, 800-322-4400.) Dial as you normally dial long distance.
Mazda, Still the only rotary engine car in America.
Mazda’s rotary engine licensed by NSU-Wankel.

Source: 1973 Road Test