Archive for March, 2016

Mazda Idling Stop: What you Need to Know

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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Idling Stop (i-Stop) technology helps to save fuel by turning the engine off when the vehicle is stationary and then turning the engine back on when the vehicle starts to move again. The system helps to improve fuel economy. The stopping and restarting of the engine is barely noticeable. One of the main reasons why this technology failed to gain popularity before it was introduced by Mazda was because of the time it took to restart the engine. Also, the engine used to produce sound and vibration during starting and stopping. Mazda was able to overcome all these difficulties/problems and successfully introduced i-Stop to the market.

Idling Stop technology with gasoline engines

The engine is restarted through combustion. Fuel is injected directly into a cylinder when the engine is stopped. It is then ignited to produce downward piston force. The i-Stop system ensures that the pistons are in the correct position during engine shutdown. It will then identify the first cylinder for injecting the fuel. The fuel is injected and then it is ignited to start the engine again. Even at low rpm, the system will identify the ideal cylinder for sequential ignition. The technology enables the system to restart the engine with the same timing all the time. This provides for optimum fuel economy. The restart actually takes only about 0.35 seconds.

Idling Stop technology with diesel engines

When it comes to diesel engines, the system compresses the air-fuel mixture for a spontaneous combustion. The system needs only a single cycle because of the accurate control of the positions of the pistons. The restart time is approximately 0.40 seconds.

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Mazda’s Environmentally-Friendly Tech

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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A ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom’ plan was announced by Mazda in the year 2007. It detailed Mazda’s vision for technology development in the long-term. The vision included making high-performance, environmentally-friendly, and attractive cars. Following up on the plan, in the year 2008, Mazda announced that by the year 2015, the company would start selling fuel-efficient cars, worldwide. Technology has made it possible in the recent years to make hybrid and electric vehicles mainstream. Nowadays, the engine, body, transmission, chassis, and other parts of the vehicles are augmented with the help of technology. However, internal combustion engines will still power many vehicles for a very long time.

As of now, Mazda is concentrating on improving the thermal efficiency of engines, and vehicle body weight reduction, all the while adopting a strategy to introduce technology gradually into their vehicle systems, like the brake energy regeneration system, hybrid, and so on. By adopting such a strategy, Mazda plans to make cars that are environmentally-friendly but are not limited by the various environmental needs.

  • SkyActiv technology – The technologies include SkyActiv-G (highly efficient direct injection gasoline engine), SkyActiv-D (clean diesel engine), SkyActiv Drive (fuel-efficient 6-speed automatic transmission), SkyActiv MT (efficient 6-speed manual transmission), SkyActiv Chassis, and SkyActiv Body.
  • Idling Stop Technology – For saving fuel.
  • Brake Energy Regeneration System – Helps to recover kinetic energy and reuse it as power/electricity.
  • Electric vehicle – Electric-powered vehicle.
  • Hydrogen Vehicle – Eco-friendly.
  • Promoting Vehicle Recycling – Using recycled bumper plastics in new vehicle bumpers.
  • Bio-based plastics – Environmental-friendly material.

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The i-Activ AWD, What you Need to Know

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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The i-Activ AWD (All Wheel Drive) technology from Mazda is a fully automatic intelligent AWD system that provides for fuel economy and helps to make your drive safer. It features sensors that have the capacity to check the conditions of the road about two-hundred times every second. The road condition is determined by watching the wipers (whether it is snowing or raining), monitoring the external temperature gauge (whether the outside temperature is freezing or very hot), and so on. The system can also find out the intention of the driver by monitoring factors like the position of the accelerator (cruising mode or accelerating mode or starting mode), the angle of the steering wheel (straight position or turning position), and so on. The i-Activ has the ability to determine whether the road is slippery or not by comparing the steering torque, with the total power flowing via the steering, and the total acceleration force. The system measures the speed on all the four wheels, and if there is a danger of slippage, it will warn you.

The i-Activ AWD technology helps to reduce friction. It helps to enhance the performance of the vehicle and save fuel. It provides for a better traction on the road. This helps not only to enhance the driving experience but also for a very controlled drive. Driving through the snow or rain is always risky. You may not be able to eliminate the risk factor completely, however, with the help of technologies like the i-Activ AWD, you will be able to minimize that risk a lot.

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Snow Testing the i-Activ AWD from Mazda

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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When Mazda began testing for snow capabilities, the intention was to prove that Mazda’s i-Activ AWD technology is just as good as the competition in anything that its rivals had to offer. The i-Activ AWD features sensors (27 of them) that have the capacity to check the conditions of the road nearly two-hundred times every second. The system can also identify the intention of the driver as well, like whether he/she is going to brake, turn or move the vehicle.

During normal driving, i-Active AWD sends around 98% of the car’s power to the front wheels. The system senses the steering angle and torque, rear and front wiper speed, external temperature, steering power, the position of the gas pedal and the gas, speed of the wheel, brake pressure, rpm of the engine, gravitational forces, and the incline angle of the vehicle. It will then determine how the front wheels of the vehicle need to be driven. Then 50% of the engine’s power is sent to the rear wheels in the event of the front wheels slipping. The rear wheels can accommodate 100% of the power as well, in case the front wheels do not have any traction at all. The system allows for a calculated amount of wheel spin in slippery conditions.

During the snow test, along a steeply angled mountain road, the driver never felt like the Mazda vehicle (incorporated with i-Activ AWD), had any problem with traction. According to him, the grip was always there. The vehicle handled very efficiently during acceleration, cornering, and braking.

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Performance and Materials Used in KODO Cars

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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KODO cars include the new Mazda3, CX-5, Mazda6, and CX-9. All the KODO (Soul of Motion) cars are constructed with quality materials and meticulous craftsmanship. The interior features leather-trimmed upholstery and scalloped seats, which provides for a rich look, and immense comfort. The perforated holes in the upholstery are spaced so precisely that it not only enriches the aesthetics of the cabin but also enhances the acoustics.

Mazda has used bioplastics for the construction of its KODO cars. The company has actually developed the world’s first bioplastics in collaboration with the Industry-Academia-Government. The bioplastics can be employed successfully in the production of vehicles. The advantage of using bioplastics is that it helps to lessen the utilization of fossil fuels. This process is carbon-neutral; so, the KODO cars are environmentally-friendly as well. Mazda also engineered the color Soul Red; when the company looked for a color to compliment the KODO design, they were not able to find it. Thus Soul Red was born through an advanced 3 step painting process. The 3-Layer Wet Paint System is something that Mazda developed themselves and it is the first technology in the whole world to lessen VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and carbon dioxide emissions simultaneously.

The alloy wheels on the KODO cars not only look stunning but provide for improved handling and produce minimal vibration while also having good resistance to the external elements as well. The SKYACTIV technology helps to reduce fuel consumption and provides for greater performance. The iActiveSense technology provides for the safety of the KODO cars.

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Turbocharging the Mazda RX-8

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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Nothing can be compared to the feel of a rotary engine that is turbocharged. A turbocharged Mazda RX-8 provides for higher output levels and a smooth power delivery. It is ideal to place the turbo low in the chassis in order to yield low temperatures under the hood. This helps to keep the heat away from the electronic devices/components that are heat sensitive. It will also keep the heat away from the plastics in the engine bay and from the rubber hoses.

The lower location is also ideal for providing superior balance to the car. Maintain the full functionality of the Oil Injection system, Secondary Shutter Valve, and the Auxiliary Port Valve. This provides more flexibility to the system and helps to avoid performance compromises. Avoid any alteration or modification to the chassis, let the factory design remain functional and intact. In order to lessen the turbulence and to keep the velocity high when entering the turbo, route the center runner carrying the exhaust fumes/gases through a sweeping radius that is smooth.

Choose the Synapse blow off valve. It stops the air from deadheading and helps to lessen the drag on the compressor wheel. Turbocharging the RX-8 will help to raise the power to around 400 bhp. The 4 port engines are ideal for turbocharging than the 6 port engines. Before going ahead with the turbocharging, make sure that you have a complete kit, as well as a place with all the facilities for such a massive undertaking. For instance, your place should have the facility to run a custom map. Turbocharging can be expensive, however, the result will be well worth it.

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The Design of the Mazda Furai Concept

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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Furai is a design study for Mazda. The company do not intend to race it or make it commercially for sales. The Mazda Furai concept is all about functionality. All the details and every last texture serves one or the other functional purpose. The surface of Furai is designed to accommodate the core elements like the trademark 5-point grille from Mazda and aggressive headlights.

The headlight trim pieces serve as guide frames to eliminate aerodynamic lift, so does the power-pressure areas just above the front wheels. The air flowing under the car is taken by the air flow package and directs it to the cooling radiators (engine). The side surfaces of the car have integrated Nagare textures. It helps to feed air to the back breaks, the transmission cooler, and to the oil cooler. The amount of air drifting via the heat exchangers and the engine compartment is drawn by a diffuser located under the car and pushed out the rear.

The aerodynamics feature of the Furai makes sure that the car remains grounded at high speeds. The cockpit of Furai is very comfortable and practical for the drivers. The steering wheel has built-in shift paddles and an electronic display screen. The doors of the car are attached with butterfly hinges. It helps to enter and exit the cockpit easily. The dark matte finish has orange and red accents. Furai is based on the unique Nagare design from Mazda. As per the company, the concept of Furai is to bridge the gap between Mazda’s production vehicles and Mazda motorsports.

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Mazda Enjoys Success in Pirelli World Challenge Season

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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Mazda secured 3 class wins, 3 pole positions, and 8 podium finishes in 2016 PWC (Pirelli World Challenge) held at the COTA (Circuit of the Americas) in Austin, Texas. The director of Motorsports Mazda North American Operations, John Doonan, congratulated the winners and thanked the customer teams in the PWC. He said the season is off to a fantastic start, and the battle will be very competitive and fierce all season long. The finale will be held on the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, California. Following are the top Mazda results from the 2016 PWC.

Touring Car A

Elivan Goulart won the 1st race and came in second in the 2nd race. He drove a Mazda MX-5. Eric Powell came in third in the 1st race and earned the pole position in the 2nd race. He also drove Mazda MX-5. Joey Bickers secured the third place in the 2nd race. Mazda MX-5 was his choice of car as well.

Touring Car B

Ted Hough won the first race. Will Rodgers won the second race. Henry Morse scored a pair of third-place finishes. All of them drove the Mazda 2. For Rodgers and Morse, this was the first ever professional race.

Many of the Mazda race cars sported artwork for the AFS (Austin Humane Society). More than $5000 worth of raffle tickets were sold at the race by AHS. The remaining 2016 PWC race schedule is as follows.

  • From May 19 to 22, PWC at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • From June 23 to 26, PWC at Road America (Wisconsin).
  • From July 29 to 30, PWC at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
  • From August 12 to 14, PWC at Utah Motorsports Campus.
  • From October 7 to 9, PWC at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (California).

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Using Wipers in a Mazda

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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Windshield wipers are a mandatory commodity in every vehicle. Without them, driving in the rain or snow would be impossible.

Your Mazda is equipped with wipers that function at three different settings – intermittent wipers, variable speed wipers, and auto wipers. To control the windshield wipers, you need to make adjustments on a lever located to the right of the steering wheel. You can use this lever to select between the three settings.

The lever also has a ring that allows you to increase or decrease the speed of the wipers. You have an Auto option as well. To increase or decrease the wiper sensitivity, rotate the ring after you have pushed the lever onto Auto mode. In this mode, the wipers automatically come on and adjust their speed according to the weather conditions and the speed of the vehicle. You can push the lever down to select the speed of the wipers, continuous low speed or continuous high speed operation. Pull the lever towards you to clean the windshield. Washer fluid will spray onto the windshield and the wipers will sweep several times automatically and then stop.

You can use the same lever to operate the rear windshield wiper. Turn the level to select between intermittent and continuous. If you turn the knob all the way, it will activate the wipers to clean the rear windshield. Washer fluid will spray and the wiper will continue sweeping until the switch is released. Replace the fluid in the tank when you see the low washer fluid level warning message illuminate. If you live in cold countries, make sure you use windscreen washer liquid with anti-freeze protection that will help protect you in cold weather conditions.

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Using the Parking Brake in a Mazda CX-5

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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The Mazda CX-5 is a crossover SUV manufactured by Japanese car maker Mazda. It has been one of the brand’s most popular choices among car enthusiasts. Along with fuel efficiency and excellent driving pleasure, the CX-5 is also known for its safety features.

One of the unique features of the Mazda CX-5 is the parking brake. Unlike the other cars in the SUV spectrum, the CX-5 has an electric parking brake. This mechanism is slowly replacing the traditional handbrake as car manufacturers are constantly looking to making driving easier. The electric handbrake is known to be more reliable than the regular handbrake and holds your car safely in place.

The electric parking brake in your Mazda CX-5 can be applied when the car is in ignition. To activate the parking brake, press down on the brake pedal and pull up on the Parking switch located close to your gear stick. An indicator light comes on in your instrument cluster. Note that your electric parking brake will not function if your car battery is discharged. Constantly applying and releasing the switch in a short period of time will also cause the parking brake to stop operating for about a minute to prevent the motor from overheating.

To automatically release your electric parking brake, you will need to depress the accelerator pedal and make sure that the engine is running, the door on the driver’s side is closed and his seat belt is fastened. The gear should be in Neutral and the clutch pedal should be depressed halfway. To manually release the brake, depress the brake pedal and press the switch.

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