Archive for May, 2016

Safety Features of the New Miata

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata features an unprecedented selection of safety technologies. This two-seat roadster boasts a well-balanced rear-wheel-drive layout. Add to it precise steering and the available limited-slip differential, and you are looking at a very safe vehicle to drive around. The MX-5 Miata is one car that can take on turns and corners very safely without taking the fun out of the drive. Mazda has tuned the 2016 MX-5 for a pronounced body roll during aggressive cornering to enhance driver engagement. This is unusual in a sports car, however, you are definitely not going to complain about it when you are behind the wheels, it is that fun and engaging. The outward visibility of the MX-5 Miata is excellent.

Standard safety features on the MX-5 Miata includes stability and traction control, side-mounted airbags, and antilock disc brakes for all the trim levels.

The MX-5 Miata Sport features LED taillights and headlamps and a driver seat that is height adjustable.

The MX-5 Miata Club (manual transmission) features a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, a limited-slip differential, and a shock-tower brace. None of these are available for the Club with automatic transmission. 17-inch wheels with summer performance tires, a rear lip spoiler, and a sport front fascia are standard on all Club models. Voice controls and the center console-mounted auxiliary control knob provides for additional safety as well. The Brembo/BBS package available exclusively for the manual-transmission Club models includes 17-inch forged BBS wheels.

The MX-5 Miata Grand Touring features a safety package that includes lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and a blind-spot monitor. The GT is also equipped with adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control, a navigation system, and auto-dimming mirrors.

Some of the other safety features include:

  • Emergency braking assist
  • Vented front disc and Solid rear disc brakes
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Daytime running lights

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So Someone Took a Miata and Made it Lighter

Friday, May 27th, 2016

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Until recently, you would have been able to find a customized Miata named ‘Miata-ish’ for sale on Craigslist. While the ad can no longer be found online, the vehicle is most likely now sitting in a car enthusiast’s garage or burning rubber on a race track. Regardless of its current location, it is certainly one of the most unique Miatas ever. The owner of ‘Miata-ish’ simply used what was already there on a 1991 Mazda Miata, stripped off whatever he thought was not necessary, and converted it into sort-of a race-kart-like vehicle. According to the owner, all you need on a car are the basics that hold it together, strip off everything else, and you have a much lighter vehicle that is much more fun to drive.

The ‘Miata-ish’ weighs about 1,500 pounds which makes it friendlier for drifting, burnouts and fast driving. The car is blue, has been lowered and caged and was previously used for amateur racing.

The owner has also uploaded a ‘Miata-ish’ video to YouTube. It shows him working on the car from the beginning. According to the video, the only money that was spent on the car was on the custom-built roll cage.

On a more practical note, according to the owner, the real reason why he started on the project was because he wanted spare Miata parts. The ‘Miata-ish’ weighs more in the front than the rear, however, despite the balance issues, according to the owner, the car was much easier to ‘throw sideways’ than a stock Miata.

The asking price of ‘Miata-ish’ had been $2,000.

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Retractable Hardtop MX-5 Miata RF Unveiled at the New York Motor Show

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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Mazda unveiled its much anticipated MX-5 Miata RF with retractable hardtop at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. RF stands for “Retractable Fastback”. The roof mechanism of the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF is somewhat similar to that of the Porsche 911 Targa’s. However, according to Mazda, the similarity is purely coincidental. The company claims that they started with the design before the 911 was revealed. The roof piece and the glass rear window of the MX-5 is retracted into the area that is normally reserved for the retracted soft top, before the MX-5’s rear pillars lift up and back. The pillars and the span (blacked-out) that connects them then return back to their place. The black components or elements that look like quarter windows, in the buttresses, are just filled-in panels. This innovative solution has been the result of the 2016 Miata being too small behind the passenger compartment to accommodate the sort of full retractable hardtop that the previous-generation model had. The newfangled rigid roof of 2017 MX-5 does not compromise the trunk of the car.

The MX-5 RF roof is fully automatic. With the control system, you would be able to open and close the roof at speeds of up to 6 mph. The engines remain the same, however, the MX-5 will offer a 6-speed automatic transmission alongside the existing 6-speed manual offered on the soft top. The tuned suspension and the special power steering would provide MX-5’s passengers a refined and comfortable drive. Mazda has also made a good effort to reduce the cabin noise in the MX-5.

Mazda claims that this small, convertible sports car will offer its users a fun-filled life in terms of driving pleasure. The car goes on sale early next year.

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Mazda Wants to Built Lighter Cars, not More Powerful Ones

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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The Mazda Miata is one of the lightest cars that is available in the automobile market today. Mazda is planning to make this 2,313-pound vehicle even lighter in the future. According to Dave Coleman, Lead Development Engineer at Mazda North America Operations R&D Center, Irvine, CA, their only focus as of now is making the Miata lighter, and not in making the car more powerful. Coleman says that a turbocharged engine does not fit in with the ethos of Miata. However, there is ample room to make the car lighter and improved. Making the Miata lighter is a long-term project and an objective that will be focused on to ensure optimal results that meet the expectations of Mazda drivers and enthusiasts. The company is hoping to find a technology that will allow them to successfully complete their project at a reasonable cost.

Last year, Mazda made it clear that they would not be making a more powerful Miata like the 2004-2005 turbocharged Mazdaspeed Miata. The company is focused on making a Miata that is lower powered, but no less fun to drive. According to the Project Manager for the MX-5, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, more power means bigger tires, bigger brakes, and increased car rigidity, which all results in a heavier car. It is not the direction that people want, so the company is not willing to take that step, rather, weight reduction will further assist in meeting in the middle for Mazda and its vehicle owners.

Experts agree that a lighter Miata would definitely be fun-to-drive.

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Why the Mazdaspeed Models are Put on Hold

Friday, May 20th, 2016

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Mazda is currently focusing its resources on the development of the 2nd generation SkyActiv range of vehicles. Hence, as of now, the company has put on hold its plan to revive the Mazdaspeed models. According to Masahiro Moro, head of Mazda’s North American operations, their R&D department is currently focused on delivering SkyActiv generation 2. Failure to deliver it now means the company will not have any other derivatives. Once they have delivered the SkyActiv generation 2 vehicles, they will focus on improving the performance of Mazdaspeed models.

In an interview given to Motoring, Moro said that the performance of the first 2 generations of Mazdaspeed3 has been poor. The 1st generation of Mazda3 was equipped with a 2.3L Turbo-4 engine. It provided 263 horsepower and 280 pound-feet torque. The torque steer it generated was very poor, even after the company limited its torque ratio in lower gears. The second generation saw the company revising the gear ratios and ECU.

Moro made it clear that the next generation of Mazdaspeed models would perform far better than its predecessors. He also acknowledged the fact that it had been the 1st generation of Mazdaspeed models (Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata, Mazdaspeed3, and Mazdaspeed6) that helped to spread Mazda’s fun-to-drive message on a global basis.

As of now, Mazda does not have an exact timeline as to the return of its Mazdaspeed models. The company had actually started working on the 3rd generation Mazdaspeed but then it was put on hold in favor of the Koeru Concept.

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Cool Features of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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Following are some of the prominent features of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Miata RF’s display

Right next to its instrument cluster, Miata RF features a new and unique 4.6-inch color display. The TFT display will show its users information about the vehicle in graphics. For example, when the roof is opening or closing, it will be shown in graphics in the display. The display would also show the fuel level, temperature, and trip computer. The soft-top offers this information only in black and white, and no graphics. Also, the hardtop will feature exclusive Nappa leather. The Soft-top will only be offering regular leather on its Grand Touring model.

Driving position of Miata RF

Miata RF’s cabin is more accommodating for its driver and passenger. There is ample room for tall drivers. The car does not feature a seat height adjuster. Mazda was able to save some weight by removing this feature from Miata RF. This would certainly reflect in its performance. Since it is not a tight fit, the ride would be fun for the driver and the passenger even when the hard-top is closed. The driver would be able to move around comfortably while fiddling with the controls as well.

A retractable hard-top that is very fast

The retractable hard-top has been another challenge for Miata RF’s designers and engineers, according to Mazda. They set out to design and build the fastest retractable hard-top in the industry, and their perseverance and hard work paid off. Miata RF has the fastest retractable hard-top in the automobile industry. All it takes is just 12.5 seconds for the RF’s hard-top to go from fully closed to fully opened. It can do this at speeds up to 6 miles per hour. Mazda engineers tweaked the motor found in the 3rd generation Mazda model’s hard-top to achieve this result.

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Technology is Changing How Repairs and Claims are Made

Monday, May 16th, 2016

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Technology on wheels is how you can describe today’s automobiles. Most of them have onboard computers, an array of cameras and sensors and radars, microprocessors, automated safety features, and so on. The Most Wanted List of Transportation Improvements for 2016 of the National Traffic Safety Board mandates making crash avoidance technology standard in all vehicles. It also mandates implementing the latest safety features and disconnecting driver-distracting items. According to the Arlington-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, around 50% of the 2015-model vehicles are equipped with crash prevention technology. However, 72% of the vehicles currently on the road are 6 or more than 6 years old. That means, only a small percentage of vehicles on the road has the accident-reducing technology available on them.

Now, technology has certainly improved vehicle safety, however, the same technology is causing a distraction to the drivers as well. Just a quick glance at your mobile phone to check messages or answering a call could potentially lead to an accident. According to the National Safety Council, in the year 2013, 20% of the auto accidents were related to mobile phone usage while driving. The statistic is only getting higher.

2015 saw a rise in auto claims, and it is only getting higher. The increased use of technology is also impacting the repair costs as a result of the more complex parts and the additional labor hours required. It is imperative that the claims professionals get updated with these technologies so that they could have a better handle when dealing with claims.

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2016 Mazda3 Tech Features

Friday, May 13th, 2016

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Mazda makes technology work for them in all their vehicles and the 2016 Mazda3 is no exception. The sedan offers an exciting driving experience packed with technology to improve efficiency, driving comfort, and connectivity.

Technology for performance

The single standout feature of the Mazda3 is the implementation of the revolutionary SKYACTIV technology. A more agile, responsive and lighter body and chassis give you greater control and a sporty drive. Fuel efficiency of the SKYACTIV-G engine is amplified with the i-ELOOP regenerative braking. A host of safety features courtesy the i-Activsense active safety features system give you peace of mind as you travel.

Keeping you connected – and entertained

Mazda Connect Infotainment is the next step in car infotainment. Equipped with Pandora, HD Radio, Social Media Connectivity, Bluetooth and more, the system is designed to keep you connected as you experience an enjoyable drive to your destination.

Using a combination of voice commands and steering mounted controls, you can leverage the Bluetooth technology to listen to music, answer calls, or even text someone while you drive. With the option to have Bose Surround Sound, you can take the audio experience of the Mazda3 to the next level.

Getting around made easy

With most drivers relying on navigation tools to get around, the available Mazda Navigation System is a welcome addition. Easily accessible via a central console and Commander knob, and supplemented by the elegant Active Driving Display, exploring has never been easier.

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2016 Mazda3 Safety Features

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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Japanese automaker Mazda designs cars that are great to drive, respond well to controls, and are designed for comfort and safety. The 2016 Mazda3 is a fun four door compact sedan that doesn’t cut corners on safety.

i-Activsense Active Safety Features on the go

The Mazda3 comes built in with all the i-Activsense Active Safety Features that help to both prevent collisions and also keep you safe in the event of an accident.

Mazda Radar Cruise Control takes the pain out of driving by automatically helping you maintain a safe minimum distance between your Mazda3 and the car ahead of you. A close proximity warning allows the driver to take corrective action by slowing down or moving out of the way if the pre-set speed and distance parameters are breached. The Forward Obstruction Warning also helps alert you to obstructions ahead. In the event that no corrective action is taken, at speeds from 2 to 18 mph, the Smart City Brake Support kicks in. Brakes are automatically applied if a collision is anticipated. Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring helps you avoid bumping into any obstructions in your blind spots by alerting you to them ahead of time.

If you appear to be moving or drifting out of your lane and are traveling at speed over 44 mph, the Lane Departure Warning System lets you know so you can get back in control. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert is useful for when you the car is being backed up and warns you of approaching vehicles.

Smart lighting on the Mazda3

A High Beam Control feature on the Mazda3 makes the switch from high beam to low beam and back much easier. Once the car detects an approaching vehicle (oncoming), it turns beams low. Once the car passes, it goes back to high beam.

Improved visibility comes courtesy of the Adaptive Front-lighting System. This makes your car headlights turn as you turn a corner so you can see better even in low light or poor visibility conditions.

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2016 Mazda3 Performance Features

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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The Mazda3 is being hailed as a car that combines high performance with sensational looks. With the model selling fast, here’s a look at what the 2016 Mazda3 has to offer on the performance front.

Exciting handling with great fuel economy

The Mazda3 matches its pace with equally good fuel economy. Pegged as being both “fun and functional”, it delivers 40 miles to the gallon on the highway, with its 2.5 liter 184 horsepower engine.

Mazda’s cutting edge technology deliver performance

A revolutionary new technology from Mazda is changing the way people drive. Nearly all cars sold by Mazda now, come fitted with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. The SKYACTIV-G engine delivers better performance and fuel efficiency with higher compression and greater power. The regenerative braking means that energy that would normally be wasted is recycled and used to help improve fuel efficiency. The SKYACTIV Chassis and the SKYACTIV body make up the new frame for the 2016 Mazda3. A lighter body allows for better handling and agility but without compromising on strength and stability.

Reviewers have said the car delivers on performance and handles well, while living up to its promise of great fuel economy. A sporty fuel-efficient drive, the Mazda3 is everything it is touted to be. Fans of Mazda have said this is a great driver’s car, making for an exhilarating experience on the road.

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