Archive for August, 2016

I Spy The 2018 Mazda CX-5

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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The cat’s out of the bag–or partially anyway.  Recently some “spies” got a sneak peak at the 2018 Mazda CX-5.  It happened during a test drive in Southern California and car enthusiasts are buzzing.

It looks like some major style changes are in store for the CX-5 that could make waves through the rest of this decade. While there aren’t a lot of details (the car was significantly camouflaged), our spies were able to tell

that the headlamps were more angular, while the foglamp recesses were less pronounced.  The front end appears to resemble the Mazda CX-9, as well.  While once upon a time there used to be somewhat of a kink found in the lower side cladding, it’s nowhere in sight on this model.  The cladding looks to sit a bit lower, and appears to be thinner in the rear, too.

Rumors are swirling and the speculation is that this feisty 2018 will also get more of the premium treatment from Mazda.  The big question is, will Mazda debut the 2018 CX-5 at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November?  We sure hope so.

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The Safest Car for Teens To Drive: Mazda3

Monday, August 29th, 2016

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There’s nothing quite as frightening for parents than when their teens start to drive. Even if they pass Driver’s Ed with flying colors, complete all the requirements and follow all the rules, one thing is for sure: they are going to have a fender bender or back into something sooner than later.

So, what’s a parent to do?  Buy a tank? Or a Hummer? Thankfully, there is a very, very safe vehicle that is getting the thumbs up from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.  The 2016 Mazda3 is now recognized as one of the “Top Safety Picks” by the respected agency. But the IIHS isn’t the only group sharing that opinion. U.S. News & World Report also put the Mazda3 on the top of its list for “Best Cars for Teens in August of 2016.

The Mazda3 ranked higher than the Honda Civic and literally every other vehicle that falls in the $25K-$35K category.  And it’s no wonder.  The mighty Mazda3 is chock full of safety features like Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring, high and low speed braking with the super cool Smart City Brake support and, of course, Radar Cruise Control.

Ok, so it’s great for your teen to drive.  But what about you?  Don’t be surprised if you find yourself borrowing the keys to your teen’s Mazda3, and for good reason. It just made the list of “Best Family Cars of 2016” created by Edmunds.com. And for all you hatchback lovers, it also won the prize for 2016’s “Best Hatchback” given by Parents® Magazine. Pretty impressive credentials!

Here’s an idea—maybe you treat yourself to a new Mazda3 and get your teen a great pre-owned Mazda with a great warranty.  Your insurances rates will certainly be lower, and it won’t hurt as much when that inevitable fender bender happens!

Grab your teen and head to CardinaleWay Mazda in Corona today.  You’re sure to find the right car for you and your teen!

 

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Mazda’s Support For LMP3 Engines Will Not Change

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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LMP3 cars have been successfully introduced in Europe and are set to make a run in the US at the beginning of next year. Mazda continues to be a great supporter of the Prototype Challenge series.

IMSA President Scott Atherton said that the Challenge was beneficial for everyone involved as fans got to witness great racing and giving young talent the platform to excel and progress to higher series like the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. He also noted that they had taken feedback from competitors and engineers to make the platform a suitable one for prototypes.

John Doonan, Mazda’s Motorsports Directors also commented that Mazda was committed to providing opportunities for young talented crew members and budding drivers. He further said that the event was a great opportunity for those involved to move into Mazda’s Mazda Road to 24 program.

As far as the decision to not make the engines branded, Doonan said that the aim of their program from the beginning was not about badging but rather about development. He said that the program was a “whole new deal” where engineers from different brands could collaborate and excel. As an example of this he mentioned  Mazda engineers working with AER engineers on the prototypes. The event is set to get a significant boost next year thanks to LMP3 engines and Mazda’s support.

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Mazda Will Continue To Support LMP3 Engines

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

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Mazda’s ‎Director of Motorsports at Mazda North American Operations, John Doonan has expressed his support for Mazda’s engines being used in the prototype cars at the IMSA Prototype Challenge by Mazda series. The engines will remain unbadged throughout the series.

The Prototype Challenge will replace the previous Prototype Lites by Cooper Tires and will be a mix of current and new platforms. The Prototype Challenge will be conducted in seven circuits across the US in a 13-round schedule. Each event will be 45 minutes long and will have one driver per event.

The Mazda engines will be present in the PC2 class,  Elan DP02 cars. The PC1 cars will have the LMP3 from up to 6 manufacturers and identical V8 engines. The LMP3 engine is provided by Mazda but they have chosen not to badge it.

The PC2 class will also be supported by Mazda as part of their scholarship program and the “Mazda Road to 24” program. Doonan says that these programs are great for discovering new talent and named top engineers like Kentock Koch, Mikhail Goikhberg and Tristan Nunez as examples of it’s success.

The new LMP3 mechanism is set to increase the car count of the challenge. It is currently at 20 with new and existing teams planning to order more products for next year.

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How Mazda’s SkyActiv Technology Changed The Industry

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

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Much to the burden of auto manufacturers, SkyActiv has proven that CAFE standards can be reached. Many automakers have a problem with the standards and argue that consumers are not willing to spend more for the sake of fuel economy. Thus, they believe that creating harsher standards will not help the industry and might lead to loss of jobs throughout.

A double-edged sword

Experts note that SkyActiv is a double-edged sword – it has benefits but it also has it’s downfalls. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers have argued that CAFE standards judge them unfairly. However, clean climate campaigners have pointed Mazda’s success and note that other manufacturers are slowly adapting technologies to help with fuel economy. However, the problem is that unlike Mazda, other manufacturers offer a variety of cars from SUVs to trucks. Achieving fuel economy across all these classes involves significant investment and time.

Mazda manufacturers sedans mostly and it is easier for them to adapt SkyActiv engines throughout their fleet. However, when it comes to buying trends, Mazda is disadvantaged as recent reports suggest that consumers are buying bigger cars. But Mazda’s Director of Government and Public Affairs, Daniel Ryan, has emphasized that their main aim is to reach all Mazda buyers and provide them with the benefits of SkyActiv without any hassle.

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The Mazda CX-9 Provides Benefits For The Entire Mazda Lineup

Friday, August 19th, 2016

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The CX-9’s turbocharged Skyactiv engine has been a favorite among Mazda’s engineers. Since the idea’s inception and introduction in production, the team has dabbled with the idea of putting it in other vehicles. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that when it came to swapping engines, the CX-9’s was the obvious choice.

The CX-5 can surely take a few pointers from the CX-9. But there’s more help pouring in. Mazda 6’s new diesel 2.2L SkyActiv-D engine is also being eyed by the crossover.

When it comes to spilling the beans on its marvelous turbo engine or its introduction in future lineups, Mazda is tight-lipped. But it is actively looking to push its hybrids into the American market. Strict regulations concerning safety and design have eluded the coveted market for over 2 years.

It is more likely that if the turbo engine would find its way into another model, it would be the Mazda 6. Don’t discount the chance that the CX-5 will share the same, going by market observations.

There is a possibility of Mazda bringing the turbo-four engine crossover into the market by next year, which is quite a short wait. If you are looking for the SkyActiv-D engine then it could get longer because there isn’t any talk from the makers to introduce it sooner than 2018.

Until you hear an official announcement from the carmaker, the future of this powertrain can only be speculated. Catch up on Mazda’s latest news stories, technologies, and lineups by paying a visit to CardinaleWay Mazda Corona.

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What The Mazda CX-9 Brings To The Table

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

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In all the years of Mazda’s history, there hasn’t been a time when one of its models wasn’t hot property. The Japanese carmaker has always been in the news for its path-breaking technology or superior design. Over the years, it has added versatility to its portfolio by introducing crossover compacts and hybrid models.

When Mazda introduced the CX-9, automakers and car fanatics the world over took notice. What fascinated them was the CX-9’s 2.5L turbo-four engine. Its 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft torque is enough to pull buyers in the thousands. The engine can also be used in other Mazda models such as the 3, 6, and CX-5 because they are all products of the same make.

It is highly unlikely that the engine will find itself under the hood of a Mazda 3 or 6 in the near future, primarily because the MazdaSpeed program has been put on hiatus. Therefore, what’s left is the CX-5. There isn’t much tweaking required from the engine of the CX-9, just a little fine-tuning of the output. It will enable the crossover to handle beautifully and ensure a far smoother ride.

Mazda’s average efficiency can also experience a lift which will allow the automaker to include it in its brand new technology offering – the SkyActiv 2. With this new generation of SkyActiv engines, Mazda hopes to take a step forward in delivering powerful machines. It is only a matter of time when such a car will actually see the light of day.

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Mazda’s Latest, the MX-5 RF, Is a Pleasure to Behold

Monday, August 15th, 2016

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They say beauty is subjective, but they haven’t a clue about the Mazda MX-5 RF’s beauty. It’s a smart, stylish, and sophisticated coupe which boasts a refined design thanks in large to its Targa-style roof. At times, it’s hard to imagine such an automobile is available for £21,000 (starting price) because it sure looks like a pretty expensive piece of art.

Mazda uses a 3-coat paint structure on its automobiles which provides a lovely sheen on illumination and gives it a shiny metallic finish. The model showcased at the New York Auto Show was Machine Gray with a metallic finish. Nappa leather interiors are splashed in deep red. Red interiors are a rarity for Miata because not since the 1993 LE special-edition model has the color been used.

The colors, both exterior and interior, adhere to the KODO design philosophy of transforming energy into motion. It combines the strength and precision of the machine into a beautiful package.

By incorporating the retractable fastback, Mazda has made sure you have a sporty, lightweight coupe which looks like it would turn heads when you are cruising on the highway. The occasional rush of air you’ll experience while riding with its top down is another reason for the coupe’s popularity.

It’s safe to say the MX-5 RF is the most attractive Miata in the series, making it a cool automobile to own. Get in touch with the experts at CardinaleWay Mazda Corona to know more about the MX-5 RF.

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The Mazda 3 2.5L

Friday, August 12th, 2016

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The Mazda 3 2.5 liter, all said and done, is a fantastic vehicle that’s worth considering as a serious option. In fact, you should just go ahead and get one. There’s so much that’s right with this vehicle. It’s not often that you get such excellence in a single package. Whether it’s handling, steering, shifting or engaging the clutch, things just work like magic in the Mazda 3.

It performs exceptionally well. Even the base 2.0-liter engine offers enough powerful for the Mazda 3 to be regarded as a quick car. But, if you’re looking for an overall excellent driving experience, the 2.5 liter is the best choice. Of course, you might suffer a slight drop in fuel economy, but, that is a small compromise to make. The higher power and smoother performance is a sweet bargain.

As for transmission options, the automatic is the way to go; shifts are quick and the downshifts match the revs.

The Mazda 3 is a driver’s car and it is a superior machine compared to its rivals. With the responsive steering and perfectly tuned suspension, negotiating corners is a dream. The top-notch ride quality adds to the highway driving experience.

The 18-inch wheels don’t really soak up the bumps, but, they do contribute to the overall handling.

Drive the Mazda 3 2.5L and see why it’s the best hatchback in the market. Call CardinaleWay Mazda to book a test drive.

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Getting To Know The Mazda 3 2.5L

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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We discussed how the Mazda 3 2.5liter was worth every penny. Here, we’re going to discuss how it actually feels like to ride own and drive one.

The Mazda is one vehicle that’s going to rack up the miles because it’s simply that good to drive. It is light and agile, which might confuse you into thinking that this isn’t a stable vehicle. However, you would be completely wrong. The vehicle stable as can be.

It is also one of the most responsive vehicles in the market.  It almost feels as though the car is alive and able to predict your every move.  One of its most stellar features is the shifter. It’s so good that even high-end automakers could take a lesson from Mazda.

The throttle lets you go in and out without affecting the driveline. Even with strong winds, the Mazda 3 has no trouble tracking. Thanks to a wider caster angle, the steering tracks without veering to the sides.

Even with the stock M&S tires, the Mazda 3 strikes the perfect balance between ride and handling. Engine noise is practically non-existent and when the engine idles, you’ll have to check the tachometer to make sure it’s already running.

The coordination between primary and secondary controls in the Mazda is phenomenal. The steering is very responsive despite being a tad bit too light.

Get the 2015 Mazda 3 2.5L for a test drive. Call CardinaleWay Mazda to make a booking.

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