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The CX-3 Takes on Alaska!

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

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The Alaska highway is one of the most challenging routes on the planet. It was constructed in the year 1942, by 16,000 soldiers and civilians, in just 9 months. It was created as a supply route to military outposts in Alaska. A road trip on the Alaskan highway is usually undertaken by hardened ice-road truckers.

This article is a take on zoom-zoom magazine’s Eli George’s ride on the Alaskan highway, on the Mazda CX-3 (with i-ACTIV AWD), along with Canadian snowboard champion Brad Martin. The duo started their road trip into the subarctic wilderness on the compact crossover when there has only been a little daylight left. The temperature has been 16 degrees Fahrenheit. The warmth of the CX-3’s cabin provided them good comfort from the biting cold outside. For the next two hours, the CX-3 cruised down the highway safely and comfortably. The CX-3 was able to handle the intimidating icy ruts in the middle of the highway quite efficiently while overtaking other vehicles on the road.

According to George, both Martin and himself felt quite comfortable and safe inside the high- interior of the CX-3. The all-wheel drive system of the car gave Martin that reassurance and confidence required to handle such a terrain. The i-ACTIV AWD system of the Mazda helped Martin to handle the sinewy, slippery stretches very efficiently. By the end of its 600-miles journey, apart from the fact that the CX-3 got encrusted with ice, it held out pretty well.

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Mazda CX-9 SUV – Safety Features

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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Safety is a priority when it comes to the latest Mazda CX-9 SUV. The body structure of the Mazda CX-9 is extremely strong and the vehicle is equipped with airbags (for all 3 rows) ensuring excellent collision protection. Passengers are also protected by the DSC or Dynamic Stability Control, RSC or Roll Stability Control and ABS along with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution).

The unique i-ACTIV AWD™ in Mazda (all-wheel drive system) has the ability to sense all kinds of road conditions. It can predict the potential track changes and distribute torque between rear and front wheels to avoid wheel slippage.

On highways, where the speed can cross 19mph, the Radar Cruise Control in the Mazda CX-9 can estimate the relative distance and speed of the vehicle ahead. It works within a restricted speed range and helps keep the car at a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. Hence, highway driving becomes less strenuous.

The ‘Close Proximity Warning’ system in the Mazda CX-9 offers visual and audio warnings when it can sense that your car is fast approaching the vehicle ahead. The Smart City Brake Support in the Mazda CX-9 helps reduce and possibly prevent any front collisions when the car is being driven in the speed range of 2 to 18mph. It automatically applies brakes when it comprehends that a collision is unavoidable. The Blind Spot Monitoring* system makes use of radar sensors for detecting objects in the right or left blind spots. Visit the CardinaleWay Mazda Corona showroom to check out the latest Mazda vehicles.

 

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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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