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Mazda To Show Off New Koeru Concept Crossover in Frankfurt

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

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A long time ago, way back in 2010, Mazda introduced a concept car at the LA Auto Show. And since then, nada.  No concept cars have made a debut at any auto show. Come September, that is expected to change, when the industry believes that Mazda’s new five-door crossover design will make an entrance at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Designed by none other than lead designer Luca Zollino with Mazda’s European R&D Center, the Koeru is expected to shake things up in this popular and competitive vehicle segment. The buzz is that the Koeru will stand out from the competition and show off in performance, value efficiency and style.

In Japanese, Koeru means “go beyond, or exceed.” That’s exactly what Mazda intends to do with the Koeru.  Think sleek, like the Mazda CX-3. But when it comes to size, it won’t be as tall as the current CX-5.  We know it will have a 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel SkyActiv engine, which will deliver plenty of torque and lots of fun, as well.

We can’t wait to see this new concept car.  But we’re more excited about the possibility that we’ll be seeing it in showrooms sooner than later.  We’ve got our fingers crossed.

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Mazda’s Revolutionary Approach to Clean Diesel Technology – Part II

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

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Considering on a global basis, the SkyActiv-D turbodiesel engine from Mazda is not new. It already enjoys an eco-car tax rebate in Japan. It also complies with the Euro 6 emission standards without requiring NOx after treatment systems that are costly.

While developing the SkyActiv-D engine, the Mazda engineers meticulously researched, examined, and re-examined every aspects and details of the engine, for the purpose of maximizing the efficiency of the engine while eliminating the traditional issues and problems associated with the design. Thus, keeping in line with the SkyActiv philosophy, Mazda successfully designed its highly efficient SkyActiv-D engine, which is, in all its entirety, unlike any other diesel engine in the current market.

The 14.0 compression ratio of the SkyActiv-D engine is something that it shares with its counterpart petrol engine. This is a notable detail since it is a first in the history of powertrain engineering. Usually, a diesel engine will have high compression ratios. This will prevent the engine from misfiring during a cold start’s warm-up phase. The problem with this approach is that it will result in excessive pressure and temperature within the combustion chamber, resulting in the formation of soot and nitrogen oxides, as well as causing an incomplete combustion. The only possible way to counter this is to delay the ignition process, however, this seriously impacts the fuel economy. Mazda engineers refused to bow down to the compromise, they kept on looking for a solution, and finally found it by thinking out of the ‘copybook’. They further refined the precision in control of the exhaust and injection valve timing.

Read more about Mazda’s clean diesel technology in ‘Mazda’s Revolutionary Approach to Clean Diesel Technology – Part III’.

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Mazda’s Revolutionary Approach to Clean Diesel Technology – Part I

Monday, August 1st, 2016

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New generation turbodiesel engines are often praised as feasible alternatives to hybrids as a source of clean energy. There is indeed a lot to like, and accept, in a diesel engine’s inherent abilities to deliver a far superior acceleration than a petrol equivalent while consuming only less fuel. Mazda currently have a long line of both diesel and petrol-fuelled 4-cylinder engines integrated with the company’s SkyActiv technologies that are widely acclaimed for their ability to provide superior fuel economy in a wide range of conditions, in the real world. A good percentage of Mazda’s passenger car line-up in the market are equipped with its new generation SkyActiv technologies-integrated petrol engines. The company has always been a little cautious in releasing its passenger cars fitted with their diesel engines. However, for the past couple of years, Mazda has been conducting trials in the real world with demo units fitted with their SkyActiv technologies-integrated diesel engines. Now it looks like the company is confident enough about their diesel engines. This year, Mazda is expected to launch at least 4 diesel-powered models, the CX-3, CX-5, Mazda 2, and Mazda 6. The Mazda 6 and CX-5 will be powered by a 2.2L SkyActiv-D diesel engine, and the Mazda 2 and CX-3 will be powered by a 1.5L SkyActiv-D diesel engine.

Last week, in Malaysia, Mazda launched the Mazda 6 and CX-5, and thus started its much-anticipated diesel offensive. The 2.2L SkyActiv-D diesel engine has the capacity to deliver 172 HP @ 4500 rpm and 309 ft lb @ 2000 rpm. The CX-5 was assembled at Mazda’s Malaysian assembly facilities, and the Mazda 6, at Japan.

Read more about Mazda’s clean diesel technology in ‘Mazda’s Revolutionary Approach to Clean Diesel Technology – Part II’.

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Technology in the Sporty Miata

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a very modernized equipment roster. The technology features on this 2-seat roadster vary according to the three trim levels that it offers: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring.

Standard technology features on the MX-5 Miata Sport include a push-button ignition, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Bluetooth (audio and phone), cruise control, power accessories, and a 6-speaker sound system.

The Club version features a 9-speaker Bose audio system that has dual USB ports, headrest speakers, HD/satellite radio, and Stitcher/Pandora/Aha Internet radio, a 7-inch touchscreen interface (with center console-mounted auxiliary control knob), and voice controls.

The MX-5 Miata Grand Touring has adaptive headlights that have automatic beam control, automatic wipers, automatic climate control, exterior heating, a safety-oriented package that features lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, as well as a blind-spot monitor, and a navigation system.

The Brembo/BBS package offered for MX-5 Miata Club (manual transmission) includes keyless ignition and entry.

Some of the other technology features include:

  • Trip computer
  • Electric power steering
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, which is also tilt-adjustable
  • A volume control that is speed sensitive

The touchscreen interface featured in the MX-5 Miata is fairly high-tech. It has crisp color graphics, and its menus are very intuitive. The manual convertible top is very easy to use. With one easy over-the-shoulder motion, you will be able to flip it open without even leaving the seat. Driving the latest MX-5 Miata is very fun, add to that the HD radio and the headrest speakers, and your driving experience reaches the next level. All the technology features in MX-5 Miata provides for a very safe drive as well.

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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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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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Mazda Rolls Out Aqua-Tech

Friday, April 29th, 2016

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Japanese auto giant, Mazda, has announced the recent launch of its brand new Aqua-Tech Paint System. The system has been installed at the Changan Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd. (CMA), which is the carmaker’s production center located at Jiangsu, China.

The new technology, which was implemented initially at the No. 1 Ujina Plant in Japan, offers a wide range of advantages. To begin with, it reduces the emissions of VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds. VOC emissions have been a long time problem for automakers, forcing many of them to switch to water-based paints. However, with the new system in place, Mazda may not have to make that move.

Apart from cutting down on VOC emissions, the Aqua-Tech System also improves efficiency in terms of energy and paint usage.

Even after the initial installation, Mazda continued to improve the system in order to enhance its existing performance capabilities. The system is part of Mazda’s strategy to achieve a higher level of efficiency and quality in its vehicle production methods.

Mazda and CMA worked together to implement the new system in adherence to Japanese standards and to ensure that installation efforts and paint development were kept to a minimum. The transition to the new system was achieved in a short period of time, without interrupting the usage of oil-based paints or current production levels.

Aqua-Tech will be used for painting all the body colors on offer currently. It is believed that the system also provides a higher quality paint finish, similar to what is already being achieved at the Japanese plant.

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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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