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    L.A. Auto Show: Mazda's Engine Announcements



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    November 29, 2012

    Mazda had quite the showing today at the L.A. Auto Show, they introduced both the new Mazda6 and refreshed CX-9 (New front end and some interior tweaks) to North America. That wouldn't be the big story though, it would be some engine announcements that were the stars of Mazda's press conference.

    First up is the 2014 CX-5 which will now come with a optional 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engine for the Touring and Grand Touring models. The 2.5L SKYACTIV-G produces 184 HP and 185 lb-ft of torque going through only a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is rated at 25 City/32 Highway for the FWD model and 24 City/30 Highway for the AWD model.

    Next is the 2014 Mazda6. When it goes on sale in January, it will come with a 2.5L SKYACTIV-G producing 189 HP and 189 lb-ft of torque. Later in the year, the 6 will be the first Mazda vehicle in North America to come equipped with a diesel. The diesel engine is a twin-turbo 2.2L SKYACTIV-D. Mazda isn't revealing specs about the new diesel engine.

    Both engines in the Mazda6 will come with a regenerative braking system called i-ELOOP.

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release for the CX-5 Is on Page 2, Mazda6 is on Page 3


    2014 MAZDA CX-5

    - Mazda's Compact SUV Entry Boasts New 2.5L Engine, Added Safety Features -

    LOS ANGELES (November 29, 2012) – With its class-leading fuel economy, head-turning design

    and better-than-the-rest handling, the 2013 CX-5 seemed destined to be a worldwide winner for

    Mazda Motor Corporation (MC) when it was unveiled in Los Angeles last year. And it has been,

    and still continues to be. With SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, the brand's breakthrough

    engineering and manufacturing approach to its next generation of vehicles, the miles-per-gallon

    (MPG), lighter-on-the-feet boost to its lineup saw the manufacturer increasing production of its SKYACTIV engines two-fold. The SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY savvy CX-5 again returns to Los

    Angeles to make its 2014 model year North American debut and features a powerful new

    SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine as well as the all-new Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)

    system.

    "The ongoing success of the CX-5 is something we were hoping for and received in spades,"

    said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "From a

    clean-sheet-of-paper approach, CX-5 dove head first into the competitive compact SUV segment and created quite a splash. The overwhelmingly positive response from consumers and critics alike are testaments that performance and practicality can be a winning formula without

    compromises."

    On sale since late February, CX-5's year-to-date numbers make up nearly 15 percent of MNAO's

    total sales and are outpaced only by Mazda's perennial global best-seller, the Mazda3 compact

    car. The 2014 CX-5 will go on sale in North America in January 2013.

    Engineered for the Real World

    No one wants to drive a slug, but a sports car doesn't fit the everyday needs of most consumers, nor are such horsepower-bloated play things the most affordable of toys. But fun never had a sensible bone in its hyperactive, excitement-seeking body – until SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.

    Developed solely by Mazda, the brand that invented Zoom-Zoom for all, SKYACTIV

    TECHNOLOGY is a deeply imbedded philosophy that obtaining more power, more torque and

    more MPG can be had by creating overall vehicle efficiency and still be offered at a dollar-sign amount attainable by the majority of the car-buying population. What is lost in the process of improving engineering numbers? Nothing. Safety, spaciousness, style – still all there. And better than before.

    Upon entering the marketplace, CX-5 was an all-new, true-to-segment entry into the compact

    SUV circle. Outfitted with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine for all three trim levels –

    Sport, Touring and Grand Touring – the engine and its matching SKYACTIV transmissions were

    enough to offer consumers best-in-class combined fuel economy on all models. With 155

    horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque delivered at 4,000 rpm, enough get-up-and-go oomph delivered dynamics that any enthusiast could appreciate. The standard push-button start was all it took to get the revving going.

    For 2014, the race-car high 13:1 compression ratio and uniquely crafted 4-2-1 exhaust system

    remain but can now be paired with an all-new SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine for Touring

    and Grand Touring models. Boasting nearly 19 percent more horsepower and 23 percent more

    torque, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L still maintains the fuel economy threshold set by the SKYACTIV-G

    2.0L in its segment-leading MPG. Redline is achieved at 6,800 rpm in the 2.0-liter and at 6,500 rpm in the 2.5-liter engine.

    All CX-5 Sport models will be equipped with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine and offer an EPArated fuel economy of 26 city/35 highway/29 combined MPG when mated to the SKYACTIV-MT

    six-speed manual transmission, or 26 city/32 highway/29 combined MPG when optioned with the

    SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with Mazda's Active

    Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive system (AT models only), fuel economy remains a highly-efficient

    25 city/31 highway/28 combined MPG. At 35 MPG, CX-5 still holds the title of highest highway

    MPG of any SUV in North America, hybrid or not.

    Only available with an automatic transmission, Touring and Grand Touring models will receive

    the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine. Touting 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at

    3,250 rpm, the CX-5 becomes one of the more powerful non-turbocharged compact SUVs in its

    class. The EPA-tested numbers reflect minimal sacrifice in efficiency with 25 city/32 highway

    MPG for front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicles and 24 city/30 highway MPG for AWD vehicles.2012

    Fuel tank capacity in FWD models is 14.8 gallons while AWD vehicles feature a slightly larger

    15.3-gallon tank. This difference is to ensure that regardless of a consumer's choice of vehicle, the segment-leading driving range will remain similar across the model line at about 430 miles. Overpowering most of its competitors as well as outlasting them, the 2014 CX-5 truly knows how to move forward and go further.

    But fuel efficiency and power can't be had with simple under-the-hood magic tricks. By crafting efficiency into not just a lighter engine and shorter shift strokes but also into every panel and every bolt, SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY showcases light weighting at its svelte best. With a starting weight of 3,194 lbs., a CX-5 Sport FWD with SKYACTIV-MT weighs less than some

    compact cars, such as the MAZDASPEED3 (3,281 lbs.). When fully equipped, a Grand Touring

    AWD model weighs in at 3,532 lbs. Even with a trim frame and smaller footprint, all CX-5 models offer a 2000-pound towing capacity.

    Distinguishing Design

    Mazda's current design language known as KODO, or "Soul of Motion," is as inspiring as the

    very subject it draws inspiration from: nature, in its most calm and most furious. The ability to evoke a serenity that also behooves excitement is the essence of KODO. Calm, collected and coolly confident, the CX-5 entered a segment devoid of signature character lines, a vehicle class better known more for its Point A-to-Point B mannerisms and bulk-item cargo volume than for its style palate. As the first production Mazda to fully incorporate a soul of motion, CX-5 is convincingly striking in comparison to its peers.

    Its sculptured body is taut and compact yet muscular. Shapely front and rear fenders hug the

    sporty SUV's 17- and 19-inch rubber-and-rim pairings, projecting a brash, athletic swagger. With brawny alloy wheels as standard equipment, Sport and Touring models feature refined 17-inch aluminum alloy discs wrapped in P225/65R17 Yokohama all-season tires. Grand Touring

    models ride on aggressive 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels outfitted with P225/55R19 Toyo® A23

    all-season traction.

    In the front, black trapezoidal grille patterns add muscular depth while the new familial five-point "signature wing" extends its striking chrome into the angular wraparound headlamps. Detailed precision is magnified as a single sweeping stroke bridges the lower corners with sleek, artistic expression. Atop the strong fenders begins a pronounced crease, which curves and twistingly darts across the side panels, eventually readjusting to wrap itself around stylized tail lamps.

    All this expression of motion in the sheet metal, the rounded surfaces befitted with edgy creases, are as much for finesse as they are for function. The sharply raked A-pillar is matched by the angles of the fastback design of the C-pillar and rear window, topping a dynamic profile, which, at the same time, affords all occupants one of the widest fields of view in the compact SUV segment.

    CX-5's exterior design was developed to create optimal airflow, making the overall shape as

    smooth as possible. This not only helped it achieve high fuel efficiency but also kept wind noise to a comfortable minimum. Additionally, all models are equipped with a rear spoiler, which not only aids in the vehicle's already exceptional aerodynamic performance but also complements its aggressive poise. With a 0.33 coefficient of drag, CX-5 is one of the sleekest wind cutters currently on the market.

    Interior Indulges

    The vehicle's exterior expression is evident in its interior impression as well. The driver-oriented cabin is intuitive with easy-to-read screens and a multitude of frequently-used controls within well-placed reach. And passengers are welcomed as well to relax in the comfort of the compact SUV's supportive seats and soft-touch surfaces.

    Black provides the clean base color throughout the cabin with sculpted, body-embracing seating

    available in either black or a two-tone black/sand on a choice of two cloth fabric patterns or

    genuine perforated leather. The black-on-black layout begets a traditional go-to color scheme for affluent sportiness. The sand-on-black arrangement offers a vibrant and refined colorcontrasting option. Both color choices present the well-tailored fit and finish of the CX-5's interior with defined luxury and non-discriminating comfort.

    With no detail overlooked, every surface and crevice has been designed with purpose in addition to style. Featuring an abundance of soft materials on the door trims and upper dash panels, piano black accents and satin chrome elements further convey a high-end, well-crafted sense of quality. The instrument cluster offers meter lighting that makes the gauges bright and visible in the daylight as well as non-blinding in the darkness. The three-spoke racing-inspired steering wheel appeals to enthusiasts and offers functional features such as a tilt-and-telescopic adjustable column with steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls as standard equipment.

    Such luxury features easily abound on the CX-5's segment-leading wheelbase length of 106.3

    inches. Seating five adults and offering a cabin that is undeniably flexible to everyday errands and weekend getaways, CX-5 does more than accommodate the demands of today's active allwork and all-play lifestyles; it embraces them.

    Amongst the roomiest interiors for the segment, legroom for the second row is an ample 39.3

    inches with an equally generous knee clearance of 2.6 inches. The wide cavity under the front

    seats also offers abundant rear passenger foot space and can be used as additional storage to

    hide personal effects. Rear headroom is a roomy 39.0 inches.

    Up front, both the driver and passenger can enjoy 40.1 inches of headroom (39.0 inches when

    equipped with a moonroof), 57.5 inches for the broadest of shoulders and 41.0 inches to stretch long legs. Six- or eight-way power-adjustable driver seats are standard on all but the Sport model, which is equipped with a six-way manual adjustable driver's seat.

    Rear cargo volume is cavernous at 34.1 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. With those

    seats down, capacity balloons to 64.8 cubic feet in Sport models and 65.4 cubic feet in Touring and Grand Touring models. Sport trims feature a standard 60/40-split fold-flat seat configuration while Touring and Grand Touring trims come standard with 40/20/40-split rear seats. While not the first compact SUV to offer a three-piece independent seat layout, CX-5 does offer the ultimate in simplicity of operation. A single-action topside seat button allows the left- and rightside seat backs to fold down while a looped handled frees the middle section. Release levers located in the cargo area also offer easy single-motion fold down capability.

    Connect and Communicate

    Whether challenging a curvy highway solo or cruising downtown straight-aways with a full house, audio and infotainment features are a short stroll for the fingertips. A 5.8-inch in-dash touch screen commands the center console stack and features intuitive phone, audio and navigation functions (when equipped). Streamlined steering wheel controls also enable a more

    straightforward operation of the infotainment system.

    Other available features include Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity as well as iPod® audio playback in which iPod information can be accessed via the 5.8-inch touch screen. USB and auxiliary jack connections are standard and located in the center console storage bin.

    A nine-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System with AudioPilot® was custom

    developed to please even the most discerning audiophile. The 225-watt sound system uses

    premium lightweight materials and components yet offers the clarity and performance similar to

    larger, bulkier sound systems. CX-5 also is available with HD Radio™ Technology and

    Pandora®, which is new for the 2014 model. HD Radio is a subscription-free digital AM and FM

    broadcast radio service that provides crystal-clear sound, on-screen station information as well as additional programming choices via HD2 and HD3 channels. Pandora offers personalized

    stations based on the input of a single "seed" (i.e. favorite band, song or genre) and continually customizes its playlist using musicological "DNA" and listener feedback.

    An in-dash TomTom technology-based navigation system is available for Touring and Grand

    Touring models and features premium North American maps, advanced lane guidance,

    instinctive voice recognition and real-time traffic alerts. The navigation module communicates with the Sanyo display head unit in the CX-5 via a USB interface and utilizes an SD card for storing map data. The SD card feature allows consumers to input customized maps and regularly update mapping content via any personal computer.

    Amenities Come Standard

    While final pricing will be available closer to the vehicle's on-sale date, the 2014 CX-5 will be no slouch in being competitively priced with a wealth of standard offerings. Affordability and value need not be synonymous with other descriptors such as "base," "dinky" or "few," as in fewest amenities. Not with Mazda and not with the CX-5.

    Equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine and SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual,

    Sport models start with high-level features such as 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, daytime

    running lights (DRL), power side view mirrors, automatic headlight shutoff as well as exterior

    cues in a body-colored rear spoiler, shark-fin antenna, door handles and outside mirrors with turn lamps.

    The pleasantly appointed cabin offers cloth seat upholstery, power windows with a driver's side one-touch auto up/down feature, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, steeringwheel-mounted audio and cruise control functions, air conditioning with a pollen filter, a fourspeaker AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible radio with Automatic Level Control (ALC), 60/40-split foldflat rear seats as well as auxiliary and USB connection ports – all standard.

    Push-button start also is standard on all models, making CX-5 the only non-luxury compact SUV

    to offer this premium feature at a convenient consumer-friendly cost of zero. CX-5 Sport models can be equipped with the optional SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission and the Active Torque-Split AWD system (not available with manual transmission). Navigation also is available as a stand-alone option. A Bluetooth Audio Package can be added and includes Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch in-dash color touch screen, HD Radio Technology, Pandora and a new 2014 model year feature for audio message receipt and delivery.

    When a smartphone is connected, Short Message Service (SMS) messages can be received

    and shown on the touch screen monitor. The system can then articulate the messages as well

    as allow users to send replies using fixed phrases. A new speech recognition system also allows users to repeat and shuffle audio tracks as well as search and select folders.

    Moving up to the Touring model, the Bluetooth Audio Package for Sport models becomes

    standard equipment as do fog lamps, privacy glass windows, upgraded cloth upholstery, a sixway power-adjustable driver's seat, an upgraded six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible radio,

    a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a rearview camera with distance guide lines

    (viewable via the 5.8-inch touch screen monitor), a Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system,

    40/20/40-split fold-flat rear seats and a rear seat armrest with cup holders. The SKYACTIV-G

    2.5-liter gasoline engine and SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission are standard fare on

    Touring models.

    Options available as Touring add-ons are a Moonroof/Bose Package and Technology Package.

    The Moonroof/Bose Package includes a moonroof and the premium 225-watt Bose Surround

    Sound System. The Technology Package adds the TomTom technology-based in-dash

    navigation module, an auto-dimming mirror with Homelink®, automatic on/off bi-xenon autoleveling headlights, a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), rain-sensing windshield wipers and a Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system, which is a new safety feature for North America.

    SCBS is designed to assist a driver in avoiding a head-on collision when driving at low speeds, roughly between three to 19 miles per hour. A laser sensor mounted at the top of the front windshield is used detect an obtrusive object and will reduce the brake rotor travel to quicken braking should the system calculate that there is a risk of a collision occurring. If the driver fails to perform an avoidance maneuver, the SCBS system will activate an automatic braking function.

    SCBS was developed to mitigate damage due to a collision and not as a replacement for actual

    driver operation and control. Top-of-the-line Grand Touring models are equipped with all the luxuries of Touring models and adds the Moonroof/Bose Package as standard equipment. The 17-inch aluminum alloys that prop up Sport and Touring vehicles are replaced with larger 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels on the Grand Touring. Other standard niceties include automatic headlights, heated outside mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, perforated leather-trimmed seat upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control and Sirius® Satellite Radio with four months of complimentary service.

    A Technology Package, similar to that on Touring models, also is available for Grand Touring

    vehicles. Options include the in-dash TomTom navigation system, an auto-dimming mirror with

    Homelink, automatic on/off bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights, a pivoting Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Smart City Brake Support (SCBS).

    No Compromise on Safety

    In fully embracing the philosophy of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, safety moves to the forefront,

    above fuel efficiency and driving dynamics. SKYACTIV vehicles are vehicles without

    compromise and the CX-5's SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis ensure the vehicle

    structure is not only reinforced and quiet but rigid and able to protect occupants during impact.

    Drivers will feel secure in a vehicle that reacts as precisely and predictably as they react –

    steering and braking controls are linear, reacting to small inputs with small actions and large actions to large inputs.

    Re-examining the suspension and steering systems, the lightweight construction of the

    SKYACTIV-Chassis includes a front strut suspension and a multi-link rear format along with an

    assortment of design changes. While structures and sub-assemblies may seem familiar, every

    individual component was examined to ensure it provides the greatest efficiency, lightest weight and offers the appropriate levels of driver involvement.

    The SKYACTIV-Body is comprised of 61 percent high-tensile steel, creating a lighter, stronger

    body with superior handling. As a result, the overall structure is eight percent lighter than

    previous Mazda vehicles. CX-5 also has the distinction of being the first mass-produced vehicle to utilize 1,800MPa ultra high-tensile steel in manufacturing. Located in the front and rear bumper beams, they are 20 percent stronger and 10.6 pounds lighter than previous generation bumpers.

    All 2014 CX-5 models come standard with advanced vehicle safety features, including six

    airbags (advanced dual front, front-seat mounted and full-length side curtain), an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with a Traction Control System (TCS), a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), Roll Stability Control (RSC), front and rear side crumple zones, side impact door beams, threepoint safety belts for all seating positions, a fold-away brake pedal assembly, front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters as well as Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH).

    Also, all Mazda vehicles come with the Mazda Certified Roadside Assistance Program. Using

    either the toll-free number or free Mazda Assist app for iOS- and Android-operated mobile

    devices, vehicle owners and their family members can contact roadside assistance 24 hours a

    day, 365 days a year throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, the New Vehicle

    Limited Warranty includes a comprehensive three-year/36,000-mile warranty, which covers every part of the vehicle except those subject to normal wear, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a five-year/unlimited-mileage corrosion warranty.


    ALL-NEW 2014 MAZDA6 SEDAN, SKYACTIV-D CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE MAKE NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT IN LOS ANGELES

    - Redesigned Mid-Size Sedan is First Mazda to Offer Diesel Engine in North America -

    LOS ANGELES (November 29, 2012) – The wait is over: Mazda's SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean

    diesel engine has arrived, hand-in-hand with the all-new 2014 Mazda6, the latest – and sexiest – beauty to emerge from the brand's KODO design-inspired lineup. Making its North American

    debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the highly-anticipated mid-size sedan will go on sale in January 2013 and be equipped first with a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine. The

    SKYACTIV-D-equipped version will follow suit during the second half of the year, making Mazda

    the first Asian manufacturer to offer a modern-technology clean-diesel engine in a noncommercial vehicle. The 2014 Mazda6 also will be the first production vehicle to feature Mazda's capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system called i-ELOOP.

    "We've dangled the carrot long enough and we couldn't be more excited to officially introduce

    North America to our latest next-generation product, the 2014 Mazda6, as well as showcase

    even more engineering accomplishments under our SKYACTIV®1 TECHNOLOGY umbrella with

    the SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine and i-ELOOP," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO,

    Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "As Mazda continues to grow and SKYACTIV

    TECHNOLOGY continues to offer real-world efficiency and performance, our Los Angeles

    announcements are only tips of the iceberg. The best is yet come."

    Strongly influenced by the TAKERI Concept, the Mazda6 makes no excuses for its style, safety

    and spunk – qualities usually absent in a mid-size sedan. The KODO "Soul of Motion" design

    language commands and creates every facet of the vehicle's handsome sheet metal, from its

    alluringly swept elongated hood and cab-forward proportions to the chiseled steel shaping its

    frame, the Mazda6 suggests power and elegance before the gas pedal is even floored to go.

    To be available with a choice of SKYACTIV transmissions in either the SKYACTIV-Drive sixspeed automatic or SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual, official EPA fuel economy numbers for the

    2014 Mazda6 are not yet available but are targeted to be class leading.

    Nestled under its expansive hood lies a choice between the 13:1 high-compression ratio

    SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine or the new SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesel engine,

    which offers an impressively low compression ratio of 14:1. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5L is estimated

    to achieve a lead-foot worthy 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm.

    Performance estimates for the SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine are not yet available.

    Expected to offer a high amount of torque as well as cleaner combustion, the SKYACTIV-D 2.2L

    is 10 percent lighter than the current MZR 2.2-liter diesel engine sold in other global markets.

    Other improvements include internal engine friction reduced by 20 percent and improved fuel

    economy. This is achieved by using a new two-stage turbocharger, which delivers a smooth and

    steady response across the engine range (up to 5,200 rpm). Also, with an ultra-low compression ratio, the SKYACTIV-D diesel engine burns cleaner and discharges fewer nitrogen oxides to produce virtually no soot, thus requiring no additional NOx aftertreatments, which is typical of conventional diesel engines.

    Final specifications for all 2014 Mazda6 models will be available closer to the on-sale date.

    Standard features, optional packages and pricing also will be released at a later date but

    consumers can anticipate Mazda's current slew of performance-inspired, design-engineered

    amenities such as aggressively styled large-size alloy wheels, expressive LED lights,

    supportively bolstered seats and high quality interior materials as well as premium technology

    offerings in a TomTom-based in-dash navigation system, Bose® premium audio, Bluetooth®

    phone and audio connectivity, audio menu voice command capability, HD Radio™ Technology,

    Pandora® and Short Message Service (SMS) audio delivery and reply, to name a few.

    An all-new safety component called Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) will be offered and is

    designed to assist a driver in avoiding front collisions when traveling at speeds of less than 20 miles per hour. An imbedded laser sensor detects an obtrusive object and will reduce the brake rotor travel to quicken braking should the system calculate that there is a risk of a collision occurring. If the driver fails to perform an avoidance maneuver, the SCBS system will activate an automatic braking function.

    Derived from "Intelligent Energy Loop," i-ELOOP, Mazda's in-house developed brake energy

    regeneration system, also is all new and makes its first production vehicle appearance in the

    2014 Mazda6 after first being introduced globally on the TAKERI Concept. As part of a growing

    number of fuel-saving technologies, regenerative braking systems use an electric motor or

    alternator to generate electricity as the vehicle decelerates, thereby recovering a portion of the vehicle's kinetic energy to power electrical components, such as air conditioning and audio features. Such systems used in hybrid vehicles typically require a bulky electric motor and a heavy battery.

    i-ELOOP is the world's first capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system to provide power

    all the electrical mechanisms in a vehicle. Other capacitor-based systems have been used to

    provide electricity to a single vehicle component or motor. Compared to systems utilized in

    hybrid vehicles, i-ELOOP avoids the need for a dedicated electrical motor and battery, making

    the system more efficient, compact and lighter than traditional systems. Also, capacitors have the ability to charge and discharge rapidly and are resistant to deterioration despite prolonged use. In real-world driving conditions, which can feature frequent acceleration and braking, i-ELOOP is expected to improve overall fuel economy but is dependent on road conditions and driving habits.

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    While it would have been nice to have the diesel available in the CX-5 as well, atleast having the 2.5L available will make its acceleration class competitive to go along with the handling.

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    Maybe (hopefully) an announcement regarding a CX-5 diesel for the U.S. come coming soon. The bigger 2.5L gas is welcome news, nonetheless.

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      We arrived flying in on a direct flight with Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Kona, got our baggage and then off to Budget at 10pm to pick up our auto rental. Upon arriving, was met by a polite nice young woman, who checked me in, told me I would have a Mazda CX9. Due to my past experiences with Asian auto's, I did ask if they had an American suv? Sadly for Kona Budget uses Mazda as their only SUV's, so CX9 it would be. We walked out to the auto, it was the only one left in the SUV section, loaded up our luggage, got into the auto and I hit my head as I got in and off to our condo for the week.
      The next morning, as everyone was unpacking as we just crashed after our flight and slept, I went out to check out the Mazda. Realized that Budget does a terrible job of cleaning the auto's. Garbage was left in the center arm rest, the back door pockets had garbage in it and the interior clearly needed a wipe down. Off I went to get some paper towels and cleaned up the auto before the wife and kids saw it. Once the interior was all cleaned up, I went back in see if everyone was ready to head off to Costco to buy staples for the week when we just chill around the resort versus exploring the island.
      First thing I noticed is that my hitting of the head last night when we arrived was not just me being tired on a 6 1/2 hr flight. But was a piss poor design by Mazda on the CX9. My wife who is 5'8" tall had to do the same thing as me, face away from the car, place your butt in the seat and partially bent over swing into the auto. After you get past the A pillar you can sit up straight and there is plenty of head room. In fact everyone that sat in the front seats except Kay my sons girlfriend of 4 years had to do the same thing. My son and Daughter are also both 5'8" tall compared to Kay who is only 5'2" tall.
      Next thing is that what I thought was someone turning down the dash lights was actually not it at all but Mazda not putting any lights in the door lock or all the window buttons. Only a single light dot was on the drivers window. At night on an island that does not have bright street lights to allow the view the space to show up, finding your door locks or windows buttons is a pain. I know every maker puts basic controls on either side of the steering wheel, but Mazda really has a strange layout compared to GM, Ford or Dodge. Yes everyone has a different take on this but after all these years, some things should be consistent across all auto's. Example is the windshield wipers and rear window wiper, which should be first on the stick? I say front windshield wipers and yet Mazda felt rear should be.
      After checking the lights, getting myself all set for driving, we loaded up to head out for our first day of fun. 
      The Radio / Nav system has a Bluetooth option. My son said he would connect his phone so I could hear the navigation for where we were going first for breakfast and to stream Pandora. Sadly their Bluetooth SUCKS! takes about 1 1/2 to 2 miles of driving before the system is sync'd and working, was this way all week, at least it did work once it sync'd. I did think maybe this was an Apple to Mazda issue, but after testing it with my wife's and my own Android phones, experience was the same. Sucky Bluetooth connection and reading of the device. Pandora was actually better being streamed from my sons phone than from the auto system as there was much delay and pause on the auto system but everything played fine on the cell phone.
      Off and driving around Kona, first thing noticed by the family was the auto let allot of wind and road noise in. Definitely not my Trailblazer for sure which is much quieter inside. Observation was that while once the radio / Nav was up and working, the angle of it in the auto in a very sunny place makes the screen pretty much useless unless you use your hand or some other item to shade the display. Backup camera worked fine, very reliable but their fish-eye lens really distorts the view. Using your shoulder checks shows two blind spots in the rear making you want to check the camera but again distorted, so was cautious of backing out, pretty much always backed into places so I could easily get out of them.
      Corners, I have always prided myself on knowing my corners of an auto, yet this design of the Mazda really sucks for your corners, after a day of driving, I did figure out just how far I had to be to be in tight but not hit anything. Lucky for me, I never caused damage on any of the auto.
      Rain, WOW, So by our resort we were in the mid to upper 80's and sunny the whole time, from about 4000 to 9000 feet the island would have rain on and off and boy was it heavy. Two things noticed that the wife was not happy about nor was I, was that even on the fastest speed the windshield did not clear the rain away very well, bothered her more than me, after all heavy rain, but even in lite rain this other really bothered me and is a safety fail. The way the design of the auto is with the side mirrors, the rain makes the side mirrors unusable. I could see nothing out the mirrors as the water comes off the front windshield and smears across the side mirrors and pretty much makes those little mirrors useless. Not a good design at all.
      Seats, after our first day in the CX9, the kids let me know that the back seat was hard and not comfy for more than an hour of driving. The front bucket seats while having good side support and for a person as big as me was fine, for my more petite wife, she and the kids when they sat in the front all felt like they were sitting in a Toilet falling through. Very uncomfortable bucket seat. On top of this, only the drivers seat has full electronic control so I could have it go down to the floor, the front passenger seat was set very high and so you only had back and forth and low back support. Very limited, why not have the front seat equal to the drivers. Made no sense and the one time I tried to sit in the front, it was impossible, the setting of the seat was too high for me. All around failure. 3rd row seat was nice folding flat into the floor, but two poor designs, again head rest were manual as they had to be folded down and then you had to pull the 2nd row seats forward to allow you to put up or down the third row seat. Kay said it was the same comfort as the second row and for her plenty of space but then she is only 5'2" tall and very petite.
      Engine, WOW, Yes on Kona you have 3 mountains, 1 that is spewing lava, very cool to visit and see, above 9000 feet they had snow after snow storm so was able to snorkel / scuba in the morning and ski in the afternoon. Why do I bring this up, simple the engine really leaves a ton to be desired. average for the week was 16.8 mpg in a FWD CUV. Sucky no way to put it for this auto, worse yet was unless you kept it revved above 4500 rpm, any minor hill caused you to loose speed fast. Driving up to the Observation scopes was very tricky as it was a dirt road with snow and traction just sucked. Not what I was expecting. So according to Mazda this is a 227HP motor on regular gas or 250 on premium. I only used regular the whole time and should have gotten 22/28/25 average of City/Highway/Combined and yet did not matter, 16.8 is what the auto reported to me as average MPG. I was filling up every other day, plus who ever thought hiding the fuel filler door release on the left side of the drivers seat under the seat was cool is an idiot. Not easy to get too.
      Lighting, Interior left much to be desired as places I would expect lights to be the auto had none, places that should be easy to read where not, only the drivers dash and nav system would give you clear visible displays, otherwise even the overhead lights left allot to be desired. Mazda says they have key-less illumination entry system, but it never worked on our auto unless the pathetic light they had on each rear view mirror that put out barely any light is what they consider to be this system. Exterior, the headlights are OK, they give you enough light to see the road, but when no other auto's were around I did use the high beams to see the curves better in the road.
      Door Locks, Mazda says they have speed-sensing auto locking, not sure what it is, but the double click to unlock the auto was slow and most times a third press of the button was needed.
      Center console, comfy for my arm rest, strange with the dual split opening in the center, you had to open both sides to store anything in it, so not sure why they decided to split such a small center storage arm rest into what is about two 2 1/2 inch wide doors. A single door would be much better.
      USB ports, sad that all would allow connection to the NAV system but only 1 port in the center arm rest would charge your device and even then only android, apple could not get a charge off the port. Really weird cheap implementation of the USB ports.
      End Result - The auto was reliable and got us all over the island for 812 miles. Other than that, I really could not find any exciting point that would make me recommend the auto to anyone. My family was happy with our trip, wished we had a better auto. Next time I will reserve much earlier.
    • By William Maley
      Mazda Reports November Sales
      Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 Post Best November Sales Since 2012 IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported November U.S. sales of 22,041 vehicles, representing a decrease of 3 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through November are 269,019 vehicles. There were 25 selling days in November 2016, versus 23 the year prior. 
      Key November sales notes:
      Sales of the Mazda CX-3 are up 2.4 percent year-over-year (YOY), with 1,355 vehicles sold in the month of November. Mazda CX-5 posted its best-ever November with 8,865 vehicles sold. This number represents an increase of 1.2 percent over November of 2015. With 1,994 vehicles sold, the all-new Mazda CX-9 finished November up 65.9 percent YOY, marking the carline's best November since 2012. Year-to-date sales of Mazda's CX crossover SUVs sit at 130,614, with 12,214 vehicles sold in the month of November. Mazda's i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system continues its popularity among crossover SUV buyers, with 64 percent of buyers choosing the option. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales of 2,574 vehicles, down 2.2 percent YOY.  
        Month-To-Date
        Year-To-Date
                              November
      November
      %
      % MTD
        November
      November
      %
      % YTD
        2016
      2015
      Change
      DSR
        2016
      2015
      Change
      DSR
                              Mazda2
      -
      3
      (100.0)%
      (100.0)%
        3
      296
      (99.0)%
      (99.0)%
        Mazda3
      6,388
      7,405
      (13.7)%
      (20.6)%
        87,465
      98,046
      (10.8)%
      (10.8)%
        Mazda5
      6
      222
      (97.3)%
      (97.5)%
        373
      8,310
      (95.5)%
      (95.5)%
        Mazda6
      3,046
      3,089
      (1.4)%
      (9.3)%
        41,832
      53,730
      (22.1)%
      (22.1)%
        MX-5 Miata
      387
      732
      (47.1)%
      (51.4)%
        8,732
      7,885
      10.7%
      10.7%
        CX-3
      1,355
      1,323
      2.4%
      (5.8)%
        16,911
      4,743
      256.5%
      256.5%
        CX-5
      8,865
      8,756
      1.2%
      (6.9)%
        100,246
      100,033
      0.2%
      0.2%
        CX-9
      1,994
      1,202
      65.9%
      52.6%
        13,457
      16,846
      (20.1)%
      (20.1)%
                              Total Vehicles
                                                CARS
      9,827
      11,451
      (14.2)%
      (21.0)%
        138,405
      168,267
      (17.7)%
      (17.7)%
        TRUCKS
      12,214
      11,281
      8.3%
      (0.4)%
        130,614
      121,622
      7.4%
      7.4%
                              TOTAL
      22,041
      22,732
      (3.0)%
      (10.8)%
        269,019
      289,889
      (7.2)%
      (7.2)%
                                                    Selling Days
      25
      23
            280
      280
                                                       
    • By William Maley
      Mazda is the latest automaker to announce that it will be building an electric vehicle. Speaking with CarAdvice, Mazda's head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara revealed that the company would be building an EV, but for only select markets such Norway.
      “Of course we need EVs. As you know, in Norway, the complete energy source is water… this means that EV is much better for CO2 in Norway. But not in United States or China… Therefore we are focusing on ICE, but some regions we need EV, so therefore in 2019 [or] in that time frame we will introduce EV where it is needed in the world.”
      For other markets, Mazda will keep their focus on internal-combustion engines since a majority of consumers are still buying them up.
      It is likely that Mazda will use one of their current models as a base for their new EV to help keep costs down. Fujiwara explained they have only started work on it and there is the possibility of bringing in Toyota as a partner for this model.
      Source: CarAdvice 

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