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  1. UPDATE: The rumor was true. Today at the LA Auto Show, Mazda announced that the 2.2L Skyactiv-D will be available for the U.S.-Spec CX-5. Expect it sometime in the second half of next year. To think that the vehicle that has kicked off Mazda's current design language and introduced us all to Skyactiv technologies was a crossover. But the Mazda CX-5 has proved to be a success. But how do you improve on an impressive vehicle? Mazda gave us the answer to that question last night with the introduction of the 2017 CX-5. The overall profile of the CX-5 may look the same as the outgoing model, but it is clear the design is all new. Up front are a set of slimmer headlights, wider grille with a mesh insert, and a new bumper. The back features the same design for tailgate as the larger CX-9 crossover. Inside, the CX-5 follows the same design ideals as the recently updated 3 and 6 with the infotainment screen sitting on top and more soft-touch materials There will be three engines on offer for the CX-5 - the 2.0L and 2.5L Skyactiv-G gas engines and 2.2L Skyactiv-D. Mazda isn't commenting on power figures or which engines will be available for the U.S. We're expecting the 2.0 and 2.5 engines to make a return, but the diesel is a complete unknown. As we reported in the rumorpile back on Monday, Mazda is expected to announce plans for the 2.2 Skyactiv-D at the LA Auto Show. Mazda will be holding a press conference later this afternoon at the show and it could be where they make the announcement - we'll keep you updated. Front-wheel drive comes standard, while all-wheel drive will be available as an option. The CX-5 will also get Mazda's G-Vectoring Control that alters torque delivery to improve steering. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 will go on sale in Japan in February, with other markets following thereafter. Source: Mazda Press Release is on Page 2 Mazda Unveils the All-New CX-5 Sales start in February in Japan with launches in global markets to follow HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today unveiled the all-new Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV. The fully redesigned model, which refines every element of Mazda’s design and technology to offer new dimensions of driving pleasure, will be launched in Japan in February before being rolled out to global markets. The slogan for development of the all-new CX-5 was “an SUV all customers will enjoy,” and Mazda aimed to add a new dimension by offering driving pleasure that everyone on board can enjoy—not just the driver. The model is engineered in line with human sensibilities to deliver responsive performance that conforms to the driver’s expectations. It also prioritizes passenger comfort, with a quiet cabin and pleasant ride feel, and adopts G-Vectoring Control, the first of the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS vehicle motion control technologies. Designed under the KODO—Soul of Motion design theme, the exterior is both bold and sensual, and the interior has been crafted to give occupants a pleasant feeling. The body color lineup includes the newly developed Soul Red Crystal, which highlights the beauty and quality of Mazda’s KODO designs. The powertrain lineup comprises the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and 2.5 gasoline, and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engines. All three options offer powerful, linear driving performance and outstanding environmental performance. The all-new CX-5 will be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public Nov. 18-27.
  2. We have been reporting on the saga that is Mazda's SkyActiv-D for the U.S. since the company announced it back in 2012. But it seems there is a closing to this long story. The Nikkei Asian Review has learned from sources that Mazda will be launching the diesel option for the U.S. next year. Sources explained that the company had finally cleared environmental regulations in the U.S. As we have reported previously, Mazda was having issues with their engines not making the power they wanted when they met regulations. It seems odd that Mazda is still going forward with their diesel plans in light of the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal. But the company, like GM believes there is still a market for it. The sources go on to say that Mazda will announce their diesel plans this week at the LA Auto Show. Considering that the company will be unveiling a new CX-5 at the show, we wouldn't be surprised if this is the first model to get it. This will be followed up by the Mazda6. Source: Nikkei Asian Review View full article
  3. We have been reporting on the saga that is Mazda's SkyActiv-D for the U.S. since the company announced it back in 2012. But it seems there is a closing to this long story. The Nikkei Asian Review has learned from sources that Mazda will be launching the diesel option for the U.S. next year. Sources explained that the company had finally cleared environmental regulations in the U.S. As we have reported previously, Mazda was having issues with their engines not making the power they wanted when they met regulations. It seems odd that Mazda is still going forward with their diesel plans in light of the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal. But the company, like GM believes there is still a market for it. The sources go on to say that Mazda will announce their diesel plans this week at the LA Auto Show. Considering that the company will be unveiling a new CX-5 at the show, we wouldn't be surprised if this is the first model to get it. This will be followed up by the Mazda6. Source: Nikkei Asian Review
  4. Mazda Reports October Sales IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported October U.S. sales of 22,711 vehicles, representing a decrease of 10.8 percent versus last year. Given that there were 26 selling days this October, versus 28 last year, sales were down 3.9 percent on a daily selling-rate (DSR) basis. Year-to-date sales through October are 246,978 vehicles. Key October sales notes: Sales of the Mazda CX-3 remained strong in the month of October with 1,550 vehicles sold, resulting in an increase of 12.2 percent over October of last year. Following a record sales month in September, total year-to-date sales of the Mazda CX-5 sit at 91,381 units, with 8,942 vehicles sold in the month of October. The all-new Mazda CX-9 continues to post strong year-over-year results with 1,842 vehicles sold in October. This represents an increase of 24.1 percent year-over-year (YOY). Total sales of Mazda's CX crossover SUVs in October were 12,334 vehicles, marking a steady increase of 1.7 percent YOY and representing 54.3 percent of total sales. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales of 2,507 vehicles, down 19.7 percent YOY. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date October October % % MTD October October % % YTD 2016 2015 Change DSR 2016 2015 Change DSR Mazda2 - 1 (100.0)% (100.0)% 3 293 (99.0)% (99.0)% Mazda3 6,946 8,342 (16.7)% (10.3)% 81,077 90,641 (10.6)% (9.8)% Mazda5 2 330 (99.4)% (99.3)% 367 8,088 (95.5)% (95.4)% Mazda6 2,924 3,563 (17.9)% (11.6)% 38,786 50,641 (23.4)% (22.8)% MX-5 Miata 505 1,085 (53.5)% (49.9)% 8,345 7,153 16.7% 17.6% CX-3 1,550 1,382 12.2% 20.8% 15,556 3,420 354.9% 358.4% CX-5 8,942 9,264 (3.5)% 3.9% 91,381 91,277 0.1% 0.9% CX-9 1,842 1,484 24.1% 33.7% 11,463 15,644 (26.7)% (26.2)% Total Vehicles CARS 10,377 13,321 (22.1)% (16.1)% 128,578 156,816 (18.0)% (17.4)% TRUCKS 12,334 12,130 1.7% 9.5% 118,400 110,341 7.3% 8.1% TOTAL 22,711 25,451 (10.8)% (3.9)% 246,978 267,157 (7.6)% (6.8)% Selling Days 26 28 255 257
  5. Mazda has dropped a teaser picture of the 2017 CX-5 crossover that will be debuting at the LA Auto Show next month. The key item we can tell you is that the vehicle will be offered in red. Okay, we are being slightly snarky here. There are some details we can pull out once we have done slight tweaks to the photo (which you can check out in the gallery below). The CX-5 will be taking some details from the larger CX-9 such as longer front end, new grille and headlight treatment, and a revised greenhouse. We'll have more details on the 2017 CX-5 in the coming weeks. Source: Mazda Press Release is on Page 2 All-New 2017 Mazda CX-5 to Premiere at Los Angeles Auto Show HIROSHIMA, Japan —Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that the all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public November 18-27. Mazda will hold a press conference at 12:50 p.m. on November 16, the first of two press days. With the all-new CX-5 crossover SUV, Mazda has further refined every element of its design and technology to offer new dimensions of driving pleasure. Taking the KODO—Soul of Motion design concept to a new level, the company has honed the car’s beauty, imparting a powerful combination of sophistication and strength. Mazda’s Exhibits at the Los Angeles Auto Show Vehicles scheduled for sale All-new Mazda CX-5 [world premiere], Mazda MX-5 RF Vehicles on sale Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 (current model), Mazda CX-9 Reference exhibits Mazda Prototype (race car) [world premiere] Technology exhibits SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (gasoline engine) SKYACTIV-G 2.5 (gasoline engine) SKYACTIV-G 2.5T (direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine)
  6. Mazda has dropped a teaser picture of the 2017 CX-5 crossover that will be debuting at the LA Auto Show next month. The key item we can tell you is that the vehicle will be offered in red. Okay, we are being slightly snarky here. There are some details we can pull out once we have done slight tweaks to the photo (which you can check out in the gallery below). The CX-5 will be taking some details from the larger CX-9 such as longer front end, new grille and headlight treatment, and a revised greenhouse. We'll have more details on the 2017 CX-5 in the coming weeks. Source: Mazda Press Release is on Page 2 All-New 2017 Mazda CX-5 to Premiere at Los Angeles Auto Show HIROSHIMA, Japan —Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that the all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public November 18-27. Mazda will hold a press conference at 12:50 p.m. on November 16, the first of two press days. With the all-new CX-5 crossover SUV, Mazda has further refined every element of its design and technology to offer new dimensions of driving pleasure. Taking the KODO—Soul of Motion design concept to a new level, the company has honed the car’s beauty, imparting a powerful combination of sophistication and strength. Mazda’s Exhibits at the Los Angeles Auto Show Vehicles scheduled for sale All-new Mazda CX-5 [world premiere], Mazda MX-5 RF Vehicles on sale Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 (current model), Mazda CX-9 Reference exhibits Mazda Prototype (race car) [world premiere] Technology exhibits SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (gasoline engine) SKYACTIV-G 2.5 (gasoline engine) SKYACTIV-G 2.5T (direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine) View full article
  7. Mazda Reports September Sales IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported September U.S. sales of 24,889 vehicles, representing a decrease of 2.8 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through September are 224,267 vehicles. Key September sales notes: Sales of the Mazda CX-3 were up 12.9 percent YOY with 1,513 vehicles sold. Total year-to-date sales sit at 14,006. Mazda CX-5 had its best-ever September with 9,385 vehicles sold. This number represents an increase of 3.1 percent over September 2015. The all-new Mazda CX-9 accounted for 1,834 vehicles sold in the month of September, representing a YOY increase of 17.6 percent. Total sales of Mazda's CX crossover SUVs remain strong with 12,732 vehicles sold in the month of September, marking an increase of 6 percent YOY. Among CUV buyers, Mazda's i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system remains popular with 64.1 percent of buyers choosing vehicles equipped with the option. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales of 2,775 vehicles, down 12.2 percent YOY. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date September September % % MTD September September % % YTD 2016 2015 Change DSR 2016 2015 Change DSR Mazda2 - 4 (100.0)% (100.0)% 3 292 (99.0)% (99.0)% Mazda3 7,350 7,757 (5.2)% (5.2)% 74,131 82,299 (9.9)% (9.9)% Mazda5 3 381 (99.2)% (99.2)% 365 7,758 (95.3)% (95.3)% Mazda6 4,052 4,528 (10.5)% (10.5)% 35,862 47,078 (23.8)% (23.8)% MX-5 Miata 752 940 (20.0)% (20.0)% 7,840 6,068 29.2% 29.2% CX-3 1,513 1,340 12.9% 12.9% 14,006 2,038 587.2% 587.2% CX-5 9,385 9,107 3.1% 3.1% 82,439 82,013 0.5% 0.5% CX-9 1,834 1,559 17.6% 17.6% 9,621 14,160 (32.1)% (32.1)% Total Vehicles CARS 12,157 13,610 (10.7)% (10.7)% 118,201 143,495 (17.6)% (17.6)% TRUCKS 12,732 12,006 6.0% 6.0% 106,066 98,211 8.0% 8.0% TOTAL 24,889 25,616 (2.8)% (2.8)% 224,267 241,706 (7.2)% (7.2)% Selling Days 25 25 229 229
  8. Earlier this month, Mazda revealed the updated 2017 3 and 6. Now, Mazda has announced pricing for the 2017 Mazda that will be hitting dealers next month. The 2017 Mazda6 will have a base price of $22,780 (includes a $835 destination charge) for Sport with a manual transmission. Compared to the 2016 model, the 2017 6 is about $450 more. If you want an automatic, you'll have to pony up $23,830. Standard equipment includes Mazda's G-Vectoring Control that alters power deliver when turning to improve handling; 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, backup camera, 7-inch screen with the MazdaConnect infotainment system, and Bluetooth. The midlevel Touring trim kicks off at $25,030 for the manual and $26,080 for the automatic. Touring models add 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, six-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Mazda's Smart City Braking system. Finishing off the Mazda6 lineup is the Grand Touring that starts at $31,530 and includes leather upholstery, full color head-up display, eight-way power driver seat, six-way power passenger seat, navigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition. Source: Mazda Press Release is on Page 2 2017 Mazda6 Adds Athleticism and Ambience to Award-Winning Midsize Family Sedan Standard with New G-Vectoring Control, Mazda6 Starts from an MSRP[1] of $21,945 IRVINE, Calif. (August 23, 2016) – From its upscale interior to its seductive KODO—Soul of Motion design to its driving dynamics that constantly prove more fun than any midsize sedan has a right to be—earning it accolades throughout world—Mazda6 has shown time and time again that it’s a family sedan without compromise. For 2017, that sedan has been thoroughly updated with the introduction of Mazda’s exclusive—and standard—G-Vectoring Control vehicle dynamics technology and added sound absorption refinement, among many other upgrades. Yet, those improvements come starting with an MSRP1 of just $21,945. The entry point to the 2017 Mazda6 range is the Sport trim level, which comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, electronic parking brake, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, push-button starter, 17-inch alloy wheels, a backup camera and the MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment, which is newly standard on the Mazda6 Sport equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. MAZDA CONNECTTM integrates Bluetooth hands-free phone pairing and audio streaming, USB pairing and diagnostic controls into a 7.0-inch full-color display that works in conjunction with a Commander control knob, voice commands and a touchscreen. Mazda6’s SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission is a $1,050 standalone option on Sport and Touring trim levels. Upgrading to Mazda6 Touring trim yields 19-inch alloy wheels, leatherette seating surfaces, Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSM), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, dual-zone climate control, rear vents and a six-way power driver’s seat. Smart City Brake Support, automatic on/off headlights and rain-sensing wipers also come newly standard for 2017. Among the mid-tier Mazda6 Touring’s available features are an 11-speaker BOSE Premium audio system, power moonroof, and SiriusXM satellite radio as well as further upgrades like full-LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), an auto-dimming interior mirror and heated front seats, among other features. Mazda6 Grand Touring sits atop the range, elevating equipment and refinement beyond many pricier entry-luxury vehicles. Standard for the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring are navigation, perforated leather-trimmed seats, a newly upgraded, full-color Active Driving Display head-up unit, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a six-way power passenger seat, alarm, paddle shifters, LED foglights and lighted signature grille, dark alloy wheels, rear lip spoiler, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart City Brake Support. The 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring’s new standard features also include Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Control and memory seat that’s integrated to work with the height of the Active Driving Display. The 2017 Mazda6 stretches beyond where previous models have topped out with the new Premium Package, which includes i-ELOOP regenerative braking with active grille shutters; rear outboard seat heaters; heated steering wheel; Nappa leather seating surfaces, available in almond or black with contrast piping; LED accent lighting around the shifter, a black headliner; a hand-finished, “chidori”-stitch, leather-wrapped steering wheel and new brightwork throughout the interior. As with CX-9 and the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF, Machine Gray Metallic will be featured as a new premium paint color, joining Soul Red Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl Mica across the Mazda6 range. All 2017 Mazda6 models come equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine and feature added sound insulation improvements throughout their interiors and door sealing. Additionally, Grand Touring models have laminated front side windows for further sound insulation. MSRP[1] for all 2017 Mazda6 trim levels is as follows: Mazda6 Sport 6MT - $21,945 Mazda6 Sport 6AT - $22,995 Mazda6 Touring 6MT - $24,195 Mazda6 Touring 6AT - $25,245 Touring BOSE/Moonroof/Satellite Radio Package (6AT only) - $1,325 Touring Premium Package - $1,425 (Requires Touring BOSE/Moonroof/Satellite Radio Package) Mazda6 Grand Touring - $30,695 Grand Touring Premium Package - $2,500 [1] MSRP does not include $835 for destination and delivery ($880 in Alaska) or additional taxes or fees. Premium Paint Colors: Machine Gray Metallic (late availability) - $300 Soul Red Metallic - $300 Snowflake White Pearl Mica - $200 The 2017 Mazda6 goes on sale nationwide this September. View full article
  9. Earlier this month, Mazda revealed the updated 2017 3 and 6. Now, Mazda has announced pricing for the 2017 Mazda that will be hitting dealers next month. The 2017 Mazda6 will have a base price of $22,780 (includes a $835 destination charge) for Sport with a manual transmission. Compared to the 2016 model, the 2017 6 is about $450 more. If you want an automatic, you'll have to pony up $23,830. Standard equipment includes Mazda's G-Vectoring Control that alters power deliver when turning to improve handling; 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, backup camera, 7-inch screen with the MazdaConnect infotainment system, and Bluetooth. The midlevel Touring trim kicks off at $25,030 for the manual and $26,080 for the automatic. Touring models add 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, six-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Mazda's Smart City Braking system. Finishing off the Mazda6 lineup is the Grand Touring that starts at $31,530 and includes leather upholstery, full color head-up display, eight-way power driver seat, six-way power passenger seat, navigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and traffic sign recognition. Source: Mazda Press Release is on Page 2 2017 Mazda6 Adds Athleticism and Ambience to Award-Winning Midsize Family Sedan Standard with New G-Vectoring Control, Mazda6 Starts from an MSRP[1] of $21,945 IRVINE, Calif. (August 23, 2016) – From its upscale interior to its seductive KODO—Soul of Motion design to its driving dynamics that constantly prove more fun than any midsize sedan has a right to be—earning it accolades throughout world—Mazda6 has shown time and time again that it’s a family sedan without compromise. For 2017, that sedan has been thoroughly updated with the introduction of Mazda’s exclusive—and standard—G-Vectoring Control vehicle dynamics technology and added sound absorption refinement, among many other upgrades. Yet, those improvements come starting with an MSRP1 of just $21,945. The entry point to the 2017 Mazda6 range is the Sport trim level, which comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, electronic parking brake, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, push-button starter, 17-inch alloy wheels, a backup camera and the MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment, which is newly standard on the Mazda6 Sport equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission. MAZDA CONNECTTM integrates Bluetooth hands-free phone pairing and audio streaming, USB pairing and diagnostic controls into a 7.0-inch full-color display that works in conjunction with a Commander control knob, voice commands and a touchscreen. Mazda6’s SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission is a $1,050 standalone option on Sport and Touring trim levels. Upgrading to Mazda6 Touring trim yields 19-inch alloy wheels, leatherette seating surfaces, Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSM), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, dual-zone climate control, rear vents and a six-way power driver’s seat. Smart City Brake Support, automatic on/off headlights and rain-sensing wipers also come newly standard for 2017. Among the mid-tier Mazda6 Touring’s available features are an 11-speaker BOSE Premium audio system, power moonroof, and SiriusXM satellite radio as well as further upgrades like full-LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), an auto-dimming interior mirror and heated front seats, among other features. Mazda6 Grand Touring sits atop the range, elevating equipment and refinement beyond many pricier entry-luxury vehicles. Standard for the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring are navigation, perforated leather-trimmed seats, a newly upgraded, full-color Active Driving Display head-up unit, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a six-way power passenger seat, alarm, paddle shifters, LED foglights and lighted signature grille, dark alloy wheels, rear lip spoiler, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart City Brake Support. The 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring’s new standard features also include Lane Keep Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Control and memory seat that’s integrated to work with the height of the Active Driving Display. The 2017 Mazda6 stretches beyond where previous models have topped out with the new Premium Package, which includes i-ELOOP regenerative braking with active grille shutters; rear outboard seat heaters; heated steering wheel; Nappa leather seating surfaces, available in almond or black with contrast piping; LED accent lighting around the shifter, a black headliner; a hand-finished, “chidori”-stitch, leather-wrapped steering wheel and new brightwork throughout the interior. As with CX-9 and the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF, Machine Gray Metallic will be featured as a new premium paint color, joining Soul Red Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl Mica across the Mazda6 range. All 2017 Mazda6 models come equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine and feature added sound insulation improvements throughout their interiors and door sealing. Additionally, Grand Touring models have laminated front side windows for further sound insulation. MSRP[1] for all 2017 Mazda6 trim levels is as follows: Mazda6 Sport 6MT - $21,945 Mazda6 Sport 6AT - $22,995 Mazda6 Touring 6MT - $24,195 Mazda6 Touring 6AT - $25,245 Touring BOSE/Moonroof/Satellite Radio Package (6AT only) - $1,325 Touring Premium Package - $1,425 (Requires Touring BOSE/Moonroof/Satellite Radio Package) Mazda6 Grand Touring - $30,695 Grand Touring Premium Package - $2,500 [1] MSRP does not include $835 for destination and delivery ($880 in Alaska) or additional taxes or fees. Premium Paint Colors: Machine Gray Metallic (late availability) - $300 Soul Red Metallic - $300 Snowflake White Pearl Mica - $200 The 2017 Mazda6 goes on sale nationwide this September.
  10. Mazda Reports August Sales IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported August U.S. sales of 26,109 vehicles, representing a decrease of 12.8 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through August are 199,378 vehicles. Key August sales notes: Sales of the Mazda CX-5 are up 5.8 percent YOY with 10,831 vehicles sold. This marks the carline's second month in a row with over 10,000 sold. The all-new Mazda CX-9 accounted for 1,863 of vehicles sold in the month of August, representing a YOY increase of 6.3 percent. Finishing its first full year of sales, year-to-date sales of the Mazda CX-3 sit at 12,493, with 1,492 vehicles sold in the month of August. Popularity of the i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system continues among CUV buyers, with 65 percent of buyers choosing the option. Total sales across Mazda's CX carlines remain strong with 13,967 sold in August. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date August August % % MTD August August % % YTD 2016 2015 Change DSR 2016 2015 Change DSR Mazda2 - 5 (100.0)% (100.0)% 3 288 (99.0)% (99.0)% Mazda3 7,297 10,161 (28.2)% (28.2)% 66,781 74,542 (10.4)% (10.4)% Mazda5 16 542 (97.0)% (97.0)% 362 7,377 (95.1)% (95.1)% Mazda6 4,006 5,402 (25.8)% (25.8)% 31,810 42,550 (25.2)% (25.2)% MX-5 Miata 823 1,344 (38.8)% (38.8)% 7,088 5,128 38.2% 38.2% CX-3 1,492 698 113.8% 113.8% 12,493 698 1689.8% 1689.8% CX-5 10,612 10,033 5.8% 5.8% 73,054 72,906 0.2% 0.2% CX-9 1,863 1,753 6.3% 6.3% 7,787 12,601 (38.2)% (38.2)% Total Vehicles CARS 12,142 17,454 (30.4)% (30.4)% 106,044 129,885 (18.4)% (18.4)% TRUCKS 13,967 12,484 11.9% 11.9% 93,334 86,205 8.3% 8.3% TOTAL 26,109 29,938 (12.8)% (12.8)% 199,378 216,090 (7.7)% (7.7)% Selling Days 26 26 204 204
  11. If there was one vehicle that surprised everyone at the New York Auto Show this year, it would have to be the introduction of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. Everyone figured Mazda would offer a hardtop option for the Miata, but not as a sharp looking fastback. Today, Mazda has announced plans to offer a Launch Edition of the Miata RF. The vehicle that rolled into the New York Auto Show came with a Machine Grey exterior, black roof panel. and an interior finished in Auburn nappa leather. That is how the 1,000 MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition models will come finished. The only choice a buyer gets to make is what transmission - automatic or manual? Now not everyone will be able to order an MX-5 Miata RF Edition at the beginning. Mazda will be sending out invitations to their "most loyal customers" via email. They'll have a set amount time to place an order before Mazda opens the order books to the general public. “Rarely does any automaker have a vehicle that garners the sort of loyalty and enthusiasm MX-5 generates—something we don’t take lightly. MX-5 RF is the next chapter of this storied model line, and we can’t think of a better way to give back than to first offer this bespoke Launch Edition to those who have stuck with us, believing in our mission to deliver the best-driving vehicles on the road,” said said Robert Davis, senior VP of U.S. Operations for Mazda North American Operations in a statement. When Mazda plans on opening the order books and pricing will be announced at a later date. Source: Mazda Pic Credit: Newspress USA Press Release is on Page 2 Mazda Announces MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition Mazda’s Most Loyal Customers to Have First Access to Pre-Order IRVINE, Calif. (August 18, 2016) – Revolutionary and breathtaking to look at, yet simple and elegant in concept, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF made its debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show with rousing acclaim. MX-5 RF was introduced with a color combination that will be exclusive to MX-5 RF versus the MX-5 soft top: Machine Gray Metallic paint color, Auburn Nappa leather interior trim with a hand-painted black roof panel, based on the Grand Touring trim level. Now, the show car is set to become the MX-5 RF Launch Edition, limited to 1,000 vehicles in the U.S. and destined for Mazda’s most loyal customers. Initially, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will open up the preorders to a select group of customers who will be notified via email and will have a specific window of time to preorder the MX-5 RF Launch Edition before ordering opens to the general public*. Customers who opt to purchase an MX-5 RF Launch Edition will have but one option available—SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission—with each vehicle being made to order. “MX-5 has enjoyed 27 years of being the world’s best-selling roadster, being named 2016 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year and receiving hundreds, if not thousands, of other accolades,” said Robert Davis, senior VP, U.S. Operations, MNAO. “Rarely does any automaker have a vehicle that garners the sort of loyalty and enthusiasm MX-5 generates—something we don’t take lightly. MX-5 RF is the next chapter of this storied model line, and we can’t think of a better way to give back than to first offer this bespoke Launch Edition to those who have stuck with us, believing in our mission to deliver the best-driving vehicles on the road.” Outside of the exclusive color combination, MX-5 RF Launch Edition customers will receive a custom-designed, numbered 42mm Tourneau watch to complement their cars. For those who may miss out on purchasing an MX-5 RF Launch Edition, other retractable fastback models will be available with many of the same colors and interior combinations—just not the Machine Gray Metallic exterior color on the Grand Touring trim level with the black roof, Auburn Nappa leather interior and badging. While the 2017 MX-5 RF Launch Edition is based on the Grand Touring trim level, other MX-5 RF models are expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the first quarter of 2017 in either Grand Touring or Club trim levels. Specific timing for MX-5 RF Launch Edition ordering, as well as pricing, will be announced in the coming weeks. View full article
  12. If there was one vehicle that surprised everyone at the New York Auto Show this year, it would have to be the introduction of the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. Everyone figured Mazda would offer a hardtop option for the Miata, but not as a sharp looking fastback. Today, Mazda has announced plans to offer a Launch Edition of the Miata RF. The vehicle that rolled into the New York Auto Show came with a Machine Grey exterior, black roof panel. and an interior finished in Auburn nappa leather. That is how the 1,000 MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition models will come finished. The only choice a buyer gets to make is what transmission - automatic or manual? Now not everyone will be able to order an MX-5 Miata RF Edition at the beginning. Mazda will be sending out invitations to their "most loyal customers" via email. They'll have a set amount time to place an order before Mazda opens the order books to the general public. “Rarely does any automaker have a vehicle that garners the sort of loyalty and enthusiasm MX-5 generates—something we don’t take lightly. MX-5 RF is the next chapter of this storied model line, and we can’t think of a better way to give back than to first offer this bespoke Launch Edition to those who have stuck with us, believing in our mission to deliver the best-driving vehicles on the road,” said said Robert Davis, senior VP of U.S. Operations for Mazda North American Operations in a statement. When Mazda plans on opening the order books and pricing will be announced at a later date. Source: Mazda Pic Credit: Newspress USA Press Release is on Page 2 Mazda Announces MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition Mazda’s Most Loyal Customers to Have First Access to Pre-Order IRVINE, Calif. (August 18, 2016) – Revolutionary and breathtaking to look at, yet simple and elegant in concept, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF made its debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show with rousing acclaim. MX-5 RF was introduced with a color combination that will be exclusive to MX-5 RF versus the MX-5 soft top: Machine Gray Metallic paint color, Auburn Nappa leather interior trim with a hand-painted black roof panel, based on the Grand Touring trim level. Now, the show car is set to become the MX-5 RF Launch Edition, limited to 1,000 vehicles in the U.S. and destined for Mazda’s most loyal customers. Initially, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will open up the preorders to a select group of customers who will be notified via email and will have a specific window of time to preorder the MX-5 RF Launch Edition before ordering opens to the general public*. Customers who opt to purchase an MX-5 RF Launch Edition will have but one option available—SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission—with each vehicle being made to order. “MX-5 has enjoyed 27 years of being the world’s best-selling roadster, being named 2016 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year and receiving hundreds, if not thousands, of other accolades,” said Robert Davis, senior VP, U.S. Operations, MNAO. “Rarely does any automaker have a vehicle that garners the sort of loyalty and enthusiasm MX-5 generates—something we don’t take lightly. MX-5 RF is the next chapter of this storied model line, and we can’t think of a better way to give back than to first offer this bespoke Launch Edition to those who have stuck with us, believing in our mission to deliver the best-driving vehicles on the road.” Outside of the exclusive color combination, MX-5 RF Launch Edition customers will receive a custom-designed, numbered 42mm Tourneau watch to complement their cars. For those who may miss out on purchasing an MX-5 RF Launch Edition, other retractable fastback models will be available with many of the same colors and interior combinations—just not the Machine Gray Metallic exterior color on the Grand Touring trim level with the black roof, Auburn Nappa leather interior and badging. While the 2017 MX-5 RF Launch Edition is based on the Grand Touring trim level, other MX-5 RF models are expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the first quarter of 2017 in either Grand Touring or Club trim levels. Specific timing for MX-5 RF Launch Edition ordering, as well as pricing, will be announced in the coming weeks.
  13. The Mazda CX-5 is now the oldest crossover in their lineup. But Mazda has some big plans for the next-generation model. A spy photographer caught a CX-5 mule filling up at a California gas station. The mule was heavily camouflaged, but we're able to pull some key details about the design. The first is that the CX-5 will be taking some design ideas from the larger CX-9. For example, the front end features narrower headlights and a more pronounced grille surround. The back of the roof also appears to have a sharper slant. We wouldn't be surprised if Mazda brings some premium materials and design to the CX-5's interior, along with more advanced driver assistance systems. One item up in the air is what will power the CX-5? Will they carry over the 2.0 and 2.5L four-cylinder engines? We would expect front-wheel and all-wheel drive to be on offer. Mazda could show the next-generation CX-5 later this year at the LA Auto Show/ Source: Left Lane News, Motor1.com
  14. The Mazda CX-5 is now the oldest crossover in their lineup. But Mazda has some big plans for the next-generation model. A spy photographer caught a CX-5 mule filling up at a California gas station. The mule was heavily camouflaged, but we're able to pull some key details about the design. The first is that the CX-5 will be taking some design ideas from the larger CX-9. For example, the front end features narrower headlights and a more pronounced grille surround. The back of the roof also appears to have a sharper slant. We wouldn't be surprised if Mazda brings some premium materials and design to the CX-5's interior, along with more advanced driver assistance systems. One item up in the air is what will power the CX-5? Will they carry over the 2.0 and 2.5L four-cylinder engines? We would expect front-wheel and all-wheel drive to be on offer. Mazda could show the next-generation CX-5 later this year at the LA Auto Show/ Source: Left Lane News, Motor1.com View full article
  15. Mazda Reports July Sales Mazda CX-5 Posts Record July Sales IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported July U.S. sales of 27,915 vehicles, representing an increase of 2.8 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through July are 173,269 vehicles. Key July sales notes: Mazda CX-5 had its best-ever July with 10,831 vehicles sold. This number represents an increase of 13.7 percent over July of 2015, and marks the carline's best month since December 2015. The all-new Mazda CX-9 continues to post strong sales, recording its best month since March 2013. CX-9's 2,243 vehicles sold represent an increase of 41 percent YOY. As Mazda's CUV numbers remain strong with 14,573 sold in July, 63 percent of buyers chose models equipped with Mazda's i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system. The system is available as an option on Mazda CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 models. Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported July sales of 4,114 vehicles, down 8 percent versus July of last year. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date July July % % MTD July July % % YTD 2016 2015 Change DSR 2016 2015 Change DSR Mazda2 - 10 (100.0)% (100.0)% 3 283 (98.9)% (98.9)% Mazda3 8,103 9,504 (14.7)% (14.7)% 59,484 64,381 (7.6)% (7.6)% Mazda5 17 551 (96.9)% (96.9)% 346 6,835 (94.9)% (94.9)% Mazda6 4,341 4,841 (10.3)% (10.3)% 27,804 37,148 (25.2)% (25.2)% MX-5 Miata 881 1,130 (22.0)% (22.0)% 6,265 3,784 65.6% 65.6% CX-3 1,499 - N/A N/A 11,001 - N/A N/A CX-5 10,831 9,530 13.7% 13.7% 62,442 62,873 (0.7)% (0.7)% CX-9 2,243 1,591 41.0% 41.0% 5,924 10,848 (45.4)% (45.4)% Total Vehicles CARS 13,342 16,036 (16. % (16. % 93,902 112,431 (16.5)% (16.5)% TRUCKS 14,573 11,121 31.0% 31.0% 79,367 73,721 7.7% 7.7% TOTAL 27,915 27,157 2.8% 2.8% 173,269 186,152 (6.9)% (6.9)% Selling Days 26 26 178 178
  16. The Mazda6 is the outlier in the midsize sedan class as it only offers one engine, a 2.5L Skyactiv-G with 184 horsepower. If you want something more powerful, you'll need to look at another vehicle. But some comments made by Mazda North America's vehicle development engineer has some people speculating about a more powerful Mazda6. Speaking with CarAdvice, Mazda's Dave Coleman said turbo 2.5L used in the new CX-9 crossover can fit into the Mazda6 and even the Mazda3. “It fits in a lot of our cars, and where we’re actually going to put it is another question. It fits in the same package as the diesel fits in, and the same package that the naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre fits in. Basically, that big space we used for the bundle of snakes exhaust manifold, the turbo is in that space too. They’re all packaged to occupy the same space,” said Coleman. Before you get your hopes up and start dreaming of a 227 (regular gas) or 250 (premium gas) horsepower Mazda6, Coleman says it's up to Mazda's product planners if the 6 gets the turbo engine. “It’s up to the product planners to decide what they’re going to put it in. It’s exactly the same clearance as the exhaust manifold of the other engines,” said Coleman. “It fits. I’m not a product planner so I don’t get to make that call." Source: CarAdvice.com.au View full article
  17. The Mazda6 is the outlier in the midsize sedan class as it only offers one engine, a 2.5L Skyactiv-G with 184 horsepower. If you want something more powerful, you'll need to look at another vehicle. But some comments made by Mazda North America's vehicle development engineer has some people speculating about a more powerful Mazda6. Speaking with CarAdvice, Mazda's Dave Coleman said turbo 2.5L used in the new CX-9 crossover can fit into the Mazda6 and even the Mazda3. “It fits in a lot of our cars, and where we’re actually going to put it is another question. It fits in the same package as the diesel fits in, and the same package that the naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre fits in. Basically, that big space we used for the bundle of snakes exhaust manifold, the turbo is in that space too. They’re all packaged to occupy the same space,” said Coleman. Before you get your hopes up and start dreaming of a 227 (regular gas) or 250 (premium gas) horsepower Mazda6, Coleman says it's up to Mazda's product planners if the 6 gets the turbo engine. “It’s up to the product planners to decide what they’re going to put it in. It’s exactly the same clearance as the exhaust manifold of the other engines,” said Coleman. “It fits. I’m not a product planner so I don’t get to make that call." Source: CarAdvice.com.au
  18. Mazda Reports June Sales IRVINE, Calif., July 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported June U.S. sales of 26,188 vehicles, representing a decrease of 3.8 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through June are 145,354 vehicles. Key June sales notes: In its first full month of sales, the all-new 2016 CX-9 accounted for 1,904 vehicles sold in the month of June. This number represents an increase of 21 percent YOY, making it the CX-9's best June since 2013. Signature and Grand Tourning trims continue to be in high demand. Mazda expects the sales trend to continue as more inventory becomes available. Mazda MX-5 had its best June since 2008 with 889 vehicles sold, representing an increase of 102 percent YOY. Mazda CX-5 continues to post strong sales, recording its second-best June ever with 9,227 vehicles sold. Mazda's i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive continues to be popular among consumers buying a Mazda SUV, even during the summer months, with 63 percent of buyers choosing the system. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales of 3,361 vehicles, up 11 percent YOY. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date June June % % MTD June June % % YTD 2016 2015 Change DSR 2016 2015 Change DSR Mazda2 - 14 (100.0)% (100.0)% 3 273 (98.9)% (98.9)% Mazda3 8,399 9,251 (9.2)% (12.7)% 51,381 54,877 (6.4)% (6.4)% Mazda5 33 1,236 (97.3)% (97.4)% 329 6,284 (94.% (94.% Mazda6 4,224 5,332 (20.% (23.% 23,463 32,307 (27.4)% (27.4)% MX-5 Miata 889 440 102.0% 94.3% 5,384 2,654 102.9% 102.9% CX-3 1,512 - N/A N/A 9,502 - N/A N/A CX-5 9,227 9,373 (1.6)% (5.3)% 51,611 53,343 (3.2)% (3.2)% CX-9 1,904 1,577 20.7% 16.1% 3,681 9,257 (60.2)% (60.2)% Total Vehicles CARS 13,545 16,273 (16.% (20.0)% 80,560 96,395 (16.4)% (16.4)% TRUCKS 12,643 10,950 15.5% 11.0% 64,794 62,600 3.5% 3.5% TOTAL 26,188 27,223 (3.% (7.5)% 145,354 158,995 (8.6)% (8.6)% Selling Days 26 25 152 152
  19. “But you’ll look sweet Upon the seat Of a Mazda CX-3 built for two” Okay, I might have slightly altered a song that you may sung during preschool and/or kindergarten. But that song perfectly describes the latest entrant in the subcompact crossover class, the 2016 Mazda CX-3. Let me explain. Mazda has been designing some of the sharpest looking vehicles for a few years and the CX-3 is no exception. The front end looks the same as the larger CX-5 and upcoming CX-9 with a large grill and chrome trim running along the outer edge into the headlights. Moving to the side shows off a flowing line that resembles an ocean wave. Finishing the look is a set of eighteen-inch wheels that come standard on the Grand Touring. The overall shape makes the CX-3 look bigger than it actually is. This thought goes away once you get inside the CX-3. Interior space can be best described as intimate. The front seats provide good support and come with extra side bolstering to hold you in whenever you decide its time to horse around. The back seat is quite small with little head and legroom. I’m 5’8” and found that I barely fit. There needs to be a sticker attached to the rear windows saying “the rear seat to be used only in case of emergencies". Cargo space is also small with the CX-3 only offering 12.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 44.5 cubic feet with them down. Our CX-3 tester had an even smaller cargo area due to the subwoofer (comes with the optional Bose audio system) taking up valuable space. Measurements are 10.1 and 42.3 cubic feet respectively. This trails the Honda HR-V which offers 24.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 58.8 cubic feet when folded. At least Mazda did an impressive job when it comes to the design of the CX-3’s interior. A sleek looking dash features a small chrome bar running between a set of air vents. Various trim pieces are finished in contrasting colors to set off the interior. All CX-3s feature a seven-inch color touchscreen with the MazdaConnect infotainment system. The Grand Touring is the only trim that comes with navigation. Much like our experience in the MX-5 Miata, trying to use the touchscreen is more an exercise in frustration since you don’t know which controls are touch enabled. It is easier to use the control knob to move around the system. Power for the CX-3 comes from a 2.0L Skyactiv-G four-cylinder with 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque (@ 2,800 rpm). This comes paired with a six-speed automatic and the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Our tester came with all-wheel drive. Around town the CX-3's 2.0 liter provides decent off the line power, but under heavier acceleration and at highway speeds, the engine struggles and sounds rough. Those who have timed the CX-3 to 60 mph say it takes about 8.5 seconds. The six-speed automatic delivers smooth and crisp upshifts, but is somewhat slow to respond when downshifting. Fuel economy for the CX-3 AWD is rated at 27 City/32 Highway/29 Combined. Our average landed around 26 MPG. Not bad considering the winter conditions the CX-3 was facing, along with the vehicle only having just a hair over 1,000 miles. One key item Mazda points out on the CX-3 is the i-Active all-wheel drive system. Mazda says this system is able to predict road conditions through various sensors around the vehicle to provide information to the computer. From there, the computer is able to make various changes to all-wheel drive system to keep the vehicle moving through whatever mother nature decides to throw out. For example, if you turn on the windshield wipers, the system can tell that its raining and makes the necessary changes. Seems like a marketing gimmick, but it actually does make a difference. When the CX-3 was dropped off, the metro Detroit area was experiencing a big snow storm with snow amounts ranging from six to twelve inches. The all-wheel drive system was able to keep the CX-3 moving through deep snow drifts on the road. Even when stopped, you could tell the wheels spun briefly before the system made some quick adjustments to get the vehicle moving. Handling is where the Mazda CX-3 truly shines. Around corners, the vehicle feels nimble and body motions are kept in check. Steering is towards the top of the class with excellent weight and feel of the road. The daily drive reveals the CX-3 having a compliant ride with some bumps making their way inside. One area Mazda still hasn’t been able to fully solve yet is noise isolation. There is a fair amount of road and tire noise coming into the cabin. We’re wondering if going for the sixteen-inch wheels on the Touring trim would fix this issue. Wind noise is kept to acceptable levels. In terms of pricing, the Mazda CX-3 is right in line with competitors. Prices range from $19,960 for the base Sport front-wheel drive to $26,240 for the Grand Touring all-wheel drive. Our Grand Touring tester came to an as-tested price of $29,260 with most options added. This is a lot of cash to drop on a subcompact crossover. The only thing we can see why you might go to the Grand Touring is for the optional safety package that adds radar cruise control and automatic braking. Otherwise you can get a good amount of equipment from the CX-3 Grand Touring as options on the Touring. Making this price tag harder to swallow is the Mazda CX-5 Touring all-wheel drive that is only a few hundred dollars more than our tester ($29,820), and offers more space and can be optioned with automatic braking. Let’s go back to the beginning of this review with the song and saying how it perfectly describes the 2016 Mazda CX-3. This a crossover that will work for either a single person or couple as there is enough space for their needs. A small family will feel cramped and wonder why there isn’t any more cargo space. In my notes for the CX-3, I made the connection between it and the Mazda MX-5 I drove a few weeks before. Both models are focused on providing driving excitement and sharp looks, but at the cost of practicality. This isn’t to say the Mazda CX-3 is a bad crossover. I happen to really like it. But it only works for a certain group of people. Cheers: Fun to drive, Clever all-wheel drive system, Looks that stand out Jeers: You can get a CX-5 for the same amount of money as our tester, Rear seat best used in emergencies, Engine struggles when getting up to speed on a freeway Disclaimer: Mazda Provided the CX-3, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2016 Make: Mazda Model: CX-3 Trim: Grand Touring AWD Engine: Skyactiv-G 2.0L Four-Cylinder Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 146 @ 6,000 Torque @ RPM: 146 @ 2,800 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 27/32/29 Curb Weight: 2,952 lbs Location of Manufacture: Hiroshima, Japan Base Price: $26,240 As Tested Price: $29,260 (Includes $900 Destination Charge) Options: GT i-Activesense Package - $1,920.00 Door Sill Trim Plates - $100.00 Rear Bumper Guard - $100.00
  20. “But you’ll look sweet Upon the seat Of a Mazda CX-3 built for two” Okay, I might have slightly altered a song that you may sung during preschool and/or kindergarten. But that song perfectly describes the latest entrant in the subcompact crossover class, the 2016 Mazda CX-3. Let me explain. Mazda has been designing some of the sharpest looking vehicles for a few years and the CX-3 is no exception. The front end looks the same as the larger CX-5 and upcoming CX-9 with a large grill and chrome trim running along the outer edge into the headlights. Moving to the side shows off a flowing line that resembles an ocean wave. Finishing the look is a set of eighteen-inch wheels that come standard on the Grand Touring. The overall shape makes the CX-3 look bigger than it actually is. This thought goes away once you get inside the CX-3. Interior space can be best described as intimate. The front seats provide good support and come with extra side bolstering to hold you in whenever you decide its time to horse around. The back seat is quite small with little head and legroom. I’m 5’8” and found that I barely fit. There needs to be a sticker attached to the rear windows saying “the rear seat to be used only in case of emergencies". Cargo space is also small with the CX-3 only offering 12.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 44.5 cubic feet with them down. Our CX-3 tester had an even smaller cargo area due to the subwoofer (comes with the optional Bose audio system) taking up valuable space. Measurements are 10.1 and 42.3 cubic feet respectively. This trails the Honda HR-V which offers 24.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 58.8 cubic feet when folded. At least Mazda did an impressive job when it comes to the design of the CX-3’s interior. A sleek looking dash features a small chrome bar running between a set of air vents. Various trim pieces are finished in contrasting colors to set off the interior. All CX-3s feature a seven-inch color touchscreen with the MazdaConnect infotainment system. The Grand Touring is the only trim that comes with navigation. Much like our experience in the MX-5 Miata, trying to use the touchscreen is more an exercise in frustration since you don’t know which controls are touch enabled. It is easier to use the control knob to move around the system. Power for the CX-3 comes from a 2.0L Skyactiv-G four-cylinder with 146 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque (@ 2,800 rpm). This comes paired with a six-speed automatic and the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Our tester came with all-wheel drive. Around town the CX-3's 2.0 liter provides decent off the line power, but under heavier acceleration and at highway speeds, the engine struggles and sounds rough. Those who have timed the CX-3 to 60 mph say it takes about 8.5 seconds. The six-speed automatic delivers smooth and crisp upshifts, but is somewhat slow to respond when downshifting. Fuel economy for the CX-3 AWD is rated at 27 City/32 Highway/29 Combined. Our average landed around 26 MPG. Not bad considering the winter conditions the CX-3 was facing, along with the vehicle only having just a hair over 1,000 miles. One key item Mazda points out on the CX-3 is the i-Active all-wheel drive system. Mazda says this system is able to predict road conditions through various sensors around the vehicle to provide information to the computer. From there, the computer is able to make various changes to all-wheel drive system to keep the vehicle moving through whatever mother nature decides to throw out. For example, if you turn on the windshield wipers, the system can tell that its raining and makes the necessary changes. Seems like a marketing gimmick, but it actually does make a difference. When the CX-3 was dropped off, the metro Detroit area was experiencing a big snow storm with snow amounts ranging from six to twelve inches. The all-wheel drive system was able to keep the CX-3 moving through deep snow drifts on the road. Even when stopped, you could tell the wheels spun briefly before the system made some quick adjustments to get the vehicle moving. Handling is where the Mazda CX-3 truly shines. Around corners, the vehicle feels nimble and body motions are kept in check. Steering is towards the top of the class with excellent weight and feel of the road. The daily drive reveals the CX-3 having a compliant ride with some bumps making their way inside. One area Mazda still hasn’t been able to fully solve yet is noise isolation. There is a fair amount of road and tire noise coming into the cabin. We’re wondering if going for the sixteen-inch wheels on the Touring trim would fix this issue. Wind noise is kept to acceptable levels. In terms of pricing, the Mazda CX-3 is right in line with competitors. Prices range from $19,960 for the base Sport front-wheel drive to $26,240 for the Grand Touring all-wheel drive. Our Grand Touring tester came to an as-tested price of $29,260 with most options added. This is a lot of cash to drop on a subcompact crossover. The only thing we can see why you might go to the Grand Touring is for the optional safety package that adds radar cruise control and automatic braking. Otherwise you can get a good amount of equipment from the CX-3 Grand Touring as options on the Touring. Making this price tag harder to swallow is the Mazda CX-5 Touring all-wheel drive that is only a few hundred dollars more than our tester ($29,820), and offers more space and can be optioned with automatic braking. Let’s go back to the beginning of this review with the song and saying how it perfectly describes the 2016 Mazda CX-3. This a crossover that will work for either a single person or couple as there is enough space for their needs. A small family will feel cramped and wonder why there isn’t any more cargo space. In my notes for the CX-3, I made the connection between it and the Mazda MX-5 I drove a few weeks before. Both models are focused on providing driving excitement and sharp looks, but at the cost of practicality. This isn’t to say the Mazda CX-3 is a bad crossover. I happen to really like it. But it only works for a certain group of people. Cheers: Fun to drive, Clever all-wheel drive system, Looks that stand out Jeers: You can get a CX-5 for the same amount of money as our tester, Rear seat best used in emergencies, Engine struggles when getting up to speed on a freeway Disclaimer: Mazda Provided the CX-3, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2016 Make: Mazda Model: CX-3 Trim: Grand Touring AWD Engine: Skyactiv-G 2.0L Four-Cylinder Driveline: Six-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive Horsepower @ RPM: 146 @ 6,000 Torque @ RPM: 146 @ 2,800 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 27/32/29 Curb Weight: 2,952 lbs Location of Manufacture: Hiroshima, Japan Base Price: $26,240 As Tested Price: $29,260 (Includes $900 Destination Charge) Options: GT i-Activesense Package - $1,920.00 Door Sill Trim Plates - $100.00 Rear Bumper Guard - $100.00 View full article
  21. Mazda Reports May Sales IRVINE, Calif. (June 01, 2016) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported May U.S. sales of 28,328 vehicles, representing a decrease of 4.3 percent versus last year. Given that there were 24 selling days this May, versus 26 last year, sales were up 3.7 percent on a daily selling-rate (DSR) basis. Year-to-date sales through May are 119,166 vehicles. Key May sales notes: The all-new 2016 CX-9 arrived in dealerships late in May. In just one week of sales, the all-new CX-9 accounted for nearly 600 vehicle sales. Mazda expects a strong performance from its all-new three-row crossover SUV as inventory continues to arrive. Mazda MX-5 had an outstanding month of May with 1,000 vehicles sold. This number represents an increase of 122.7 percent YOY and its best May since 2008. Mazda CX-5 had its second-best May ever, and its best month of sales in 2016, with 9,951 vehicles sold. Mazda6 had its best month of sales in 2016 with 5,027 vehicles sold in the month of May. Mazda’s i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive continues to be the drivetrain of choice for consumers when buying a Mazda SUV, with 56 percent of buyers choosing the innovative and unique system. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date May May % % MTD May May % % YTD 2016 2015 Change DSR 2016 2015 Change DSR Mazda2 - 10 (100.0)% (100.0)% 3 259 (98.% (98.% Mazda3 10,127 10,316 (1.% 6.3% 42,982 45,626 (5.% (5.0)% Mazda5 37 609 (93.9)% (93.4)% 296 5,048 (94.1)% (94.1)% Mazda6 5,027 5,578 (9.9)% (2.4)% 19,239 26,973 (28.7)% (28.1)% MX-5 Miata 1,000 449 122.7% 141.3% 4,495 2,214 103.0% 104.6% CX-3 1,570 - N/A N/A 7,990 - N/A N/A CX-5 9,951 10,717 (7.1)% 0.6% 42,384 43,970 (3.6)% (2.% CX-9 616 1,924 (68.0)% (65.3)% 1,777 7,680 (76.9)% (76.7)% Total Vehicles CARS 16,191 16,962 (4.5)% 3.4% 67,015 80,120 (16.4)% (15.7)% TRUCKS 12,137 12,641 (4.0)% 4.0% 52,151 51,650 1.0% 1.8% TOTAL 28,328 29,603 (4.3)% 3.7% 119,166 131,770 (9.6)% (8.% Selling Days 24 26 126 127
  22. Mazda's diesel engine for the U.S. is slowly becoming an urban legend in the automotive world. Originally planned to launch in 2013, numerous delays have caused people to wonder if this engine would ever come out. Now with the Volkswagen diesel scandal hanging over and causing a number of automakers to reconsider diesel vehicles for the U.S., Mazda says its still committed. Speaking with Automotive News, Mazda's senior vice president for U.S. operations Robert Davis said diesel is still on the table. Diesel would not only boost the impressive fuel-economy numbers that Mazda's current lineup gets, it would also differentiate them from other Japanese rivals and align it more with European brands. Davis said the company is considering a diesel option for two of its vehicle, but wouldn't say which - our money is on the Mazda6 and CX-5 - or when they might come out. "I don't speak timing because I made three commitments and missed all three, so I keep my mouth shut. We're still committed to it," said Davis. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  23. Mazda's diesel engine for the U.S. is slowly becoming an urban legend in the automotive world. Originally planned to launch in 2013, numerous delays have caused people to wonder if this engine would ever come out. Now with the Volkswagen diesel scandal hanging over and causing a number of automakers to reconsider diesel vehicles for the U.S., Mazda says its still committed. Speaking with Automotive News, Mazda's senior vice president for U.S. operations Robert Davis said diesel is still on the table. Diesel would not only boost the impressive fuel-economy numbers that Mazda's current lineup gets, it would also differentiate them from other Japanese rivals and align it more with European brands. Davis said the company is considering a diesel option for two of its vehicle, but wouldn't say which - our money is on the Mazda6 and CX-5 - or when they might come out. "I don't speak timing because I made three commitments and missed all three, so I keep my mouth shut. We're still committed to it," said Davis. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  24. Mazda Reports Best April since 1995 Record April for Mazda3 and Best April for MX-5 since 2009 IRVINE, Calif. (May 03, 2016) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported April U.S. sales of 26,195 vehicles, representing an increase of 8.6 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through April are 90,838 vehicles. Key April sales notes: Mazda achieved its best April since 1995 with 26,195 vehicles sold. This is an increase of 8.6 percent year-over-year (YOY). Mazda3 has achieved its best April performance ever with 10,722 vehicles sold, an increase of 33.9 percent YOY. This is the first time Mazda3 has ever had more than 10,000 vehicles sold in April. The all-new 2016 MX-5 had an outstanding first month of Spring with 1,086 vehicles sold. This number represents an increase of 182.8 percent YOY and the best April since 2009. SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY proves to be the key between performance and fuel efficiency as customers demand a no-compromise solution. More than 96.0 percent of Mazdas sold in April were equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) April sales of 3,392 vehicles, which is the same performance as last year. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date April April % % MTD April April % % YTD 2016 2015 Change DSR 2016 2015 Change DSR Mazda2 3 21 (85.7)% (86.2)% 3 249 (98.% (98.% Mazda3 10,772 8,006 33.9% 29.0% 32,855 35,310 (7.0)% (7.9)% Mazda5 54 436 (87.6)% (88.1)% 259 4,439 (94.2)% (94.2)% Mazda6 3,929 4,995 (21.3)% (24.3)% 14,212 21,393 (33.6)% (34.2)% MX-5 Miata 1,086 384 182.8% 172.3% 3,495 1,765 98.0% 96.1% CX-3 1,504 – N/A N/A 6,420 – N/A N/A CX-5 8,826 8,960 (1.5%) (5.1)% 32,433 33,252 (2.5)% (3.4)% CX-9 71 1,321 (94.6)% (94.% 1,161 5,756 (79.% (80.0)% Total Vehicles CARS 15,794 13,842 14.1% 9.9% 50,824 63,156 (19.5)% (20.3)% TRUCKS 10,401 10,281 1.2% (2.6)% 40,014 39,009 2.6% 1.6% TOTAL 26,195 24,123 8.6% 4.6% 90,838 102,165 2.6% 1.6% Selling Days 27 26 102 101
  25. If you were hoping for a Mazdaspeed version of the 3 or 6, we have some bad news. Australian outlet Motoring reports that Mazda has shelved plans for new Mazdaspeed (MPS known elsewhere in the world) models for the time being. Mazda's North American president and CEO Masahiro Moro explained that the company is focused on developing the second-generation of the Skyactive technologies. “Our research and development department is 100 per cent focussed on delivering SKYACTIV generation two and if we don’t have this we don’t have any other derivatives,” said Moro. “So let us focus on delivering SKYACTIV generation two, then we are building on that to come up with (performance models)." Moro said the brand is thinking about the next-generation of their performance vehicles and it won't be like the last Mazdaspeed3. “As a brand we are trying to elevate again a little bit more, because execution of Mazda MPS or Mazdaspeed 3 or whatever you call it was a little bit – I am not afraid to say it – childish.” Some Mazda fans might find that assessment harsh. But considering how much torque-steer the Mazdaspeed3 had on offer, we think that it is fair. So what would a future Mazdaspeed model look like? It would reflect Mazda's ambition of being more mature and upscale. “Mazda brand has become more mature, more upscale, more sophisticated and we have a new transition of the brand to relate that direction. So if we were to introduce some kind of performance model, that may be different to what we have done in the past,” said Moro. Source: Motoring

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