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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 2017 Mazda6 Kicks Off At $22,780*

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Review: 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring

    “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
  10. 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
  11. Mazda Says Diesel Option Is Still Coming

    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)
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Mazda Reports March Sales 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Continues Hot Streak with Its Best March Since 2008 IRVINE, Calif. (April 1, 2016) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported March U.S. sales of 23,396 vehicles, representing a decrease of 27.2 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through March are down 17.2 percent versus last year, with 64,643 vehicles sold. Key March sales notes: The World Car of the Year-winning 2016 MX-5 continues to sell at a brisk pace with a 104.9-percent YOY increase and the best March for MX-5 since 2008. In its seventh full month of sales, Mazda CX-3 enjoyed its second-best sales month ever with 1,748 units sold. With class-leading EPA-estimated fuel economy and a starting MSRP of $31,520, the all-new. 2016 CX-9 three-row crossover SUV is set to go on sale early this summer. Inventory for outgoing 2015 CX-9 vehicles is nearly sold out across the U.S. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) March sales of 3,523 vehicles, down 11 percent YOY. Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported March sales of 4,055 vehicles, down 8.0 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales for MMdM are up 12.0 percent with 14,044 vehicles sold. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date March March % % MTD March March % % YTD 2016 2015 Change DSR 2016 2015 Change DSR Mazda2 – 36 (100.0)% (100.0)% – 228 (100.0)% (100.0)% Mazda3 7,307 10,534 (30.6)% (35.% 22,133 27,304 (18.9)% (18.9)% Mazda5 75 1,063 (92.9)% (93.5)% 205 4,003 (94.9)% (94.9)% Mazda6 4,094 7,568 (45.9)% (49.9)% 10,283 16,398 (37.3)% (37.3)% MX-5 Miata 1,090 532 104.9% 89.7% 2,409 1,381 74.4% 74.4% CX-3 1,748 – N/A N/A 4,916 – N/A N/A CX-5 8,965 10,899 (17.7)% (23.% 23,607 24,293 (2.% (2.% CX-9 117 1,489 (92.1)% (92.7)% 1,090 4,435 (75.4)% (75.4)% Total Vehicles CARS 12,566 19,733 (36.3)% (41.0)% 35,030 49,314 (29.0)% (29.0)% TRUCKS 10,830 12,388 (12.6)% (19.1)% 29,613 28,728 3.1% 3.1% TOTAL 23,396 32,121 (27.2)% (32.6)% 64,643 78,042 (17.2)% (17.2)% Selling Days 27 25 75 75
  15. Last October, Mazda revealed the RX-Vision concept. This concept featured a brand new rotary engine called SkyActiv-R. At the time, Mazda was keeping quiet on specifics of the engine. But it showed that Mazda was working on a next-gen rotary. Now, we have some clues as to the SkyActiv-R. autoevolution found a patent application filed by Mazda last fall and published last month by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. The drawings in the application show the engine turned 180 degrees with the exhaust port on top and intake port on the bottom. This repositioning allows for minimal turbo lag thanks to the short distance from the exhaust port to the turbo. It also allows the engine to mounted lower in the vehicle to improve the center of gravity. Now this is only a patent application. It doesn't mean Mazda will put this exact engine into production. But for fans of the rotary engine, it gives them some hope that the engine will soon return. Source: autoevolution, USPTO
  16. Mazda Reports February Sales IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported February U.S. sales of 21,544 vehicles, representing a decrease of 16.0 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through February are down 10.2 percent versus last year, with 41,247 vehicles sold. Key February sales notes: The 2016 MX-5 has continued its sales growth with 759 vehicles sold, an increase of 48.5 percent YOY and the best February for MX-5 since 2008. In its sixth full month of sales, Mazda CX-3 celebrated its best month ever with 1,793 vehicles sold. Mazda CX-5 had its second-best February ever with 7,579 vehicles sold and an increase of 1.8 percent YOY. Mazda's predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive (AWD) has made up approximately 62.0 percent of CX-3 and CX-5 sales thus far in 2016. This same system will be available on the all-new CX-9 when it goes on sale this spring. 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 February were equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) February sales of 3,016 vehicles, down 6.0 percent YOY.
  17. Mazda Reports January Sales CX-5 and MX-5 Experience Record January Sales IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported January U.S. sales of 19,703 vehicles, representing a decrease of 2.8 percent versus last year. Key January sales notes: Mazda CX-5 had its best January ever with 7,063 vehicles sold, representing an increase of 18.7 percent year-over-year (YOY). MX-5 accounted for 560 units sold in January and is up 65.4 percent YOY. This is the best January sales for MX-5 since 2008. Mazda CX-3 had 1,375 vehicles sold in January 2016. This all-new segment and model for Mazda continues to outperform sales expectations. January sales are the best ever for Mazda's SUVs. Between CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9, Mazda sold 8,950 vehicles, an increase of 24.0 percent YOY. Much of this increase in winter sales has to do with the outstanding performance of i-ACTIV AWD currently available on the CX-3 and CX-5. SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY proves to be the key between performance and fuel efficiency as customers demand a no compromise solution. More than 95.0 percent of Mazdas sold in January were equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) January sales of 2,596 vehicles, down 24.0 percent YOY.
  18. Mazda has another crossover waiting in the wings as two sets of spy shots from China show us. This new crossover's name is currently being debated by various websites as to call it the CX-4, CX-6, or CX-7. What we can tell you is this CX crossover looks to be a production version of the Mazda Koeru concept shown in Frankfurt last year. Comparing the various spy shots to pictures of the Koeru concept reveal Mazda has kept a lot of the concept's design for the production model. Such details as the front end that is similar to the CX-3 and CX-5 to the sharply raked rear end are present. Inside looks like every other Mazda with the same center stack design and control knob behind the transmission lever. CarNewsChina reports the Chinese-market version will get the choice of either a 2.0L or 2.5L four-cylinder. Expect similar options if this new CX comes to the U.S. As for when we'll see it, reports say either the Geneva Motor Show in March or the Beijing Auto Show in April. Source: PopSUV.com, CarAdvice.com.au, CarNewsChina Pic Credit: PopSUV.com Click here to view the article
  19. Mazda has another crossover waiting in the wings as two sets of spy shots from China show us. This new crossover's name is currently being debated by various websites as to call it the CX-4, CX-6, or CX-7. What we can tell you is this CX crossover looks to be a production version of the Mazda Koeru concept shown in Frankfurt last year. Comparing the various spy shots to pictures of the Koeru concept reveal Mazda has kept a lot of the concept's design for the production model. Such details as the front end that is similar to the CX-3 and CX-5 to the sharply raked rear end are present. Inside looks like every other Mazda with the same center stack design and control knob behind the transmission lever. CarNewsChina reports the Chinese-market version will get the choice of either a 2.0L or 2.5L four-cylinder. Expect similar options if this new CX comes to the U.S. As for when we'll see it, reports say either the Geneva Motor Show in March or the Beijing Auto Show in April. Source: PopSUV.com, CarAdvice.com.au, CarNewsChina Pic Credit: PopSUV.com
  20. IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported December U.S. sales of 29,294 vehicles, an increase of 18.1 percent versus December 2014 and the best December since 1994. The company also reported calendar year (CY) 2015 total (combined fleet and retail) sales in the U.S. of 319,184, up 4.4 percent over 2014 and the best result since 1994 (20 years). MNAO retail-only sales reached 290,918 units, representing an increase of 4.3 percent over 2014, and again, this represents the best retail sales year since 1994, further showing the company's reduced reliance on fleet sales. Key December and CY2015 sales notes: Mazda reported sales of 29,294 in December 2015. This represents an increase of 18.1 percent year-over-year (YOY). MNAO achieved its best combined fleet and retail year of sales since 1994 with a total of 319,184 vehicles sold. In 1994, MNAO sold 375,416 units. For historical reference, MNAO's best-ever sales year was 1986, with 379,883 sales. MNAO achieved its best retail-only sales year since 1994 with 290,918 units. In 1994, MNAO sold 310,985 vehicles to retail customers. Mazda CX-5 had its best December ever with 11,417 vehicles sold. YOY, CX-5 sales were up 47.9 percent (7,721 vehicles sold in December 2014). CY2015 was the first time CX-5 eclipsed more than 100,000 (111,450) sales and it was the best-selling Mazda in the United States for the CY. Mazda's all-new CX-3 sold 1,663 vehicles. This is CX-3's best month of sales since it launched in August. Continued sales success of the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata resulted in the best December since 2007, with 706 vehicles sold representing an increase of 86.8 percent YOY. The 2016 MX-5 launched in July. Total CY2015 sales were 8,591, the best total sales since 2008. Mazda3 had its best December since 2012 with 9,838 vehicles sold, an increase of 1.2 percent YOY. Total CY2015 sales equals 107,885, the best since 2012. CY2015 sales for Mazda6 were 57,897, the best calendar year of sales since 2006. As the company's sixth-generation of vehicle sales grow so does SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. Mazda's no-compromise solution to driving performance and fuel efficiency has proven to be an affordable and beneficial solution for consumers. In December 2015, 94.1 percent of Mazdas sold were equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) December sales of 3,391 vehicles, down 10.0 percent YOY.
  21. The end of another year is upon us and I’m in the process of picking my favorite vehicles from the year. But before we get to that, I need to give some vehicles their time in the review spotlight. Trying to crank a review or a two a week is a hard task for some folks, myself included. I tend to spend a week with a vehicle, driving it in my daily routine, taking notes and photos, and hopefully beginning the review before the vehicle leaves. But that last part is the thickest part as it doesn’t always work out because of life. Whether it's a personal or family emergency, vacation, changes in work, or just being distracted, life always finds a way to get in and mess up whatever you are trying to do. Towards the end of every year, I have a small number of vehicles that have fallen between the cracks and are just waiting for me to find them and write something up. This year is no different as seven vehicles have been waiting patiently for their turn and their time has come. We're going to be looking at the first four of the seven. For this piece, I’ll be listing the good and bad of each vehicle, along with some notes that I took on each vehicle. 2016 Acura ILX A-Spec 2.4L 16-Valve, DOHC i-VTEC Four-Cylinder (201 Horsepower, 180 Pound-Feet of Torque) Eight-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Base/As-Tested: $31,830/$32,830 Cheers: Excellent handling in the corners, improved styling, large back seat Jeers: Engine has to be worked hard, a large amount of wind and road noise, bouncy ride, questionable material choice, poor value when compared to competitors. Notes: Acura went back to the drawing board this year with the ILX in an effort to fix the slumping sales of the model. Some of the fixes do make a difference such as a new front clip and headlights that give some much need aggression. Inside, a set of leather and suede seats add a nice touch and provide good comfort. It should be noted the seats come with the A-Spec package. The engine lineup which included a 2.0L, 2.4L, and hybrid has been simplified to just the 2.4 with 201 horsepower. This eliminates one of the big problems for the ILX of being too slow if you opted for the hybrid or 2.0L. One item that Acura didn’t mess with was the handling. The ILX is a sweetheart around corners as it provides minimal body roll and excellent steering. Acura also made sure that the ILX’s suspension was compliant when dealing with bumps on a day-to-day basis, something it does very well. Sadly, that is where the good points of the ILX end. Despite Acura’s attempt on improving the ILX’s interior, it looks and in some parts, feels like the Civic that it is based on. Not something you want to be said since this vehicle competes in the same class as the Audi A3 and Buick Verano, both with impressive interiors. The 2.4L has the power to compete with the vehicles in the class. But to access this power, you’ll need to be working the engine somewhat hard - around 3,000 to 4,000 rpm. This would be ok if the ILX had a six-speed manual. But Acura dropped it for this year, replacing it with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. There isn’t anything wrong with the dual-clutch transmission, it’s quite smooth and doesn’t hesitate when going up or down. But it makes working the engine to its fullest, boring and not joyful. But the biggest problem for the ILX is the price. This particular ILX came with an as-tested price of $32,830 and that doesn’t include one of the huge changes for the model, a load of additional safety equipment. Acura added a number of safety systems such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, and road departure mitigation. To get all of this, you need to either get the ILX Technology Plus ($32,990) or the ILX Technology Plus and A-Spec ($34,890). Around that price, you could get yourself into a well-equipped Buick Verano Turbo with much more amenities and better performance. 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 3.2L 24-Valve VVT V6 (271 Horsepower, 239 Pound-Feet of Torque) Nine-Speed Automatic Base/As-Tested: $30,395/$36,869 Cheers: Sharp Looks, Very Capable Off-Road, V6 Performance Jeers: Ninth-Gear Seems Non-Existent, Price-Tag, Annoying Stop-Start System Notes: In my original review of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, I said that I was very impressed as Jeep made the leap from a boxy, go-anywhere SUV to sharp looking crossover with some Jeep DNA still there. But I wasn’t as impressed with the nine-speed automatic as it shuddered through the first three gears and wouldn’t go into ninth. At the time, I put the Cherokee on the wait and see list. A year has passed and another Cherokee has come in for a review. This particular Cherokee is the top of the line Trailhawk and it features a number of changes to make it a ‘Trail-Rated’ model by Jeep. Outside are a set of tow hooks on the front and rear bumper to pull out the vehicle if it gets stuck. A set seventeen-inch aluminum wheels come wrapped in meaty all-terrain tires to get you through whatever muck you decide to go through. Done up in a sharp red, the Cherokee Trailhawk makes no apologies of what its intended purpose is - going off-road. Under the skin, the Cherokee Trailhawk comes with Jeep Active Drive II. This four-wheel drive system is quite advanced as it offers a low-range setting for rock crawling and a rear lock to improve traction. Other changes for the Trailhawk include an off-road suspension with a one-inch lift, skid plates, and a 56:1 crawl ratio. We did some light off-roading on a dirt trail and found the Trailhawk to very capable as the four-wheel drive kept power flowing to us moving. Also, the suspension provided a very comfortable ride over the trail. Power for the Trailhawk comes from the optional 3.2L V6 with 271 horsepower and 239 pound-feet. This engine feels plenty powerful for any situation that it is thrown at it. It also very refined during acceleration and at cruise. One part of the engine we aren’t keen on is the stop-start system. We found it be somewhat annoying as the engine wouldn’t always shut off, despite our foot planted firmly on the brake pedal. We mostly left it off for the majority of the week. As for the nine-speed automatic, it has been cleaned up for the most part. Gone is the shuddering we experienced in our first Cherokee, replaced by smooth and crisp shifts. Still, the transmission was very hesitant to go into ninth gear. We drove about 50 miles on the freeway at a 70 MPH cruise to see if it would go into ninth and no luck. At least, the ride is smooth and refined, even with the off-road tires. The big problem for the Cherokee Trailhawk is the price. The base model will set you back $30,395. Our test Trailhawk with a few options such as the V6, navigation, and a couple of other packages to reach an as-tested price of $36,869. That is a lot of money for a small crossover. But considering the number of changes to make the Trailhawk a very capable model, we think that for some folks who want the capability of something like a Wrangler, but with a bit more comfort should give this model a look. Everyone else should stick with the Latitude or Altitude models. 2016 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5L Skyactiv-G Four-Cylinder (184 Horsepower, 185 Pound-Feet of Torque) Six-Speed Automatic Base/As-Tested: $26,465/$28,835 Cheers: Improved Dash Makes Huge Difference, New Infotainment System, Performance and Fuel Economy, Excellent Handling Jeers: Road and Wind Noise are still in abundance Notes: It seems every time we get into the CX-5, Mazda has done some sort of change to it. The last time we drove a CX-5, it came with the new 2.5L version of the Skyactiv-G four-cylinder. The 2016 model fixes two of the biggest complaints we had in previous CX-5’s; the plain dashboard and poor infotainment system. We’ll start with the dash. First seen in the 2016 Mazda6, the dashboard looks more premium thanks to improved materials and new shapes. The new dash also brings in Mazda Connect, the latest infotainment system. This system is a huge improvement over the old system in terms of overall performance and usability. We didn’t have the issue of the navigation system showing you traveling on a different than the one you were on like we did in the 6. The CX-5 is still a joy to drive thanks to the 2.5L Skyactiv-G four-cylinder providing more than enough power for any situation and the chassis that provides superb handling in the corners. One issue we hope Mazda addresses in the future is noise isolation. There is still an abundance of wind and road noise entering the cabin. The 2016 Mazda CX-5 shows the continual improvement that the Japanese automaker has been doing is making it a better vehicle. 2015 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring 3.5L DOHC 24-Valve Dual VVT-i V6 (268 Horsepower, 248 Pound-Feet of Torque) Six-Speed Automatic Base/As-Tested: $36,080/$37,130 Cheers: Stylish Look, Powerful V6, Upscale Interior, Excellent Fuel Economy Jeers: Sporty ride may turn off some buyers Notes: I came away very impressed when I drove the Avalon Hybrid a couple years ago. The combination of sharp styling, sporty ride, and amazing fuel economy made me pick this as one of my favorite vehicles of that year. But would the regular Avalon receive the same praise? Mostly. The Avalon is still one the sharpest looking full-size sedans with a low-slung front end, narrow grille, and coupe-like roofline. The interior is much the same as the hybrid with loads of space for both front and rear seat passengers, comfortable leather seats, and a impressive design with quality materials used throughout. Unlike the hybrid, our XLE Touring came with the smaller seven-inch Entune infotainment system. It still is easy to use and quick to respond whenever you touch the screen or one of the capacitive touch buttons. Power comes from a 3.5L V6 which is used in a number of other Toyota and Lexus products. Horsepower is rated at 268 and torque is rated at 248 pound-feet. The engine is quite a peach as speed comes on at a very quick rate. But the engine is also quiet during acceleration, making a perfect highway companion. In the corners, the Avalon displays a level of athleticism not seen in other full-size sedans. Body roll is kept in check and the steering provides decent weight. This does mean the Avalon isn’t as comfortable as competitors as some bumps do make their way into the interior. Disclaimer: Acura, Jeep, Mazda, and Toyota Provided the vehicles, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
  22. Mazda's North American office will be getting a new CEO early next year, and he believes that crossovers will bring good things to the brand. Masahiro Moro, currently Mazda's global sales and marketing executive and soon to be the CEO of Mazda' North American office in January told Automotive News that to build up customer loyalty and profits for the brand, they would need to increase sales of their crossovers. Currently, Mazda relies heavily on the Mazda3 for sales in North America. While popular, margins on the were very tight. Also, customers who bought the 3 tended to go to other makes when getting a new vehicle. "Loyalty is very low historically. With the new-generation product, our focus is how we can treat customers better and keep them loyal," said Moro. By putting more focus on crossovers, Moro explained that it would reduce the reliance on the 3 for sales. It also allows for more profit as crossover buyers tend to go heavy on the options and are likely to return to Mazda to buy another vehicle. "Our opportunity here is to recapture those customers or gain new customers through the crossover vehicles," said Moro. "In light of this, I wish that more than 50 percent of our total [u.S.] sales in two or three years be crossovers." Currently, Mazda has moved 121,622 crossovers through November. That represents 42 percent of total sales in the U.S. of 289,889. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) Click here to view the article
  23. Mazda's North American office will be getting a new CEO early next year, and he believes that crossovers will bring good things to the brand. Masahiro Moro, currently Mazda's global sales and marketing executive and soon to be the CEO of Mazda' North American office in January told Automotive News that to build up customer loyalty and profits for the brand, they would need to increase sales of their crossovers. Currently, Mazda relies heavily on the Mazda3 for sales in North America. While popular, margins on the were very tight. Also, customers who bought the 3 tended to go to other makes when getting a new vehicle. "Loyalty is very low historically. With the new-generation product, our focus is how we can treat customers better and keep them loyal," said Moro. By putting more focus on crossovers, Moro explained that it would reduce the reliance on the 3 for sales. It also allows for more profit as crossover buyers tend to go heavy on the options and are likely to return to Mazda to buy another vehicle. "Our opportunity here is to recapture those customers or gain new customers through the crossover vehicles," said Moro. "In light of this, I wish that more than 50 percent of our total [u.S.] sales in two or three years be crossovers." Currently, Mazda has moved 121,622 crossovers through November. That represents 42 percent of total sales in the U.S. of 289,889. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  24. Mazda Reports Best November Sales Since 1994 with 7.0-Percent Increase IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported November U.S. sales of 22,732 vehicles, representing an increase of 7.0-percent versus last year. Year-to-date (YTD), Mazda has sold 289,890 vehicles, a 3.2-percent increase compared with last year. Key November sales notes: Mazda CX-5 had its best November ever with 8,756 vehicles sold. YOY sales up 21.3 percent (7,220 vehicles sold in November 2014). In its third full month of sales, Mazda's all-new CX-3 sold 1,323 vehicles. The all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata continued its hot streak heading into the cold months with 732 vehicles sold, an increase of 226.8 percent YOY. This represents MX-5's best November sales since 2006 (995 MX-5s sold in November 2006). As the company's sixth-generation of vehicle sales grow so does SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. Mazda's no-compromise solution to driving performance and fuel efficiency has proven to be an affordable and beneficial solution for consumers. In November 2015, 92.3 percent of Mazdas sold were equipped with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) October sales of 2,631 vehicles, down 26.8 percent YOY. Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported November sales of 5,041 vehicles, up 18.0 percent versus last year, making it the best November in MMdM history and the 34th consecutive month of YOY growth. Year-to-date sales for MMdM are up 37.0 percent with 49,174 vehicles sold.
  25. LA Auto Show: 2017 Mazda CX-9

    You might be surprised that the current Mazda CX-9 crossover has been around for close to decade. So it seems right that Mazda has introduced the second-generation CX-9 at the LA Auto Show today. Not surprisingly, the CX-9 follows Mazda's Kodo design language with sharp lines and creases throughout. Think CX-5 in a larger size and you have the design of the CX-9 down. Inside, Mazda is stepping up its game. There is real Japanese rosewood and aluminum accents used throughout the interior, and you can option Nappa leather for the seats. The latest version of Mazda's infotainment system is there, complete with control knob. But the big news for the CX-9 is what's under the hood. A new turbocharged 2.5L Skyactiv-G four-cylinder with 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive system gets the power to the road. Along with the lightweight Skyactiv architecture, the 2017 CX-9 weighs about 287 pounds less than the current model. Mazda says the 2017 CX-9 will hit dealers this coming spring. Source: Mazda Press Release is on Page 2 All-New Mazda CX-9 Three-Row Crossover Debuts at 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show CX-9 offers elevated experience with innovative technologies, new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine and premium, authentic materials When the Mazda CX-9 made its world debut back in 2006, it was an epiphany: A midsize three-row crossover SUV that defied the conventional design cues and cumbersome driving experience expected of vehicles in its class. Despite being a large vehicle, CX-9 is, after all, still a Mazda. CX-9 quickly captivated the automotive industry, winning numerous accolades. Now comes the encore: the latest, grandest expression of KODO—Soul of Motion design yet and the high-end model of Mazda’s new-generation lineup. Its cachet is elevated with a proud front fascia that cascades into crisp lines that flow to the rear. Its interior is nothing short of breathtaking, with available Auburn-colored Nappa leather, Japanese rosewood and aluminum. The focus was on authenticity; an experience rather than simply another commodity conveyance. With the new CX-9, engineers sought to instill driving dynamics befitting of a Mazda—agile handling, tight steering and a responsive, controllable powertrain. To do this, they found smart solutions to keep CX-9’s structure light, yet rigid, with SKYACTIV Technology. They developed a new turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine that delivers instant throttle response, class-leading torque and an estimated around 20-percent increase in fuel- efficiency, based on initial estimates of U.S. EPA testing cycles, making CX-9 among the most efficient vehicles in its class. Just as CX-9 did nine years ago, the second-generation redefines expectations, aiming for no other target than to be uncompromising in any aspect a family may need or an individual may desire. CX-9 Values When developing the 2016 Mazda CX-9, Mazda’s marketing, design and engineering teams surveyed hundreds of previous, current and in-market drivers, developing a vision of how to focus its efforts to create a vehicle around the personal values of those driving it. The driver of CX-9 was seen to be a caring husband or wife, a high-achiever, a busy parent—and, still, an individual with his or her own needs and aspirations. CX-9 was developed to indulge personal desires while satisfying rational needs for a practical, all- weather family vehicle. Values CX-9 drivers desire were found to be: Personal aspiration – A gratifying self-expression that’s as nice to look at and sit in as it is to drive. Effortless transition – Plenty of storage to reduce clutter for families and ease transition between personal, family and professional endeavors. Easy parenting – CX-9’s features, such as its third-row access, were developed so that even children could use them. One second-row seat can even be folded forward while still accommodating a child seat so that it does not have to be removed. Couples retreat – With an intricate design, indulgent interior ambience and fine craftsmanship, CX-9 serves as an atmosphere parents can enjoy, whether they’re ferrying kids to soccer practice or by themselves on a weekend vacation. With those simple core principles in mind, designers, engineers and product planners collaborated in Mazda’s Japanese and North American offices over the next several years to build upon the vision that would become the new CX-9. Attention to Detail From the moment one steps foot into the new CX-9, that person is greeted by an atmosphere of beauty and detail. Even the door jambs are finished with a level of precision that lends an air of sophistication. Once seated, passengers notice a vertically stacked center console with details that wrap around from the dashboard to the rear seats, designed to envelop passengers in comfort and serenity. The fact that there is more than 53 pounds of sound deadening installed below the floor in three sections only complements the calm aesthetic. A sweeping single piece of aluminum adorns the dashboard, emphasizing width, with a forward-angled dashboard that is flanked with Auburn accents in the new, flagship Signature trim level. Satin and polished finishes on the aluminum plinth evoke Japanese craftsmanship and are inspired by Japan’s famous hand-made knives. Further heightening the elegant atmosphere is rosewood trim on the center console and front of the cabin, supplied by a premium guitar-maker. Supple Auburn Nappa leather covers seating surfaces in Signature trim with a modern design and is also evocative of bespoke horse saddles—a subtle nod to Mazda’s Jinba Ittai—“horse and rider as one”— philosophy. Jinba Ittai also represents the notion that drivers should have utter confidence and control in their vehicles. Athletic Stance KODO’s strength lies in proportion—a long hood, swept greenhouse, large wheels and short overhangs convey stability and a contained sense of energy ready to be unleashed. At 199.4 inches (5065mm) long, CX-9 is 1.2 inch (30mm) shorter than its predecessor, but its wheelbase has been stretched 2.2 inches (55mm), benefiting passenger leg room as well as entry to and exit from the rear. CX-9 carries shorter overhangs on both ends—2.3 inches (59mm) shorter up front and 1 inch (25mm) shorter in the rear—with its A-pillars shifted back 3.9 inches (100mm), lengthening its hood and adding a sense of strength through proportions. Housing large wheels— 18 and 20-inch wheels—CX-9’s tapered fenders are pushed to the edge of its body, giving the vehicle a wide, trapezoidal stance. The smooth lines start up front with a bold, five-point grille with double bars. They’re flanked on either side by standard low- and high-beam LED headlights. The bold grille introduces a strong lower body and sleek upper body that elevates KODO, introducing sleek curves that provide a premium appeal in a segment awash with convention. The overall effect is one of purity, simplicity and Japanese beauty. Machine Gray Designed to make CX-9 look as though it were carved from a single ingot of steel, Machine Gray is the newest signature color from Mazda, complementing CX-9’s surfacing. In order to do achieve its look, perfect, blemish-free panels are a necessity, which come as a result of ultra-precise stamping and assembly. Paint is applied in a primer, a black base coat to add depth, the Machine Gray color and, finally, a clear coat—all spaced out such that the paint has time to set in a precisely climate-controlled environment. But that does little to describe the engineering complexity behind such a breathtaking color. Machine Gray has a depth and luster usually reserved for concept vehicles, using principles and processes adopted from lessons learned when developing signature color Soul Red. Additionally, CX-9 will be available in Soul Red, Snowflake White Pearl, Sonic Silver, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue and Titanium Flash (colors may not be available in all markets). Introducing the Turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T Engine Absolute control, absolutely. This is a hallmark of Jinba Ittai. When a driver puts his or her foot down on the accelerator, a vehicle should do what the driver expects, harmoniously working to find the right gear at the right engine rpm to deliver the performance called upon for a given situation. Throughout the SKYACTIV engine series, Mazda has never focused on the numbers that appear in the catalog. Rather, Mazda aims to offer customers a combination of great performance in everyday driving situations and excellent fuel economy. And Mazda’s engine development philosophy is to offer these two factors by combining the right displacement with the simplest configuration of technologies, as best suits each class of vehicle. Based on this philosophy, Mazda’s SKYACTIV engine family has delivered it promise of combined performance and fuel economy, and it continues to do so with the introduction of the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T. But how did Mazda land upon the decision to create this new engine? When Mazda’s engineers set out to design a new engine specifically for CX-9, they looked at how drivers used their vehicles. Customers want effortless acceleration through bountiful torque delivery, so engineers developed the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T with enough power and torque to provide ample acceleration without having to hunt through the gears. Customers also expect top-notch fuel economy—not just on a catalog label, but in the real world, too. Mazda had a clean sheet from which to design a new powerplant. A large- displacement, naturally aspirated engine could deliver instant performance, but it would lack fuel-efficiency. A small-displacement, naturally aspirated engine could deliver fuel- efficiency, but it would sacrifice a premium performance feel. Finally, turbocharged engines often promise both effortless acceleration and high fuel-efficiency, but oftentimes, in the real world, their efficiency is not much better than a larger-displacement engine. Turbocharged engines can also “lag” before their turbocharger spools up, creating a sluggish, disappointing driving sensation when power is called upon. However, Mazda’s latest engine, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, is a realization of excellent real- world and catalog fuel-economy as well as spry acceleration, featuring a host of technological advancements to achieve this goal. One piece of technology is Mazda’s Dynamic Pressure Turbo, the world’s first turbocharger with the ability to vary the degree of exhaust pulsation depending on engine speed. The system routes engine exhaust to the turbocharger’s turbine through smaller ports at low rpm. It works similarly to when one might place his or her thumb on a garden hose, creating a strong amount of pressure through a smaller outlet. This allows the turbocharger to spool up quickly, creating instant boost—up to 1.2 bar (17.4 psi) of pressure. When the engine is in the heart of its rev range, it opens up secondary valves, allowing for greater amounts of exhaust gas to pass through the turbocharger. The system is complemented by the 2.5-liter engine that already benefits from more torque at atmospheric pressure than a comparable 2.0-liter by virtue of its size. Further assisting CX-9 to maximize turbocharger efficiency is a 4-3-1 exhaust. With this setup, the exhaust from the middle two cylinders (2 and 3) is joined into a single port, while the exhausts from the outer cylinders (1 and 4) each have their own ports. These three ports come together at the entrance to the turbocharger’s exhaust side, where there is always one exhaust pulse arriving every 180 degrees of crankshaft rotation. Not only does this very compact manifold keeps the exhaust pulses separate for maximum energy extraction, it also harnesses each exhaust pulse to suck the residual exhaust from the adjacent ports. That only tells so much of the story. In order to increase fuel-efficiency, SKYACTIV-G 2.5T employs the efficient combustion of Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter engine and marries it to a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, which helps prevent burning excessive amounts of fuel when the engine is running at higher temperatures. In many turbocharged cars, heat is controlled through adding more fuel to the combustion chamber; Mazda’s cooled EGR reduces the need for that. While Mazda sees no discernible benefits on regulated test cycles from this technology, it benefits the consumer through real-world gains. The cooled EGR helps bring engine temperatures down from approximately 500 degrees C (932 F) to just over 100 degrees C (212 F), allowing SKYACTIV-G 2.5T to operate with a compression ratio of 10.5:1—one of the highest numbers of any gasoline-powered, turbocharged engine. The net result: 310 lb-ft (420 N-m) of torque at a low 2,000 rpm and 250 horsepower at 5,000 rpm on 93-octane gasoline (227 horsepower on 87-octane gasoline). At 55 mph (88 km/h), a driver needs just 18 horsepower to maintain speed on flat roads with a front- wheel-drive model—a four-horsepower reduction versus the outgoing model, illustrating reduced friction in all parts of the driveline and enhanced aerodynamics. Additionally, as an example of CX-9’s readily available power, in the outgoing CX-9, when a driver needed 90 horsepower at highway speeds, the vehicle would have to downshift from sixth to fourth gear. However, the new CX-9 can more quickly draw upon that power with faster, better-controlled throttle response and stay in sixth gear, allowing for a smoother operation and a greater sense of confidence. When coupled with a weight reduction of over approximately 198 lbs. (90 kg) versus the outgoing model, CX-9 boasts improvements in driver control, chassis dynamics and performance—all leading to a greater sense of confidence from behind the wheel. Lightweight SKYACTIV Technology and NVH Refinement All of Mazda’s sixth-generation vehicles were faced with the program objective of losing weight and increasing efficiency, which would go toward delivering a more engaging driving experience as well. With CX-9, even including safety and rigidity goals, engineers far exceeded objectives—so much that 53 lbs. of sound-deadening mats were added back into the body in for reduced NVH, placing it among the quietest vehicles in its class. In all, the new CX-9 lost approximately 198 lbs. (90 kg) in front-wheel-drive configuration and approximately 287 lbs. (130 kg) when equipped with predictive i-ACTIV AWD. The weight savings allowed Mazda engineers to increase window thickness to 4.8mm and rethink active noise-cancelling technologies, in addition to using simpler, more rigid parts, to reduce noise. At 62 mph (100 km/h), interior noise levels have been reduced by 12 percent from the previous model and road noise levels have been reduced by 2.0 dB. Safety at the Forefront Mazda has been a leader in building safer vehicles through several methods: Provide an optimum driving environment with well-positioned controls, easy-to-read instruments, minimal driver distractions and good visibility. i-ACTIVSENSE, which provides active safety features like Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM). Passive safety, which is designed to make the structure and onboard features such that they protect occupants in the case of an accident. Mazda’s class-leading chassis dynamics and outstanding HMI technologies adhere to Jinba Ittai, advancing the notion of purposeful technology that reduces clutter and improves the driving experience. A lighter, yet more rigid, chassis and straight load-path frame rails integrated into the unibody secure crash protection in the event of a collision and lighter weight improves braking performance with 12.6-inch (320mm) ventilated front disc brakes and 12.8-inch solid rear discs (325mm). Those brakes are unchanged in size from the previous model, but they now have approximately 198 fewer lbs. (90 kg) to halt. CX-9’s i-ACTIVSENSE suite1 features new and notable safety features, including: Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM): Employing a 24 GHz radar on each side of CX-9, ABSM can detect vehicles closing in from as much as 164 ft. (50m) away. Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC): Operating at speeds between 30 km/h to 145 km/h (19 to 90 mph), MRCC uses millimeter wavelength radar to judge the relative speed and distance to the vehicle ahead. In accordance with the target speed set by the driver, the system automatically controls the engine and brakes to maintain the driver-selected vehicle speed and safer following distance, which is also adjustable by the driver. Because the driver does not need to operate the accelerator or brakes while using MRCC, the system relieves some of the burden on long drives. The radar sensor is capable of precise detection from a long distance, so its use allows the system to operate effectively in the rain, in backlit situations, and at night. It is also possible to turn off all of the system’s automatic functions and revert to conventional cruise control should road conditions make this more desirable. Lane-Keep Assist System (LAS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW): Rather than keeping CX-9 centered in a lane between two lines as some systems do, which can cause an unnatural-feeling tug on the steering wheel, LAS, which is available in a Mazda for the first time in the U.S., helps ease CX-9 into turns. Meanwhile, LDW vibrates the steering wheel to warn drivers if they begin to stray from the lane. LAS will employ a progressive approach to assisting users to drive within lanes, but the system will deactivate after warning the driver if it senses he or she has taken his or her hand off the wheel. High Beam Control (HBC): HBC allows users to keep high beams on at all times, dipping them when necessary when a camera built into CX-9 detects headlights from oncoming vehicles or tail lights. The system automatically switches to low beams below 19 mph (30 km/h), when they are unnecessary. Smart City Brake Support (SCBS): Using an near-infrared sensor mounted to the windshield, SCBS operates between 2 and 19 mph (4 and 30 km/h) to apply the brakes in order to lessen the severity of an impending and inescapable collision at up to 20 ft. (6m). Distance Recognition Support System (DRSS) and Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW): Uses a millimeter wavelength radar to display the distance of CX-9 to the vehicle in front of it in a five-step display, encouraging the CX-9 driver to lessen his or her speed if necessary. If distance between vehicles decreases and evasive action is necessary, audible and visual Forward Obstruction Warning signals will indicate that evasive action is needed. Smart Brake Support (SBS): Operates at speeds above 9 mph (15 km/h) to automatically brake in the case of an impending collision. i-ACTIV AWD Predicts Road Conditions for Maximum Stability In 2013 when Mazda introduced its first full-SKYACTIV vehicle, CX-5, it also ushered in its i-ACTIV AWD system that could instantly recognize road conditions and adjust response accordingly. Mazda’s all-wheel-drive system in the previous CX-9 took approximately 10 factors into account, including on-road speed, engine rpm and wheel slip, among others. The information was then fed through the onboard computers that would modulate torque transfer between front and rear axles. i-ACTIV AWD upped the ante, implementing a host of other sensors that were already integrated into vehicles for other functions and channeling the information they presented such as ambient temperature, steering wheel angle, longitudinal grip, brake fluid pressure and even windshield wiper movement. In all, i-ACTIV AWD brings 27 different sensors together to paint a picture of road conditions and direct torque to the rear wheel as necessary, predicting what the driver may face on a slick road in the winter or in heavy rain. i-ACTIV AWD measures road conditions 200 times every second and can adjust power distribution to account for wheel slip even in dry conditions. It can even route power to limit understeer during spirited driving, sending as much as 50 percent of CX-9’s power to the rear wheels through Mazda’s proven six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission. Family Vehicle, Couples Retreat At its core, CX-9 is a family vehicle, with three rows, space for seven passengers and storage for every which item a family may need. To maximize comfort for front-row passengers and space for those in the second row, engineers went to great lengths to redesign the front seats with thinner seatbacks, yet make them more comfortable. For the first time in a Mazda, low-rebound high-damping urethane is used in the seat backs of the front seats as well as the seat cushions. This material transmits desirable feedback from the road surface to the driver, while filtering unpleasant vibrations from rough road surfaces, helping to realize the CX-9’ high-class ride comfort. The same material is used in the cushions of the second row seats as well. To get to the third row, Mazda’s engineers sought to make access so easy that even a child could do it with a single, simple lever. There are two LATCH/ISOFIX mounting points in the second row, with the right-side of the 60/40 split-fold seat having been designed to make it possible to accommodate a child seat staying in place while still allowing passengers third-row access. At the rearmost of CX-9, the electronic module that raises and lowers the liftgate has been made more compact and 2.4 lbs. (1.1 kg) lighter and does not intrude upon cargo space. Two handy storage bins reside underneath the cargo floor for extra storage. CX-9 has “family” covered in spades, but it also offers an ambience of elegance and sophistication for those times when morning school runs or sports practices aren’t a priority. Front passengers are greeted with elegant white LED accent lighting throughout their cabin space, with a backlight accenting the raised console and a spotlight guiding the driver to the center instruments. Coupled with its sporting driving feel, torquey, responsive engine and refined ride, CX-9 is just as good at whisking passengers away to a weekend cabin retreat as it is at kids- shuttling duties. The Heads-Up Cockpit Customers have high expectations for the technology desired in their vehicles, allowing them to connect to the outside world while in the comfort of their car. Conversely, Mazda’s core philosophies center around a focused driving experience, built on what it calls the Heads-up Cockpit design and complementing Jinba Ittai. The resultant point where needs and wants converge helped create MAZDA (MZD) CONNECT, an infotainment suite designed around a distraction-free experience that still allows users to stream music, make hands-free calls and use other internet-based applications. MAZDA CONNECT uses both Bluetooth and cable-based connections via two USB ports accessible to front passengers for functions like Pandora or Aha by Harman music streaming. New CX-9 comes with a seven-inch or eight-inch MAZDA CONNECT touchscreen infotainment system standing front and center for connectivity needs with commander control knob. Using both touchscreen functions when parked and a center-mounted commander control knob when on the move, MAZDA CONNECT intuitively and safety control radio, phone, navigation, diagnostic and phone functions. MAZDA CONNECT also enables voice controls for many functions as well as five shortcut buttons around the commander control for selecting favorite radio channels or enabling specific functions. The driver also has an available 4.6-inch, full-color TFT screen in the gauges for many of these information readouts in addition to Active Driving Display, a full-color head-up display projected onto the lower windshield for readouts from the navigation, cruise control and other functions. In back, passengers have two 2.1-amp USB ports available for charging smartphones or tablets, each mounted in the outboard passenger armrests. Together, the technologies allow an unfettered driving experience while still allowing for the needs and wants of today’s drivers and passengers. Last but not least is the new Bose premium audio system, which is designed to deliver outstanding clarity, image and range. The 12-speaker system—two additional speakers from the previous CX-9’s Bose premium audio system—was benchmarked against stereos from ultra-premium crossover utility vehicles using several different audio formats, including radio and both full and compressed digital formats. The Bose system in CX-9 was designed to be able to take compressed audio formats— often the go-to for many people—and tailor the frequency ranges of the audio files to better-simulate how the music would sound at a concert, with precise imaging and robust quality. Bose sound engineers worked with Mazda’s development team to acoustically tune CX-9’s interior, even going so far to develop silk tweeter covers specifically for CX-9 to make sure sound travels the way it was meant to do so. But not forgetting Mazda’s commitment to lightweight engineering, the entire system was designed to be light, foregoing traditional, heavy magnets in some speakers for neodymium, accommodating for slim packaging while delivering passengers the best experience in all three rows with perfect clarity. A Future of Possibilities CX-9 is scheduled to go on sale in Spring of 2016 in the U.S. CX-9 represents a capstone for the new generation of Mazda cars and crossovers and a high-end model indicating what is to come with innovative powertrains, engaging driving dynamics, premium quality and the evolution of the award-winning KODO—Soul of Motion design ethos. With those qualities, Mazda aims to build the most emotionally stirring, captivating vehicles in the industry, elevating its brand to new heights around the world.