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  1. While some automakers are running away from diesel power, others such as Mazda are jumping into it. Later this year, Mazda will launch a diesel engine for the redesigned CX-5. The company has set an ambitious goal having the diesel engine make up at least 10 percent of U.S. sales of the CX-5. “CX-5 will be a very good indicator for us to understand where we have the opportunity and what kind of people come to buy those new technologies,” said Mazda North American Operations President and CEO Masahiro Moro. When it goes on sale, the diesel engine will only be available on the top-line Grand Touring trim. Moro said the diesel engine could trickle down to other CX-5 trims down the road. But Mazda finds itself entering a marketplace that has become some hostile to diesel vehicles after it was found out that Volkswagen was using illegal software to pass emission tests. Diesel cars has also not been big sellers for most automakers. Moro said the company isn't aiming to “change” consumers’ minds about diesels, but give those who are interested another option. “I don’t intend to change American consumer mindset to diesel. We would like to provide a choice for customers who really appreciate those technologies.” Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  2. While some automakers are running away from diesel power, others such as Mazda are jumping into it. Later this year, Mazda will launch a diesel engine for the redesigned CX-5. The company has set an ambitious goal having the diesel engine make up at least 10 percent of U.S. sales of the CX-5. “CX-5 will be a very good indicator for us to understand where we have the opportunity and what kind of people come to buy those new technologies,” said Mazda North American Operations President and CEO Masahiro Moro. When it goes on sale, the diesel engine will only be available on the top-line Grand Touring trim. Moro said the diesel engine could trickle down to other CX-5 trims down the road. But Mazda finds itself entering a marketplace that has become some hostile to diesel vehicles after it was found out that Volkswagen was using illegal software to pass emission tests. Diesel cars has also not been big sellers for most automakers. Moro said the company isn't aiming to “change” consumers’ minds about diesels, but give those who are interested another option. “I don’t intend to change American consumer mindset to diesel. We would like to provide a choice for customers who really appreciate those technologies.” Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  3. Mazda is already known for building vehicles that are fun to drive and is garnering one for their distinctive designs. One area that Mazda might not get a lot of credit is the constant improvements they make to their lineup. Take for example the Mazda6 sedan. Since its launch back in 2013 as a 2014 model, Mazda has been updating the 6 with new improvements and features to make it better. For example, when we drove the 2016 Mazda6 back in 2015, it featured new dashboard and infotainment system that made it more pleasant to be in. For 2017, Mazda has introduced two big changes for 6 - one dealing with handling and the other dealing with overall refinement. First up is Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control. This system monitors steering and throttle input (along with a few other things according to the brand), and when it deems necessary, will reduce engine power to shift weight to the front. This is said to improve overall handling in a corner. Here’s the thing, I really can’t tell if this system makes the 2017 Mazda6 a better handler than the previous 6 I drove back in 2015. The model shows the sharp handling characteristics that has made it one of the best driving models in the class with little body roll and steering that feels direct. I would need to drive both a 2016 and 2017 Mazda6 back to back to see if there is a difference. The other improvement for the 2017 Mazda6 will be noticed by anyone going for a ride; a quieter interior. Mazda has added a bit more sound insulation for the 6 and it makes for a more pleasant driving experience. There isn’t as much wind whistle as there was in previous 6s I have driven. You still do get a fair amount of tire noise, but that’s more due to the 19-inch wheels fitted on the Grand Touring. The 19-inch wheels also make the ride slightly rough with various bumps being transmitted clearly to the backsides of you and your passengers. Mazda hasn’t messed with anything else for the 2017 6 and that’s mostly a good thing. It still retains the striking good looks of the outside, especially in this bronze color seen here. The Mazda6’s interior is towards the top of the class with a modern design, high-quality materials, and an easy to understand control layout. The leather seats offer the right amount of comfort for long trips. Those sitting in the back will have no complaints in terms of head and legroom. Under the hood is a 2.5L SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Sport and Touring models get the option of either a six-speed manual or automatic, while the Grand Touring makes due with only the automatic. The engine is a spritely performer with strong acceleration and having the power ready to go when needed. The six-speed is quick when it comes to downshifts. But the transmission does stumble when it comes to upshifts as it is slow to respond when you need that punch of power. At least the automatic transmission does feature paddles on the steering wheel to allow for some manual control to solve this. The continuous updates Mazda makes to the vehicles should be applauded as it helps keep them competitive in light of tougher competition. The 2017 Mazda6 is a key example of this. You might not be able to detect one of the changes made, but the other one us quite noticeable and makes the 6 that much better. Disclaimer: Mazda Provided the 6, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Mazda Model: 6 Trim: Grand Touring Engine: 2.5L DOHC Skyactiv-G Four-Cylinder Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, Six-Speed Automatic Horsepower @ RPM: 184 @ 5,700 Torque @ RPM: 185 @ 3,250 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 27/35/30 Curb Weight: 3,305 lbs Location of Manufacture: Hofu, Japan Base Price: $30,695 As Tested Price: $34,530 (Includes $835.00 Destination Charge) Options: GT Premium Package - $2,500.00 Machine Gray Metallic - $300.00 Door Sill Trim Plates - $125.00 Cargo Mat - $75.00 View full article
  4. Mazda Reports April Sales Mazda CX-5 Compact Crossover SUV Has Best-Ever April Sales IRVINE, Calif., May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations today reported April U.S. sales of 24,164 vehicles, representing a decrease of 7.8 percent versus April of last year. With 26 selling days in April 2017 versus 27 year-over-year in 2016, the adjusted daily sales rate is down 4.2 percent. Year-to-date sales through April are up 2.6 percent versus last year, with 93,235 vehicles sold. Key April sales notes: A mix of both all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUVs and previous-generation models led to the nameplate's best April sales of all time with 11,334 sold. This represents a YOY increase of 28.4 percent during the 2017 CX-5's first full month of sales. The midsize, three-row Mazda CX-9 continues to build momentum, tallying 2,134 sales. This represents CX-9's best April since 2011 when it posted 2,750 sales. MX-5 Miata soft top and MX-5 RF retractable fastback sales continue to be strong, with 1,319 sold, a YOY increase of 21.5 percent. This represents MX-5's best April since 2008 when sales totaled 1,441 MX-5s. Total sales of Mazda's CX crossover SUV line, including the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9, were up 40.5 percent YOY with 14,615 vehicles sold in the month of April. When making purchase decisions regarding crossover SUVs, a majority of Mazda customers continue to choose the AWD option, with 62.1 percent of CX-line vehicles sold in April being equipped with predictive i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date April April % % MTD April April % % YTD 2017 2016 Change DSR 2017 2016 Change DSR Mazda2 - 3 (100.0)% (100.0)% - 3 (100.0)% (100.0)% Mazda3 5,980 10,722 (44.2)% (42.1)% 26,586 32,855 (19.1)% (19.9)% Mazda5 1 54 (98.1)% (98.1)% 6 259 (97.7)% (97.7)% Mazda6 2,249 3,929 (42.8)% (40.6)% 12,941 14,212 (8.9)% (9.8)% MX-5 Miata 1,319 1,086 21.5% 26.1% 4,701 3,495 34.5% 33.2% CX-3 1,147 1,504 (23.7)% (20.8)% 4,861 6,421 (24.3)% (25.0)% CX-5 11,334 8,826 28.4% 33.4% 35,708 32,433 10.1% 9.0% CX-9 2,134 71 2905.6% 3021.2% 8,432 1,161 626.3% 619.1% Total Vehicles CARS 9,549 15,794 (39.5)% (37.2)% 44,234 50,824 (13.0)% (13.8)% TRUCKS 14,615 10,401 40.5% 45.9% 49,001 40,015 22.5% 21.2% TOTAL 24,164 26,195 (7.8)% (4.2)% 93,235 90,838 2.6% 1.6% Selling Days 26 27 101 100
  5. G. David Felt - Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.cheersandgears.com Rotary Powered Hybrid from Mazda? According to Autoblog web site, Mazda has filed new patents that would use a single piston rotary generator to power an electric fwd hybrid auto. Mazda first brought this idea up in 2015 when they showed off their Mazda2 RE Range-Extender auto. This was powered by a 330CC rotary generator. This auto was patented but seemed to just go quiet. Two years later, Mazda has updated their patents and now seems to want to push this out globally on their product line. The design of this auto's hybrid system seems to mirror the BMW i3 range extended auto. Thanks to the small size of the Rotary motor, this allows expanded space for a battery pack. Per the story, the rotary's strength is how small, quiet and smooth this engine runs which is a big benefit over small piston engines. They also state how they will close the intake port so there is no fuel or exhaust leaks leading to better fuel economy and emissions which is two known weaknesses of rotary engines. Over all, the patent filings and updates would imply the roomy benefits of an EV but with the range benefits of the Volt. Instant torque for quick Zoom Zoom driving in a quiet package that will challange them all.
  6. Mazda Sales Increase 4.9 Percent in March Fourth-Generation MX-5 Miata Records Best-Ever Sales Month IRVINE, Calif., April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations today reported March U.S. sales of 24,549 vehicles, representing an increase of 4.9 percent versus March of last year. With an equal amount of selling days in 2017 as in 2016, year-to-date sales through March are up 6.8 percent versus last year, with 69,071 vehicles sold. Key March sales notes: The Mazda MX-5 posted its best March since 2008 with 1,345 vehicles sold. Combined MX-5 RF and soft top sales are up 23.4 percent year-over-year, representing the fourth-generation MX-5's best-ever sales month since going on sale in June 2015. Mazda CX-9 roared to an impressive March, recording 2,550 sales. With a 2079.5-percent YOY increase, this represents CX-9's best March since 2013. Sales of the outgoing 2016.5 CX-5 recorded a modest 5.5-percent decline with 8,470 vehicles sold. The all-new 2017 CX-5 began arriving at dealerships nationwide during the last week in March. Total sales of Mazda's CX crossover SUV line, including the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9, were up 13.3 percent YOY with 12,271 vehicles sold in the month of March. When making purchase decisions regarding crossover SUVs, a majority of Mazda customers continue to choose the AWD option, with 62.2 percent of CX-line vehicles sold in March being equipped with predictive i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date March March % % MTD March March % % YTD 2017 2016 Change DSR 2017 2016 Change DSR Mazda2 - - N/A N/A - - N/A N/A Mazda3 7,137 7,307 (2.3)% (2.3)% 20,606 22,133 (6.9)% (6.9)% Mazda5 2 75 (97.3)% (97.3)% 5 205 (97.6)% (97.6)% Mazda6 3,794 4,094 (7.3)% (7.3)% 10,692 10,283 4.0% 4.0% MX-5 Miata 1,345 1,090 23.4% 23.4% 3,382 2,409 40.4% 40.4% CX-3 1,251 1,748 (28.4)% (28.4)% 3,714 4,917 (24.5)% (24.5)% CX-5 8,470 8,965 (5.5)% (5.5)% 24,374 23,607 3.2% 3.2% CX-9 2,550 117 2079.5% 2079.5% 6,298 1,090 477.8% 477.8% Total Vehicles CARS 12,278 12,566 (2.3)% (2.3)% 34,685 35,030 (1.0)% (1.0)% TRUCKS 12,271 10,830 13.3% 13.3% 34,386 29,614 16.1% 16.1% TOTAL 24,549 23,396 4.9% 4.9% 69,071 64,644 6.8% 6.8% Selling Days 27 27 75 75
  7. Mazda is already known for building vehicles that are fun to drive and is garnering one for their distinctive designs. One area that Mazda might not get a lot of credit is the constant improvements they make to their lineup. Take for example the Mazda6 sedan. Since its launch back in 2013 as a 2014 model, Mazda has been updating the 6 with new improvements and features to make it better. For example, when we drove the 2016 Mazda6 back in 2015, it featured new dashboard and infotainment system that made it more pleasant to be in. For 2017, Mazda has introduced two big changes for 6 - one dealing with handling and the other dealing with overall refinement. First up is Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control. This system monitors steering and throttle input (along with a few other things according to the brand), and when it deems necessary, will reduce engine power to shift weight to the front. This is said to improve overall handling in a corner. Here’s the thing, I really can’t tell if this system makes the 2017 Mazda6 a better handler than the previous 6 I drove back in 2015. The model shows the sharp handling characteristics that has made it one of the best driving models in the class with little body roll and steering that feels direct. I would need to drive both a 2016 and 2017 Mazda6 back to back to see if there is a difference. The other improvement for the 2017 Mazda6 will be noticed by anyone going for a ride; a quieter interior. Mazda has added a bit more sound insulation for the 6 and it makes for a more pleasant driving experience. There isn’t as much wind whistle as there was in previous 6s I have driven. You still do get a fair amount of tire noise, but that’s more due to the 19-inch wheels fitted on the Grand Touring. The 19-inch wheels also make the ride slightly rough with various bumps being transmitted clearly to the backsides of you and your passengers. Mazda hasn’t messed with anything else for the 2017 6 and that’s mostly a good thing. It still retains the striking good looks of the outside, especially in this bronze color seen here. The Mazda6’s interior is towards the top of the class with a modern design, high-quality materials, and an easy to understand control layout. The leather seats offer the right amount of comfort for long trips. Those sitting in the back will have no complaints in terms of head and legroom. Under the hood is a 2.5L SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine with 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Sport and Touring models get the option of either a six-speed manual or automatic, while the Grand Touring makes due with only the automatic. The engine is a spritely performer with strong acceleration and having the power ready to go when needed. The six-speed is quick when it comes to downshifts. But the transmission does stumble when it comes to upshifts as it is slow to respond when you need that punch of power. At least the automatic transmission does feature paddles on the steering wheel to allow for some manual control to solve this. The continuous updates Mazda makes to the vehicles should be applauded as it helps keep them competitive in light of tougher competition. The 2017 Mazda6 is a key example of this. You might not be able to detect one of the changes made, but the other one us quite noticeable and makes the 6 that much better. Disclaimer: Mazda Provided the 6, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Mazda Model: 6 Trim: Grand Touring Engine: 2.5L DOHC Skyactiv-G Four-Cylinder Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, Six-Speed Automatic Horsepower @ RPM: 184 @ 5,700 Torque @ RPM: 185 @ 3,250 Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 27/35/30 Curb Weight: 3,305 lbs Location of Manufacture: Hofu, Japan Base Price: $30,695 As Tested Price: $34,530 (Includes $835.00 Destination Charge) Options: GT Premium Package - $2,500.00 Machine Gray Metallic - $300.00 Door Sill Trim Plates - $125.00 Cargo Mat - $75.00
  8. Later this month, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 will begin arriving at dealers in the U.S. Before this happens, Mazda has revealed the pricing for the upcoming crossover. The base CX-5 Sport will carry a price tag of $24,985 (includes a $940 destination charge). All CX-5s will come equipped with a 2.5L SkyActiv-G four-cylinder and six-speed automatic (sorry, no manual transmission is on offer for this generation). The 2.5 produces 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard, while Mazda's i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system adds $1,300 to the base price. The CX-5 Sport comes decently equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, Smart City Brake Support, 7-inch color touchscreen with Mazda Connect, push-button start, and power accessories. The CX-5 Touring ($26,855) adds blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, six-way power driver's seat, keyless entry, and auto-leveling LED headlights. Wrapping up the CX-5 lineup is the Grand Touring ($30,335). This model features full LED lighting outside, 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar, rain-sensing wipers, and heated exterior mirrors. Options for the CX-5 include navigation, Bose audio system, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, radar cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Source: Mazda Press Release is on Page 2 2017 MAZDA CX-5 PRICED FROM MSRP OF $24,045 Mazda’s Best-Selling Compact Crossover SUV a Remarkable Value with Segment-Exclusive Standard and Available Technologies IRVINE, Calif. (March 8, 2017) – The previous Mazda CX-5 ended its tenure as a compact crossover SUV segment favorite, winning the praise of automotive critics and the hearts of consumers. CX-5 became Mazda’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. Its successor, the all-new 2017 CX-5, will arrive in late March at dealerships nationwide with a starting MSRP of $24,045, building on the momentum that has made the model an unequivocal hit. The 2017 CX-5 hits a sweet spot in the compact crossover SUV segment for its refinement, quality, craftsmanship, design, efficiency, safety and dynamics among a long list of other reasons. No matter which trim level is selected, CX-5 also represents a remarkable value. The entry CX-5 Sport trim features 17-inch alloy wheels, black cloth-upholstered seats, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, pushbutton starter, LED headlights, variable intermittent windshield wipers, carpeted floor mats, a 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat, Smart City Brake Support and power door locks. Additionally, CX-5 comes standard with MAZDA CONNECTTM, which pairs a 7-inch color touchscreen- and Commander-control-knob-operated infotainment display that incorporates AM/FM/HD radio, vehicle diagnostics, a backup camera, Bluetooth phone and audio integration and two USB ports for phone connectivity and charging. CX-5 Touring adds a six-way power driver’s seat, leatherette seating surfaces with Lux Suede inserts, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated front seats, rear privacy glass, auto-leveling LED headlights, a six-speaker audio system, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear center armrest, rear HVAC vents, dual-zone climate control, rear USB ports and a reclining rear bench seat. Further building on CX-5 Touring is the Preferred Equipment Package, which includes a BOSE® 10-speaker audio system with CenterPoint 2 and AudioPilot 2, a power glass moonroof, power liftgate, navigation, auto-dimming mirrors with Homelink and auto on/off headlights. Customers can also opt for the Touring i-ACTIVSENSE Package on top of the Preferred Equipment Package, adding High Beam Control, Lane-Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart Brake Support. Adding greater levels of equipment yet is CX-5 Grand Touring, adopting black or parchment leather seating surfaces, 19-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, SiriusXM satellite radio, rain-sensing wipers and heated exterior mirrors. Other additions include Adaptive Front-lighting system, LED fog lights and LED tail lights. Finally, CX-5 Grand Touring’s Premium Package comes with a windshield-projected Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition, a power front passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel and windshield wiper de-icer. All models come standard with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine and six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive available on all trim levels. MSRP FOR ALL MODELS IS AS FOLLOWS: Model/Trim Package Front-Wheel Drive i-ACTIV AWD CX-5 Sport $24,045 $25,345 CX-5 Touring $25,915 $27,215 •Touring Preferred Equipment Package $780 $780 •Touring i-ACTIVSENSE Package $625 $625 CX-5 Grand Touring $29,395 $30,695 •Grand Touring Premium Package $1,830 $1,830 AVAILABLE PREMIUM PAINT COLORS: Soul Red Crystal $595 Machine Gray Metallic (CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring models only) $300 Snowflake White Pearl Mica $200
  9. Later this month, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 will begin arriving at dealers in the U.S. Before this happens, Mazda has revealed the pricing for the upcoming crossover. The base CX-5 Sport will carry a price tag of $24,985 (includes a $940 destination charge). All CX-5s will come equipped with a 2.5L SkyActiv-G four-cylinder and six-speed automatic (sorry, no manual transmission is on offer for this generation). The 2.5 produces 187 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard, while Mazda's i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system adds $1,300 to the base price. The CX-5 Sport comes decently equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, Smart City Brake Support, 7-inch color touchscreen with Mazda Connect, push-button start, and power accessories. The CX-5 Touring ($26,855) adds blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, six-way power driver's seat, keyless entry, and auto-leveling LED headlights. Wrapping up the CX-5 lineup is the Grand Touring ($30,335). This model features full LED lighting outside, 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar, rain-sensing wipers, and heated exterior mirrors. Options for the CX-5 include navigation, Bose audio system, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, radar cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. Source: Mazda Press Release is on Page 2 2017 MAZDA CX-5 PRICED FROM MSRP OF $24,045 Mazda’s Best-Selling Compact Crossover SUV a Remarkable Value with Segment-Exclusive Standard and Available Technologies IRVINE, Calif. (March 8, 2017) – The previous Mazda CX-5 ended its tenure as a compact crossover SUV segment favorite, winning the praise of automotive critics and the hearts of consumers. CX-5 became Mazda’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. Its successor, the all-new 2017 CX-5, will arrive in late March at dealerships nationwide with a starting MSRP of $24,045, building on the momentum that has made the model an unequivocal hit. The 2017 CX-5 hits a sweet spot in the compact crossover SUV segment for its refinement, quality, craftsmanship, design, efficiency, safety and dynamics among a long list of other reasons. No matter which trim level is selected, CX-5 also represents a remarkable value. The entry CX-5 Sport trim features 17-inch alloy wheels, black cloth-upholstered seats, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, pushbutton starter, LED headlights, variable intermittent windshield wipers, carpeted floor mats, a 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat, Smart City Brake Support and power door locks. Additionally, CX-5 comes standard with MAZDA CONNECTTM, which pairs a 7-inch color touchscreen- and Commander-control-knob-operated infotainment display that incorporates AM/FM/HD radio, vehicle diagnostics, a backup camera, Bluetooth phone and audio integration and two USB ports for phone connectivity and charging. CX-5 Touring adds a six-way power driver’s seat, leatherette seating surfaces with Lux Suede inserts, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated front seats, rear privacy glass, auto-leveling LED headlights, a six-speaker audio system, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear center armrest, rear HVAC vents, dual-zone climate control, rear USB ports and a reclining rear bench seat. Further building on CX-5 Touring is the Preferred Equipment Package, which includes a BOSE® 10-speaker audio system with CenterPoint 2 and AudioPilot 2, a power glass moonroof, power liftgate, navigation, auto-dimming mirrors with Homelink and auto on/off headlights. Customers can also opt for the Touring i-ACTIVSENSE Package on top of the Preferred Equipment Package, adding High Beam Control, Lane-Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart Brake Support. Adding greater levels of equipment yet is CX-5 Grand Touring, adopting black or parchment leather seating surfaces, 19-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, SiriusXM satellite radio, rain-sensing wipers and heated exterior mirrors. Other additions include Adaptive Front-lighting system, LED fog lights and LED tail lights. Finally, CX-5 Grand Touring’s Premium Package comes with a windshield-projected Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition, a power front passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel and windshield wiper de-icer. All models come standard with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine and six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive available on all trim levels. MSRP FOR ALL MODELS IS AS FOLLOWS: Model/Trim Package Front-Wheel Drive i-ACTIV AWD CX-5 Sport $24,045 $25,345 CX-5 Touring $25,915 $27,215 •Touring Preferred Equipment Package $780 $780 •Touring i-ACTIVSENSE Package $625 $625 CX-5 Grand Touring $29,395 $30,695 •Grand Touring Premium Package $1,830 $1,830 AVAILABLE PREMIUM PAINT COLORS: Soul Red Crystal $595 Machine Gray Metallic (CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring models only) $300 Snowflake White Pearl Mica $200 View full article
  10. G. David Felt Staff Writer Alternative Energy - www.CheersandGears.com Mazda CX-9, 812 miles, 5 adults, 8 days, 7 nights, Grade = D- 25 years of Marriage is what started this lovely 8 days, 7 nights week for the family. Wife wanted to celebrate with the kids in a warm place. Answer was to trade in our time share condo for a time share condo on Kona at Aston Shores at Waikoloa (http://www.astonshoresatwaikoloa.com/). With the wife asking for a perfect week, I went ahead and got our place, made a reservation for a full size SUV, which sadly I could not get with Enterprise or Hertz as they both were out of stock, crazy but being married on Dec 24th does make auto rental in desirable places like the Hawaiian islands hard to find. I was able to reserve one with Budget rental who said they had a full size available for our trip. We arrived flying in on a direct flight with Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Kona, got our baggage and then off to Budget at 10pm to pick up our auto rental. Upon arriving, was met by a polite nice young woman, who checked me in, told me I would have a Mazda CX9. Due to my past experiences with Asian auto's, I did ask if they had an American suv? Sadly for Kona Budget uses Mazda as their only SUV's, so CX9 it would be. We walked out to the auto, it was the only one left in the SUV section, loaded up our luggage, got into the auto and I hit my head as I got in and off to our condo for the week. The next morning, as everyone was unpacking as we just crashed after our flight and slept, I went out to check out the Mazda. Realized that Budget does a terrible job of cleaning the auto's. Garbage was left in the center arm rest, the back door pockets had garbage in it and the interior clearly needed a wipe down. Off I went to get some paper towels and cleaned up the auto before the wife and kids saw it. Once the interior was all cleaned up, I went back in see if everyone was ready to head off to Costco to buy staples for the week when we just chill around the resort versus exploring the island. First thing I noticed is that my hitting of the head last night when we arrived was not just me being tired on a 6 1/2 hr flight. But was a piss poor design by Mazda on the CX9. My wife who is 5'8" tall had to do the same thing as me, face away from the car, place your butt in the seat and partially bent over swing into the auto. After you get past the A pillar you can sit up straight and there is plenty of head room. In fact everyone that sat in the front seats except Kay my sons girlfriend of 4 years had to do the same thing. My son and Daughter are also both 5'8" tall compared to Kay who is only 5'2" tall. Next thing is that what I thought was someone turning down the dash lights was actually not it at all but Mazda not putting any lights in the door lock or all the window buttons. Only a single light dot was on the drivers window. At night on an island that does not have bright street lights to allow the view the space to show up, finding your door locks or windows buttons is a pain. I know every maker puts basic controls on either side of the steering wheel, but Mazda really has a strange layout compared to GM, Ford or Dodge. Yes everyone has a different take on this but after all these years, some things should be consistent across all auto's. Example is the windshield wipers and rear window wiper, which should be first on the stick? I say front windshield wipers and yet Mazda felt rear should be. After checking the lights, getting myself all set for driving, we loaded up to head out for our first day of fun. The Radio / Nav system has a Bluetooth option. My son said he would connect his phone so I could hear the navigation for where we were going first for breakfast and to stream Pandora. Sadly their Bluetooth SUCKS! takes about 1 1/2 to 2 miles of driving before the system is sync'd and working, was this way all week, at least it did work once it sync'd. I did think maybe this was an Apple to Mazda issue, but after testing it with my wife's and my own Android phones, experience was the same. Sucky Bluetooth connection and reading of the device. Pandora was actually better being streamed from my sons phone than from the auto system as there was much delay and pause on the auto system but everything played fine on the cell phone. Off and driving around Kona, first thing noticed by the family was the auto let allot of wind and road noise in. Definitely not my Trailblazer for sure which is much quieter inside. Observation was that while once the radio / Nav was up and working, the angle of it in the auto in a very sunny place makes the screen pretty much useless unless you use your hand or some other item to shade the display. Backup camera worked fine, very reliable but their fish-eye lens really distorts the view. Using your shoulder checks shows two blind spots in the rear making you want to check the camera but again distorted, so was cautious of backing out, pretty much always backed into places so I could easily get out of them. Corners, I have always prided myself on knowing my corners of an auto, yet this design of the Mazda really sucks for your corners, after a day of driving, I did figure out just how far I had to be to be in tight but not hit anything. Lucky for me, I never caused damage on any of the auto. Rain, WOW, So by our resort we were in the mid to upper 80's and sunny the whole time, from about 4000 to 9000 feet the island would have rain on and off and boy was it heavy. Two things noticed that the wife was not happy about nor was I, was that even on the fastest speed the windshield did not clear the rain away very well, bothered her more than me, after all heavy rain, but even in lite rain this other really bothered me and is a safety fail. The way the design of the auto is with the side mirrors, the rain makes the side mirrors unusable. I could see nothing out the mirrors as the water comes off the front windshield and smears across the side mirrors and pretty much makes those little mirrors useless. Not a good design at all. Seats, after our first day in the CX9, the kids let me know that the back seat was hard and not comfy for more than an hour of driving. The front bucket seats while having good side support and for a person as big as me was fine, for my more petite wife, she and the kids when they sat in the front all felt like they were sitting in a Toilet falling through. Very uncomfortable bucket seat. On top of this, only the drivers seat has full electronic control so I could have it go down to the floor, the front passenger seat was set very high and so you only had back and forth and low back support. Very limited, why not have the front seat equal to the drivers. Made no sense and the one time I tried to sit in the front, it was impossible, the setting of the seat was too high for me. All around failure. 3rd row seat was nice folding flat into the floor, but two poor designs, again head rest were manual as they had to be folded down and then you had to pull the 2nd row seats forward to allow you to put up or down the third row seat. Kay said it was the same comfort as the second row and for her plenty of space but then she is only 5'2" tall and very petite. Engine, WOW, Yes on Kona you have 3 mountains, 1 that is spewing lava, very cool to visit and see, above 9000 feet they had snow after snow storm so was able to snorkel / scuba in the morning and ski in the afternoon. Why do I bring this up, simple the engine really leaves a ton to be desired. average for the week was 16.8 mpg in a FWD CUV. Sucky no way to put it for this auto, worse yet was unless you kept it revved above 4500 rpm, any minor hill caused you to loose speed fast. Driving up to the Observation scopes was very tricky as it was a dirt road with snow and traction just sucked. Not what I was expecting. So according to Mazda this is a 227HP motor on regular gas or 250 on premium. I only used regular the whole time and should have gotten 22/28/25 average of City/Highway/Combined and yet did not matter, 16.8 is what the auto reported to me as average MPG. I was filling up every other day, plus who ever thought hiding the fuel filler door release on the left side of the drivers seat under the seat was cool is an idiot. Not easy to get too. Lighting, Interior left much to be desired as places I would expect lights to be the auto had none, places that should be easy to read where not, only the drivers dash and nav system would give you clear visible displays, otherwise even the overhead lights left allot to be desired. Mazda says they have key-less illumination entry system, but it never worked on our auto unless the pathetic light they had on each rear view mirror that put out barely any light is what they consider to be this system. Exterior, the headlights are OK, they give you enough light to see the road, but when no other auto's were around I did use the high beams to see the curves better in the road. Door Locks, Mazda says they have speed-sensing auto locking, not sure what it is, but the double click to unlock the auto was slow and most times a third press of the button was needed. Center console, comfy for my arm rest, strange with the dual split opening in the center, you had to open both sides to store anything in it, so not sure why they decided to split such a small center storage arm rest into what is about two 2 1/2 inch wide doors. A single door would be much better. USB ports, sad that all would allow connection to the NAV system but only 1 port in the center arm rest would charge your device and even then only android, apple could not get a charge off the port. Really weird cheap implementation of the USB ports. End Result - The auto was reliable and got us all over the island for 812 miles. Other than that, I really could not find any exciting point that would make me recommend the auto to anyone. My family was happy with our trip, wished we had a better auto. Next time I will reserve much earlier.
  11. Mazda Posts Sales Increase of 5.9 Percent in February Mazda MX-5 Miata Posts Best February Since 2006 IRVINE, Calif. (March 1, 2017) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported February U.S. sales of 22,824 vehicles, representing an increase of 5.9 percent versus February of last year. With an equal amount of selling days in 2017 as in 2016, year-to-date sales through February are up 7.9 percent versus last year, with 44,522 vehicles sold. Key February sales notes: The Mazda MX-5 posted its best February since 2006 with 1,108 vehicles sold. With much of the country posting above-average temperatures in the month of February, sales of the MX-5 grew, marking a year-over-year (YOY) increase of 46 percent. Sales totals for the MX-5 include both the MX-5 soft top and MX-5 RF. As the 2016.5 model year Mazda CX-5 completes its last few months on the showroom floor, sales of the vehicle line remain strong, with 7,836 vehicles sold in the month of February. This number represents an increase of 3.4 percent YOY. The all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 will go on sale in late-March 2017. Sales of the Mazda CX-9 rose 368 percent YOY with 2,157 vehicles sold in the month of February. Total sales of Mazda‘s CX crossover SUV line, including the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9, were up 14.6 percent YOY with 11,272 vehicles sold in the month of February. When making purchase decisions regarding crossover SUVs, Mazda customers continue to choose the AWD option, with 62 percent of CX-line vehicles sold in February being equipped with i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive. Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported February sales of 3,786 vehicles, down 8.5 percent versus February of last year. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date February February % % MTD February February % % YTD 2017 2016 Change DSR 2017 2016 Change DSR Mazda3 6,846 7,275 (5.9)% (5.9)% 13,469 14,826 (9.2)% (9.2)% Mazda5 - 60 (100.0)% (100.0)% 3 130 (97.7)% (97.7)% Mazda6 3,598 3,617 (0.5)% (0.5)% 6,898 6,189 11.5% 11.5% MX-5 Miata 1,108 759 46.0% 46.0% 2,037 1,319 54.4% 54.4% CX-3 1,279 1,793 (28.7)% (28.7)% 2,463 3,169 (22.3)% (22.3)% CX-5 7,836 7,579 3.4% 3.4% 15,904 14,642 8.6% 8.6% CX-9 2,157 461 367.9% 367.9% 3,748 973 285.2% 285.2% Total Vehicles CARS 11,552 11,711 (1.4)% (1.4)% 22,407 22,464 (0.3)% (0.3)% TRUCKS 11,272 9,833 14.6% 14.6% 22,115 18,784 17.7% 17.7% TOTAL 22,824 21,544 5.9% 5.9% 44,522 41,248 7.9% 7.9% Selling Days 24 24 48 48
  12. Mazda is in the process of trying to position themselves as a premium brand that you can actually afford. Autoblog had the chance to speak with Jacques Flynn, a lead exterior designer, and Jacob Brown, a PR representative for Mazda. A key part of Mazda's premium plans is their Kodo design language. Flynn explained that Mazda will be simplifying and evolving the look of Kodo on their various models. A key example is the recently introduced second-generation CX-5. Compared to the outgoing model, the new CX-5 features fewer curves to make it look tauter. Diesel will also play a key part in Mazda's premium ambitions. Brown explained that diesel has the air of premium surrounding it as luxury automakers, for the most part, offer them in the U.S. Mazda was hoping not to use urea-injection for their diesel models, but ultimately had to give in to meet emission standards and performance benchmarks. Those hoping that Mazda would bring back Mazdaspeed on some performance models will be disappointed to hear it could be a while before this happens. Both Flynn and Brown said the company's focus is "on making the core line-up cohesive." Being a small company, they cannot take any chances on working a number of projects at the same time since that could result in a misstep or two. Source: Autoblog View full article
  13. Mazda is in the process of trying to position themselves as a premium brand that you can actually afford. Autoblog had the chance to speak with Jacques Flynn, a lead exterior designer, and Jacob Brown, a PR representative for Mazda. A key part of Mazda's premium plans is their Kodo design language. Flynn explained that Mazda will be simplifying and evolving the look of Kodo on their various models. A key example is the recently introduced second-generation CX-5. Compared to the outgoing model, the new CX-5 features fewer curves to make it look tauter. Diesel will also play a key part in Mazda's premium ambitions. Brown explained that diesel has the air of premium surrounding it as luxury automakers, for the most part, offer them in the U.S. Mazda was hoping not to use urea-injection for their diesel models, but ultimately had to give in to meet emission standards and performance benchmarks. Those hoping that Mazda would bring back Mazdaspeed on some performance models will be disappointed to hear it could be a while before this happens. Both Flynn and Brown said the company's focus is "on making the core line-up cohesive." Being a small company, they cannot take any chances on working a number of projects at the same time since that could result in a misstep or two. Source: Autoblog
  14. Mazda Reports Best January Sales Since 2012 Mazda CX-5 Posts Record Month IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported January U.S. sales of 21,698 vehicles, representing an increase of 10.1 percent versus January of last year, and the best January sales month in five years. Solid sales performance across the lineup was headlined by consumers' continued strong desire for crossover SUVs. Key January sales notes: The Mazda CX-5 posted its best-ever January with 8,068 vehicles sold, showing continued momentum leading up to the on-sale date of the all-new 2017 model later this Spring. This number represents an increase of 14.2 percent year-over-year (YOY). The Mazda CX-9 posted an increase of 210.7 percent YOY, with 1,591 vehicles sold. Mazda's CX crossover SUV sales—including the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9—were up 21.1 percent YOY with 10,843 sold. Of the total CX-line sales, 60 percent of vehicles were equipped with i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive. Sales of the Mazda6 started the year off strong, posting a 28.3 percent increase YOY with 3,300 vehicles sold. Even with much of the U.S. experiencing winter weather, popularity of the MX-5 Miata continues with 929 vehicles sold. This number represents an increase of 65.9 percent YOY. Sales totals for the MX-5 include both the MX-5 soft top and MX-5 RF. Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported January sales of 4,759 vehicles, down 18.6 percent versus January of last year. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date January January % % MTD January January % % YTD 2017 2016 Change DSR 2017 2016 Change DSR Mazda2 - - N/A N/A - - N/A N/A Mazda3 6,623 7,551 (12.3)% (12.3)% 6,623 7,551 (12.3)% (12.6)% Mazda5 3 70 (95.7)% (95.7)% 3 70 (95.7)% (95.7)% Mazda6 3,300 2,572 28.3% 28.3% 3,300 2,572 28.3% 27.9% MX-5 Miata 929 560 65.9% 65.9% 929 560 65.9% 65.4% CX-3 1,184 1,376 (14.0)% (14.0)% 1,184 1,376 (14.0)% (14.2)% CX-5 8,068 7,063 14.2% 14.2% 8,068 7,063 14.2% 13.9% CX-9 1,591 512 210.7% 210.7% 1,591 512 210.7% 209.7% Total Vehicles CARS 10,855 10,753 0.9% 0.9% 10,855 10,753 0.9% 0.6% TRUCKS 10,843 8,951 21.1% 21.1% 10,843 8,951 21.1% 20.7% TOTAL 21,698 19,704 10.1% 10.1% 21,698 19,704 10.1% 9.8% Selling Days 24 24 306 305
  15. Homogeneous charge compression ignition or HCCI engines are a unique prospect - use compression to ignite gasoline, like in a diesel vehicle. This allows for better fuel economy and lower emissions. A number of automakers have built prototypes and said they would be putting them into production down the road, but it has never happened. That may change in the near future. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Mazda will be launching an HCCI engine for the 2018 Mazda3 (Axela in Japan). This will be part of Mazda's second-generation of SkyActiv technologies to improve fuel economy. According to the report, the engine could give certain Mazda3 models a fuel economy figure of 30 kilometers per liter (about 71 mpg on the U.S. cycle). The report doesn't say if this is for city, highway, or combined. Can Mazda do it or will it be like the others and not appear? We'll be watching to find out that answer. Source: Nikkei Asian Review
  16. Homogeneous charge compression ignition or HCCI engines are a unique prospect - use compression to ignite gasoline, like in a diesel vehicle. This allows for better fuel economy and lower emissions. A number of automakers have built prototypes and said they would be putting them into production down the road, but it has never happened. That may change in the near future. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Mazda will be launching an HCCI engine for the 2018 Mazda3 (Axela in Japan). This will be part of Mazda's second-generation of SkyActiv technologies to improve fuel economy. According to the report, the engine could give certain Mazda3 models a fuel economy figure of 30 kilometers per liter (about 71 mpg on the U.S. cycle). The report doesn't say if this is for city, highway, or combined. Can Mazda do it or will it be like the others and not appear? We'll be watching to find out that answer. Source: Nikkei Asian Review View full article
  17. Mazda Reports November Sales Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 Post Best November Sales Since 2012 IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported November U.S. sales of 22,041 vehicles, representing a decrease of 3 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through November are 269,019 vehicles. There were 25 selling days in November 2016, versus 23 the year prior. Key November sales notes: Sales of the Mazda CX-3 are up 2.4 percent year-over-year (YOY), with 1,355 vehicles sold in the month of November. Mazda CX-5 posted its best-ever November with 8,865 vehicles sold. This number represents an increase of 1.2 percent over November of 2015. With 1,994 vehicles sold, the all-new Mazda CX-9 finished November up 65.9 percent YOY, marking the carline's best November since 2012. Year-to-date sales of Mazda's CX crossover SUVs sit at 130,614, with 12,214 vehicles sold in the month of November. Mazda's i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system continues its popularity among crossover SUV buyers, with 64 percent of buyers choosing the option. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales of 2,574 vehicles, down 2.2 percent YOY. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date November November % % MTD November November % % YTD 2016 2015 Change DSR 2016 2015 Change DSR Mazda2 - 3 (100.0)% (100.0)% 3 296 (99.0)% (99.0)% Mazda3 6,388 7,405 (13.7)% (20.6)% 87,465 98,046 (10.8)% (10.8)% Mazda5 6 222 (97.3)% (97.5)% 373 8,310 (95.5)% (95.5)% Mazda6 3,046 3,089 (1.4)% (9.3)% 41,832 53,730 (22.1)% (22.1)% MX-5 Miata 387 732 (47.1)% (51.4)% 8,732 7,885 10.7% 10.7% CX-3 1,355 1,323 2.4% (5.8)% 16,911 4,743 256.5% 256.5% CX-5 8,865 8,756 1.2% (6.9)% 100,246 100,033 0.2% 0.2% CX-9 1,994 1,202 65.9% 52.6% 13,457 16,846 (20.1)% (20.1)% Total Vehicles CARS 9,827 11,451 (14.2)% (21.0)% 138,405 168,267 (17.7)% (17.7)% TRUCKS 12,214 11,281 8.3% (0.4)% 130,614 121,622 7.4% 7.4% TOTAL 22,041 22,732 (3.0)% (10.8)% 269,019 289,889 (7.2)% (7.2)% Selling Days 25 23 280 280
  18. Mazda is the latest automaker to announce that it will be building an electric vehicle. Speaking with CarAdvice, Mazda's head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara revealed that the company would be building an EV, but for only select markets such Norway. “Of course we need EVs. As you know, in Norway, the complete energy source is water… this means that EV is much better for CO2 in Norway. But not in United States or China… Therefore we are focusing on ICE, but some regions we need EV, so therefore in 2019 [or] in that time frame we will introduce EV where it is needed in the world.” For other markets, Mazda will keep their focus on internal-combustion engines since a majority of consumers are still buying them up. It is likely that Mazda will use one of their current models as a base for their new EV to help keep costs down. Fujiwara explained they have only started work on it and there is the possibility of bringing in Toyota as a partner for this model. Source: CarAdvice View full article
  19. Mazda is the latest automaker to announce that it will be building an electric vehicle. Speaking with CarAdvice, Mazda's head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara revealed that the company would be building an EV, but for only select markets such Norway. “Of course we need EVs. As you know, in Norway, the complete energy source is water… this means that EV is much better for CO2 in Norway. But not in United States or China… Therefore we are focusing on ICE, but some regions we need EV, so therefore in 2019 [or] in that time frame we will introduce EV where it is needed in the world.” For other markets, Mazda will keep their focus on internal-combustion engines since a majority of consumers are still buying them up. It is likely that Mazda will use one of their current models as a base for their new EV to help keep costs down. Fujiwara explained they have only started work on it and there is the possibility of bringing in Toyota as a partner for this model. Source: CarAdvice
  20. 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. View full article
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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)