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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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)
  16. Mazda has dropped a teaser picture of the 2017 CX-5 crossover that will be debuting at the LA Auto Show next month. The key item we can tell you is that the vehicle will be offered in red. Okay, we are being slightly snarky here. There are some details we can pull out once we have done slight tweaks to the photo (which you can check out in the gallery below). The CX-5 will be taking some details from the larger CX-9 such as longer front end, new grille and headlight treatment, and a revised greenhouse. We'll have more details on the 2017 CX-5 in the coming weeks. Source: Mazda Press Release is on Page 2 All-New 2017 Mazda CX-5 to Premiere at Los Angeles Auto Show HIROSHIMA, Japan —Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that the all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, open to the public November 18-27. Mazda will hold a press conference at 12:50 p.m. on November 16, the first of two press days. With the all-new CX-5 crossover SUV, Mazda has further refined every element of its design and technology to offer new dimensions of driving pleasure. Taking the KODO—Soul of Motion design concept to a new level, the company has honed the car’s beauty, imparting a powerful combination of sophistication and strength. Mazda’s Exhibits at the Los Angeles Auto Show Vehicles scheduled for sale All-new Mazda CX-5 [world premiere], Mazda MX-5 RF Vehicles on sale Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 (current model), Mazda CX-9 Reference exhibits Mazda Prototype (race car) [world premiere] Technology exhibits SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (gasoline engine) SKYACTIV-G 2.5 (gasoline engine) SKYACTIV-G 2.5T (direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine) View full article
  17. Mazda Reports September Sales IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported September U.S. sales of 24,889 vehicles, representing a decrease of 2.8 percent versus last year. Year-to-date sales through September are 224,267 vehicles. Key September sales notes: Sales of the Mazda CX-3 were up 12.9 percent YOY with 1,513 vehicles sold. Total year-to-date sales sit at 14,006. Mazda CX-5 had its best-ever September with 9,385 vehicles sold. This number represents an increase of 3.1 percent over September 2015. The all-new Mazda CX-9 accounted for 1,834 vehicles sold in the month of September, representing a YOY increase of 17.6 percent. Total sales of Mazda's CX crossover SUVs remain strong with 12,732 vehicles sold in the month of September, marking an increase of 6 percent YOY. Among CUV buyers, Mazda's i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive system remains popular with 64.1 percent of buyers choosing vehicles equipped with the option. Mazda reported Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) sales of 2,775 vehicles, down 12.2 percent YOY. Month-To-Date Year-To-Date September September % % MTD September September % % YTD 2016 2015 Change DSR 2016 2015 Change DSR Mazda2 - 4 (100.0)% (100.0)% 3 292 (99.0)% (99.0)% Mazda3 7,350 7,757 (5.2)% (5.2)% 74,131 82,299 (9.9)% (9.9)% Mazda5 3 381 (99.2)% (99.2)% 365 7,758 (95.3)% (95.3)% Mazda6 4,052 4,528 (10.5)% (10.5)% 35,862 47,078 (23.8)% (23.8)% MX-5 Miata 752 940 (20.0)% (20.0)% 7,840 6,068 29.2% 29.2% CX-3 1,513 1,340 12.9% 12.9% 14,006 2,038 587.2% 587.2% CX-5 9,385 9,107 3.1% 3.1% 82,439 82,013 0.5% 0.5% CX-9 1,834 1,559 17.6% 17.6% 9,621 14,160 (32.1)% (32.1)% Total Vehicles CARS 12,157 13,610 (10.7)% (10.7)% 118,201 143,495 (17.6)% (17.6)% TRUCKS 12,732 12,006 6.0% 6.0% 106,066 98,211 8.0% 8.0% TOTAL 24,889 25,616 (2.8)% (2.8)% 224,267 241,706 (7.2)% (7.2)% Selling Days 25 25 229 229
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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