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Mazda 3 vs. Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, VW Golf, Hyundai Elantra
2nd Place:
Mazda 3
Highs: Luxurious interior, attractive exterior, competent handling.
Lows: Expensive, manual in top trim only, sedate driver.
Verdict: Could be the winner of a different test.
Americans have had to learn some hard lessons about the Electoral College over the last two decades. Now our comparison-test scoring system is affording us the opportunity to teach those lessons to Hyundai and Mazda. Call it a cultural exchange. When the driving was over but before our votes were submitted, we didn't even consider the possibility that the Mazda 3 would be our second-place car. It wasn't anyone's favorite to drive, it's a lot more expensive than the hatchbacks we preferred driving, and we didn't have high expectations for its performance at the test track, which can often swing a car's overall scores significantly.
What we hadn't considered is that the Mazda 3 is by far the best-looking, most premium, most comfortable car in this test. It also earned high scores in several powertrain categories, despite a middling performance at the track, largely because the engine is smooth and quiet. With deserved high marks in those categories, our determination that the 3 isn't that fun to drive anymore—a real shame, given Mazda's track record of building sporty cars to sell in otherwise-boring segments—didn't matter that much. And so, a car we had all but counted out came away from this test with a second-place finish, and we came away wondering whether we should have pulled a Zuckerberg and thumbed the scales in favor of our preferred candidates.
We didn't do that, though, because while this Mazda 3 isn't the great driving car it used to be, it remains a standout in this set. It's the one you'd be proud to give your boss a ride in, and it has the most up-to-date exterior design. Outfitted as the 3 was with gray paint and a red leatherette interior, it looks positively sophisticated. It feels that way, too, at least when cruising on the highway, where the Mazda is quieter than its rivals. It doesn't stand up to hard driving quite the same way, though. As vehicle testing director Dave VanderWerp put it, "This is a car that feels worse the harder you drive it."
That's not the way we're used to feeling about Mazdas, but it might be what some drivers want from their manual hatchbacks. In cars this size and at this price point, you simply can't have it all. For drivers who want a small hatchback but value comfort and features over price and performance, the 3 is a valid choice, even if it wouldn't be ours.
cars  comparo  driving  mazda  honda  toyota  vw  hyundai 
7 days ago by rgl7194
The Road To Mazda’s IMSA Hat Trick | Inside Mazda
Winning at Road America may have appeared to be a fairy tale for the drivers, crew and management of Mazda Team Joest, but that story was not yet written during the tense final laps of the Road Race Showcase at Road America on Sunday afternoon.
At the Six Hours Of The Glen at Watkins Glen, Mazda Team Joest broke through for its first victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship when the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P driven by Jonathan Bomarito, Olivier Pla and Harry Tincknell finished just ahead of the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P of Timo Bernhard, Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez. Highlighting how dominant the team’s performance was in Watkins Glen, Jarvis reset the Daytona Prototype international course record in qualifying.
cars  mazda  racing 
9 days ago by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata (New for 2019! - HW Speed Graphics)
Awesome Miata casting! The thing looks great, especially with the front California license plate!
cars  hot_wheels  miata  mazda  90s 
20 days ago by rgl7194
Next Generation Gasoline Engine SKYACTIV-X: SPCCI / 次世代ガソリンエンジンSKYACTIV-X: SPCCI - YouTube
Mazda Official Web
Published on Oct 24, 2017
Spark Controlled Compression Ignition ("SPCCI") is Mazda's proprietary combustion method that enables a seamless transition between compression ignition and spark ignition.
cars  mazda  technology  engine  youtube 
23 days ago by rgl7194
Mazda's new SKYACTIV-X engine provides the best of gasoline and diesel - ImagineThat
If you have a car, odds are, the engine under the hood is an internal combustion engine. That means, among other things, that every few hundred miles or so, you pull into a gas station and fill up the car’s fuel tank with gasoline or diesel. That’s how it’s been since the first cars hit the road.
There are other ways to power a car – and 100 years from now, who knows what will be under the hood. But today, and for the foreseeable future, it’s the internal combustion engine that will be getting us where we need to go.
Is that a bad thing? Nope.
Nope – because it’s a proven, reliable, affordable engine – and because the internal combustion engine keeps getting better.
Better, as in 15 percent more fuel-efficient – and from the same engine, 15 percent more oomph (or torque, if you want to get technical). And it’s the engineers at Mazda and their new SKYACTIV-X engine which gets those new numbers. We’ve mentioned it before, but today we thought we’d do a little Engine 101, and explain (a bit) how Mazda got to their new version of a classic.
The short (really short) explanation, is that Mazda combined a diesel and a gasoline engine into one engine.
cars  mazda  technology  engine 
23 days ago by rgl7194
2019 Mazda 3 vs 2019 VW Golf – Small Hatchbacks with Manual Transmissions
Ask any of us, as students of the new-car market, for advice at the low end of the price spectrum, and odds are that we're going to steer you toward a small hatchback. Why? Their size makes for good fuel economy and ease of parking, while their hatchback body style yields more cargo capacity than that of a similarly sized sedan. And for anyone with even the slightest penchant toward driving engagement, we're going to suggest a manual transmission.
The Matchup
We're focusing on two longtime leaders in this space, the Volkswagen Golf and the Mazda 3, both hatchbacks (although the Mazda is also available as a sedan) equipped with six-speed manual transmissions. Mazda makes it more difficult to get a manual, as the 3 hatch starts at $24,520, but a manual is only available in its top premium trim, making it a not-so-inexpensive $28,420 proposition. On the other hand, the venerable Golf, ubiquitous on European roads and a regular on our annual 10Best awards list, makes the shift-it-yourself option available on both the base, $22,740 S and the $25,040 SE tested here, which, among other things, adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and keyless access.
cars  comparo  mazda  vw 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Mazda Team Joest Dominates In Watkins Glen IMSA Race | Inside Mazda
Mazda Team Joest has won its first Daytona Prototype international race in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, with a dominating run that saw the Soul Red Crystal Mazda RT24-Ps finish first and second at the Sahlen’s Six Hours Of The Glen.
“This is the day we’ve been waiting for,” said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports. “We really felt that today could be our day, so we would focus on racing the other cars and not each other. But in that last half-hour, you listen to every click on the radio worried that something would come. To see that Soul Red Crystal Mazda RT24-P cross the finish line makes this such a special day. This is a group victory for the Mazda brand, and the people as well. I couldn’t be happier.”
cars  mazda  racing 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
1992 Mazda Autozam AZ-1 vs. 1993 Nissan Skyline GTS-25 vs. 1993 Toyota Mark II Tourer V
These three JDM sort-of-legends are now legal in America.
"God, that thing is awful," said senior editor Tony Quiroga as he exited the 1993 Nissan Skyline GTS-25 he had just parked along Mulholland Highway above Malibu. "The exhaust just drones, I hate shifting with my left hand, and the petrified tires are terrible. Who would want this thing?"
Plenty of us, it seems. At least those of us who are parishioners at the Church of JDM. Even if it means dealing with right-hand drive, owner's manuals written in Japanese, and at least 25 years of wear and tear. That's JDM as in Japanese domestic market: vehicles built for over there that were never sold over here.
To get a taste of what we've been missing stateside, we went to TopRank International Vehicle Importers in Cypress, California, a dealer that specializes in JDM vehicles. From TopRank's inventory, we selected the Skyline as well as a 1993 Toyota Mark II Tourer V and a 1992 Mazda Autozam AZ-1 micro sports car. In deference to the trio's age—and particularly that of their tires—we didn't subject them to our usual instrumented tests. And this isn't a comparison test. It is a chance to take three JDM survivors out for a romp, get a feel for the species, and check it for viability. At least from a financial perspective, these aren't far-fetched. TopRank listed both the Skyline and Mark II at $17,995 and the Autozam at $15,995, prices within the realm of possibility for middle-class mortals. Peak JDM idolatry, legal in the form of the R32-generation Nissan Skyline GT-R, starts at about $30,000 for a veteran showing battle scars. Low-mileage cream puffs can push well beyond that. Considering the library of GT-R hagiographies out there, it seemed reasonable to skip Godzilla this time.
cars  90s  mazda  toyota  nissan 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Mazda Rear-Wheel-Drive Platform – Inline-Six Engines
Between now and 2025, Mazda will begin rolling out a next-gen lineup that will be the biggest step yet in its push to become a luxury brand.
Mazda is outlining ambitious plans for its future, which include a new architecture and new inline-six engines meant to take the brand upmarket.
All signs point to the automaker's new Large Architecture being rear-wheel drive, as it uses a longitudinal engine layout.
We suspect that the next-generation Mazda 6 sedan will be the first vehicle to use this new architecture and new engines, with other models to follow.
Mazda has confirmed plans for inline-six engines and a new "Large Architecture," with all signs pointing to this platform being rear-wheel drive. In an investor presentation found by Jalopnik, the Japanese automaker outlined all sorts of initiatives for its future that it plans to implement between 2020 and 2025, the most interesting of which are investments for its next generation of products. From what we know so far, it appears Mazda is getting way more serious about its ambition to become a luxury brand.

The key slide in the presentation mentions several important developments in regard to the new architecture. The longitudinal engine layout strongly suggests that the platform will be rear-wheel drive (with all-wheel drive available as an option). While it's possible to package a longitudinally mounted engine in a front-wheel-drive vehicle, it doesn't make a lot of sense. It also confirms that two inline-six engines are in the works, one Skyactiv-D diesel and one with Mazda's Skyactiv-X Spark Plug Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology. Electrification is also part of the plan, as 48-volt mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems are mentioned.
cars  mazda  technology  2020s  preview  brand 
may 2019 by rgl7194
2018 Mazda6 Ownership Review | Kelley Blue Book
We're spending 12 months with this Mazda6 reviewing the full ownership experience with ongoing updates.
Ferrari Portofino or Mazda6? It’s all relative
Price: $35,720 | Price yours
Current Odometer: 8,030 miles
Latest MPG: 25.52 mpg
Lifetime MPG: 25.7 mpg
Maintenance/Service Costs: $94.11
Days out of Service: 0
Last week I shot a video with the 591 hp 2019 Ferrari Portofino. Having driven it for three days, I’d become accustom to the heavy throttle pedal, the twitchy electronic powered steering and the horrific blind spots that made for tense freeway driving. When I had to swap the Ferrari with Kelley Blue Book’s Micah Muzio for his long-term 2018 Mazda Mazda6 I figured it was going to be a massive let down. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised.
The light gas pedal on the Mazda6 felt like a relief to my over-worked leg. The illusion that power comes easily in a supercar might be just that. You still have to work for it, and in a daily driving situation, I might prefer the ease of a lighter touch. The throttle still reacts quickly in our turbo Mazda6. No, thanks to a less elegant transmission and the lack of a turbo boost systems, the Mazda6 doesn’t eradicate turbo lag in the way the Ferrari does, but I was pleasantly surprised at how quick the Mazda6 responds.
Braking was frankly a relief in the Mazda6. Where the Ferrari’s stopping power is among the best with massive carbon ceramic stoppers you can see from the International Space Station, at slow speeds or in commuting situations the pedal feel is super sticky before it complies. Not so on the Mazda6. The grab of the calipers feels smooth and efficient. The brakes are confidently effective. Of course, I’m not going 145 miles an hour, and those Brembos sure are lovely when employed in that situation, but for freeway driving, bring on Mazda’s 11.7-inch vented front and 10.9-inch vented rear steel stoppers.
cars  mazda  driving  mazda6  review  turbo  2010s 
may 2019 by rgl7194
The Reimagined Mazda 3 Sedan and Hatch on PCH | Inside Mazda
For many drivers, California’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway is a dream, a genuine trip of a lifetime. There’s universal agreement that the route offers natural beauty and a sense of freedom that will live forever in the memory. You’ll struggle to find much consensus, though, on one key element: which direction to drive it. Some say north is the way to go, with the scenery becoming increasingly dramatic the further you travel. Others argue that heading south is more fulfilling due to the closer proximity to the Pacific Ocean and greater opportunity to stop and enjoy the spectacular views.
The solution, if possible, is to maximize the experience by doing both—and in the new Mazda3 hatchback and sedan, we have the perfect transportation for doing just that. Our journey north, in the hatchback, begins in Santa Barbara. Wedged between the ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the city delivers classic California scenes at every turn—outdoor exercise classes of buff-bodied millennials with laser-white smiles, dog walkers out for a stroll with their charges, and ubiquitous palm trees.
But it’s in the city’s arty Funk Zone that our car feels most at home. Driving around, we’re conscious of the admiring glances the hatchback attracts: under the mid-morning sun the sporty silhouette and ever-changing reflections on the Soul Red Crystal Metallic bodywork make it an eye-catching presence on the road.
cars  mazda  driving  california 
april 2019 by rgl7194
2019 Mazda 6 Turbo Sedan Brings Safety To The Forefront | Inside Mazda
Mazda vehicles are designed with the driver in mind and having an active approach to safety can help build upon a premium driving experience with even more peace of mind. Confident driving is better driving, and the updates to the 2019 Mazda6 demonstrate Mazda’s commitment to providing its customers with advanced safety technologies.
In the previous model year, the two top-tier trims, Signature and Grand Touring Reserve, allowed customers to enjoy another level of sophistication with plenty of premium features for the midsize sedan. Likewise, customers were excited about the turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine being added to the powertrain lineup. Following that success, for the first-time ever, all 2019 Mazda6 trim levels are now standard with the entire suite of i-Activsense safety and driver-assisting technologies.
G-Vectoring Control Plus is also standard for 2019 and further improves the steering response to help the driver and all occupants experience a smooth, premium driving experience.
cars  mazda6  mazda  preview  safety  2010s 
april 2019 by rgl7194
Mazda CEO: Team Joest Must Win IMSA Championship Before Thinking About Le Mans - The Drive
Masahiro Moro shares his thoughts on the French endurance race, as well as a universal regulation that'd allow teams to run in WEC and IMSA.
After a stellar and disappointing performance at the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Mazda Team Joest embarked on yet another endurance journey at this weekend's 12 Hours of Sebring. And while the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P of Tristan Nunez, Timo Bernhard, and Oliver Jarvis started the race from second of the grid, the two Soul Red machines haven't shown the kind of superior pace that helped them demolish a 26-year-old record in Daytona.
However, one question remains for the young and ambitious team: what about the 24 Hours of Le Mans?
During a recent conversation with Mazda North America CEO Masahiro Moro, The Drive asked the motorsport-loving executive about Mazda Team Joest's future in prototype racing, and about the chances of seeing Mazda take on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the near future. Moro-San's face lit up with excitement when asked about the French race, hinting that there isn't a plan he could "share with us," before quickly correcting his answer. So, perhaps, there is a plan after all.
cars  racing  mazda  the_drive 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Celebrating 30 Years of Mazda’s Legendary MX-5 Miata | Inside Mazda
For 30 years, the true value of MX-5 Miata’s history lies in the accumulation of the thoughts, hopes and dreams of the people involved in its creation and evolution over the last three decades.
To express their gratitude and appreciation of all the people involved in MX-5’s history, Mazda has produced commemorative models for each major milestone. These special editions not only feature exclusive mechanical parts and tuning, they also offer distinctive body colors aimed at strengthening their bond with MX-5 fans.
cars  mazda  miata  history  anniversary 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Explore The Exclusive 2019 MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary | Inside Mazda
Embracing the aspiration infused into the original 1989 MX-5 Miata, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary represents and celebrates three decades of the MX-5’s legendary history.
Boasting superior craftsmanship and innovative design, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary stays true to Mazda’s commitment to engineering cars that deliver pure driving joy.
Use the interactive photo below to discover and explore some of the new features in the 2019 MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary.
cars  mazda  miata  anniversary 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The Origin Story of Mazda’s Iconic MX-5 Miata Roadster | Inside Mazda
As a breed, the lightweight sportscar had been around for decades, but Mazda gave it a new lease on life in the early ‘80s. For Mazda, there were ground rules for developing a lightweight sportscar: it had to have an open body with a tight cockpit space, perfect weight distribution, a double-wishbone suspension, and it had to fit the driver like a glove. This is the story that began with a chance comment from an automotive journalist of Mazda’s legendary MX-5 Miata.
In the late ‘70s, Bob Hall embarked on a new career as an automotive journalist at Motor Trend. As a teenager, he’d spent a lot of time in Japan, giving him the opportunity to learn to speak Japanese. His understanding and command of the language enabled him to also act as the Los Angeles correspondent for Motor Fan, a Japanese car magazine.
Hall had been surrounded by interesting car his whole life. His father was a ‘car guy’ of the highest order, running European machines, including MG, Triumph, Austin-Healey and Alfa Romeo – the purest forms of the light and simple open-top sportscar. But the era Hall found himself in as a young writer was killing off these types of vehicles, with emissions and safety concerns grabbing the headlines.
The Japanese were quick to react to these changing times, fielding reliable and economical machines that Americans welcomed with open arms. Hall witnessed the shift firsthand and came to admire the way Mazda persisted with developing sporting models powered by the rotary engine. He couldn’t help but think how nice it would be to have a car that would blend Japanese technology and reliability with the fun experience that the British sportscars provided.
cars  mazda  miata  history 
march 2019 by rgl7194
The 2019 Mazda Miata Really Is That Much Better
The 2019 Mazda Miata answers a prayer car enthusiasts have recited for years, by getting more power than it’s ever had from the factory. In going from 155 horsepower to 181, the new model takes the honored, three-decade-old Miata formula and improves it in one of the most obvious, and important, ways.
The new Miata really is that much better, too, on both paper and in practice. But it’s a better version of an already great thing.
(Full disclosure: We asked Mazda for a 2019 Miata to compare to my mom’s 2017 model, and a Mazda spokesperson said “your mom is my hero” before giving the loan the OK. The car arrived with a full take of gas, which was promptly used up.)
cars  miata  mazda  driving  review 
march 2019 by rgl7194
Mazda 6 - Consumer Reports
$21,950 - $34,750
Base MSRP range
Overall 28 / City 18 / Hwy 42 mpg
79 / 100
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sporty and stylish, the Mazda6 is an enjoyable car to drive, although it's a bit on the snug side compared to its peers. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder is responsive and delivered 28 mpg overall in our tests. The uplevel turbocharged engine makes the 6 quieter and much quicker. We found the 6 to be agile and capable in the corners with sharp steering and composed suspension. The ride is pliant and controlled, effectively absorbing bumps. The cabin is quiet and nicely furnished, but the low stance and relatively tight quarters are notable. A center display screen that is operated via a central knob on the console takes practice to master. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are new. Forward-collision warning and city-speed automatic emergency braking are standard.
cars  mazda  mazda6  review  turbo  2010s  consumer  report 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Which Car Brands Make the Best Vehicles? - Consumer Reports
Our rankings reveal the automakers that produce reliable, high-performing models and those that don't
By Consumer Reports
Last updated: February 21, 2019
Subaru tops our brand rankings chart this year for the first time, jumping up six spots and knocking last year's No. 1—Genesis—off its perch. This impressive performance was boosted by the Ascent (an all-new model), Crosstrek, and Forester SUVs sitting atop their respective categories. While BMW and Porsche have higher average road-test scores, Subaru’s strong predicted reliability and owner satisfaction marks drove it to the head of the pack. The brand’s lone blemish is the much-below-average predicted reliability for the sporty WRX sedan.
Mini was the most upwardly mobile brand this year, gaining 10 spots thanks to improved reliability. Lincoln rose nine places in part because of the brand’s stronger reliability, especially for the Continental sedan.
Chrysler and Tesla sank the most, each falling 11 spots. (The brand score of automakers with limited lineups can be hit hard by even a small change with one model.) Chrysler was hurt by reports from owners about problems with the in-car electronics and transmissions in both the 300 sedan and Pacifica minivan.
Reliability was also an issue for Tesla, which was dragged down as the Model 3 dropped from average to below-average reliability. Model 3 owners told us that problem areas included loose body trim and glass defects.
cars  consumer  mazda  mazda6  reliability  report 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Consumer Reports’ Releases Most and Least Reliable Models List
Even though a lot of buyers prioritize getting the latest technology in their new car purchase, reliability should still a key factor. Thanks to the internet, you don’t have to personally kick the tires on every car in every lot in town just to find a reliable ride. A good place to start is Consumer Reports, which just released its list of the most and least reliable cars.
We reported last week that Subaru is now number one on CR’s list for most recommended brands. However, what may be surprising is that only one of Subaru’s models, the Crosstreck, also made CR’s list of most reliable cars.
10. Mazda CX-5
9. Lexus NX
8. Honda Fit
7. Kia Sedona
6. Mazda6
5. Toyota Prius
4. Subaru Crosstrek
3. Toyota Prius Prime
2. Lincoln Continental
1. Toyota Prius C
As usual, Toyota takes up a few spots on this list, but it’s only the Prius family that does so. Knocked off the list is the Sienna minivan, that got edged out by the Kia Sedona, which is a bit of an underdog in the family hauler segment. It’s also nice to see Jalop favorites such CX-5 and Mazda 6 make the cut. The Continental is a bit of a surprise, especially since no one seems to be buying them. According to GoodCarBadCar, Lincoln sold fewer than 9,000 Continental sedans in 2018.
cars  mazda6  reliability  consumer  report  mazda 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Missing Mazda RX-7 Racer Found 35 Years After Running in Le Mans
Almost 35 years ago, the 1982 Mazda 254i Le Mans racer disappeared.
The car, based on the RX-7 of the time, was one of two designed and entered in the legendary 24 hour endurance race. After a poor result there, it was thought that the company scrapped both cars in shame. But, against all odds, one 254i has been unearthed.
See, the 254i wasn’t immediately done away with—it just kind of faded from public view. After an unfortunate Le Mans showing that saw a disappointing DNF, Mazda took their cars back home to compete in the JPSC series, according to japanesenostalgiccar.com. One car was painted pink. The other car was painted yellow. One was destroyed in a crash. The other was never seen again after the 1984 Fuji 1000km.
At least, until now. Late in 2018, the pink car—the former No. 83 that competed in Le Mans—was discovered in one of Japan’s remote western prefectures.
The chief mechanic at Mazdaspeed at the time, a fellow named Tachimoto-san, was able to confirm that the car was legit after checking out its brake system and rear suspension. 
An even more detailed inspection revealed that, under its new layer of white paint, there are layers of pink and gold paint—the two colors the car competed with in Le Mans and JPSC.
cars  mazda  racing  80s 
february 2019 by rgl7194
The 30th Anniversary MX-5 is Already Sold Out
Just hours ago we told you about the Racing Orange MX-5 that Mazda debuted ahead of its official display at the Chicago Auto Show, and it’s already sold out. Only four hours after the deposit book opened, each and every one was accounted for.
The car is limited to just 3000 units worldwide, and only 500 of them well be sold here in the U.S. market. All 500 of those units are spoken for. That’s right, 500 Americans heeded our plea to buy more Miatas by placing a refundable $500 deposit for the limited Mazda roadster.
Pricing starts, or rather started, at $34,995 for a soft-top manual, or $37,595 for the RF, which seems like a lot of money until you read the amazing list of stuff the anniversary edition comes with. Aside from the bespoke color, the people who ordered one get Rays ZE40 RS30 wheels, Recaros, Bilsteins, Brembos, and Bose.
Damn, that’s a great color, too. I’m definitely going to get a little bit excited every time I see one of these on the street. Just like when I see a MKV GTI Fahrenheit and shout “FAHRENHEIT!” My wife rolls her eyes at my childish enthusiasm every time.
cars  miata  mazda  anniversary  color  auto_show 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of MNAO, continues to cultivate lifelong Mazda fans | Inside Mazda
Celebrating 30 Years of the MX-5 Miata begins with celebrating our fans and their stories. We asked owners and enthusiasts from around the country to submit their MX-5 stories to celebrate the debut of the 30th Anniversary MX-5 Miata at the Chicago Auto Show.
In his more than 30-year tenure at Mazda Motor Corporation, Moro, now the president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations and senior managing executive officer of Mazda Motor Corporation, has spent his career serving in various marketing, sales and customer service capacities around the globe for Mazda, with the sole focus of making lifelong fans out of Mazda customers.
“Since its world debut 30 years ago, MX-5 Miata has one of the strongest fan-followings of any single car in our lineup,” Moro explained. “Across the four different generations of the MX-5, the fan base continues to grow in size and loyalty and it’s something we’re forever grateful for.”
“In the late ‘80s, it was all about having large, high-power sports cars,” Moro said. “MX-5 really broke that mold by being a lightweight roadster with exceptional driving dynamics. The amazing part is that over MX-5’s 30-year history, it’s stayed completely true to its roots.”
The latest generation MX-5 was designed around the driver, with great thought given to the slightest details. Pedals were optimized to fall in-line with the natural movement of the driver’s feet to help achieve greater comfort. The hood has been lowered, the windshield A-pillars pushed back and made more upright for greater visibility and the exterior paint color has been brought into the door panels – all to help provide a greater sensation of the world outside of the car.
cars  mazda  miata  anniversary  auto_show  CxO 
february 2019 by rgl7194
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata – 30th Anniversary | Mazda USA
In February of 1989, the Mazda MX-5 Miata was first introduced at the Chicago Auto Show. In honor of this historic moment, we’re releasing the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary. Only 3,000 will be made globally and only 500 sold in the U.S. Reserve yours today.
mazda  miata  anniversary  auto_show  color  cars 
february 2019 by rgl7194
The 2019 Mazda Miata 30th Anniversary Edition Is Very Orange and Very Awesome
Mazda finally gives Miata fans what they've been waiting for: a new color.
UPDATE 2/7/19: Just over four hours after the Miata 30th Anniversary's order books opened up, all 500 units bound for the United States have already been sold!
The year 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the brilliant Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car, and Mazda is celebrating with the reveal of a zesty special edition at the Chicago auto show. In fact, the original Miata made its global debut at the 1989 Chicago show, making the launch of this new version at this year's show even more poignant. Mazda says the car represents "30 years of endless gratitude" to the enthusiastic fans of the Miata and "commemorates all the milestones and important people" from the car's "special journey." You could say that the special edition is for fans who feel like they have been friends with the Miata forever.
Aptly named the MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition, the car features one of the only things that Miata fans across the world have been clamoring for since the introduction of the current ND generation: more color. The new Racing Orange paint was developed specifically for the 30th Anniversary Edition Miata, and Mazda says it "represents sunrise and anticipation" and "evokes the breaking dawn of an exciting new day." The brakes are painted in the same hue, and there are Racing Orange accents on the doors, the dashboard, the air vents, the shifter, and the piping and stitching of the seats.
mazda  miata  anniversary  auto_show  color  cars 
february 2019 by rgl7194
The Mazda Miata MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition Gets a Manual and a Limited-Slip Diff
Mazda is celebrating three decades of the Miata at the Chicago Auto Show, where the car first debuted back in 1989, with the 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition. Not with a hardcore racing setup, nor a limited run of hardtop coupe models, or anything wild like that. Just this orange color.
The color is called Racing Orange and bespoke to this special edition, and it’s part of the anniversary package that also includes orange brake calipers (Brembo in the front, Nissin in the back), orange-accented Recaro seats, dashboard, shifter, and door trims, 17-inch Rays aluminum wheels, a mechanical limited-slip differential that’s exclusive to cars with a manual transmission, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 30th anniversary badge.
It’ll be available in both soft-top and RF models, and will be limited to just 3,000 cars worldwide, with 500 coming to the U.S. Pricing starts at $34,995 for a soft-top manual, or $37,595 for the RF, with the automatic a $500 option or $400 respectively.
mazda  miata  anniversary  auto_show  color  cars 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Mazda’s ‘Holy Grail’ Of Gasoline Engines Is Completely Fascinating
Mazda’s hotly anticipated SKYACTIV-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine has been described as the “Holy Grail” of gasoline motors—something with diesel-like fuel economy, but far lower emissions. I went to Germany to talk to Mazda’s extremely nerdy engineers, and before I actually drove the thing, here’s what I learned.
(Full Disclosure: Mazda wanted me to drive their SKYACTIV-X prototype, so the company flew me to Frankfurt, Germany, put a nice roof over my head, and fed me delicious foods whose names had more umlauts and Scharfes S’s than I could count.)
Mazda brought executive officers, VPs and managers from its powertrain, vehicle development, and research and development teams to explain to journalists how the SKYACTIV-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine works, and why it matters.
In addition, Mazda discussed its all-new platform, which is where we’ll start before jumping into the exciting SPCCI engine goodness.
cars  mazda  skyactiv  technology 
february 2019 by rgl7194
I Drove Mazda’s Holy Grail Of Gasoline Engines And It Was Incredibly Impressive
In theory, Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-X prototype engine could prove the internal combustion engine has a lot of life left in it, boasting diesel-like fuel economy in a gasoline motor that produces low emissions. But how does it work in practice? I was lucky enough to be able to drive a prototype through the streets of Frankfurt. Here’s what I learned.
In early August, Mazda announced “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030,” a long-term plan that includes a goal to reduce “well-to-wheel” carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent of 2010 levels by 2030, and by 90 percent of 2010 levels by 2050.
Mazda’s vision for achieving these goals doesn’t involve phasing out internal combustion engines and focusing mostly on electric cars (like other companies are doing), but rather improving ICEs and augmenting them with electric drive technologies.
If they pull it off, this tiny company may prove the internal combustion engine has more of a green future than people think.
(Full Disclosure: Mazda wanted me to drive their SKYACTIV-X prototype, so the company flew me to Frankfurt, Germany, put a nice roof over my head, and fed me delicious foods whose names had more umlauts and Scharfes S’s than I could count.)
cars  mazda  skyactiv  technology  prototype 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Here's How Much Power the 2019 Mazda 3 Will Make With the 'Holy Grail' Skyactiv-X Engine
When Mazda debuted the 2019 Mazda 3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, Motor Trend reported that the company’s new Skyactiv-X engine with Spark Controlled Compression Ignition technology would go to countries with stricter emissions rules first, and the U.S. market would get it later. Now it seems we finally have an idea of the performance of the engine, at least in some markets.
According to a spec sheet from Mazda of Slovakia, which you can view here, the Skyactiv-X engine will put down 181 metric horsepower, which converts to roughly 178.5 mechanical HP, and 222 nm of torque, or roughly 163.7 lb-ft of torque.
cars  mazda  skyactiv  technology 
february 2019 by rgl7194
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february 2019 by rgl7194
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february 2019 by rgl7194
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february 2019 by rgl7194
Falken gains OE fitment on 2018 Mazda6 - Tire Business - The Tire Dealer's No. 1 News Source
KOBE, Japan — Mazda Motor Corp. has selected the Falken Ziex ZE001 A/S high-performance tire as an OE fitment on the redesigned/re-engineered 2018 Mazda6, considered the car maker's flagship passenger model.
Falken-brand producer Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (SRI) said it is supplying Mazda with the Ziex ZE001 model in size 225/45R19 92W, which corresponds to spec for the Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature trim levels for the new Mazda6, which debuted in U.S. showrooms in April. The fifth trim level, Sport, rolls on P225/55R17 tires.
Mazda did not identify any other OE tire suppliers at this time.
SRI describes the Ziex ZE001 A/S all-season tire as offering a balance between consistent steering stability, refined riding comfort and quiet running in addition to superior fuel efficiency and braking performance, all qualities that fulfilled Mazda's "stringent performance requirements" for the new 6.
The four-door, five-passenger sedan is powered either by Mazda's 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Skyactive-G in normal aspiration or turbocharged versions, according to Mazda.
Falken is also OE on the Mazda CX-9 mid-size sport-utility vehicle with the Ziex CT50 all-season performance tire.
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  driving  tires 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Mazda to Unveil New SUV at Geneva Motor Show | Inside Mazda
HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda will showcase the world premiere of a new SUV, the second model in its new-generation lineup, at the Geneva International Motor Show which runs from March 5-17, 2019.1
As a brand-new addition to the Mazda lineup, the SUV offers refined quality in all the areas that matter to drivers. It features the maturing Kodo design language and Mazda’s new-generation Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, which draws out people’s inherent balance ability. The powertrain lineup comprises the latest Skyactiv engines, including the revolutionary Skyactiv-X, which adopts a unique combustion method to combine the free-revving performance of a gasoline engine with the superior response of a diesel.
Geneva will also host the European premiere of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary, which will be revealed for the first time at the Chicago Auto Show in February.
mazda  SUV  auto_show  technology  skyactiv  cars 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Mazda Will Show Off a New Crossover With the 'Holy Grail' Skyactiv-X Engine Next Month
Mazda has teased an all-new crossover for the upcoming 2019 Geneva Motor Show, which will be built on the same new Skyactiv platform as the 2019 Mazda 3 and feature the new “Holy Grail” Skyactiv-X engine.
First things first, let’s enhance...
Well, that didn’t do anything. Dammit. They’re getting good at this.
Anyway, Mazda announced this new crossover, if that’s what you’d like to call it, will be built on the same new Skyactiv platform as the new Mazda 3, which we learned was built from scratch to iron out unwanted vibrations and noise for a better cabin experience.
Mazda also announced this new car will get the company’s new Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine. Here’s how we explained how it works when we test drove a prototype 3 with the engine back in 2017:
The Skyactiv-X engine works by using a process that Mazda calls Spark Controlled Compression Ignition—essentially a spark plug lighting off a localized rich mixture of fuel and air to create a fireball that compresses the lean mixture throughout the rest of the cylinder, yielding spontaneous ignition. It’s a fascinating concept that promises the efficiency of a diesel engine, but with far lower emissions, and it’s finally making its way into a production car.
cars  mazda  technology  skyactiv  preview  auto_show  SUV 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Here's Why the 2019 Mazda 3 Doesn't Have the 'Holy Grail' Skyactiv-X Engine Yet
I was pretty impressed with the short amount of time in the 2019 Mazda 3. But besides wondering when we’ll get the all-wheel drive hatchback with a manual, there was one huge question on my mind: “Where’s the ‘holy grail’ SkyActiv-X engine on this car?” So I asked around.
During dinner on the final night of the 2019 Mazda 3 first drive event, Mazda executives and engineers entertained us with hints of the direction the company plans to take its compression engine technology, as well as ideas for diesel and, eventually, rotary engines.
At the end of the two-day event, I was able to sit down next to Masahiro Moro, the President of Mazda North America, where he shared as much as he could about the upcoming generation of engine technologies the company has planned as part of its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” plan.
cars  mazda  technology  skyactiv 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Be Amazed By The Inner Workings Of Mazda's 'Holy Grail' Skyactiv-X Engine
If you’re as fascinated by Mazda’s SKYACTIV-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine as I am, then you’re going to want to take a break from whatever Miata-Is-Always-The-Answer comment you were writing and watch this video. It’s borderline pornographic.
At the end of August, Mazda flew me to Frankfurt, Germany, and let me drive two of its SKYACTIV-X prototypes (here’s my review). More importantly, I got to speak with the company’s engineers, who walked me through how Spark Controlled Compression Ignition, SPCCI, actually works. I used that information to write an in-depth technical explainer on the “holy grail” engine.
But pictures and words only go so far in explaining how a complex mechanical/thermodynamic system works, which is why Mazda has released this awesome video showing what happens in the combustion chamber, and comparing SPCCI with traditional gasoline and diesel motors.
cars  mazda  technology  skyactiv 
january 2019 by rgl7194
2019 Mazda 3 Review: Smoother, Quieter, Still Fantastic
Since its inception, the Mazda 3 has been a fun, affordable and fuel-efficient car that stood out for its driver-focused experience. The all-new 2019 Mazda 3 has the challenge of pushing that fun and engaging experience into a premium space, and it’s pretty much hit it out of the park.
(Full Disclosure: Mazda wanted me to drive the new Mazda 3 so badly, it flew me over to Los Angeles for a couple of nights at a hotel named Jeremy, fed me very well, taught me some human anatomy, and then kindly returned me home before the air traffic controllers stopped showing up to work because of the government shutdown.)
Out With the Old
I’ve spent a lot of time in the outgoing generation of the Mazda 3. My folks have owned a base front-wheel drive manual Mazda 3 for years, and I enjoyed driving it so much there was a period in college where I dumped my leased Ford Focus on them to keep the 3 for myself for a few months.
Every time I visit them, I still can’t wait to take the 3 out. It has a certain quality of what I call “flingability,” where you can rev it out, row through the gears, and steer it into a corner and it feels like it comes alive. The body rolls into corners with an initial lurch but catches itself, the engine note isn’t particularly sporty but is still satisfying, and the clutch and shift throws are light and easy to master. Instead of feeling like it’s taking abuse, it seems engineered for that sort of driving.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
The all-new 2019 Mazda 3 punches far above its weight for under $30,000 | Ars Technica
Mazda has completely redesigned its best-selling model, and the interior is a peach.
LOS ANGELES—I'll admit it, I always look forward to the launch of a new Mazda. Other brands might give you ten minutes of Cliff's Notes on the car before throwing you the keys and pointing you at the nearest twisty ribbon of tarmac; by contrast, the Hiroshima-based OEM's events always feel more like a grad school seminar. (I think that's a good thing, but that's probably why I have this job.)
In this regard, the launch of the brand-new Mazda 3 did not disappoint. The car is a clean-sheet design, the first to use the all-new Skyactiv-Vehicle architecture. And before we got to try it out in a mix of LA traffic and the Angeles Crest Highway, the engineers and designers responsible gave us plenty of insight into how they went about updating Mazda's best-selling car. The result is a refreshingly human-centered vehicle from an OEM that continues to live up to Jinba Ittai—its internal philosophy of making a car and its driver feel as one.
As with previous generations, the new Mazda 3—which goes on sale in March—will be available as a sedan (starting at $21,000) or a five-door hatchback (starting at $23,600). Eventually, you'll be able to option one with Mazda's clever new Skyactiv-X spark-controlled compression ignition engine, but at launch all US cars will come equipped with the same 2.5L four-cylinder Skyactiv-G power unit. There is a choice between front- and all-wheel drive, though, and at least some cars will even be available with a manual transmission.
cars  mazda  review 
january 2019 by rgl7194
2019 Mazda 3 - Thoughtfully Refined Compact Car
Thoughtful touches and attention to detail highlight Mazda's latest small car.
Reviewing cars is a weird game. One minute you're in a 550-hp Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the next you're driving a 186-hp 2019 Mazda 3 sedan, and then the day closes out with a custom, 427-hp 1995 Porsche 911 restomod by Gunther Werks. Aside from all three being gasoline-powered vehicles, there doesn't appear to be much in common between the three. But going from one to the other in the span of a day reveals a shared obsession with fine tuning the little things.
Since this is the Mazda 3 review, we'll try to avoid discussing Porsches. The new 3 is filled with examples of places where its engineers and designers anguished over things most owners won't immediately notice but will certainly appreciate—even if they can't put their finger on why they like the car, which is ironic because it's their fingers that get the attention. In the 3, Mazda went to the effort to make all of the 3's switchgear feel cohesive. Each button offers the same tactility and reacts like the others. The knobs for the climate-control system, the audio volume, and the infotainment controller (Mazda calls it the Commander) all feel the same and turn with similar resistance. While the subtleties of the clicks might not be immediately apparent to customers, these small things add up to a difference. The cumulative effect is that the 3's interior exudes a quality similar to that of high-end audio equipment or cars that costs tens of thousands more than the new 3's $21,895 base price.
cars  mazda  review 
january 2019 by rgl7194
7 Hottest Liveries From the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona - The Drive
With a field of stars and a full day of racing, we pick our top choices in The Drive's unofficial design award show.
Sportscar action at the World Center of Racing lends itself to an international stage that not only brings about the globe's best drivers and engineers, but also industry-leading designers that know just the right way to make a car look downright hot. While it's easier to work with some examples, others force artists to put their thinking caps on to create a truly memorable image. 
In honor of those who have nailed their racecars' liveries and schemes, we've compiled the top seven specimens for your visual delight.
cars  racing  design  the_drive  porsche  nissan  ferrari  mazda  lexus  ford_gt  mercedes 
january 2019 by rgl7194
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Review: Which Is Best, Sexy Retractable Hardtop or Classic Convertible? - The Drive
In 2019, the Great Mazda Miata debate rages on like never before.
A debate continues to rage in Miataland, that Hobbit-sized shire in which every driver is carefree and happy, whether or not hair sprouts atop their accelerator foot: Should you choose the traditional soft top Mazda MX-5 Miata, or the hardtop RF?
That debate has consumed The Drive’s office as well, with Will Sabel Courtney casting a recent vote for classicism and canvas. (I’m not sure why it matters, because lanky Will barely fits in a Miata anyway). The soft top’s key advantages are less weight—the RF’s hardtop adds 113 pounds—and less mechanical complexity: In a one-handed maneuver, a driver whips the roof open as insouciantly as a nudist flings off a Speedo.
My personal vote hinges largely on geography: If I’m living in Laguna Beach, and there’s no downside to four-season Miata driving, then sure, give me a soft top. But maybe because I grew up in Detroit, where I once owned a second-generation Miata—and because I live in Brooklyn today—my frigid northern heart leans toward the hardtop. Its pros and cons became clear when I drove a 2019 Miata RF Grand Touring (shod with Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires) to the Skip Barber Winter Driving Clinic in northern Connecticut on a miserably rainy, foggy day in early January. 
cars  mazda  miata  convertible  comparo  review  the_drive 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Jarvis, Mazda Team Joest Officially Set New Daytona Track Record in Rolex 24 Qualifying - The Drive
Jarvis gained pole with his performance on Thursday, breaking a former benchmark that stood for 26 years.
Oliver Jarvis made good on his promising pace from January's blistering Roar Before the 24 run by setting the official Daytona road course lap record in Thursday's qualifying for this weekend's Rolex 24.
Driving the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P DPi, Jarvis completed the 3.56-mile lap in just 1:33.685. This topples the previous benchmark set by P.J. Jones (1:33.875) in the All-American Racers Toyota Mk. III Eagle GTP car, a record that stood for 26 years. While doing so, Jarvis also gave Mazda its first overall pole position at Daytona as a manufacturer—40 years after its first class win at the South Florida track.
cars  mazda  racing  record  the_drive  video 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Watch This Mind-Boggling Onboard of Mazda Team Joest's Record-Breaking Daytona Pole Lap - The Drive
Oliver Jarvis set a new benchmark at the fabled circuit, surpassing PJ Jones' 26-year-old record.
Oliver Jarvis placed the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P DPi on pole for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona by breaking the historic Florida track's 26-year-old lap record. His unbelievably rapid time of 1:33.685 was enough to eclipse the longstanding benchmark previously set by All-American Racer P.J. Jones in 1993, readying Mazda Team Joest to take on the day-long enduro from pole position.
Jarvis previously went faster than Jones' lap at January's Roar Before The 24, though the time was unofficial as it was set during a practice session. This one, though, is official and will give Mazda Team Joest the momentum for the weekend's season-opener.
“The most important thing for us was to get the pole," Jarvis said of his performance on Thursday. "Since the Roar, I’ve gotten a better understanding of what it means to have the course record. For that record to stand for 26 years is incredible, and I wasn’t sure that we could beat it today because of the rain that we had this morning. I think for us and for Mazda Team Joest, it’s the icing on the cake because we worked so hard. There’s been no off-season, and this is the result of all the hard work that’s gone in back at the workshop. For me, it’s very special to achieve my first pole with Mazda, but also to beat such a longstanding, impressive record is something special.”
mazda  racing  cars  record  video  the_drive 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Mazda Sets Course Record, Qualifies First at Daytona | Inside Mazda
Driven by Olly Jarvis, the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P went around the Daytona International Speedway road course faster than any other car in history in Thursday’s qualifying for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Jarvis not only captured the overall pole position but broke the 26-year-old course record on the 3.56-mile road course.
“The most important thing for us was to get the pole,” Jarvis explained. “Since the Roar, I’ve gotten a better understanding of what it means to have the course record. For that record to stand for 26 years is incredible, and I wasn’t sure that we could beat it today because of the rain that we had this morning.”
cars  mazda  racing  record 
january 2019 by rgl7194
The Evolution of KODO Design Through Concept Cars | Inside Mazda
Mazda’s KODO — Soul of Motion design language was first introduced in 2010 with the debut of the Mazda CX-5. Since then, the full Mazda lineup has adopted the design language, all the way from MX-5 Miata to the CX-9. And today, the all-new Mazda3 hatchback and sedan usher in the latest generation of KODO Design, edifying Mazda’s commitment to Japanese design aesthetics.
Throughout the evolution of KODO Design, Mazda’s designers and engineers set the pace with award-winning concept vehicles that act as a true North Star for the automaker. These concepts give a glimpse on the future design of Mazda vehicles, with most evolving gorgeously into production models. Explore the evolution of Mazda’s KODO Design through Mazda design concept vehicles.
mazda  cars  design  concept  mazda_rx 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Human-Centric Design Puts The Driver In Control | Inside Mazda
Mazda is obsessed with creating a feeling of connection between car and driver; a connection that help ensure the car responds precisely and intuitively, giving drivers the exhilaration of control with the confidence that help keep them fully relaxed.
To create a seamless connection with the vehicle, Mazda enginners closely study human traits and maintained trust in the innate abilities of the human body. Instead of forcing humans adapt to a vehicle, Mazda builds its vehicle around humans. Mazda calls this human-centered engineering, and it is a hallmark of the all-new Mazda3.
“We take a human-centric approach–where the driver feels oneness with the car, as if it is an extension of their body,” said Masahiro Moro, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. “Just as a rider is connected to their horse. A driver trusts that their car is intuitive and responsive. On the road, the driver feels naturally positioned and perfectly balanced for a profoundly pleasurable driving experience.”
mazda  cars  driving  design 
january 2019 by rgl7194
The Final Two: 2018 Lamley Awards Hot Wheels & 1/64 Diecast Models of the Year – theLamleyGroup
That was fun, but it is time to but the 2018 Lamley Awards to bed.
With the blog, IG, and YouTube audience growing, there were BY FAR more votes cast in 2018 than any other Lamley Awards year, and that made this one interesting to watch. I’ve already unveiled most of the awards, but here are the final two.
After doing these, I am going to create some NON-Mattel categories next year. It takes some thinking, because outside of TLV I am not as thorough in covering everything. But we will figure it out. It is obvious I need to considering two Asian brands took the Model of the Year top spots.
Thanks everyone for voting, and let’s do it again in a year.
The full results...
cars  hot_wheels  diecast  award  top_ten  video  mazda  GT-R 
january 2019 by rgl7194
Breathing Life Into Cars Through Artful Design - Mazda 3 | Inside Mazda
Unrestrained by convention and with an eagerness to design with purpose, Mazda’s designers are given the freedom to create true works of art. These designers are relentless in their pursuit of beauty—a quest for alluring simplicity that ties back to the company’s roots in Japanese design.
These aesthetic values are held to the utmost importance, as they reflect each vehicle’s unique personality and purpose. And as each designer puts pen to paper, they set out to inspire and cultivate a connection between driver and car. They believe that artful design, honed through decades of passion and expertise, should be held at the highest regard.
“In Japan, we feel that craftsmen inject life into what they make, so objects that receive the love and caring attention of these craftsmen have a vital force, a soul,” said Ikuo Maeda, head of global design and brand style at Mazda. “As we are a Japanese car company, we believe when a form is sincerely and painstakingly sculpted by human hands it receives a soul.”
mazda  cars  design 
december 2018 by rgl7194
2017 vs. 2018 Mazda6: What's the Difference? - Autotrader
The 2018 Mazda6 receives a significant refresh for 2018.
The 2018 models introduce an available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 250 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque.
A 360-degree camera and ventilated seats are among the new features available for 2018.
Since its introduction for the 2014 model year, the third-generation Mazda6 has felt a cut above the competition. The doors feel solid and robust, the cabin is quiet and the interior materials exceed the level of quality you'd expect from a midsize sedan. Since its debut five model years ago, the Mazda6 has been updated twice, with each refresh moving the vehicle further upmarket. The most recent refresh has taken place for the 2018 model year and has taken the Mazda6 to new heights. Below, we'll discuss the major changes that have come about for 2018.
The 2018 Mazda6 is available in five trim levels; Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. Grand Touring Reserve and Signature are new additions for 2018.
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  comparo 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Mazda Has Trademarked 'MX-6', But Why?
A trademark application for the name 'MX-6' has been filed with the Japanese Patent Office, so should we get excited?
Earlier this week, we had the crushing disappointment of Mazda ruling out a 3 MPS hot hatch while also quashing any realistic hopes of ever seeing another rotary-powered sports car. Today, though, we’re presenting some news from Mazda which might just be a little more positive.
Auto Guide discovered that the company filed a trademark application with the Japanese Patent Office last month for the name ‘Mazda MX-6’ to be applied to “automobiles and parts and accessories thereof”. It’s hard not to get excited by that.
The MX-6 first arrived in 1987, replaced by a second-generation model in 1991. Production ended in 1997, and Mazda elected not to use the name again.
The front-wheel drive coupe isn’t the most revered car from Mazda’s back catalogue, but with the Japanese company doing a very good job of making even ‘ordinary’ stuff drive in an extremely satisfying way right now, an MX-6 successor could be a very interesting car no matter how humdrum the underpinnings.
This could, of course, all amount to nothing. A trademark application is very far from a guarantee of a future car happening, and a new MX-6 at a time when the coupe market is less than healthy would seem like an odd choice. Regardless, we’re remaining hopeful, even if that means we might end up being disappointed all over again…
mazda  mazda6  cars  patents 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Who Makes The Best Family Sedan?? (PART 2)---2018 Camry vs 2018 Mazda6 vs 2018 Honda Accord! - YouTube
Forrest's Auto Reviews
Published on May 29, 2018
Time for the winner of this test! Thank you all for watching this review, I enjoyed putting all this together for y'all! Be sure to subscribe, like, and share this video! LETS HIT 1 MILLION VIEWS! ****READ BELOW!****
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  comparo  youtube 
november 2018 by rgl7194
WHO MAKES THE BEST FAMILY SEDAN??? (PART 1)---2018 Honda Accord vs 2018 Mazda 6 vs 2018 Toyota Camry - YouTube
Forrest's Auto Reviews
Published on May 26, 2018
Ever wonder who makes the best sedan on the market? Ever wanted to get 3 of the best cars in a segment and compare them apples to apples? Tune in because this is exactly what I have done! So thankful to Hiley Mazda Arlington, Honda of Fort Worth, and Toyota USA for allowing me to use all 3 of these car to review for you guys! I hope you enjoy all the effort that went into this video! Stay tuned for Part 2 where you will see how they drive, which is the quickest, and who walks away with the title of best sedan!
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  comparo  youtube 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Nearly 49,000 Mazda6 Vehicles Recalled Due to Risk of Reduced Steering Control - The Drive
The issue relates to the corrosion of the front cross member.
Mazda has put out a statement recalling nearly 49,000 Mazda6 vehicles in the United States due to the possibility of corrosion of a cross member that may affect maneuverability.
The North American Operations arm of the Japanese manufacturer has filed a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pertaining to a safety concern with certain model year 2009 and 2010 Mazda6 vehicles. It clearly states that in some of the vehicles affected, “due to suspected insufficient paint coating on the front cross member, continuous use in 'salt states' may cause corrosion of the cross member.“ And due to the corrosion progressing over time, the rigidity of the mounting point at the passenger side of the lower control arm may deteriorate, and the steering alignment may change.
cars  mazda  mazda6 
november 2018 by rgl7194
2019 Mazda3 debuts at LA Auto Show with Skyactiv-X tech - Roadshow
Beneath the new minimalist design, you'll find smarter safety features and the first appearance of Mazda's Skyactiv-X engine technology.
Mazda has unveiled its fourth-generation of its Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new models boast a simplified aesthetic, new driver aid and infotainment tech evolutions and will be the first vehicles to feature the automaker's new Skyactiv-X engine technology when it goes on sale next year.
'Less is more' design
For the new Mazda3 sedan and hatchback models, Mazda's designers took a minimalist approach. The 3's profile features no character lines, strong creases or hard edges. Instead there are just flowing, smooth curves that Mazda uses to convey elegance, emotion and muscularity.
The hatchback pulls off the new design language best with a dramatic, massive C-pillar that gives the car a very dynamic appearance. It's probably also got a fairly massive blind spot and seems a bit oddly proportioned from certain angles.
The sedan is the more bland of the two. Without the benefit of hatch's weird proportions to draw the eye, the Mazda3 sedan's flanks end up looking sunken, undefined and just sort of blobby.
Both body styles feature sharp front and rear end design elements that continue to evolve and simplify Mazda's Kodo design language and add some structure to their undefined midsections. I'm not feeling "love at first sight" for either of the 3s, but I'll reserve judgement until seeing both cars in person.
cars  mazda  LA  auto_show  preview  technology  skyactiv 
november 2018 by rgl7194
LA Auto Show: Mazda reveals redesigned Mazda3 compact car
LOS ANGELES — Mazda revealed a redesigned version of the Mazda3 on Tuesday, featuring a high-tech engine and advanced safety systems, in a bold bet on compact cars.
The Japanese automaker unveiled sedan and hatchback versions of the 2019 Mazda3 at a glitzy event on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show. 
Equipped with Mazda's more fuel-efficient high-compression engine, technology that improves pedestrian safety and simplified infotainment controls, the Mazda3 will hit dealerships in early 2019.
cars  mazda  LA  auto_show  preview  technology 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Mazda debuts new Mazda3 compact as GM and Ford exit small car market - Business Insider
Mazda introduced the new 2019 Mazda3 at the 2018 LA Auto Show on Wednesday.
The Mazda3 will be available as both a sedan and a hatchback.
The Mazda3 is available with five different four-cylinder engines including a diesel and mild hybrid.
The new Mazda3 goes on sales in early 2019.
cars  mazda  LA  auto_show  preview  technology 
november 2018 by rgl7194
The 2019 Mazda 3 Doesn't Let the Enthusiasts Down
The new, 2019 Mazda 3 isn’t just another sleek compact car (which we desperately need in today’s market). It also now comes packed with Mazda’s very fancy spark-controlled compression ignition engine, called the Skyactiv-X. And also a manual transmission! Praise the Lord!
The Mazda 3 will be the first, mass-produced car to use that new witchcraft engine. Here’s how it works, as David Tracy expertly explained earlier this month:
The Skyactiv-X engine works by using a process that Mazda calls Spark Controlled Compression Ignition—essentially a spark plug lighting off a localized rich mixture of fuel and air to create a fireball that compresses the lean mixture throughout the rest of the cylinder, yielding spontaneous ignition. It’s a fascinating concept that promises the efficiency of a diesel engine.
mazda  cars  auto_show  LA  preview  technology 
november 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Mazda6 Review: Can a Luxurious, Pretty Mazda Beat 2018's Long Odds on Family Sedans? - The Drive
Even America's best-selling sedans are struggling to attract buyers. For Mazda's underdog, success means keeping up with the mainstream Joneses.
Since its debut in 2002, the Mazda6 has been the alternative family sedan, the hot-handling counterpoint to stalwarts like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. But what happens when you become the alternative to the alternative? These days, virtually any sedan you can name—the Accord, BMW 3 Series, the serial General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler models now being put to pasture—is being overwhelmed in the marketplace by SUVs. With Mazda struggling to get on consumers’ shopping radar in the best of times, this might appear the worst of times to market the 6.
Credit Mazda for not giving up: I still fervently hope that Detroit comes to its senses and realizes it’s critical to stay in the sedan game, and to not entirely cede this still-huge sales segment to its Japanese, Korean and European rivals. Yet if Mazda isn't giving up, it is giving in somewhat to the desires of sedan consumers. Mazda has compromised some of the 6’s pure athleticism, in favor of the plush, premium feel and fuel economy that those buyers tend to prioritize. 
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  the_drive 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Mazda's Breakthrough Engine Technology – SKYACTIV-X | Inside Mazda
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not simply a case of switching cars to electric power–at least until the whole world runs on renewable energy. That’s why Mazda is taking a “well-to-wheel” approach to reducing emissions, considering fuel extraction, manufacturing, and shipping as well as driving. One part of this bold plan is a revolutionary new combustion engine. Mazda calls it SKYACTIV-X.
SKYACTIV-X is a revolutionary engine, a world first. It employs a method of combustion—compression ignition—that the combined might of the motoring sector has been trying to master for over two decades.
cars  mazda  technology  skyactiv 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Mazda's Award-Winning Legacy in Car Design | Inside Mazda
Mazda first introduced the award-winning KODO—Soul of Motion Design language with the SHINARI concept sedan in 2010. At that time the company sought to put in place an entirely new direction for Mazda vehicle design. Each vehicle was brought to life through a sense of motion and speed, even at a complete standstill.
cars  mazda  design  mazda_rx 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Science of Performance: Torque, Horsepower & The 2018 Mazda6 Sedan | Inside Mazda
Automakers tend to talk a lot about horsepower and torque. Most people tend to focus more on horsepower but, believe it or not, torque is often more important in ordinary day-to-day driving. So what is torque, and how is it different than horsepower?
As an example of how this all actually works, picture a sprinter getting ready to run a 100-meter dash. As the runner pushes off, powerful leg muscles propel the athlete’s body forward. Each step pushes against the ground to increase the runner’s momentum. That pushing force is like torque from a car’s engine. It’s what gets the car moving and causes acceleration.
science  mazda  mazda6  turbo  performance  cars 
november 2018 by rgl7194
My Mazdas & My Marriage - From RX-3 to Mazda 3 | Inside Mazda
The story of Fred and Judy Baron feels like it is straight out of a romance movie: they met on July 4, 1980, in Coronado, California, at a wedding where he was the best man and she was the maid of honor. They started dating that very night, but since he’d flown in from out of town, leaving his ’79 Mazda RX-7 at home, he took her out for a spin in the Groom’s ’79 RX-7.
Soon, they were dating, and Fred was helping Judy shop for her own RX-7; it wasn’t long after that when the couple were announcing their own engagement with a photo of their nearly-matching Mazdas.
mazda  cars  marriage 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Is the 2018 Mazda 6 Turbo worth your dollar? - YouTube
Our Auto Expert
Published on Jun 10, 2018
We've been asking for it and its finally here, the Zoom Zoom is back in the all new 2018 Mazda 6, and we are pleasantly surprised.
Now before you run out and buy one be sure and check out a couple quick features and quirks that we have found with the all new sports sedan. In this episode we will dissect the Mazda 6 by breaking down not only the technology, features and design, but also putting this car through the back-road twists and deciding whether this sedan is worth your dollar.
mazda  cars  mazda6  turbo  review  youtube 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: Mazda 787B (2018 Car Culture - Circuit Legends)
Metal on metal, check. Real Riders, check. Cool graphics, of course. What is there not to enjoy about this casting. These Car Culture cars have been on a roll!
cars  hot_wheels  mazda  collecting 
november 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Mazda6 Sedan - Premium Performance and Design - YouTube
Car TV
Published on Apr 28, 2018
2018 Mazda6 Sedan - Drive, Interior and Exterior. Color: Machine Grey. Subscribe.
Re-engineered and refined for 2018, Mazda6 features many newly available technologies and premium features, including an available turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine and authentic materials like Deep Chestnut Nappa leather, UltraSuede® NU and Japanese Sen wood in its top-tier Signature trim level. Its all-new interior also include fully redesigned seats with high-density, vibration-absorbing urethane foam that help improve comfort and reduce fatigue. Underneath its sheet metal, Mazda6 has been rethought, using thicker steel in the floor for sound abatement, and its suspension has been completely re-engineered for better driving experience and greater refinement.
mazda  cars  mazda6  review  turbo  youtube 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Giving back the 2018 Mazda6 Signature: ONE WEEK LATER - YouTube
Published on Jul 7, 2018
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The 2018 Mazda6 Signature competes against the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry in the midsize sedan class. After spending a week with the 6, I came to the conclusion that it is my new favourite in this highly competitive class. Here are a few final thoughts regarding the Mazda6.
Please like, comment and share this video with others, it would be greatly appreciated!
mazda  cars  mazda6  review  turbo  youtube 
november 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Mazda6 - The Stylish mid-size sedan - YouTube
4Drive Time
Published on Jul 21, 2018
The 2018 Mazda6 is a standout in the midsize family-sedan class. Mazda’s flagship sedan offers a sporty driving experience, fuel-efficient engines, an upscale interior and top safety ratings. For 2018 the Mazda6 gets a revised look, a new more powerful 250-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, a retuned suspension for a more comfortable ride; wider, more comfortable seats; and improved infotainment features. With these important improvements the new Mazda6 is better equipped to compete with such popular rivals as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. A 6-speed automatic transmission works with both engines, but Mazda still offers a manual transmission with the base 184-horsepower 4-cylinder to satisfy enthusiasts. Four trim levels are available, with prices starting around $22,500.
For 2018 the Mazda6 is heavily revised with an updated exterior, a new more powerful 250-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, a retuned suspension for a more comfortable ride; wider, more comfortable seats; an 8-inch infotainment display, and a 360-degree-view monitor. Ventilated seats are now available as is Radar Cruise Control with stop-and-go capability.
mazda  cars  mazda6  turbo  youtube  overview 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Skyactiv-X: Mazda's Revolutionary Engine Explained - YouTube
Alex on Autos
Published on Feb 9, 2018
Autos & Vehicles
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  technology  youtube  skyactiv 
november 2018 by rgl7194
How Does My 2016 Mazda6 Compare to the new TURBO 2018 Mazda6? - YouTube
GemmyD on Cars
Published on Aug 16, 2018
After I drove the new 6, I wanted to compare all the new changes made inside and out to the new version. Hope you enjoy.
cars  mazda  mazda6  comparo  review  youtube  turbo 
november 2018 by rgl7194
2018 MAZDA 6!!!!!GRAND TOURING RESERVE!!!!! - YouTube
Budget Friendly Car Reviews
Published on May 2, 2018
Check out this Mazda 6 (Grand Touring Reserve) color Soul Red. If you're in the Houston area check out Barry Dovey at Munday Mazda great customer service. Don't forget to LIKE, COMMENT, & SUBSCRIBE for daily uploads. THANKS FOR WATCHING!!!!!
Autos & Vehicles
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  youtube 
november 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Mazda 6 - PRODUCTION - YouTube
Published on May 29, 2018
Mazda celebrates 50 million vehicles made in Japan
Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that cumulative production in Japan reached 50 million units on May 15. The company held a commemorative ceremony today at its Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi prefecture. Representative Director, President and CEO Masamichi Kogai, executive officers and union representatives were in attendance. The 50 million-unit milestone was achieved 86 years and seven months after Mazda produced its first three-wheeled truck in October 1931.
“Mazda began making cars 86 years ago, and now we’ve reached 50 million units of production in Japan. Even making 1 million cars a year, it would take 50 years to reach this milestone, showing just how long Mazda’s history is,” said Kogai at the ceremony. “Moving forward, Mazda will continue to build a strong brand through a variety of initiatives. Our plants in Hofu and Hiroshima will continue to evolve and act as parent factories, rapidly deploying their technologies and skills to our overseas plants. I’d like us all to work together to ensure these plants continue to embody the kind of technical prowess that does justice to Japan’s proud history of Monotsukuri.”
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  youtube 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Mazda 6 2018 review - YouTube
Published on May 30, 2018
Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the Mazda 6 with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its launch in Australia.
See more at the CarsGuide Mazda6 hub: http://carsgui.de/2AlHlq0
Check out other family cars here: http://carsgui.de/2Fl1jnk
Oversteer - For car nuts and speed readers
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  youtube  australia 
october 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Mazda6 2.5T Signature – A Much Needed Power Upgrade - YouTube
Redline Reviews
Published on Jun 29, 2018
After years of no upgraded engine options, Mazda listens to consumers and FINALLY gives the Mazda6 more power for 2018, in the form of a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cyl. With 310 lb-ft of torque and 250 HP with premium gas, this new Mazda6 now has the heart it needs to go head to head with the new Accord and Camry. But does it have the whole package to surpass both its new rivals?
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  youtube 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Review: 2018 Mazda6 2.5T Signature - A Cut Above - YouTube
Matt Maran Motoring
Published on Sep 5, 2018
I review the 2018 Mazda6 Signature with the new 2.5T engine! What do you think about this more powerful Mazda6? Thanks to Mazda for providing this vehicle to review!
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Track: Lost Sky - Dreams [NCS Release]
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october 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Mazda6 Signature Review vs Toyota Camry and Honda Accord - YouTube
Driving Sports TV
Published on Jul 23, 2018
The new 2018 Mazda6 Signature brings a new level of sophistication to Mazda's mid-size sedan. Price as tested: $36,140 including destination. In this review we test the 0-60 time, check the brakes, kick the tires (metaphorically) and try out all the new and updated features. Engine is a 2.5-liter turbo (227hp, 310tq) with a 6-speed automatic powering the front wheels.
Driving Sports produces exclusive automotive reviews, news and motor sports for broadcast, web, mobile and set-top boxes. Be sure to subscribe here on YouTube.
For more videos and adventures visit the official site: http://www.drivingsports.com or get our free Roku app: http://dspor.tv/get-roku
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  youtube  comparo 
october 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Mazda Mazda6 | CarGurus Test Drive Review - YouTube
Published on Jun 19, 2018
Shop the new Mazda Mazda6: https://cargur.us/p9LXY
The addition of a high-end Signature trim and the 2.5-liter turbocharged engine from the CX-9 has Mazda hoping its Mazda6 sedan’s trim lineup finally has the breadth to attract buyers on both ends of the pricing spectrum. A base Sport trim Mazda6 will start below $22,000 with the 187-hp, naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine from past models, while the most expensive Signature trim starts close to $35,000 and features the aforementioned turbo 4-cylinder—good for 250 horsepower with premium fuel.
Sure to attract even more customers, the Mazda Connect infotainment system will now be available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Shoppers who buy a Mazda6 in the first half of 2018 will be able to have the system software upgraded to run the smartphone-interfacing applications at the dealership, starting in July.
Although no all-wheel-drive model exists, the Mazda6 does provide a compelling option for shoppers still in the market for a midsize sedan. Sharp looks, sharper handling, and now a powerful engine option should put this car on everyone’s test-drive list. For more information on the 2018 Mazda Mazda6, read Mike Perkins’ full review on CarGurus: https://cargur.us/p9LWW
cars  mazda  mazda6  turbo  review  youtube 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Review | 2018 Mazda6 Turbo | Slow No More - YouTube
Published on Jul 3, 2018
It has been almost two years since we looked at the updated Mazda6, which had some issues. Now Mazda has updated the car again with hopes to push it past major players like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The question is: are there any problems that will scare off customers?
Info on Mazda 2.5L Turbo: https://youtu.be/-ta8hHPVfek?t=10m34s
BendBak is the Official Lift of Savagegeese
SG is:
Mr. Goose - Microwave Wattage Validator
Jack Tokyo - JDM Best in Class Premium Validator
Carol Krumpet - President and CEO of Savagegeese
00:00 - 1:05 Intro and Exterior
1:05 - 7:50 Interior Impressions
7:50 - 12:37 In the Shoppe - Suspension and Chassis
12:37 - 20:26 Driving and Track Impressions
20:26 Final Thoughts
mazda6  mazda  cars  turbo  review  youtube 
october 2018 by rgl7194
USA: 5,700 mile road-trip in a Mazda 6 - Team-BHP
When life gives you lemons, you tie it to a car go on a road trip. That’s exactly what I planned to do when I saw airfares which mocked my meager student budget. The spring break was fast coming and I had loads of places in my head to visit. Flights were way too expensive while buses and trains were just not viable. What better chance to go on a road trip!? I immediately checked all the car rental websites for the best deals and once I was convinced, I booked a full size car for 12 days. Being under 25 years of age is a pain while renting cars in the US. However, from internet, I learnt that becoming a member of USAA would waive off my young renter’s fee and I did just that to strike the cheapest deal and it worked like a charm. I also purchased rental car insurance from outside for those unforeseen situations. Now the plan was as follows: I drive from Philadelphia to Dallas alone while visiting my uncle in Kansas en route. From Dallas, three of my friends were to join me to complete the trip back in Philadelphia covering a few places on the way.
It was a busy Thursday for me as usual with classes and lab work right from morning 9 AM to night 9 PM. Amidst this schedule, I managed to squeeze some time to go pick up the rental car. I had an option to choose between Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and the Mazda 6. Camry was too dreary, and I hated the transmission on Altima. I chose the Mazda 6 and I was happy about it.
After picking up the car on 2nd March, I returned to my classes and carried on with the routine. When I was done at 9PM, I rushed home, packed clothes, water bottles and some snacks. I was to drop my roommate in Newark, Delaware which was a 45 min detour which I didn’t mind because in a 17.5 hour drive, 45 min more meant peanuts. With a full tank of gas, a bundle load of energy despite the busy day, the two of us set off at 10.30 PM from Philadelphia. By 11.15 I dropped him off and began my solo 17 hour drive to Kansas. My favorite mix of Punjabi, Bollywood, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Devotional, English (it was a long drive after all) songs were keeping me company. After about an hour into the drive, it started snowing. A small fear set in for, I wasn’t in a 4X4, I didn’t have shovels or snow chains, but I got adventurous and continued cautiously. The snow followed me for two and half hours and by this time it was almost time for me to refuel. The approach to the gas station, along the exit was covered in thick snow but the Mazda made it without much drama. After some stretching and refueling, I continued driving.
cars  driving  mazda  mazda6 
october 2018 by rgl7194
2016 Mazda6 – Driving Matters™ | SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY | Mazda USA - YouTube
Mazda USA
Published on Mar 7, 2016
It isn't all bad being a passenger. But with SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, it's a whole lot better being a driver.
cars  mazda  mazda6  commercials  youtube 
october 2018 by rgl7194
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