Cars.com Awards Mazda MX-5 Miata with 2017 Play Car of the Year

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The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been recognized as Cars.com’s 2017 Play Car of the Year in its annual awards program. The world’s best-selling roadster excelled in quality, innovation and value—the three key criteria that Cars.com experts used when evaluating the nominees.

MX-5 has gone through four generations of innovation, resulting in the current model year that delivers a lightweight, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive vehicle that is unparalleled in the driving pleasure it provides. The refinements over the years have resulted in Mazda designers continuously improving the driving and handling dynamics, making MX-5 one of the world’s favorite open-top sports cars to take on the road.

Available in a choice of three trim levels—MX-5 Sport, Club and Grand Touring for soft top models and MX-5 Club and Grand Touring for the new-for-2017 MX-5 RF retractable fastback—MX-5 can come outfitted as a pure driving machine all the way up to a leather-lined roadster. All three trim levels provide unadulterated, wind-in-the-hair joy from behind the wheel that’s rare among vehicles on sale today. Yet, they’re also thoroughly modern with many features that would often come at much higher price points in other cars like available adaptive LED headlights, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning.

Whether it’s a daily drive to and from the office or a weekend adventure with the top down, MX-5 delivers a one-of-a-kind driving experience that continues to redefine the notion of “play.”

For more information on the 2017 MX-5 and all Mazda products, please visit SmailMazda.com.


Mazda’s Turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T Engine Wins 2017 Wards ‘10 Best Engines’ Award

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Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has announced its turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, which made its debut in the second-generation Mazda CX-9 midsize crossover SUV, has received a 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines award.

“We’re honored that WardsAuto has recognized our turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, as it serves as validation of our innovation that everything we do is focused on creating value and strong trust with our customers,” said Kelvin Hiraishi, director of engineering, MNAO. “This is who we are, and this principal is here to stay at Mazda.”

The SKYACTIV-G 2.5T offers many Mazda- and industry-firsts, including its innovative Dynamic Pressure Turbo, which uses a butterfly valve in the engine’s exhaust to create more pressure through a smaller chamber—like holding your thumb over the end of a garden hose—at low RPM. As a result, its turbocharger can spool up almost instantaneously, providing up to 310 lb-ft of torque for ample flexibility and performance in any situation. It is also the first time Mazda has turbocharged a gasoline SKYACTIV engine.

For use in CX-9, Mazda engineers focused on real-world performance rather than chasing horsepower or torque figures that wouldn’t be usable during normal driving. Engineers validated their focus by studying how SUV drivers would drive in the city, opting for strong off-the-line acceleration in city traffic and linear, controllable operation.

“There are lots of powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engines out there, but Mazda’s 2.5-liter turbo stands out by using very elegant engineering to create especially smooth and abundant low-end torque for great everyday V-6-like performance in a sizable crossover SUV,” said WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter.

By replacing a heavy V-6 engine with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T in the new-generation CX-9, Mazda was able to eliminate more than 250 lbs. and improve EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency by 25 percent compared with its predecessor. Part of the impetus to rethink how to create the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T came from the desire to improve real-world figures as well, so Mazda developed a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system so the engine could run at a high 10.5:1 compression ratio without needing to dump fuel into its cylinders for cooling, commonly known as enrichment.

“Most turbocharged gasoline engines use enrichment very early on, leading to fuel economy that rarely meets the EPA-estimated numbers,” said Hiraishi. “While the SKYACTIV-G 2.5T’s cooled EGR doesn’t improve the catalog fuel economy numbers, it does pay dividends for customers to achieve greater real-world efficiency. That’s what matters”.

For more information, visit SmailMazda.com.


Mazda Drive For Good - Test Drives for Charity

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Mazda Drive for Good is our annual charitable program that allows us to give back by helping those in need. And you can be a part of it. Simply take a test drive between November 21, 2016 and January 3, 2017, and we'll pledge one hour of our time to a worthy cause in your community. 

Additionally, for every new Mazda purchased or leased during that time frame, $150 will be donated by Mazda to one of four national charities, or to our local charity The Autism Society of Pittsburgh. 

The four national charities are; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - to pioneer research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases; American Red Cross - to shelter, feed and provide emotional support to victims of disasters; The Mazda Foundation - dedicated to building a better tomorrow through support of meaningful programs that make a difference, and; American Heart Association - to save people from heart disease and stroke.

For more information, visit Mazda Drive For Good, or SmailMazda.com

 


Mazda to Offer Diesel Engine in All-New Mazda CX-5 for North America in Second Half of 2017

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Mazda Motor Corporation announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show it will offer the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine in the all-new Mazda CX-5 for North America from the second half of 2017. It will be Mazda’s first diesel engine model in the North American market.

The SKYACTIV-D 2.2 to be fitted in the all-new CX-5 for North America provides a torque-rich driving experience and revs freely to high RPMs. It will meet the region’s strict emission standards and make the all-new CX-5 one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. The engine also adopts Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control, proprietary technologies that reduce diesel knock for a quieter and more pleasing sound.

“We’re confident this engine offers a smart new option for North American drivers who want both performance and fuel economy,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s Executive Vice President and Representative Director.

By providing driving pleasure and outstanding environmental performance to all customers, Mazda aims to enrich people’s lives and become a brand with which customers feel an emotional connection.

For more information about the CX-5, please visit SmailMazda.com.


First Gear - 2016.5 Mazda CX-5 Review and Test Drive

 



Get a closer look at a 2016.5 Mazda CX-5. I explore the exterior and interior of the vehicle before taking it for a brief test drive. 

I love the color of this CX-5. The exterior is called Jet Black Mica, and while we get a nice close up in the video, it really doesn't do it justice. You need to see it sparkle in person. The black has bits of blue, green and purple mixed in, giving it a dynamic depth that is so cool looking. It's almost cosmic, I called it "space."

What makes our First Gear series different from some other review shows is that I'm not a "car guy" or a salesman. I just like to push buttons and search for secret compartments to see what I can discover. You'll see me give my initial impressions of each vehicle, and follow up with any questions to a Smail sales representative.

If you want more information about our available Mazda CX-5 at Smail, visit our website here. And don't forget to check out this playlist of all of our First Gear episodes.


All-New Mazda CX-9 Wins Big in Texas

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 More than 70 automotive journalists from across the country gathered at Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, for the Texas Auto Writers Association’s (TAWA) annual Texas Truck Rodeo. Over the two-day event, more than 70 vehicles were evaluated in 17 competitive categories, with the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 taking home top prize in the full-size CUV (crossover utility vehicle) segment.

“Mazda’s all-new CX-9 earned class-leading marks from our judges particularly in exterior styling, premium interior finishes, the performance of the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T powertrain and overall personal appeal in the highly competitive full-size CUV category,” said Nic Phillips, Texas Auto Writers Association President. “Mazda’s CX-9 is a combination of sleek style with exciting, driver rewarding dynamics and family efficiency which makes for an award winning package, one that carried the CX-9 to be our runner-up for the overall CUV of Texas award.”

In the decade since the first Mazda CX-9 made its world debut, it has transformed the full-size CUV segment and is the brand’s grandest expression of KODO – Soul of Motion design. The 2016 model year offers innovative technologies, premium and authentic materials and is simply fun to drive with a focus on overall driver experience.

The Texas Truck Rodeo win comes on the heels of the announcement that the 2016 Mazda CX-9 made the shortlist of nominees for the 2017 World Car of the Year. It’s great momentum for the Mazda brand considering the 2016 MX-5 won two awards for World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year earlier this year.

Mazda North American Operations is proud of its award-winning vehicle line-up. The 2016 model year vehicles have already earned more than 100 industry accolades.

For more information about the CX-9, visit SmailMazda.com.

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10 New Things You Should Be Excited for on the 2017 Mazda3

The new 2017 Mazda3 will soon be making its way to dealerships nationwide, and there are significant improvements in refinement, packaging and handling. Here's a list of the 10 new things you should be excited about seeing in the new 2017 Mazda3.

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  1. The new Mazda3 will come standard with G-Vectoring Control (GVC), an all-new, Mazda-exclusive technology that "uses the engine in conjunction with the steering, throttle inputs and suspension to provide sharper chassis control, leading to a need for fewer steering corrections and greater driver- and passenger-confidence."
  2. Electronic parking brake now comes standard. And the extra interior space allows for more front seat storage.
  3. Improved sound insulation throughout vehicle, making the 2017 model 3dB quieter 25 mph over rough roads, thanks to tighter body gaps, improved sound insulation and redesigned weather stripping versus its 2016 predecessor.
  4. Redesigned leather-wrapped steering wheel for a more comfortable grip, with available heating elements.
  5. An updated sliding covered center console design, (borrowed from its big brother, the Mazda6.)
  6. Exterior upgrades are minimal, but include a bolder grille, and a redesigned rear bumper on 5-door models
  7. Three new shades of colors available. Subtle differences in color shades can have dramatic impact on cars. This year, Machine Gray, Eternal Blue Mica, and Sonic Silver Metallic replace Meteor Gray, Blue Relfex Mica and Liquid Silver Metallic.
  8. Available Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring and Traffic Sign Recognition as well as a new, full-color Active Driving Display.
  9. Revamped "Popular Equipment Package" available, which includes a moonroof, Bose 9-speaker surround sound system, 4 month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, and more.
  10. Three new package options with variety of performance and safety features: "Premium Equipment Package," "i-ACTIVSENSE Safety Package," and "i-ELOOP Package."

For more information, please visit SmailMazda.com.

 


One-Millionth Mazda MX-5 Miata Continues Celebration with US Tour

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The one-millionth Mazda MX-5 Miata was built April 22, 2016, and since then it has traveled the globe as part of a celebration tour that has recently landed in the United States. With recent stops in Philadelphia and the Chicago area, the one-millionth MX-5 likely traveled through our area, but no Pittsburgh event was planned. The car will head to Texas later this month, before several stops on the West Coast before it heads to Australia. At the end of its journey, the vehicle will be retired to the Mazda Museum in Hiroshima, Japan, where it will be covered with more than 20,000 signatures from enthusiasts worldwide. 

“From first-time MX-5 owners to longtime, multiple-Miata families; and from driving everything from original-condition 1990 cars with just a few thousand miles to heavily modified MX-5s with hundreds of thousands of miles, we’ve seen an outpouring of enthusiasts come to sign the one-millionth MX-5,” said Robert Davis, senior VP, U.S. Operations, MNAO. “Everyone has had a unique story with their car, but all of those stories come back to a common theme: Falling in love with open-top driving.”

The one-millionth MX-5 is accompanied around the U.S. by one of the earliest-produced Miatas, a Classic Red 1990 model that was one of the first three shown to the world at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. It is the 15th ever built.

“MX-5 carries a lot of heritage for Mazda, from its inception to winning the 2016 World Car of the Year Award,” added Davis. “It may be the smallest car we make, but it is the torchbearer for Mazda’s entire lineup of performance vehicles.”

More information on the Millionth Miata Celebration Tour can be found here. Also please visit SmailMazda.com.

 


Exclusive Mazda Miata RX-5 RF Launch Edition

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Mazda will be producing an exclusive run of 1,000 RX-5 vehicles they will be dubbing the "Launch Edition." This run will be the only available in Machine Gray Metallic paint color, and Auburn Nappa leather interior trim with a hand-painted black roof panel, based on the Grand Touring trim level. Mazda will be emailing a select group of customers with an invitation to order with a specific window of time to order before sales are opened up to the general public. 

In addition to 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.

For more information, please visit SmailMazda.com

 


New 2017 Mazda6 Makes Global Debut with Upgraded Refinements

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Mazda recently debuted the all-new 2017 Mazda6, which has gained further premium refinements such as the all-new G-Vectoring Control (GVC), greatly enhanced sound insulation, and available Nappa leather seating surfaces with contrast-color piping.

GVC is Mazda's first use of SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies, and it gives drivers with more precise control of their vehicles, helping reduce the need for steering corrections, which leads to greater confidence and control both in day-to-day and spirited driving.

Using improved door seals, tighter tolerance between panels and sound insulation materials added to the underbody, rear console, headliner and doors, the aim for Mazda6 was to outclass common midsize-segment cars with its attractive design and establish a unique “Mazda Premium” positioning. Further improvements include thicker front glass to block wind noise, and Grand Touring models receive laminated front side windows.

Grand Touring models equipped with the Premium Package will feature available Nappa leather seating surfaces with contrast-color piping, along with other Premium Package contents such as a black headliner and heated steering wheel with traditional Japanese chidori stitching, heated rear outboard seats, i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology and a bright metallic finish to switches and trim throughout the interior.

Other improvements include a newly available full-color Active Driving Display, with a 4.6-inch, full-color TFT meter display in Grand Touring models; Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane-Keep Assist and Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring. Entry Mazda6 Sport models now come equipped with MAZDA CONNECTTM when equipped with a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission as well as the available SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic.

The 2017 Mazda6 is scheduled to start hitting dealerships in September, so be sure to visits SmailMazda.com for updates.

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