Archive for October, 2011

Mazda tweet confirms next-gen rotory engine with SkyActiv tech

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 12th, 2011

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Renesis Rotary Engine

In the soap opera saga of are they or aren’t they still developing a rotary engine, Mazda seems to have indicated the affirmative. According to a translation of a Tweet from Mazda PR posted on a Japanese car blog, a “new model with a next-generation rotary engine” is in development.

While there’s only so much to be gleaned from a single 140-character message – even in information-dense Japanese – this forthcoming vehicle will incorporate Mazda’s fuel-saving SkyActiv technologies, which is only logical. Being thirsty has long been the Achilles heel of the Wankel, and anything that can help boost mileage and cut emissions should be well-received in a successor to the discontinued RX-8.

Mazda tweet confirms next-gen rotory engine with SkyActiv tech originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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MyMazda app lets you keep tabs on service schedules

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 9th, 2011

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Mazda wants to add another icon to your iPhone’s menu with MyMazda, an app that lets owners pull up vehicle maintenance, service history and recall information for their vehicles in a few easy taps.

The app syncs with Mazda’s Customer Connect service program and can send automatic alerts and updates to remind owners of service schedules. There’s also GPS functionality that tracks down your car in crowded parking lots. MyMazda is a free download from the Apple App Store and before you ask, an Android version should be out before the end of the year. Full details in the press blast after the break.

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MyMazda app lets you keep tabs on service schedules originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 08 Oct 2011 14:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda RX-8 Spirit R will be last special edition before production ends

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 8th, 2011

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Mazda RX-8 Spirit R Special Edition

Mazda has chosen to commemorate the departure of the company’s RX-8 with one last special edition in Japan. The Mazda RX-8 Spirit R is set to arrive at Japanese dealerships next month and will offer 1,000 lucky buyers a host of aesthetic upgrades over the base vehicle. The package starts with an RX-8 RS and adds in exclusive badging, unique head- and taillights with black bezels and red brake calipers outside. Indoors, the cabin wears special Spirit R bucket seats hewn by the people at Recaro as well as piano black transmission tunnel trim.

Models equipped with an automatic transmission will enjoy black leather seats with red contrasting stitching. Mazda says that the RX-8 Spirit R will also feature a sport-tuned suspension and larger brakes, as well as 18-inch gun metallic wheels. A total of three exterior color options will be available, including Aluminum Metallic, Sparkling Black Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica. Hit the jump for the press release.

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Mazda RX-8 Spirit R will be last special edition before production ends originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Oct 2011 09:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda RX-8 SPIRIT R Coming to Japan in November 2011

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 7th, 2011


Mazda MX-5 Miata gets Black Tuned for Japan

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 6th, 2011

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Mazda MX-5 Black Tuned Roadster

Even the plucky Mazda MX-5 isn’t safe from the temptation of a black edition. Mazda has just rolled out a Black Tuned Roadster in Japan, complete with a little more style than your run-of-the-mill convertible. The package is largely aesthetic thanks to the addition of a Brilliant Black retractable hard top roof and door mirrors as well as Gun Metallic 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, both the seats and the steering wheel are covered in black leather with sand-colored contrasting stitching. Mazda is only offering the Black Tuned Roadster in three colors; Spirited Green Metallic, Velocity Red Mica and Crystal White Pearl Mica. But not… ummm… black.

As befitting a retractable hard top model, the Black Tuned Roadster comes as loaded as they get with standard gear like a Bose sound system and heated front buckets. Mazda isn’t saying how many of the models it plans to build, but we do know that base models come with a six-speed manual transmission while a six-speed automatic is also available. Japanese buyers can expect to shell out


2012 Mazda3 priced from $18,450* with Skyactiv

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 5th, 2011

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2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv G

Mazda has officially released pricing on the 2012 Mazda3. The Japanese automaker has dropped the price on the Mazda3 i SV sedan, which now carries a price tag of $15,200 (*plus a $795 destination fee). That vehicle comes equipped with the previous-generation 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, so if you want to sample the company’s new SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter four cylinder, you’ll need to setp up to the Mazda3 i Touring at $18,450. With an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated 40 mpg and 155 horsepower, the engine is both more efficient and more powerful than its predecessor.

Mazda is also offering the Mazda3 i Touring in hatchback guise, and the added functionality will set you back $18,950, plus destination. That extra door will cost you 1 mpg highway, however. The EPA says the Mazda3 i Touring hatchback is good for 39 mpg highway. Both the hatch and the sedan may be had with either a new six-speed manual or, for an additional $850, a new six-speed automatic transmission.

Of course, we’re just as interested in the Mazdaspeed3. The 263-horsepower machine will set you back $24,000, plus destination next year. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

Continue reading 2012 Mazda3 priced from $18,450* with Skyactiv

2012 Mazda3 priced from $18,450* with Skyactiv originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda to Exhibit Special Needs Vehicles at International Home Care & Rehabilitation Exhibition 2011

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 5th, 2011


Mazda First Automaker to use 1,800 MPa Ultra-High Tensile Steel

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 5th, 2011


Mazda Releases Special Edition ‘BLACK TUNED Roadster’ in Japan

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 3rd, 2011


How to lose the 2011 Targa Newfoundland in one easy step [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 1st, 2011

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Mid-stage is no time to let your driver know his navigator has no damn clue what’s going on.

My helmet has just been crammed into the cross ribs of the roof of our Miata for the third time in less than a kilometer, driving a guttural “OOMPH” from my lungs mid-sentence at the same time. I regain my breath, look from the route book to the kitchen timer that’s Velcroed to the rally computer on the dash, and start counting out the seconds on my fingers. My tiny brain is already too overloaded for simple math, and I’ve reduced myself to elementary school tricks for quick calculations. It’s the fifth stage of the fourth day, and the verdict isn’t good; we’re a far cry from our target time.

“We are 17 seconds slow,” I say into the mic, doing my best to stifle any tones of urgency.

“Seventeen seconds? Are you sure?”

The short answer is that no, I’m not sure. For the first time in a full week’s worth of time-speed-distance rallying, our time intervals are making no damn sense. We’ll pass one and be 25 seconds down only to pass the next and be within five seconds of our target. I’m all kinds of crossed up, but mid-stage is no time to let your driver know his navigator has no damn clue what’s going on.

“I’m sure. Beat on this thing.”

Always project confidence.

Continue reading How to lose the 2011 Targa Newfoundland in one easy step [w/video]

How to lose the 2011 Targa Newfoundland in one easy step [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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