Archive for September, 2012

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata still brings a smile to our faces

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 28th, 2012

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2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata live on the show floor at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Believe it or not, despite the fact that Mazda first unveiled its refreshed 2013 MX-5 Miata in July of this year, the 2012 Paris Motor Show in late September is the first time we’ve run across the iconic sports car in the metal. And so we wasted no time in filling our DSLRs with a full spate of images.

As you can see, while we eagerly await the still-not-that-close next-generation Miata, the current MX-5’s well-known smiley visage has been toned down for 2013, and that’s most definitely a good thing in our books. Besides that, Mazda claims to have “[enhanced] throttle response and brake return.” Sounds like a nice addition to what is already a winning package.

We suggest combing through the upgrades in our high-res image gallery above. And if you like what you see, Mazda officials tell Autoblog that your local dealer should be getting their 2013 MX-5 stock right about… now.

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata still brings a smile to our faces originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Mazad6 family melds efficiency, sexiness

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 27th, 2012

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2014 Mazda6 Wagon at the Paris Motor Show

The all-new 2014 Mazda6 Wagon has officially bowed under the lights of the 2012 Paris Motor Show along with its fresh-from-Moscow twin, the Mazda6 sedan. Both machines now boast a full suite of Skyactiv efficiency technologies for the first time, and as such, are lighter than their predecessors.

The wagon debuts with a 173-horsepower 2.2-liter Skyactiv diesel engine in two power configurations, both of which conform to Euro 6 emission standards without the burden urea injection. Mazda isn’t saying exactly what sort of fuel economy we can expect from the wagon, but earlier estimations put the diesel sedan in the 43-miles-per-gallon highway range. Expect similar from the five-door.

Buyers will also be able to purchase the 2014 Mazda6 with a direct-injection gasoline 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 148 horsepower as well as a 2.5-liter gasoline direct injection engine with 189 horsepower. Like the four-door, the long roof will make use of the Mazda i-ELOOP brake regeneration system. Check out the full press release below.

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2014 Mazad6 family melds efficiency, sexiness originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Production and Sales Results for August 2012 (Flash Report)

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 26th, 2012


Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 earn four-star NHTSA crash rating

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 21st, 2012

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The 2013 Ford Escape and 2013 Mazda CX-5 are both impressive new crossovers that bring plenty to the table for buyers. Top safety marks, however, seem to have been left off of the menu.

These popular new crossovers are just the first of among 54 new cars to be tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and both received a four-star overall crash rating, out of a possible five stars.

While a four-star rating is still pretty respectable, this announcement does come on the heels of three separate recalls that have been issued for the new Escape since its introduction this summer. The good news for Ford, at least, is that the new model received a five-star rating for side impact. That, with four stars for frontal crash and rollover protection, add up to the four-star overall rating. The all-new Mazda CUV duplicated those scores.

Despite not getting a perfect five stars, each of these vehicles are safer than their respective predecessors, the previous-generation Escape and the Mazda Tribute, which had three stars across all four categories.

Also in the list of crossovers getting a four-star rating is the updated 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport although this is the same as the 2012 model year.

Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5 earn four-star NHTSA crash rating originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Advanced Safety Technologies ‘i-ACTIVSENSE’ for All-New Mazda6

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 21st, 2012


2013 Mazda CX-9 unveiled ahead of Aussie debut

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 18th, 2012

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2013 Mazda CX-9 - front three-quarter view

Mazda is slowly but surely wiping its smiley Nagare design language from the faces of its automobiles, and it appears that the seven-passenger CX-9 is the next to get the bolder Kodo-influenced treatment. The 2013 CX-9 you see here will officially bow at the Australian International Motor Show in mid-October, but Mazda has released a few preliminary images and details regarding the big CUV’s refresh.

Now, as much as we like the design of the new CX-5 crossover and Mazda6 sedan, we aren’t quite sure if we love the way the new Kodo lines flow onto the CX-9’s larger body. The more we stare at the images in the gallery above, the more we start to like it, but this is indeed a case where we’ll need to see the finished product in person before making any final judgments. We can’t yet see what sort of changes have been applied to the rear end or the interior, but new details up front include LED running lights in the headlamp clusters and bolder, more pronounced lines around the foglamp housings.

Mum’s the word about any other new-for-2013 changes, and Mazda states that the current CX-9’s 3.7-liter V6 and six-speed automatic will carry over, likely mated to both front- and all-wheel drive.

We’ll no doubt receive more details closer to the car’s official unveiling in Australia next month, but for now, scroll down to read the official press blast and scroll through the high-res image gallery to take in the Niner’s new schnoz for yourself.

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2013 Mazda CX-9 unveiled ahead of Aussie debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda’s Representative Director and Executive Vice President Seita Kanai Named Honorary Consul of the United Mexican States in Hiroshima

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 18th, 2012


2013 Mazda CX-9 World Premiere at Australian International Motor Show

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 18th, 2012


Anti-Japan protests in China cause Honda, Mazda, Nissan to suspend production

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 17th, 2012

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Reuters is reporting That Honda, Mazda and Nissan have been forced to stop production in China after a series of anti-Japan protests erupted over a territorial dispute between the two countries. The stoppage will see a total of four Honda plants go dark for two days, thanks in part to the fact that local dealers have been under attack and can’t receive shipments. Mazda, meanwhile, plans to close its facility in Nanjing for a total of four days, starting on Tuesday. The report sites Luo Lei, the deputy secretary general of the China Automobile Dealers Association, as saying many dealerships have shut down after a few were vandalized. One dealership saw a Honda Civic set on fire in Shanghai.

Lei also said buyers are boycotting Japanese goods, especially cars, over safety concerns.

Honda and Mazda aren’t alone, either. Toyota and Panasonic both reported fire damage at their facilities, and one Toyota dealership was set ablaze as well. Protesters overturned cars and smashed windshields in some cities as well, as the September 18 anniversary of the Manchurian Incident approaches. The date marks the anniversary of Japan’s invasion into northeastern China in 1931.

Anti-Japan protests in China cause Honda, Mazda, Nissan to suspend production originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda and Bermaz Establish Joint Venture Company in Malaysia

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 11th, 2012


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