Archive for October, 2012
Mazda says the Super25 was created with endurance racing in mind, with a set of PIAA 40 Series halogen lamps front and center to light the way ahead, and a Sparco racing seat, harness and steering wheel keep the driver well in control. An AiM MXL data acquisition logger is set into the dash to help keep track of essential track and car data.
Painted up in Mazdaspeed racing colors – black, gray and red – with Brilliant White highlights, the Super25 carries the number 55 proudly on its sides. This number is significant, as those are the digits that Mazda’s historic Le Mans racer wore in 1991.
Check out all the details in the press release below and the live photos above.
Mazda MX-5 Super25 Concept lights the way to motorsports glory originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We at Autoblog do love us some Mazda CX-5 – it is, without a doubt, the best-driving compact crossover in the segment. And since 2013 is the CX-5′s first model year here in the States, it only makes sense that Mazda has used the 2012 SEMA Show to give us an idea of just how far its CX-5 can reach in terms of design and functionality.
First up is the CX-5 180, ready to hit the beach with its attached Rusty surfboard or take to the slopes with a Burton Cheetah snowboard. Its blue-and-black color scheme features a topographical map graphic of southern California hot spots like Big Bear Lake and Point Dume. Other upgrades include black chrome 20-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and a new matte red finish along the grille adds a funky accent to the front fascia. Inside, aqua leather has been fitted to many of the CX-5′s touchable surfaces, and there are contrasting bright white leather inserts on the door panels, seats and steering wheel.
Moving on to darker tones, the CX-5 Dempsey – named for Mazda racing driver and Dr. McDreamy Patrick Dempsey – shows the first application of the automaker’s 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine on a North American-spec CX-5, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. (Well-placed foreshadowing, we hope.) Like the 180, the Dempsey CX-5 rides on dark chrome 20-inch wheels, and its paint scheme is meant to mimic the high-performance, competitive architecture of the specialized bicycle racer – cycling is one of Dempsey’s big interests, after all. To that end, there’s a Thule T2 carrier holding an S-Works Tarmac SL4 Red bike that features a carbon fiber frame with red highlights.
Last, but certainly not least, is perhaps our favorite of the CX-5 concepts. In terms of design, anyway. The CX-5 Urban might simply look like it’s painted in a matte finish, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see the multi-dimensional shadows with triangular patterns woven into the paint finish. It’s seriously cool, as are the extended wheel flares that house new 22-inch matte black wheels.
Scroll down for the full details, and click through the attached image galleries for views of all three CX-5s from every angle.
Mazda is getting into the SEMA Show spirit by teasing us with a trio of concepts based on the 2013 CX-5, all of which were hatched at the automaker’s design studio in Irvine, California. Looking at the renderings, there is nothing over-the-top about any of these crossovers, but what we do see here is our long-awaited first look at a diesel-powered CX-5.
The CX-5 Dempsey uses Mazda’s new Skyactiv-D diesel engine paired with all-wheel drive. As for the show aspect of this concept, it is obviously named after actor Patrick Dempsey who not only races a Mazda RX-8 in Grand-Am, but apparently he is also an avid cyclist. Other than the contrasting black, red and grey paint scheme, this CX-5 is also equipped with a roof-top cargo carrier and a bike rack to carry a similar Specialized Bicycle S-Work Tarmac racing bicycle that helped Russian Olympian Alexander Vinokourov win the gold medal at the London Summer Olympics.
As far as paint jobs go, the CX-5 180 show car is probably the best of the bunch with a unique look consisting of what seem to be colors and designs that actually make up topographical maps of Big Bear Lake and Point Dume State Beach located in Southern California. Finally, the CX-5 Urban goes for more of the dark and sinister look that is made up various triangular shapes that end up looking like some sort of futuristic digital camouflage.
While we only have these renderings to go off of currently, we’ll get a better look at all three Mazdas very soon as the 2012 SEMA Show kicks off later today.
Word has it Mazda may be mulling a return to the coupe market with a two-door version of its shapely new Mazda6. Auto Express cites unnamed sources as saying the car will bow at the Moscow Motor Show next year and will likely feature the 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine found in the sedan. Good for 173 horsepower, that mill can hustle the four-door to 60 mph in under 7.8 seconds. But Mazda may also turn out a quicker MPS trim (read: Mazdaspeed) when it comes to the coupe, complete with a turbocharged gasoline four cylinder with upwards of 260 hp.
According to the report, there’s also some indication the MPS version of the coupe will bow with an all-wheel drive system borrowed from the CX-5 crossover. Both products share basic architecture, theoretically making it easier to swap parts between the two. Auto Express says the two door could bow as early as 2014 with the high-performance variant following along shortly thereafter. Stay tuned.
2014 Mazda6 to spawn coupe and Mazdaspeed variants? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Ford tumbles to second worst in Consumer Reports reliability survey, list dominated by Japanese [w/video]
It’s no secret that MyFord Touch has had its share of problems since being introduced, but the most recent reliability survey from Consumer Reports shows just how much this infotainment system has affected Ford. Just two years ago, the automaker was in the top 10 for the institute’s reliability rankings, but since then, it has tumbled to the second-lowest rung just above dead-last Jaguar. In addition to MyFord Touch, CR also attributes a handful of new products that have had issues right out of the gate.
Compiled from 1.2 million subscriber surveys, this year’s auto reliability survey heavily favors Japanese automakers, with eight of the 10 spots hailing from Japan. Toyota brands grabbed the top three spots (Scion, Toyota and Lexus – in that order) with Mazda, Subaru, Honda and Acura filling the next four spots. The only non-Asian automaker cracking the top 10 was Audi at number eight.
Audi climbed a total of 18 spots from last year, and Cadillac and GMC round out this year’s top gainers breaking into the top 15. Helping Cadillac’s upward movement, the CTS Coupe was named the most reliable domestic car. Lincoln, Volvo and Chrysler join Ford on this year’s biggest loser list.
Scroll down to watch a video and see where some of the other brands rank for reliability this year.
Ford tumbles to second worst in Consumer Reports reliability survey, list dominated by Japanese [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Brothers From Another Mother Face Off
Not a single part is shared between these two crossovers.
We couldn’t do this comparison test a year ago. No, not because the CX-5 is a new nameplate and all-new vehicle for the Mazda brand (okay, that’s technically a valid reason), but because until now, Mazda’s only small crossover offering was the Tribute – a rebadged version of the trusty last-gen Ford Escape. In fact, it’s always been sort of tricky to put Ford and Mazda vehicles in the same comparison test, only because nearly every product in Mazda’s stable could be traced back to some sort of Ford platform.
But with the two automakers having officially parted ways, Mazda was forced to create an all-new platform for a small crossover that would play in the same segment as the Escape. And under the lights of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show last November, both the 2013 CX-5 and 2013 Escape debuted, with representatives from Ford and Mazda alike reassuring us that not a single part is shared between the two crossovers, noting that the two companies were in no way involved in the development of each other’s vehicle.
That in mind, we thought it best to pit the Escape and CX-5 against one another to see how the family lines have matured after the divorce.
Small seems to be the big new trend among automakers, and Mazda is trying to decide if it wants a piece of the potentially huge tiny-car pie.
The Mazda1 would slot beneath the company’s B-segment Mazda2, says Mazda’s GM of global sales and marketing, Yasuhiro Aoyama, and could might be ready for sale toward the end of this decade.
Aoyama was interviewed by GoAuto at this week’s Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.
Rumors indicate Mazda could go one of two ways with the little car. It could either shoot for low cost and compete with cars like the Tata Nano or Mazda could instead take on Volkswagen’s Up at a higher price point. Aoyama admits the company will eventually have to address the city car market to meet new European emissions regulations.
A Nano competitor would give Mazda a low-cost presence in the ever-growing southeast Asia market.
Either plan would be easier to implement with a partner or government incentives, and Mazda has several options there. Mazda1 production costs could be lowered by building the car in a country with lower labor rates – Indonesia perhaps. Or Mazda could leverage its long-running relationship with Ford or its newly-formed partnership with FIAT to co-develop a sub-B-class competitor.
With sales of the Mazda2 not exactly huge, chances for a Mazda1 on sale here are, well, tiny.