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Mazda Miata livery design contest in Forza Horizon 2

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 8th, 2014

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A 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata done up in a special livery in the Forza Horizon 2 video game.

If you’re into video games, creativity, the Mazda MX-5 Miata and South by Southwest, then there’s a contest in Forza Horizon 2 you’ll want to know about. Called the Livery Design Contest, your job is to head to Xbox Live sometime before midnight on January 4, 2015 and design a paint job for the 1994 Miata in the game. A panel of judges will evaluate designs for originality, aesthetic design and technical proficiency, and settle on up to five semifinalists who will regroup in the next round, which is public voting.

Come January 26, the public can begin voting on its favorite design until February 12, to narrow the semifinal pool down to two. Those two will be flown to South by Southwest in Austin, TX – which happens from March 13-22 – and one of them will be crowned the winner. Said winner will lumber away from the event with $3,500 worth of prizes, including a 55-inch curved-screen television, and their livery will be free to all of the minions playing Forza Horizon 2.

There’s also a Mazda hub on Xbox Live for everyone to take an in-depth look at the 2016 Miata, if you just like to watch, in which case you may also want to see the related videos joining the press release below.

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Mazda Miata livery design contest in Forza Horizon 2 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 07 Dec 2014 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Consumer Reports declares most and least loved cars [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 3rd, 2014

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Consumer Reports Most and Least Loved Car Video

Consumer Reports is crunching the numbers from its annual owner-satisfaction survey, and part of that process is finding out how attached drivers are to their cars. CR simply asks readers of models up to three years old if they would buy the same vehicle again in light of their entire ownership experience, and tallies the results. After looking at the responses for about 350,000 vehicles, it turns out that people really love a certain California-built, electrically powered luxury sedan.

That’s right, this year’s the overall winner was the Tesla Model S with a whopping 98 percent of owners saying they would purchase another one (the Model S also won this award last year, with 99 percent satisfaction). The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came in a close second with 95 percent of drivers hoping to park another one in their garage.

A few models weren’t quite so favored, though. The Nissan Versa Sedan was the least loved model among its owners; a mere 42 percent said that they would purchase another. The aging Jeep Compass didn’t do much better, with just 43 percent of drivers willing to buy the softroader again.

On average, about 70 percent of owners say they would buy their car again, and only four cars ranked below 50 percent in CR’s findings. Check out the video above to see some of the winners and losers in a few of CR’s categories. If you’re a subscriber, you can check out the full list on its website.

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Consumer Reports declares most and least loved cars [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda6 diesel engine delayed over low performance, still coming

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 1st, 2014

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Oh Mazda… we had many hopes for the promised diesel four-cylinder in the Mazda6, but those have remained largely unfulfilled, as the oil-burning powerplant has failed to appear on dealer lots following its 2012 LA Auto Show announcement.

Despite engineering issues that forced the company to announce that the program was delayed back in September 2013, Mazda remains adamant that the 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D is still coming to our shores.

We’re still very much committed to diesel,” Mazda’s North American CEO, Jim O’Sullivan, told Automotive News. “We are still working on getting the performance aspects up to where we want them, and we do have a plan – an engineering road map – to get it done.”

According to AN, Mazda’s initial plan with the 2.2-liter diesel was to build an engine so clean it could get by without an aftertreatment system, which generally accounts for the price premium of diesel engines versus their gas counterparts. The new system has come with performance issues, though, necessitating the delays.

“If [we were] a commodity brand and didn’t care about that, it would be on the market right now,” O’Sullivan told AN. “But I know the people were expecting something from us, expecting certain drive characteristics and performance, and I didn’t want to disappoint them.”

While O’Sullivan’s defense of the diesel Mazda is admirable, the exec stops short of giving us an indication of when the new engine will finally arrive.

Mazda6 diesel engine delayed over low performance, still coming originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Production and Sales Results for October 2014 (Flash Report)

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 27th, 2014

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100k Mazda6 sedans recalled over tire-monitoring systems

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 26th, 2014

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A tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is, as you might have guessed, designed to monitor the air pressure in the tires, and alert the driver if pressure drops. But a problem found in the Mazda6 could keep the system from doing its job.

According to the recall notice issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the TPMS in the Mazda6 might not recognize a loss in tire pressure if all the tires slowly deflate at the same time. Under-inflated tires, it goes without saying, could increase the risk of a crash.

As a result, Mazda is recalling 99,711 examples of the 2014-2015 Mazda6 to have the system’s software updated.

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100k Mazda6 sedans recalled over tire-monitoring systems originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda2 sedan images released ahead of Thailand reveal

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 21st, 2014

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Mazda2 Sedan interiorMazda will let customers put some junk in the trunk of its Mazda2 with the introduction of a new four-door model at the upcoming Thailand International Motor Expo on November 28. While the show is still days away from beginning, the Japanese automaker is already spilling some of the details about the sedan variant of its fetching subcompact.

The four-door and traditional hatchback versions of the Mazda2 will both hit Thailand in early 2015. The two of them are essentially identical other than the added trunk and adjusted rear styling for the sedan. It basically makes the model look like a shrunken down version of the Mazda3 sedan, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The company has big expectations for the little car because they’re already Mazda’s bestselling passenger models in Thailand.

Both models will be sold with the SkyActiv-D 1.5 diesel in Thailand, which gives them lower taxes under the government’s low-emission, compact car incentive plan. According to a previous rumor, a gasoline-fueled mill could join the lineup eventually, too.

There’s also gossip that the Mazda2 sedan could eventually be sold in Australia and Europe, but US sales are still a mystery. When asked about the four-door here, Mazda spokesperson Eric Booth told Autoblog, “We’ll have more to say on Mazda2 at a later date. Right now, our focus is on the launches of the all-new CX-3 and MX-5 as well as the refreshed CX-5 and Mazda6.” The company is showing all of those models at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Mazda2 sedan images released ahead of Thailand reveal originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Car and Driver 10Best list cracked by Tesla Model S, BMW 3 Series left off

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 21st, 2014

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Car and Driver 10Best LogoCar and Driver is keeping new blood pumping into its annual 10Best cars list with three new entries making it on for 2015 and a perennial favorite falling off. Among the biggest shocks this year is that the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series are no longer named, despite years of some portion of that lineup earning a mention. In another surprise, the Tesla Model S (specifically in S 60 trim to fit under the $80,000 cost cap) makes it to the 2015 roster and is the only electrically motivated member of the group.

Despite the loss of the 3 Series, BMW isn’t entirely shut out this year, because the M235i gets its name on the list. Car and Driver argues that the little coupe feels like a welcome throwback to the E46 chassis M3 of the early 2000s. In addition to the Model S, the final newbie to the annual group is the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. The inclusion of these new members knocks the Audi A6/A7 family and Ford Fiesta ST out from the 2014 rundown.

The other seven models carry over from last year, including the Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Honda Accord, Mazda3, Mazda6, Porsche Boxster/Cayman and Volkswagen Golf/GTI.

The 2015 10Best cars list certainly seems to have something for everyone from the hot hatch fan to the family man and even the green car driver, thanks to the addition of the Tesla. Head over to Car and Driver to read its detailed explanations for each vehicle’s inclusion, but if you’ve got a difference of opinion or just really like the list, let us know in Comments.

Car and Driver 10Best list cracked by Tesla Model S, BMW 3 Series left off originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda to Debut the All-new Mazda2 Sedan at Thailand International Motor Expo

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 21st, 2014

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata a knight in white satin

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 20th, 2014

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We’re not going to lie to you. The reason you’re seeing the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata on these pages again is solely because this is the first time we’re seeing the roadster displayed in a color other than the ruby shade it was first shown in. Okay, okay, so this is the first time the Miata is being displayed at a North American auto show other than SEMA, and we’d say that this is the first time Mazda is showing a US-spec model, but clearly this is a right-hand-drive car. Either way, there’s still not much to it yet, especially since Mazda is still withholding power and performance figures.

As expected, the ND Miata, as it is already known among the cognoscenti, will receive a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder and the buyer’s choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic here in the US. The 1.5-liter model engine that had been linked to the car back in the rumormill stage will not make it to our showrooms.

Preliminary specifications still show the Miata measuring just 154.1 inches in length overall, with an increased track width to 68.1 inches and a low, low overall height of 49.0 inches. Despite the larger-displacement engine and its presumably heavier weight, Mazda is still claiming ideal 50:50 weight distribution and a weight loss of over 220 pounds versus today’s NC generation. All of which sounds like the Miata has the right ingredients to make good on its promised Jinba Ittai (“rider and horse as one”) driving experience.

It might be just plain ol’ white paint, but you can color us excited.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata a knight in white satin originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Reveals Updated Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 20th, 2014

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