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Mazda Hazumi Concept shows up ahead of Geneva

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 26th, 2014

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Mazda Hazumi Concept

Last week, Mazda officially teased its Geneva-bound Hazumi concept, showing little more than an aggressive headlamp design. But now, thanks to the magic of the Internet, another rendering of the Hazumi has appeared on the web, and, well, it’s totes adorbs.

In Mazda’s original release from last week, we were told that the name “Hazumi” means “spring up” or “bound” in Japanese, and is “particularly well-suited to a small car that appears to be bursting with energy.” And now that we’re getting a nearly full glimpse of the thing, we absolutely have to agree. The company’s Kodo design language offers aggressive style in a cute little shape, and the usual raft of concept car-spec treatments (no mirrors, huge wheels, etc.) make it look even more comical and delightful.

Indeed, the Hazumi is understood to preview the next Mazda2 subcompact, and if this concept car points the way forward for Mazda’s tiniest hatch, consider us totally geeked. Mazda is also set to debut its new 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine at the Geneva Motor Show next week, and while the company hasn’t confirmed if that powerplant will make its way into the next Mazda2, it sure makes sense, at least overseas. Stay tuned.

Mazda Hazumi Concept shows up ahead of Geneva originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda3 Skyactiv-Hybrid and CNG Concept shown in Japan

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 21st, 2013

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Mazda has received a tremendous amount of public and industry praise in the last few years, following up the successful introduction of its Skyactiv technology (powertrain and otherwise), with strong products like CX-5, Mazda6 and most recently, the Mazda3. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda has taken yet another step forward with Skyactiv and the 3, showing the compact (called “Axela” in Japan) with an all-new compressed natural gas engine in the Skyactiv-CNG Concept.

The end result of the Skyactiv-Hybrid is fuel consumption estimated at something like 74 miles per gallon.

Mazda thinks that CNG-powered vehicles are due for an uptick in demand, and the company believes this new powertrain will add valuable breadth to the Mazda3 range. The CNG Concept is actually a duel-fuel vehicle, capable of running on either natural gas or gasoline. In fact, we’re told that the high compression ratio (14:1) inherent in Skyactiv-technology gasoline engines makes conversion to CNG particularly simple.

Perhaps more interesting is the unveiling of Mazda’s first-ever hybrid powertrain, aptly named Skyactiv-Hybrid. The new system, which is only slated for the Japanese market at this point, connects an electric motor to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine, using it to assist at low engine speeds and under low-load conditions. The electric motor is supplied by a nickel-metal hydride battery of unstated capacity.

The end result of the Skyactiv-Hybrid in the Mazda3 is fuel consumption estimated at 3.2 liters per 1,000 kilometers on the lenient Japanese cycle, or something like 74 miles per gallon, and total system output of around 134 horsepower (136 PS).

You’ll find slightly more information about the Skyativ-Hybrid and the Skyativ-CNG Concept in the press release below.

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Mazda3 Skyactiv-Hybrid and CNG Concept shown in Japan originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda surprises us with four SEMA previews

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 29th, 2013

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Mazda6 skyactiv-d concept car SEMAWhile the cars to look forward to at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas are starting to stack up pretty high – Ford alone is bringing 57 vehicles – we hadn’t gotten word about what Mazda was up to before now. A shadowy digital figure has reached out to the Autoblog staff, providing us with four tantalizing images of SEMA showcar renderings, though without any substantive information to go with them.

We don’t have any idea what is under the hood or behind the wheels of this foursome of two Mazda6s and two Mazda3s (hatch and sedan), but we can say that we like the way the company’s lauded styling for all models is wearing the amped up wheels and paint schemes.

The Mazda3 hatchback seen here seems to be making overt overtures to the world of motorsport, with a lowered front splitter, super low-profile tires on massive wheels, and a number 3 writ large on the bodyside. The Mazda3 sedan gets a similar treatment without the numeration.

Mazda clearly isn’t done telling the performance story for its impending Mazda6 Skyactiv-D diesel, either. The gray over black sedan is wearing a “CS6 Diesel” marking on its door, and could perhaps be a toned down version of the company’s Skyactiv-D racecar. Look for more information about the SEMA cars on the Mazda stand, when we have it.

Mazda surprises us with four SEMA previews originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda3 to showcase CNG, Hybrid versions in Tokyo

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 23rd, 2013

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Mazda has made huge gains in its competitive set with the introduction of its Skyactiv technologies, and the Japanese automaker appears to have no plans on slowing down. While we’re still waiting for the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D diesel to go on sale in the US, Mazda announced that it will debut new Skyactiv-Hybrid and Skyactiv-CNG versions of the Mazda3 (standard US-spec model shown above) at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Matching up with what we heard earlier in the summer, the Mazda3 Skyactiv-Hybrid is intended for Japan only, but there are no details about this system regarding fuel economy, electric components or specs. Likewise, there are no details for the Mazda3 Skyactiv-CNG Concept, which is a bi-fuel version of the car running on both gasoline and compressed natural gas. As this car’s name suggests, the CNG model is a concept vehicle, and there is no indication that Mazda plans offering such a model here in the US.

In addition to these two vehicles, Mazda will also have an Atenza (Mazda6) on display showing off some vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) safety systems, called the ASV-5 (Advanced Safety Vehicle). Scroll down for Mazda’s official press release.

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Mazda3 to showcase CNG, Hybrid versions in Tokyo originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda Furai concept designer talks about his car’s passing

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 17th, 2013

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Mazda Furai burned split-screen

Last week, there was mourning at the Autoblog offices as word trickled in that the Mazda Furai concept – one of the coolest, best-looking showcars to grace an auto show stage since the wild and crazy 1960s -had been killed. It was killed on the track with the folks from Top Gear in attendance. We’re sure the gods of driving would have wanted it to die on a circuit, but that doesn’t make its fiery passing any easier to deal with.

The Furai is the rare concept car that had a lasting appeal with enthusiasts, partly because it was a real, functioning racecar, complete with a wacky three-rotor Wankel engine and cutting-edge Nagare design. Now that it’s gone, though, Road & Track’s Mallory McMorrow, who was an intern at Mazda Design when the Furai was being styled in 2007, has published an interview with one of the men who penned the Mazda showcar’s striking exterior, Carlos Salaff. It’s a great piece on the emotional connection between a designer and his creation, and one you should take the time to read. Click on over to R&T for the full story.

Mazda Furai concept designer talks about his car’s passing originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top Gear cops to being on-hand for Mazda Furai Concept car-b-que

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 13th, 2013

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Top Gear admits to accidentally burning the Mazda Furai Concept in 2008.

Five years after the beautiful Mazda Furai Concept debuted, Top Gear magazine has finally admitted to accidentally burning it to the ground in a teaser for the 20th anniversary issue – sort of. The magazine provides a photo of the crispy Furai Concept on its website, but has since allegedly revised the announcement to say that Top Gear was on hand for its “untimely demise in 2008.”

According to Jalopnik, the original teaser read like this:

Forgive us, for we have sinned. Top Gear is responsible for the untimely demise of the quite remarkable Mazda Furai Concept, and we’re very, very sorry. Find out how (if that picture hasn’t clued you in…) in our bumper anniversary issue, and try not to hate us too much.

So can you forgive them? We’ll forgive, but not forget, and keep watching Top Gear UK (how couldn’t we?). Since it apparently no longer exists, celebrate the gorgeous Furai’s former glory and take a look at its photo gallery.

Top Gear cops to being on-hand for Mazda Furai Concept car-b-que originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda’s awesome Hiroshima museum now navigable by Google Maps

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 15th, 2013

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Mazda Museum Hiroshima - classics display

Visiting an auto museum is one of the best ways we know to connect with car culture and to commune with the past and bone up on one’s knowledge. Most of us have a decent museum within a few hours drive of where we live, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to see the world’s great collections – factors like cost, time and mobility can get in the way. Videos are great, but they don’t allow us to browse at our own pace or choose what we’d like to focus on. The folks behind Google Maps have a solution – the virtual museum tour, as seen here at Mazda’s fantastic museum in Hiroshima, Japan.

The Google Maps tour allows viewers to take a walk through the main exhibition area of the museum, and you can focus on specific classic cars from Mazda, or check out displays featuring new technologies like Skyactiv. To take a quick spin through the museum – or a leisurely stroll at your own pace – scroll down to start your own virtual tour.

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Mazda’s awesome Hiroshima museum now navigable by Google Maps originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda teases SEMA-bound CX-5s

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 30th, 2012

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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.

Mazda teases SEMA-bound CX-5s originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Watch Mazda’s MX-5 GT Concept climb the hill at Goodwood

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 2nd, 2012

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Jade Pavely in the Mazda MX-5 GT Concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mazda brought the company’s ever-sexy MX-5 Miata GT Concept to this past weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed for a little sprint up the hill. With 205 horsepower on tap thanks to new cams and a revised throttle body, the concept is exactly what Miata buyers have been clamoring for all these years: more power. Mazda handed the keys over to Jade Pavely, an endurance driver with the company for the run, and the driver had no trouble keeping the convertible right side up and between the hay bales on her way toward the finish line.

We could certainly think of less entertaining ways to get around the course. Mazda didn’t mention how long it takes the machine to get from start to finish, but we doubt the company was out to set any records. Chances are this little exercise had more to do with putting eyeballs on that blaze-orange paint and testing the waters for a possible production version. Check out the brief video below to have a look.

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Watch Mazda’s MX-5 GT Concept climb the hill at Goodwood originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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