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Mazda3, CX-5 earn IIHS Top Safety Picks

Published by Mazda Blogs on January 17th, 2013

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Mazda technologies like SkyActiv-Body and SkyActiv-Chassis, plus ultra-high-tensile steel, six airbags, “crusable” brake and accelerator pedal assembly and collapsible steering column have helped the 2013 Mazda3 and 2014 Mazda CX-5 win Top Safety Pick laurels from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It’s the second year in a row for the Mazda3.

The accolade is earned by receiving “Good” marks for frontal moderate overlap crashes, side and rear impact crashes, and tests of roof strength. Remember, the small overlap test that the IIHS commenced in August 2012 has lately tripped up some makers who have excellent safety reputations.

The Mazda3 and CX-5 join offerings like the Dodge Dart, Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Subaru Forester among the 117 vehicles so far declared Top Safety Picks – which is different than the 13 named Top Safety Picks+, mind you – for this year. Have a read of the press release below for more information.

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Mazda3, CX-5 earn IIHS Top Safety Picks originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda CX-3 details come to light

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 9th, 2012

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2014 Mazda CX-5

Mazda may be working on a new CUV, according to Auto Express. Reportedly called the CX-3, the small crossover will be engineered to take on the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke, but with a focus on fuel efficiency and engaging driving characteristics.

The report names no sources, but says the CX-3 will benefit from a new small-displacement diesel engine. The 1.6-liter oil burner will be joined by a 1.3-liter gasoline engine when the vehicle debuts in 2014. Auto Express reports the model may bow as a front-wheel drive offering only, with no all-wheel-drive option.

And what will it look like? Word has it Mazda will continue to leverage the face we’ve seen on the current CX-5 (pictured). That means the company’s shield grille will make the jump, but with more plastic lower body cladding. Inside, Auto Express says the CX-3 will offer buyers fold-flat rear seating for extra cargo capacity.

Mazda CX-3 details come to light originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 09 Dec 2012 10:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda CX-5 named Japan’s Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins "Special Award"

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 3rd, 2012

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The Mazda CX-5 stamped its Kodo design and SkyActiv technology authority all over the Japan Car of the Year awards, taking the top prize ahead of the Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT 86. It is Mazda’s second victory in the last ten years, the 2005 MX-5 claiming the same trophy, and the fourth time the Hiroshima company has won.

The award is decided by 60 local “automotive experts and journalists,” and open to any passenger car released in Japan from November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012 that has sold more than 500 units. Each judge gets 25 votes, his or her top vote getting 10 points, the rest of the points being spread among the judge’s choice for the next best four cars.

The second-place getters were the Toyobaru twins with 318 votes, the surprise being they didn’t beat or get any closer to the crossover. The Subaru BRZ did claw some mojo back, earning the Special Award given to cars that have made “an exceptional impact.” The BMW 3 Series was third overall and won the Import Car of the Year award with plenty of room between it and the second place Range Rover Evoque.

The full list of winners is below, along with press releases from the organization and the manufacturers. Congratulations to Mazda on the win.

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Mazda CX-5 named Japan’s Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins “Special Award” originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2013 Mazda CX-9 gets all Kodo-fied

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 30th, 2012

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2013 Mazda CX-9

Introduced in 2007, the Mazda CX-9 is a seven-passenger full-size crossover sharing its platform with the Ford Edge. Now entering its seventh year in showrooms, Mazda has again treated it to a mild mid-cycle facelift (it was also updated for the 2010 model year).

Physically speaking, the front and rear fascia receive familiar Kodo design enhancements that better align the CUV with its siblings (namely, the CX-5 and Mazda6). Inside, the cabin is the automaker’s next-generation infotainment and audio package with a 5.8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth connectivity (audio and phone) and navigation (based on TomTom technology). Other audio enhancements include HD Radio, a Pandora interface and SMS audio receipt and delivery.

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 is in showrooms today. Scroll down for the official press blast.

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2013 Mazda CX-9 gets all Kodo-fied originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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 piggybacks on Ford Escape recall with 215,000 Tribute models of its own

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 27th, 2012

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2006 Mazda Tribute - front three-quarter view, with boulders

A day after Ford issued a recall of 485,000 Escape crossovers from its 2001-2004 model years, Mazda has reportedly issued its own for the 215,000 examples of its Tribute, the Escape’s mechanical twin. While it’s the same engine configuration being recalled, the 3.0-liter V6 with cruise control, there is a difference in the recalls: Mazda is recalling 2002-2006 and 2008 model year Tributes, three more years of production than the Escape (the Tribute wasn’t made in 2007).

The problem is a lack of clearance between the engine cover and the cruise control cable, which can prevent the driver from letting off the throttle if the cruise control is on. The situation was caused by a repair for a different recall in 2005. Mazda says the engine cover is similar enough to warrant inclusion for all years of production it has cited. It isn’t known yet if Ford will expand its own recall.

Mazda piggybacks on Ford Escape recall with 215,000 Tribute models of its own originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ward’s selects the 10 best interiors of 2012

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 17th, 2012

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2012 Hyundai Accent interior

Ward’s AutoWorld is well known for its annual “10 Best Engines” list, but the trade publication has been compiling a second list for interiors for a few years now. Formerly known as the “Interior of the Year” competition, Ward’s rebranded the list last year, naming the coolest cockpits under the “10 Best Interiors” moniker.

This year’s winners are a relatively diverse lot, with hatchbacks, sedans and crossovers all making the list. While Ward’s lists them in alphabetical order rather than crowning a single winner, we’re choosing to present them with the lowest as-tested MSRP first:

The first thing we noticed then is that while fully half the models carrying base sticker prices under $25,000, Ward’s was clearly not testing the base models of any of these vehicles. The Chevy Sonic, for instance, starts nearly $5,000 below the price of the car Ward’s drove. Even so, that half of the cars on the list could be legitimately called “affordable” is impressive.

Ward’s says 40 vehicles qualified for the competition by having “new or significantly improved interiors,” and while 13 of those were luxury vehicles, they only made up half of the winners. Ward’s says it judged the interiors based on design, fit-and-finish, comfort, ergonomics, safety, material selection, overall value, aesthetics, and human-machine interface.

Check out all the award winners in our high-res image gallery above.

Ward’s selects the 10 best interiors of 2012 originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda CX-7 leaving the U.S. market after 2012

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 10th, 2012

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We had a feeling this was coming, but the cat’s now officially out of the bag: The Mazda CX-7 is being discontinued in the United States.

The recently launched 2013 CX-5 will effectively replace the CX-7 (as well as the Ford-sourced Tribute), meaning there won’t really be a void in Mazda’s product lineup. “CX-5 has a clearer competitive set, unlike CX-7, which was in the middle of two segments,” explains Mazda product communications specialist Beverly Braga.

Dimensionally, the CX-5 is slightly smaller than the CX-7, but actually boasts more cargo capacity and overall interior volume. With the rear seats folded, the CX-5 can hold up to 65.4 cubic feet of cargo (compared to 58.6 cubic feet in the CX-7) and has a total of 103.8 cubic feet of overall passenger space (101.7 in CX-7).

What’s more, the CX-5’s nifty new 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine offers substantially better fuel economy than the base 2.5-liter four of the CX-7. And while we’ll certainly miss the potency of the optional 2.3-liter turbo four of the CX-7 – a version of the mill used in the Mazdaspeed3 – we can easily do without its fuel economy ratings of 18/24 miles per gallon city/highway (or 17/21 when paired with all-wheel drive – ouch!).

This may be the end of the road for the CX-7 in the U.S., but Mazda says that sales of the crossover will still continue in other markets. The CX-7 will officially be phased out at the end of the 2012 model year.

Mazda CX-7 leaving the U.S. market after 2012 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 09 Mar 2012 14:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda under fire for "crass commercialization" of Dr. Seuss’ Lorax [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 29th, 2012

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Mazda CX-5 Lorax ad

mazda #saveloraxOver on Twitter, we recently had a discussion over whether or not it was fair for the cinematic version of Dr. Seuss’ Lorax to be out shilling for the Mazda CX-5. Turns out, we’re not the only ones who question the logic here – the Lorax speaks for the trees, not Skyactiv CUVs, right? Seemingly of like minds, an organization called Rethinking The Automobile is circulating a petition to “Protect The Lorax” by pulling the “offensive” ads.

Rethinking the Automobile is a project of OpenPlans and their petition reads, in part:

in these advertisements Mazda and Universal claim that a new automobile is “Certified Truffula Tree Friendly” and imply an endorsement of their product by the cherished title character of “The Lorax.” By airing these advertisements, Mazda and Universal have shamelessly turned a character who has inspired millions of children to care about their environment into a car salesman. Cars–even ones that pollute a little less–are neither kid-friendly nor good for the environment.

This movie Lorax’s message, Rethinking The Automobile says, runs counter to “the spirit and message of Dr. Seuss’ acclaimed book” and is nothing more than “crass commercialization.”

The whole thing is blowing up on Twitter, too, thanks to the #savelorax hashtag and a creature for speaks for the petition, the Zozo. The Zozo is also into “smart transportation solutions including walking, biking, and transit so that kids can grow up in a world with safe, healthy, livable, walkable communities. Zozo works with kids to fix the harm that automobile traffic does to our world.”

It isn’t immediately clear how many people Rethinking The Automobile represents – a check of its website reveals that the organization was started by a self-described serial entrepreneur, Mark Gorton, who is an advocate for “livable streets.”

One thing is clear, however – the CX-5 might be one of the most fuel-efficient crossovers on the market and it may be winning friends among reviewers, but clearly not everyone is pleased… at least with Mazda’s marketing efforts. Click past the jump to watch the commercial in question.

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Mazda under fire for “crass commercialization” of Dr. Seuss’ Lorax [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda debuts "Revolution" ad to promote new Skyactiv tech

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 21st, 2012

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Mazda hasn’t turned its back on “Zoom-Zoom” in the least, but from now on the double onomatopoeia takes its orders from the company’s SkyActiv technologies. Mazda has been prepping us for the suite of engineering innovations that it plans to use to make its cars, like the 2013 CX-5, more Earth-friendly but just as much fun to drive, and company CEO Takashi Yamanouchi got big into it during the LA Auto Show.

The first commercials to publicize SkyActiv are here, in 30- and 60-second flavors, and you’ll find them along with a press release after the jump.

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Mazda debuts “Revolution” ad to promote new Skyactiv tech originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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