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What you missed on 8.28.14

Published by Mazda Blogs on August 29th, 2014

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Volkswagen e-UpElectric VW e-Up! tested

The Volkswagen Up! is one of our favorite pieces of pint-sized forbidden fruit. The cute little city car is already one of the best-selling microcars in Europe, and VW aims to broaden its appeal with a new electrified version, the e-Up! Jonathon Ramsey recently took the electric Up! for a quick spin in Germany. Read his full report, here.

Mazda MX-5 Miata muleMazda MX-5 Coupe in the works?

We’re just days away from the reveal of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, and already, the rumormill is swirling about what’s in store for the lovely two-seat sports car. New reports suggest that a long-awaited coupe model is indeed in the cards – of course, take that with a huge grain of salt. More details about future plans for the Mazda3 and Mazda6 are detailed here, as well.

VolvoVolvo model range details revealed

Tired of all the Volvo news this week? Good. Neither are we. Looking beyond the introduction of the 2015 XC90, or man Noah Joseph managed to get some more details about the future of the company’s model range, which happily includes sedans, wagons, and the well-liked Cross Country trims. See what else is in store in his deep dive, here.

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What you missed on 8.28.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda2 revealed ahead of Paris debut [w/videos] [UPDATE]

Published by Mazda Blogs on July 17th, 2014

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2015 Mazda2

Small cars may be big business, but the world’s automakers don’t seem to be in any particular rush to keep them fresh. The new Smart Fortwo unveiled yesterday replaces a model that’s already been around for seven years, one based on a structure dating back to the late ’90s. The new Opel Corsa revealed just last week replaces a model that had been around for eight years. And the Mazda2 has been on the market in its current form for seven years now, but not for much longer, because Mazda has finally revealed its successor.

Set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this October, the new Mazda2 follows the stylistic lead of this year’s Hazumi concept remarkably close, from the sharply creased front end right down to the wheel design – bringing the supermini hatchback in line with the KODO design language that characterizes its bigger siblings: the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5.

Although details released thus far are rather limited, and power will vary from one market to another, engine options center around a 1.5-liter four in both gasoline and diesel versions, joining the manual and automatic transmissions and the chassis itself under Mazda’s Skyactiv technology umbrella. We wouldn’t expect the diesel version to make it across the Pacific (or across the border from the plant that will build it alongside a new Toyota hatch in Mexico), but rumors have surfaced of a potential rotary hybrid. The new 2 will also include the company’s MZD connectivity suite and i-Activsense safety technology.

Also sold as the Demio in certain regions (like the Japanese Domestic Market), the new Mazda2 represents a vital product for Mazda, which has sold over 2.4 million of them since the model line’s introduction 1996. Production has already begun at Mazda’s plant in Hofu near Hiroshima, Japan. Scope out the videos and press release below for a closer look.

UPDATE: We’ve updated this story with the US market press release, below, which confirms that the Mazda2 will be a 2016 model when it goes on sale here. A handful of new images have been added to the gallery above, as well.

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2016 Mazda2 revealed ahead of Paris debut [w/videos] [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda to celebrate 25 years of MX-5 with 15 Miatas in New York

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 20th, 2014

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Having first debuted at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been on the market now for an impressive 25 years. So to celebrate that quarter-century anniversary, Mazda is bringing no less than 15 examples of the legendary roadster from throughout its history to the New York Auto Show this year.

Mazda isn’t saying just which versions of the MX-5 it’s bringing to the Javitz center this year, but with three generations to choose from and over 900,000 units built and sold, there are plenty of examples – including production versions, special editions and concept cars.

What would really put the cherry on this birthday cake, however, would be if Mazda were to surprise us in Manhattan with the debut of the highly anticipated fourth-generation Miata that we’re expecting to debut sometime this year.

The new MX-5 is tipped to go back to its roots style-wise, but grow in length ever so slightly to accommodate the requirements of Alfa Romeo, which was supposed to be partnering with Mazda on the development of the new roadster but is now said to be getting cold feet over the prospect of manufacturing an Alfa in Japan.

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Mazda to celebrate 25 years of MX-5 with 15 Miatas in New York originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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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IIHS tests 11 minicars, finds them wanting in small-overlap crash test

Published by Mazda Blogs on January 22nd, 2014

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IIHS minicar small-overlap crash tests

IIHS minicar small-overlap testingThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and its challenging small-overlap crash test have passed judgment. In testing of nearly a dozen minicars, only one vehicle scored an acceptable rating on the ultra-tough test, which was instituted in August 2012.

The Chevrolet Spark was the only car out of 11 to net an “Acceptable” rating in the small-overlap test and the only one to be named a 2014 Top Safety Pick. The IIHS has four rating levels – Poor, Marginal, Acceptable and Good.

The Mazda2, Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris and 2014 Ford Fiesta all netted “Marginal” scores on the small-overlap test, while the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Nissan Versa, Toyota Prius C, Hyundai Accent, Fiat 500 and Honda Fit all netted “Poor” ratings. We’ve posted the full score result sheet to the right.

“Small, lightweight vehicles have an inherent safety disadvantage. That’s why it’s even more important to choose one with the best occupant protection,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS’ senior VP for vehicle research. “Unfortunately, as a group, minicars aren’t performing as well as other vehicle categories in the small overlap crash.”

Scroll down for the official press release from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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IIHS tests 11 minicars, finds them wanting in small-overlap crash test originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda planning ‘aggressive’ dealer shakeup

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 17th, 2013

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Mazda has set an ambitious goal of selling 400,000 units by the end of the 2015 Japanese fiscal year in March 2016, and to do that, it’s going to need to take some aggressive action. That means that underperforming members of its 637-showroom strong dealer network are about to get the axe.

The purge won’t just be limited to dealers that aren’t performing, though. Mazda will seek to consolidate poorly located dealers and build new showrooms in better locations. It still isn’t clear how many dealers are being targeted or at what point Mazda would end its cull.

This consolidation of dealers is all part of a one-two punch for the Japanese brand, that will also see increased marketing efforts in 35 key areas. Of those markets, Mazda is placing a special emphasis on New York and LA, although there’s not much mention of what other regions are being looked at.

The shuffling of dealers is being called “aggressive” by Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s North American executive vice president. “I believe we can achieve our goal. Our initiatives are bearing fruit,” Marumoto told Automotive News at last month’s Tokyo Motor Show.

As we mentioned in a previous story, Mazda’s 400,000-unit goal is going to be done largely on the back of the Mazda3, which is still being rolled out.

Mazda planning ‘aggressive’ dealer shakeup originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Next-gen Mazda2 designed for ‘predominantly feminine’ appeal

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 27th, 2013

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We can’t ever think of a time we’ve heard anyone accuse the current Mazda2 of being too edgy, which makes reports of a softer design for the next-gen model a little surprising. Autocar reports that when the new 2 debuts next fall, it will have a “softer, more feminine appeal” than the current design.

This description lends a little more credibility to the Japanese magazine image we saw of the car back in July. Aside from Mazda’s Kodo-inspired signature face, that picture did reveal softer lines, especially along the side of the car. This softened styling is to appeal to the car’s target market, which Mazda’s European design chief is reported to have called a “predominantly feminine customer base.” Last we heard, though, Mazda might keep the next 2 out of the US due to slow sales.

The 2015 Mazda2 will reportedly ride on a shortened version of the platform used for the CX-5, but Autocar mentions that its platform could also be the basis of a new subcompact crossover – possibly to go up against vehicles like the Buick Encore and the upcoming Honda Fit-based crossover called the Vezel.

Next-gen Mazda2 designed for ‘predominantly feminine’ appeal originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Mazda6 earns Popular Mechanics’ ‘Car of the Year’

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 12th, 2013

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Ring one up for Mazda. The Japanese brand’s midsize offering, the Mazda6, has been named Popular Mechanics‘ Car of the Year. The 6 received a comprehensive reworking for the 2014 model year that saw it adopt sleek, sexy sheet metal; a clean, logical interior; and powertrain technologies that allow it to net some of the best fuel economy available in a gas-powered, non-hybrid sedan.

Popular Mechanics praised the 6′s Skyactiv 2.5-liter, 184-horsepower engine, as well as its agility and responsiveness during testing. It also remarked on the functional, but well designed cabin, and the degree of available technology.

“The Mazda6 really impressed us with how well it delivers so many things modern car owners want: great mileage, fun road-handling, upscale features and looks – and remarkable value,” said Jim Meigs, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Mechanics.

“To be named Car of the Year by a publication as esteemed as Popular Mechanics is as flattering as it is humbling,” said Mazda’s president and CEO, Jim O’Sullivan.

Besides crowning the Mazda6 as Car of the Year, Popular Mechanics named the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray as its Performance Car of the Year, the Nissan Versa Note as its Value Car, the new Ram Heavy Duty as its Hauler, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class as its Technical Innovation of the Year. Scroll down for the official press release from Mazda and Popular Mechanics.

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2014 Mazda6 earns Popular Mechanics’ ‘Car of the Year’ originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda struggles to meet demand on rising sales

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 23rd, 2013

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Demand for Mazdas is high, but supply is tight, resulting in a slower sales increase compared to last year.

For Mazda there’s good and not-so-good news on the heels of strong US sales in 2012: demand is high – especially for the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 – but supply is low, TheDetroitBureau.com reports. That’s partly because all Mazda production happens in Japan, since it ended its alliance with Ford and pulled out of a joint venture with the Blue Oval building cars in suburban Detroit last year.

In 2012, Mazda sales here jumped 26.4 percent, but 2013 sales through August have just been keeping pace with the overall US auto industry, increasing at a rate of 6.8 percent. Mazda North American Operations director of marketing and communications Jeremy Barnes says that sales have slowed because the company is facing challenges delivering products here.

That should be offset somewhat as Mazda rolls out its all-new (and quite good) 2014 Mazda3 sedan in the fourth quarter. Currently Mazda3 sales represent 40 percent of the automaker’s total sales in the US, TheDetroitBureau.com reports. Sales should also experience a boost when Mazda opens up a new plant in Mexico in spring 2014.

In the meantime, the CX-5 has done very well lately, which experienced a sales increase of 82.3 percent in August – the crossover’s best month ever. The Mazda6 also had a good August, with a 167-percent increase compared to the same time last year, despite a tight supply.

Mazda struggles to meet demand on rising sales originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2014 Mazda3 configurator zoom-zooms to life

Published by Mazda Blogs on August 29th, 2013

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2014 Mazda3 Configurator

The 2014 Mazda3 is probably going to be on a lot of shopping lists, thanks to its striking good looks, clean interior treatment, fuel economy and driving character. If it happens to be on your personal list of new cars to test, you’ll be happy to see that the configurator for Mazda’s newest product has officially gone online.

In terms of build-your-own web items, configuring a 3 isn’t much of a departure from the rest of the Mazda range. Most of the work comes from choosing one of the three trim levels – Sport, Touring and Grand Touring – and selecting either the 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter, Skyactiv four-cylinder or its larger sibling, the 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter, Skyactiv four. From there, a simple range of color and interior finishes are available, before a slim list of packages, options and accessories. Really, Mazda’s made it easy to get through this build process.

Click on over to the configurator and take a look at the options, colors and prices for Mazda’s newest five-door hatchback.

2014 Mazda3 configurator zoom-zooms to life originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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