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Mazda3 versus BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 in Euro diesel showdown

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 21st, 2014

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From drag races to roominess comparison, the Mazda3 came out ahead of the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series in a diesel-hatchback comparison.

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Mazda3 versus BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 in Euro diesel showdown originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Alfa Romeo takes Spider in-house, Mazda-Fiat roadster partnership not dead

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 20th, 2014

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Alfa Romeo will base its next Spider not on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but on the same Project Giorgio platform that will underpin other Alfa models, like the replacement for the 159. Mazda will, however, donate the MX-5 for an upcoming roadster from Fiat and Abarth, Alfa Romeo boss Harald Wester told Car.

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Alfa Romeo takes Spider in-house, Mazda-Fiat roadster partnership not dead originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kiwi seniors accidentally lock themselves in Mazda3 for 13 hours, nearly die

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 17th, 2014

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It’s an over-played trope that senior citizens are bad with technology. Its regular use as a comedic device, though, overshadows a more dire circumstance that comes when elderly citizens are paired with gizmos and gadgets they don’t fully understand.

A couple from New Zealand spent the night in their new, smart-key-equipped Mazda3 after thinking they’d locked themselves in, in what The Otago Daily Times called “a series of ‘Murphy’s Law’ events.” The two thought the car wouldn’t function without the key fob, which had accidentally been left outside of the car, along with the owner’s manual. That, along with the combination of stress, darkness and a lack of overall information about the car nearly killed Mollieanne and Brian Smith.

After thinking they’d become trapped, the Smiths, 65 and 68, respectively, tried honking the horn to alert neighbors – it was Guy Fawkes Night, so the sound was drowned out by fireworks – and even took the Mazda’s jack to a window in their attempt to escape.

When they were discovered and freed 13 hours later, Mrs. Smith was unconscious and Mr. Smith was having trouble breathing, with emergency crews telling the couple another half hour in the car would have killed them. Mr. Smith later told The Otago Daily Times he was “very methodical,” but couldn’t figure out how to unlock the car.

“Once I found out how simple it was to unlock it I kicked myself that I did not find the way out,” the 68-year-old told The Times. “I had this mind-set that I did not have the transponder [so I could not get out].”

Mazda New Zealand pointed out that is not the case.

“It’s not a design flaw with the car,” Mazda New Zealand General Manager Glenn Harris told The Times. “What we have said to the [dealership] network is, with new technologies, don’t forget to show customers how to use them in their entirety [and] how to override them. There is always a manual process to override them.”

Kiwi seniors accidentally lock themselves in Mazda3 for 13 hours, nearly die originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda expands scope of vehicles affected by Takata airbag recall to 330k

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 12th, 2014

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Earlier this week a Reuters report indicated that Mazda was considering a nationwide expansion of its recall for vehicles equipped with Takata airbag inflators. The company has now confirmed said expansion, with the vehicle count jumping from 86,770 to 330,000 affected in the US.

As before, the affected vehicles are Mazda6 and RX-8 cars from the 2004 to 2008 model years.

Mazda reports that Takata has tested a “large number of inflators removed from Mazda vehicles” and not found any to be “non-compliant” as of yet. With that said, the company also reports in its statement that one 2005 Mazda6, located in Florida, has been identified as having had an “abnormal” deployment of the driver’s side airbag.

For what it’s worth, though the company’s statement references the Takata inflator issue as a proper recall, it is calling its own program of notification a “Safety Improvement Campaign” for the moment. Find the full, if brief, Mazda press release in the form below.

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Mazda expands scope of vehicles affected by Takata airbag recall to 330k originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda considers expanding Takata recall nationwide

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 9th, 2014

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Vehicle recalls have come in force recently. Honda expanded its front driver’s side Takata airbag inflator recall nationwide to cover an estimated 5.4-million vehicles, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added 19 notices to its database covering safety campaigns dating back to October. It looks like there could be one more to add to the list soon because Mazda is considering a possible nationwide expansion of its own inflator repairs.

A company spokesperson tells Reuters that there is no decision yet when to actually make this nationwide expansion of the driver’s side inflator recall official, and the company isn’t sure how many vehicles may be affected.

Mazda just expanded the scope of its Takata inflator recalls to additional regions earlier in December. The move took its total number of units in need of repair from around 65,000 under the earlier NHTSA estimate to 86,773, according to the company. So far, the automaker’s US campaign has included the 2003-2007 Mazda6, 2006-2007 MazdaSpeed6, 2004-2008 Mazda RX-8, 2004-2005 MPV and 2004 B-Series pickup.

Mazda considers expanding Takata recall nationwide originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:30:00 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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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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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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