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2016 Mazda6 gets a facelift in LA

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 19th, 2014

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The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is a busy one for Mazda, as the Japanese brand shows off not only its all-new CX-3, but a facelifted Mazda6 sedan.

The 2016 sedan has been nipped and tucked to better fit in with newer members of the brand’s range, including the aforementioned CX-3, as well as the Mazda3 and MX-5 Miata.

The grille’s horizontal slats are now trimmed in chrome, while the brand’s chrome wing motif on the fascia is larger and more prominent, particularly where it feeds into the headlights.

Mazda has made more significant changes in the cabin, replacing the built-in nav unit of the old 6 with a freestanding seven-inch screen that has a transformative effect on the look of the dash. The HVAC controls are also tweaked, while the head-up display unit has been cribbed from the Mazda3.

Aside from the new looks, this is the same old 6 that we enjoyed during our long-term loan. The 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder and six-speed transmissions are all carry-over items, although Mazda has somehow managed to NVH by a quarter at freeway speeds. Rather worryingly, though, the press release makes no mention of Mazda’s long-awaited diesel engine.

We have a vast gallery of photos from Mazda, and will be adding live shots from the floor of the LA Convention Center. Be sure to take a look, give the press release a read, and then head into Comments and let us know what you think of Mazda’s updated sedan.

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2016 Mazda6 gets a facelift in LA originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda CX-5 keeps it simple

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 19th, 2014

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2016 Mazda CX-5 interiorTake a long, hard look, folks. This is the refreshed 2016 Mazda CX-5, which makes its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show today. And if you’re thinking, “Say, that looks just like the old one,” you really aren’t alone. The visible updates certainly aren’t major – Mazda has instead focused on giving the already-good CX-5 some thoughtful upgrades to make it a more attractive package than ever.

Outside, there are some slight changes to the styling, including new LED light signatures at the front and rear, as well as redesigned foglamp housings. Uplevel models also ride on attractive new 19-inch alloy wheels, with a dark finish.

Under the hood, it’s all the same. Mazda’s Skyactiv 2.0- and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines carry over, with 155 and 184 horsepower, respectively. Front-wheel-drive, 2.5-liter models get a small bump in fuel economy, too – the CUV is now rated at 26 miles per gallon city and 33 mpg highway, up from 25/32. Models equipped with the automatic transmission now benefit from different drive modes, as well.

Moving inside the cabin, the biggest news is the upgrade to the newer Mazda Connect infotainment system that debuted in the Mazda3. It uses a larger screen, with a cleaner, better-designed interface. This is an update that couldn’t come soon enough. Additional interior improvements include more sound deadening, a new electronic parking brake, as well as some improved material and trim finishes. There’s a host of new active safety features available, too, including radar-based cruise control with auto-brake support, lane-departure warning, and so on.

Read the full list of updates in Mazda’s press release, below, and have a look at the 2016 CX-5 in the gallery above.

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2016 Mazda CX-5 keeps it simple originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda rolls out unlimited mileage warranty in Canada

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 14th, 2014

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Cold weather might be starting to grip parts of Canada, but our neighbors to the north are going to be able to drive their 2015 Mazda cars and utilities from Vancouver to Montreal with a little more peace of mind. That’s because Mazda Canada is instituting an unlimited mileage warranty for its new models.

The updated plan starts with all 2015 model year vehicles (even those already sold), and the scheme simply removes that distance limit on everything but the emissions defect coverage. That means that the Mazdas have one year of service adjustments, three years of new vehicle coverage, five years on the powertrain, seven years against corrosion and three years of roadside assistance for as many kilometers as the owner drives.

The change removes at least one, tiny piece of anxiety about buying a new vehicle because it’s easy to know when the coverage ends. “By offering our customers an Unlimited Mileage Warranty, we believe it will enhance their ownership experience by alleviating concerns such as kilometre limitations, repair costs and resale value,” Kory Koreeda, president of Mazda Canada, in the automaker’s announcement.

Autoblog spoke to Mazda spokesperson Nick Beard to ask about any changes to the automaker’s warranty in the US. He told us, “We’re sticking with our current warranty.” Scroll down to read all of the details about the new coverage for Canada.

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Mazda rolls out unlimited mileage warranty in Canada originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda2 sedan debuting in Thailand this month?

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 4th, 2014

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Mazda is reportedly set to introduce a Mazda2 with a four-door sedan body. Unlike the upcoming CX-3, which is debuting at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show and is almost certain to be sold in North America, this other version’s chance here are a bit more mysterious.

According to The Bangkok Post, the Mazda2 sedan will make its word debut at the Thailand International Motor Expo on November 28, and the traditional five-door hatch will be there as well. Both body styles will be built in Thailand with diesel engines and will be the first vehicles to adhere to the country’s eco-car rules for oil-burners with a SkyActiv 1.5-liter diesel that will make 105 horsepower.

At this time, there’s no indication whether the new sedan might also be sold in the US, but we’re not holding our breath – remember, the previous Mazda2 sedan never made it Stateside, either.

Mazda2 sedan debuting in Thailand this month? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda CX-3 crossover coming to LA

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 28th, 2014

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Mazda CX-3 Teaser Sketch for the LA Auto Show

The Mazda booth at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show will showcase some new crossovers. In addition to the refreshed CX-5 that we’re expecting, the Japanese automaker has announced plans to unveil its new CX-3 compact crossover.

According to Mazda, the brand’s entry into the compact CUV market will feature “the full range of SKYACTIV technology and KODO – Soul of Motion design.” We take that to mean lightweight chassis and body architectures along with fuel-sipping gasoline and, perhaps, diesel engines.

The CX-3 will have to take on a slew of upcoming competitors, including the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax and Jeep Renegade, and reports indicate it will share a platform with the Mazda2, which is just starting production in Mexico. We don’t yet know if it will be front-wheel drive only or if all-wheel drive will be optional. The CUV is also likely to share the Mazda2’s engine, which isn’t yet revealed for the North American market. Japan gets the 2 with either a 1.3-liter gasoline engine or a 1.5-liter diesel.

You’ll have to wait for LA before we know all the details, but in the meantime, feel free to peruse the press release below.

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Mazda CX-3 crossover coming to LA originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NHTSA releases updated Takata airbag recalled cars list, but it still has errors

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 22nd, 2014

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Unfortunately, the government’s list still contains errors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an updated list of vehicle models that it’s urging owners to repair under the mushrooming Takata airbag inflator recall. The latest version adds vehicles from new automakers like Subaru and Ford that are missing from the original announcement, and it also removes erroneous entries from General Motors, leaving only the 2005 Saab 9-2X (a reskinned Subaru WRX), and the 2003-2005 Pontiac Vibe, a joint project with Toyota.

According to a statement sent to Autoblog by GM, the inaccurate entries on the earlier version came because, “The original NHTSA advisory incorrectly listed a group of 2002-2003 GM models that were part of a 2002 recall involving airbags made by other suppliers.”

This campaign has been spurred by recent discoveries from Takata about the risks from these inflators. It’s possible for the airbags to rupture in a crash and spray shrapnel at occupants. The problem is known to have caused serious injuries and several deaths, and the likelihood of a malfunction has been determined to be especially likely in high humidity areas.

The recalls related to the faulty parts go back to at least 2001, and most of the vehicles on the latest list are also among the same ones from a campaign in June. Since this isn’t a new recall and NHTSA is simply urging people to take action, it’s possible some of these models might already be repaired.

NHTSA appears to be having serious problems with the stress the Takata airbag issue is putting on its consumer website. According to The Detroit News, the agency’s VIN lookup service is down, and its daily listing of new recalls is also not working as of this writing.

Unfortunately, the government’s list still contains errors.

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NHTSA releases updated Takata airbag recalled cars list, but it still has errors originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will rock 2.0L SkyActiv engine in US, 1.5L elsewhere

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 2nd, 2014

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Let the speculation finally end – we know what will power the next-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, and it’s not turbocharged. The US model will get a SkyActiv 2.0-liter engine and six-speed manual, while models in the rest of the world have a 1.5-liter engine, confirming earlier rumors.

Unfortunately, Mazda isn’t letting loose how much power either of these mills make just yet. For sake of comparison, the current SkyActiv 2.0 in the Mazda3 produces 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, and the 1.5-liter in the UK (and elsewhere) has about 99 hp and 110 lb-ft of twist. However, the current Miata produces 167 hp and 140 lb-ft.

But fret not droptop fans. The company’s brochure from the 2014 Paris Motor Show confirms, “all available drivetrains have been specially tuned for the all-new MX-5,” which at least hints at the possibility of more performance. Also, even if the numbers remain untouched, the new Miata should feel even more sporting on the open road. That’s because Mazda says the new model weighs in the neighborhood of 2,200 pounds; with that in mind, the 2016 car would boast around 14.19 pounds per horsepower versus 14.85 lb/hp in the present MX-5. Progress!

Mazda promises to end the anticipation and announce the actual outputs for these mills later.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will rock 2.0L SkyActiv engine in US, 1.5L elsewhere originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda mulling furniture, designer goods in bid to command higher prices

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 1st, 2014

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Brands like Porsche and Ferrari make a mint every year by selling branded lifestyle goods like shoes, hats and even wilder items. Bugatti takes things to the extremes with things like its $84,000 belt buckle. These products not only make their respective companies some extra money, but they reaffirm their high-end design aspirations to wealthy buyers. However, the next firm possibly dipping its toe into this upscale pool is a bit more mass-market – Mazda.

That’s right. The Japanese automaker best known among enthusiasts for its segment-defining Miata and rotary engines is considering its own line of luxury goods in the coming years called Mazda Design. The project is the brainchild of styling boss Ikuo Maeda, and according to Automotive News, he has backing from company CEO Masamichi Kogai. Although the green light isn’t quite on yet, Maeda is already brainstorming. “Not only furniture, but I’d like to build a Mazda Design brand. That’s my dream,” he said to Automotive News.

The possible project is just one aspect of Mazda’s move to become a near-premium brand. According to Automotive News, it wants to see higher transaction prices partially by offering more stylish design than its rivals. Launching a line of luxury goods is meant to communicate this new focus to customers.

The Mazda Design line was previewed with the Kodo Chair (pictured above) at last year’s Milan Design Week. Named after the brand’s current, swoopy styling language, the seat mixed metal and leather in a reclined position to conjure up something out of a futuristic racecar.

Still, the move could be a gamble. Bugatti, Porsche and Ferrari sell vehicles to a wealthy clientele for whom dropping a few grand on something frivolous doesn’t matter match. Mazda buyers might not have that luxury.

Mazda mulling furniture, designer goods in bid to command higher prices originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ever wonder how to really pronounce Japanese automaker names?

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 26th, 2014

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People tend to get very set in their ways when it comes to the pronunciation of words. Just look at the endless debates over whether or not to say the final ‘e’ in Porsche (which you should in terms of correct German enunciation). Or the argument about whether to follow the British convention and give the ‘u’ in Jaguar a special delivery or to say the ‘ua’ diphthong as more of a ‘w’ sound, as usually happens in the US.

This short video doesn’t answer either of those automotive questions, but it does allow a native Japanese speaker to demonstrate the accepted pronunciations for several, major automakers from the country. One benefit is that it clears up the occasional debate over whether Nissan should be said with a long or short ‘i’ sound. Also, listen closely to how the female host says Mazda as Matsuda, the way it’s actually said in the language. Even if this doesn’t change the way you enunciate these brands, at least now you know the accurate way in Japanese.

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Ever wonder how to really pronounce Japanese automaker names? originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Teen Miata enthusiast and friend of Autoblog passes away

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 9th, 2014

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19-year-old Thomas Jost with his prized Mazda Miata

When Thomas’ illness made it impossible for him to drive, he relied on friends to do it for him.

Attending the reveal of the 2016 MX-5 Miata and the subsequent 25th anniversary celebration at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca confirmed that the little roadster maintains broad appeal, one not limited to the elderly or a certain gender as detractors might have you believe. In fact, the assembled crowd was surprisingly youthful, particularly amongst the club racer set and tuners. But one young Miata owner and superfan unfortunately wasn’t in attendance – Thomas Jost, 19, was busy fighting for his life in a Maryland hospital.

Sadly, it was a years-long battle he lost on Saturday afternoon.

Thomas, a Cleveland, OH-area teen, was at Maryland’s National Institutes of Health for treatment as part of his ongoing battle with a rare auto-immune disease known as Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis – the same genetic affliction that led to his mother’s death when Thomas was four years old. Experimental treatments related to CMC would eventually weaken his immune system, making him susceptible to a virus that led to his passing.

Thomas was a diehard MX-5 fan. I know this because my son, Nate, counted Thomas among his best friends. Thomas’ Mariner-Blue 1991 NA MX-5 was his first car, and my son describes him as “obsessed” with everything about his self-described “Smurfin’ Miata.” With the help of family and friends including my son, he not only customized the suspension, wheels and stereo on his Mazda, he eventually executed an automatic to manual transmission swap in his garage. He was also a member of the Autoblog community, often stealing away bits of time to read this website during his classes in high school. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Ohio Miata Owner’s Association.

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Teen Miata enthusiast and friend of Autoblog passes away originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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