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2015 Mazda3 finally pairs 6-speed manual with larger engine

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 15th, 2014

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With all of the hype and anticipation surrounding the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Japanese brand was able to sneak another driver-oriented model into its lineup. The company’s spec page for the 2015 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan have been updated to list the Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder as finally being available with a six-speed manual transmission, in addition to the previous six-speed automatic. The automaker had promised the row-your-own gearbox with the bigger engine back when it first announced the new Mazda3, but it waited a model year to actually put the combo on sale.

According to Mazda’s specs, the manual gearbox trims 40 pounds off of a hatchback or 54 pounds off of a sedan in s Touring and s Grand Touring trims. However, shedding that weight doesn’t necessarily boost fuel economy. The six-speed hatch is rated at 26 miles per gallon city and 35 mpg highway, compared to 27/37 for the automatic. The manual sedan is rated at 25/37 city/highway mpg, versus 28/39 with the auto. Buyers can save a little money by opting for the manual, though. Regardless of body style, it’s about $1,050 cheaper than the automatic. There are two, other minor 2015 model year changes, as well. The Mazda Connect infotainment system and rear camera are now standard on the i Touring model, and all buyers can get Mazda Connect upgraded to include navigation for $399.95 from dealers, if they don’t already have nav.

Autoblog reached out to Mazda and learned that the 2.5L 6MT models started hitting dealers in August. The 2.5 wasn’t initially available with the stick because, “We had to prioritize engineering resources and the 2.5L 6MT was not a high priority combination. Globally, smaller engines are preferred in terms of sales,” a Mazda spokesperson explained via email. The automaker also notes that Austrailia will probably be the only other market outside of North America to get the six-speed gearbox with the larger engine.

2015 Mazda3 finally pairs 6-speed manual with larger engine originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata to spawn coupe, Mazda6 to get quick successive updates

Published by Mazda Blogs on August 28th, 2014

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Despite the PRHT’s availability, some are still yearning for a proper fixed-head coupe.

We are just days away from the official unveiling of the next-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata on September 3, and it’s fair to say that the mouths of enthusiasts are watering in anticipation for the latest version of this iconic roadster. Hard facts about the new droptop aren’t easy to find, and in the absence of further disclosure from Mazda officials, the rumormill is in full swing, including word that a long-awaited hardtop coupe model will figure into the new generation’s plans.

According to Automotive News, Mazda has a staggering number of updates planned for essentially its entire range in the coming years. The company’s strategy often amounts to a one-two punch with some updates coming one year and more following the next. It’s an interesting tactic that should keep the brand in the headlines with all of the changes.

In terms of the Miata, that tactic means going on sale sometime next summer as an all-new ragtop model that returns to its roots with a similar size and weight as the original (Autoblog sources indicate that there will be a substantial weight drop versus today’s NC Miata, but we don’t expect a return to NA or even necessarily NB featheriness). A 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder and six-speed manual should provide a decent jump in performance, too.

The vaguer news arises about a year later,when the publication’s sources say Mazda will bring out a MX-5 coupe with a fastback design. This isn’t to be confused with a power folding retractable hardtop option (PRHT) – the runaway success of the folding lid on the current generation means we expect a similar unit to be available when the new generation first goes on sale. Despite the PRHT’s availability, some buyers are still yearning for a proper fixed-head coupe bodystyle, and apparently Mazda may be listening. With the death of the RX-8, Mazda doesn’t have a hard top sports car in its lineup, and this would seem to be an easy way to get one.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata to spawn coupe, Mazda6 to get quick successive updates originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda builds 4-millionth Mazda3

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 26th, 2014

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To say that the Mazda3 is a vital product for Mazda would be one heck of an understatement. In fact, the model line accounts for about 30 percent of the manufacturer’s sales. Fortunately for Mazda, they’re selling well.

These days, the Japanese automaker is building the Mazda3 (known domestically as the Axela) in Japan, China, Thailand and, as of last month, in Mexico. The company’s expanded global production capacity has helped Mazda reach four million units of the Mazda3 sold around the world since the first model was introduced over ten and a half years ago.

Over the course of that decade since its introduction in June 2003, Mazda has gone through three generations of Mazda3, the newest model benefiting from the company’s Skyactiv technology and even encompassing a hybrid model in the Japanese Domestic Market.

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Mazda builds 4-millionth Mazda3 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Consumer Reports digs Mazda3, disses Jeep Cherokee

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 11th, 2014

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2014 Jeep CherokeeConsumer Reports has just rendered its verdict on two of the more important cars to launch this year – the Mazda3 and the Jeep Cherokee. Considering the value a “Recommended” rating carries with the public and the viciously competitive markets these two cars compete in, Consumer Reports‘ view could have some impact on their initial success.

For Mazda, that’s a good thing. CR spoke quite highly of the Zoom-Zoom brand’s compact sedan and hatch, testing both models, and citing the excellent fuel economy and snickety-snack manual shifter as high points. Downsides to the 3 included a ride that is agile but “nervous,” a bit too much noise and a cramped back seat. Still, the 3 was good enough to earn its place in the ranks of the “Recommended.”

The Jeep didn’t fare quite so well, with CR calling the polarizing CUV “half-baked.” Although both engines were tested, the magazine called the 2.4-liter four-pot underpowered and its nine-speed automatic unrefined and unresponsive. That’s particularly damning, considering the 9AT’s role in future Chrysler products, including the extremely important 200. Overall, the Cherokee missed out on the coveted “Recommended” rating.

Hop over to Consumer Reports‘ website for a full rundown on both cars, and let us know if you agree with the ratings.

Consumer Reports digs Mazda3, disses Jeep Cherokee originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dealers think Mazda’s new Mexico plant will increase Mazda3 sales by 20%

Published by Mazda Blogs on January 27th, 2014

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Mazda3 sales in the US were down about 15 percent last year to a total of 104,713 units. According to a report from Automotive News, though, the slowdown in sales has been due more to production constraints than demand.

Good news for Mazda dealers, then, that a new plant in Salamanca, Mexico has just come online. Tom Carey, chairman of Mazda’s national dealer council, told AN, “We’re going to be in good shape because of that Mexico inventory.” If estimates prove accurate, sales of the Mazda3 will increase by about 20 percent when the new plant begins production this month.

If those lofty projections come to pass, Mazda will reportedly be on track to exceed 300,000 total sales in the US in 2014, which would represent the brand’s highest figures since its 375,000-unit peak in 1994. The brand hopes to sell more than 400,000 vehicles in the US by 2016, and with well-received products like the latest 3 and Mazda6 sedan, such expectations seem quite possible.

Dealers think Mazda’s new Mexico plant will increase Mazda3 sales by 20% originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:00:00 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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Mazda CEO predicts record US sales in next 2 years

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 19th, 2013

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The recently appointed CEO of Mazda is apparently quite the optimist, claiming that the Japanese brand, renowned for its Zoom-Zoom driving character (and more recently its sleek, refined designs and Skyactiv efficiency), is claiming the company will record its best-ever US sales within the next two years. According to a report from Automotive News, Masamichi Kogai expects Mazda to move 400,000 of its Kodo-styled vehicles in the increasingly competitive US market by March 2016, with the recently launched Mazda3 leading the charge. “It will impacted considerably by the trend of the U.S. industry. But… it’s my hope we achieve the record by that time,” Kogai tells AN.

The brand is currently targeting 300,000 units by the end of this fiscal year in March 2014. Given that production and sales of the Mazda3 (and consumer awareness of the 2014 Mazda6) is still picking up steam, it isn’t a stretch to imagine Mazda, which sold 240,000 vehicles from January to October of 2013, hitting its target.

Along with the overall increase in sales numbers, Kogai is expecting the independent brand to take an even larger slice of the US sales pie, claiming 2.5 percent US market share, improving from its current 1.9-percent foothold so far in 2013. “I think the upper limit may be 2.5 percent for the time being,” Kogai told AN, before pointing out, “We don’t want to use a lot of incentives. That is not the sales approach we aspire toward.”

Mazda CEO predicts record US sales in next 2 years originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda doubles down with a pair of Threes

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 6th, 2013

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Mazda Vector 3 ConceptLooking to appeal to the compact tuner crowd, Mazda brought two different flavors of its 2014 Mazda3 to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week. The Club Sport 3 Concept hatchback (above) has more of a racing vibe to it, while the Vector 3 Concept sedan (right) looks to inject a little extra fashion into the all-new Mazda3.

Hotting up the 3, Mazda stuck with the stock 2.5-liter engine on the Club Sport 3 Concept but added a limited-slip differential and six-speed manual gearbox, the latter of which was lifted from the CX-5 crossover. Other upgrades include coil-over shocks, a performance exhaust, Brembo brakes and an aero body kit – the latter of which will be offered to buyers at a later date.

While the Vector 3 Concept does get some performance bits like two-piece Brembo brake rotors and grippier tires, the focus on this sedan is all about styling. Starting with a custom paint job and ghost stripes, the whole look is tied together with 19-inch, V-spoke Rays wheels.

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Mazda doubles down with a pair of Threes originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tow truck driver hilariously bad at righting a flipped Mazda

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 31st, 2013

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Can rolling your car get any worse? The correct answer is yes, as this poor soul found out when he rolled his Mazda3 onto its side. Calling a tow truck might be a logical, post-rollover move, but in this case, it kind of made the situation worse.

We don’t want to give away just what happened, so you’ll need to scroll down and watch the video. A fair warning, though, it does contain a moment of colorful language towards the end, so watching it at work, with the volume up, might not be wise. Have a look below for the full video.

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Tow truck driver hilariously bad at righting a flipped Mazda originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:01:00 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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