The 2012 Mazda5 has Arrived!

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The Mazda5 was off the market for the 2011 model year. The ’5′ is smaller than a full size minivan, offering room for six, but it also offers excellent driving dynamics, and the trademark zoom-zoom attitude that Mazda’s are know for. For 2012, the Mazda5 has a new exterior design. With pronounced wedge to the window-line, smiling face from the Mazda 3, heavier contouring in the sheet-metal and the tulip shape of the wing-logo echoed in the rear, the 2012 Mazda5 is as stylish as boxes get. Horizontal tail-lamps and wraparound glass lower and widen it visually, and it’s aerodynamically tidy from tip to tail.

The Mazda 5 is sporty for its class and more fun-to-drive than most will ever realize. Suspension is calibrated to soak up bumps and keep the tires planted, steering tuned for good feel and good maneuverability. The base model offers a choice of 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 157 horsepower and EPA ratings of 21/28 mpg; some vans have ratings approaching these but common sense and our experience indicates that a considerably lighter box and smaller engine get superior real-world fuel economy.

Posted by reedman on Feb 23 2011 in Mazda News

Mazda Shinari Concept introduced at LA Auto Show

While there were many concepts introduced at the LA Auto Show this year, Mazda brought to the stage a vehicle that may never see production, but whose design basis will. The Sinari is more of a design concept utilizing what Mazda calls the Kodo (“Soul of Motion”) theme. According to Mazda, Shinari is a Japanese word that “describes the powerful yet supple appearance of great resilient force when objects of high tensile strength, such as steel or bamboo, are twisted or bent.” Its sheet metal curves and twists that give the illusion of movement and speed.

Described by Mazda with terms such as speed, tension and alluring, the KODO design language shows us a future filled with much more stoically aggressive vehicles. Gone is the Mazda happy face, and in its place is a visage that appears ready to tackle the road while the wind flows over the swoops, creases and curves. The Shinari won’t see production, but its design elements, lines and style hint at what Mazda has planned for future vehicles.

Posted by reedman on Nov 21 2010 in Mazda News

MAZDASPEED Vehicles Stand Out in Performance

Mazdaspeed3MAZDASPEED factory-engineered vehicles, performance parts and accessories, and motorsports programs are the ultimate expression of the Soul of a Sport Car spirit. MAZDASPEED is the destination for driving enthusiasts who desire to experience Mazda at the highest, most exhilarating level.

The new 2010 MAZDASPEED3 is ready to thrill with its 2.3L DOHC 16-valve DISI Turbo engine that cranks out 263 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. One tap on the throttle, and you’ll know where MAZDASPEED3 got its name. With its close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, torque-sensing limited-slip differential, and sticky Y-speed rated performance tires, this lightweight, high-performance sports compact gives you a driving experience that you’ll crave.

Posted by reedman on Oct 29 2010 in Mazda News, Uncategorized

2011 Mazda MAZDA2 Impresses Consumers

The 2011 Mazda2 hopes to bring some of the “zoom-zoom” driving that Mazdas are known for to the mushrooming subcompact class. In the past few years, if you were looking for a subcompact car, your options were limited. But the Mazda2 has come along and changed everything. The Mazda2 brings style, economy and fun to buyers who want small car fuel economy and price, without giving up amenities and performance.

The 2011 Mazda2 has seating for five in a compact hatchback body. While the Mazda2 makes some sacrifices — cargo space is small – in return it promises buyers a super-cute urban runner with good city fuel economy and a nice interior. The Mazda2 also has a list of standard safety features, including traction and stability control, which cost extra on some competitors.

The 2011 Mazda2 has two trims: Sport and Touring. The Sport trim is fairly well equipped, with power windows, power locks, a jack for MP3 players, and a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo. The Touring trim adds nicer cloth seats, cruise control, a six-speaker stereo and steering-wheel mounted stereo controls. Both the Sport and Touring come with a 1.5-liter 100-horsepower engine and a five-speed manual transmission. The Mazda2 has officially arrived!

Check out our review of the 2011 Mazda2 in Philadelphia for information highlighting this model, along with pictures and video!

Posted by reedman on Sep 16 2010 in Mazda News

Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom Zoom Vision

Wondering what Mazda is doing for their part in making cars cleaner? In 2007 Mazda adopted the “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” long-term vision. Zoom Zoom is a philosophy in which they have committed to making cars that always excite, look inviting to drive, are fun to drive, and make you want to drive them again. It also requires the achievement of a sustainable future for cars, people and the Earth. Mazda has announced a target date of 2015 for achieving their goal of improving the average fuel economy of Mazda cars sold globally by 30% above 2008 levels. To achieve this, they have begun to thoroughly improve base technologies including engines, transmissions and our weight reduction technology, and aerodynamics. By progressively combining these technologies with Mazda’s proprietary idling stop system “i-stop,” regenerative braking, and hybrid and other systems, they aim to offer consumers green driving along with excellent  safety and performance.

Posted by reedman on Feb 9 2010 in Mazda News

Are Microvans the Next Trend? The 2010 Mazda5

2010 Mazda5

The 2010 Mazda5 is essentially a mini-minivan, with sliding doors and a vertical liftgate out back, in addition to styling reminiscent of minivan. And, while the overall popularity of minivans is decreasing, with the explosion of the crossover segment, small minivans may have found a spot in the American automarket.  Besides the Mazda5, there are not many models, it competes directly with the Honda Fit and Kia Rondo, yet big automakers will be rolling their own version out of the microvan, which will include the Ford C-Max and the Chevy Orlando.

Mazda5 CabinThe six-person Mazda5 features flexible seating that can be reconfigured to maximize occupant or cargo space. So what are the advantages of the Mazda5 over a traditional minivan? It is still aimed at young professional families with active lifestyles like other minivans are, but microvans get better mileage, are more maneuverable in the city and in parking lots, and come at a very affordable price.  At the same time they offer the same versatility and convenience features that larger minivans do.  The Mazda5 is powered by a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 153 horsepower and 148 pounds-feet of torque. The Mazda5 is more utilitarian than fun, but it’s more fun to drive than any other minivans, after all it is a Mazda. The only change for 2010 is a significant one: stability control and traction control are now standard on all of the Mazda5′s trim levels. The 2010 has a starting MSRP of $17,995 – $23,005 and a fuel economy of City: 21 – 22   Highway: 27 – 28.

Posted by reedman on Oct 4 2009 in Mazda News

Showcar MX-5 to Introduce Mazda Super Lightweight Technology

Super light miataThe Mazda Miata is sporty little vehicle that has met worldwide success over many decade.  Officially renamed the Mazda MX-5, it is the best-selling two-seat sports car in the world. In September, Mazda will roll out a special version of the MX-5, at the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show.  Mazda is calling this version of the well known affordable vehicle the Mazda MX-5 Superlight.  Although the Superlight is purely a show car at this point, it will introduce a new level of lightweight technology that Mazda is famous.  This technology improves driving performance, handling, fuel economy and CO2 emissions. This is combined with a radical exterior design requiring no windshield, and sporty chassis settings for pure roadster driving fun. The Mazda MX-5 Superlight version will be a delight to see.

Posted by reedman on Aug 11 2009 in Mazda News

More Fuel Efficient Mazdas on the Road

The results are in for Mazda and the new federal program commonly known as Cash for Clunkers. Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has seen a marked increase in showroom traffic as a result of the week-old program.  And what vehicle is selling most as a result.  Very appropriately it is Mazda’s most fuel-efficient vehicle, the MAZDA3.  In fact, this model has made up fifty-seven percent of the Mazdas sold under the program.  While the program has boosted sales, it has also had a positive environmental impact, as there are now more fuel efficient Mazda model on the road and less gas guzzlers then there were just a few weeks ago. The MAZDA3, which gets up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway, is replacing vehicles that in some cases don’t make one third of the mileage. The CARs program (its official name) has been controversial and unknown whether it would have an impact.  The conclusion so far is that it is boosting sales and aiding the environment; but the question remains how long the program will last.  The government has put an end date on the program in October – but it could be much sooner than that if it runs out of funds.  And seeing how popular the CARs program is so far, it is likely this will happen well before October.

Posted by reedman on Aug 4 2009 in Mazda News Tags: