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Innovation: Electric Vehicle - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
An electric-powered vehicle that offers Mazda's unique driving pleasureWe undertook development of electric vehicles with the aim of offering all our customers fun-to-drive performance and outstanding environmental and safety performance. The result is the Demio EV which offers both the sporty driving people expect from Mazda and a remarkable driving range of 200 km*. Mazda began leasing the Demio...
Innovation: Hydrogen Vehicle - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
The hydrogen rotary engine is extremely eco-friendly and perfect for a society in which people can continue to enjoy Zoom-Zoom driving while caring for the EarthHydrogen rotary engineMazda's hydrogen rotary engine, based on our unique rotary engine technology but adapted to use hydrogen as its fuel, emits no CO2 and offers superb environmental performance.Because the rotary engine required only a ...
Innovation: Promoting Vehicle Recycling - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
The world's first technology to recycle used bumper plastic for use in new vehicle bumpersMazda is actively engaged in recycling plastic automobile parts. We focus in particular on recycling bumpers, and have created bumper-to-bumper recycling technology for these large plastic parts. This technology is capable of recycling not only damaged bumpers, but also end-of-life vehicle bumpers to be used ...
Innovation: Bio-based Plastics - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Bio-based Engineering Plastic that can reduce its impact on the environment featuring high-quality finish made from plant derived materialsBio-based engineering plastic, which was developed in conjunction with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, will help Mazda to reduce its impact on the environment in a number of important ways. As the plastic is made from plant-derived materials, its adoption will...
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Taking its licks in La-La Land.WHAT WE LIKE: The new Mazda Miata is all ate up with charisma, such that only the most dedicated cynic would be immune to its charms. We don’t drive this little car so much as slip into it like silk pajamas. It’s small in the way 1960s roadsters were small, seemingly all four corners reachable by extended arms from the well-appointed cockpit. T...
Auto Tech: Mazda’s Pursuit of Driving Pleasure - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
With today’s hustle and bustle of the world, and our fixation on features and technology, some of us forget about the passion and love affair we once had with the automobile. Value has become a race to have the most features, whether you will actually ever use them or need them doesn’t seem to matter.By adjusting torque, G-Vectoring Control (GVC) optimizes the grip on the tires at any given point,...
Big Guy, Small Car Test Drive: 2016 Mazda MX-5 - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Here’s the thing about being a Big Guy. In fact, here’s pretty much the reason I started this column in the first place: while I like a nice, luxurious SUV as much as the next guy or gal – big or small – what I really like about a car is how it drives. And if we’re honest, there are few cars that drive as well as the MX-5.If we’re honest, there are few cars that drive as well as the MX-5.If we’re ...
2017 Mazda CX-5 Previewed - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
Yes, There’s Already a New OneBY ALEXANDER STOKLOSAIf it seems like Mazda’s CX-5 crossover is as fresh as the driven snow, it really isn’t. The current model—which we still really, really like—debuted as a 2013 model four years ago. That means it’s about time for a redesign, and Mazda has one in the wings for 2017 (we previously predicted it would be a 2018 model, but Mazda proved us wrong!). Oh, ...
Mazda Confirms CX-9’s Turbo Four Fits in Other Models - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
BY GREG FINKThe Mazda CX-9‘s 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine may make its way under the hoods of other Mazda vehicles. At least that’s what Australian automotive site CarAdvice is reporting.The media site from Down Under recently spoke with Mazda North America vehicle development engineer Dave Coleman, who acknowledged that the CX-9’s engine “fits in the same package as the diesel fits...
Mazda zooms into SEMA 2016 - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
The two Miata variants could easily be our highlight of the aftermarket show.It's almost time for the 2016 SEMA aftermarket show again, if you haven't guessed already by the steady parade of early looks at various show cars. Mazda's MX-5 creations are generally a highlight for us, unapologetic Miata junkies that we are. This year's cars should be just as exciting as last year's, one being a revisi...
2016 Mazda CX-9 Touring FWD First Test Review - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
AVANT MORE TRACTIONFrank Markus Words, William Walker PhotosLow-end turbo torque + front-drive = burnout bandit!We often contend that the vast majority of drivers, even those in the far north who don’t contend with many hills, can get along just fine with front-wheel drive and possibly a set of winter tires. Why waste energy on the extra weight and friction of all-wheel-drive if you don’t absolute...
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
The Fastback You've Been Waiting For, Only BetterMazda pulls a page from Porsche's book—seriously.BY JOSEPH CAPPARELLA Ever since the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata debuted last year, our imagination has run wild concocting new body styles like a Miata coupe, a Miata retractable hardtop, and even a Miata shooting brake. But we didn’t predict the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Retractable Fastback (RF),...
2017 Mazda CX-5: Evolution Isn't Just a Theory - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
Not truly all new, and we're fine with that.BY Greg FinkMazda would like you to believe the 2017 CX-5 is all new. It isn’t. This latest version of the compact crossover SUV is, for the most part, mechanically identical to the vehicle that first arrived on our shores as a 2013 model.Riding on an updated version of the same platform as before, the CX-5 sees the biggest changes in its exterior and in...
Car and Driver: 2017 10Best Cars - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
With the evaluation over, the votes tallied, and the staff exhausted, these 10 models emerge victorious.Welcome to our 2017 10Best Cars. Each year for more than three decades, we’ve put dozens of new cars through thousands of miles of cumulative evaluation to determine our annual list of the very best automobiles for sale in America. The rules for consideration are simple: Entrants must cost less ...
Mazda Bringing Diesel Engine in 2017 CX-5 - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
Mazda has been talking about bringing its 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S. market for the better part of a decade, and now we finally have a firm date and a confirmed model: 2017, in the new CX-5.The 2017 CX-5 was unveiled at the L.A. auto show. Mechanical specifications are still scarce, with Mazda at first confirming only that the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine—the mainstay powerpl...
First Drive: 2017 Mazda3 - Comox Valley 2017-01-24
Subtle improvements contribute to a package that truly can “create a oneness” between driver and carBy Derek McNaughtonEstérel, Quebec — Mazda has always been a leader in equipping its compact cars with luxury features normally found in land yachts by Mercedes, BMW or Buick. From independent rear suspensions to rain-sensing wipers and leather seats, Mazda has for years continued to raise the stand...
6 Things to Know About the 2017 Mazda CX-5 - near Courtenay 2017-01-24
By Kelly Pleskot Moves closer and closer to visual perfectionMazda isn’t resting on its laurels when it comes to its best-selling model in North America The compact crossover originally debuted for the 2013 model year and was refreshed for 2016. Now, the Mazda CX-5 enters its second generation with fresh new sheetmetal. Here are six things to know about the 2017 Mazda CX-5 that debuts at the Los A...
GMC Acadia vs. Mazda CX-9 vs. Toyota Highlander - near Courtenay 2017-01-24
It could have gone any of three ways. When we pitted the new and nimbler GMC Acadia against a driver's car—the Mazda CX-9—against the stalwart Toyota Highlander, we found ourselves in a dogfight. All had their defenders and their critics. And in usual Motor Trend judges' manner, the opinions were loud and passionate.In a way, it turned into a battle for second place in the wake of heated debates o...
2017 Mazda CX-5: Redesigning a Segment Leader - near Comox 2017-01-24
Second-Gen CUV Doesn’t Stray FarThe Mazda CX-5 introduced the world to the Kodo design language in 2012. Not only was the CX-5 easy on the eyes, it was also a fun-to-drive breath of fresh air in a segment nearly devoid of excitement. A lot has changed in the compact crossover class since then, and the CX-5 is evolving to keep up with its competitors. The 2017 Mazda CX-5, which debuts at the 2016 L...
A Round of Changes for the 2017 Mazda3 - near Comox 2017-01-24
After three years on the market in its current form, it was time for Mazda to give its popular compact a few improvements.For 2017, the Mazda3 gets a slightly redesigned front fascia, although the changes are barely noticeable. We notice the edges of the grille’s chrome surround are now aligned directly with the headlight clusters, while the front bumper has also been revised. The look has been up...