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3’s Story:Mazda Updates 3 Sedan & Hatch for 2017 - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
By Greg FinkYou may need to squint to see the differences, but Mazda has updated its 3 compact sedan and hatchback for the 2017 model year, releasing preliminary details overseas. The changes, most of which will carry over to the U.S. models, include a reworked front end with LED headlights and a revised interior, as well as the addition of a handful of new technologies.If the recent facelift of t...
Controversy: Distracted Driving - near Nanaimo and Campbell River 2017-01-24
Driving While Distracted: Can technology stop the problem it caused?Article by Kelly Wallace, CNNThe science behind why you can't put down your phoneStory highlights Consumers may not know there are technologies available to stop distracted driving 55% of drivers would not deactivate technologies that eliminate potential distractions, according to survey(CNN)Driving while socially distracted is on...
Rules of the Road for Drivers and Cyclists - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Before you get in the car or on a bike, be sure to remember this code of conductBy Derek McNaughtonAll across Canada recently we’ve witnessed some nasty clashes between cyclists and motorists. Hamilton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton. It doesn’t matter where.And I get it. In fact, I totally understand it, probably more than most because I’m both a daily driver and frequent cyclist, regularl...
Which Mazda SUV is Right for You? - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By Nicole WakelinMazda makes a wide range of vehicles, from sporty roadsters to sedans to SUVs. If you’re in the market for a new SUV, then there are three different 2016 Mazda models to choose from. Whether you need a small Mazda crossover or a 3-row model with room for seven, there’s a Mazda SUV to suit your needs.CX-3The all-new Mazda CX-3 is the smallest of the lot, offering the benefits of an...
Mazda3 Refreshed: Visual Tweaks & G-Vectoring Control - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Updated compact car gets improved driving dynamicsMazda revealed an updated Mazda3, offered for sale in Japan now with gas, diesel, hybrid, and all-wheel-drive variants. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the refresh is the addition of Mazda’s trick G-Vectoring Control, which Mazda says will find its way across the entire lineup.In North America, the Mazda6 will be the first vehicle to receive G-Vec...
Driven: 2016 Mazda CX-9 - near Campbell River and Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By Richard RussellUnlike its predecessor, which had been developed for global markets, this new CX-9 was meant for North America from the outset. (TODD GILLIS)Three row crossovers have become the minivans of this era. They combine much of the utility of the minivan without the stigma attached to the people movers. If you don’t have a minivan in your sales arsenal, you need a three-row crossover.We...
Driven: 2016 Mazda6 - near Nanaimo and Parksville 2017-01-24
Driving enthusiasts will enjoy the 6By Richard RussellThe Mazda6 offers style, pace, space and fuel efficiency.Journalists love the Mazda6, consumers not so much. The vast majority of us, who drive a wide variety of cars regularly, pick the Mazda6 as the best of the class.Consumers, who drive a different car every few years, all but ignore the Mazda.The Mazda6 has style, pace and space, along with...
Mazda CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V: Price, Safety & Performance - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Mazda CX-3 vs. Honda HR-V - Which Has the Best and Worst Headlights In its Class?The all-new Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V small crossovers have a lot in common, but one has the best headlights in the class and one the worst.In a recent test of small crossovers, the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety called the all-new Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring the best model for headlights in the class and called ...
2016 Mazda CX-9 Long-Term Test - near Nanaimo and Parksville 2017-01-24
Update: Deep Dive into Cargo Capacity and SeatingThe Mazda CX-9 is starting to earn its keep as the AutoGuide.com long-term tester, and its schedule is quickly filling up with new missions and tests that will push it to its limits to find out just how much it can handle.We’ve had the CX-9 for just more than four weeks now, and we’ve quickly put almost a couple thousand miles on it. That will quick...
2017 Mazda3 Raises the Standard - near Nanaimo and Campbell River 2017-01-24
2017 Mazda3 Raises the Standard with G-Vectoring Control, Refined PerformanceRICHMOND HILL, ON, Aug. 9, 2016 /CNW/ - From being named a finalist for World Car of the Year and Canadian Car of the Year, to receiving numerous awards for the quality and sophistication of its interior, and winning countless comparison tests, the current-generation Mazda3 has become a standard by which compact cars are ...
Mazda Board Says Yes to New Rotary Sports Car? - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By Chris Chase - August 25, 2016The folks who make the decisions at Mazda’s mothership in Japan have apparently green-lighted the next generation of rotary sports car, to be dubbed RX-9.The news comes from Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine, whose report says the car was inspired by the RX-Vision concept unveiled at last year’s Tokyo motor show. The magazine’s renderings show a car with tighter proport...
Mazda Builds Compact CUV the Right Way - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
August 26, 2016The CX-3 shines a pleasure to drive, being quiet, nimble and responsive on the highway. But for everything good the CX-3 has going for it, it's compactness has limits.THE PROS & CONS What’s Best: The overall feel of the CX-3. You feel safe and comfortable behind the wheel. What’s worst: Interior space. Forget the golf clubs unless you want to fold down the rear seats. What’s interes...
2016 CX-9 GS-L: Calculated Risk - near Nanaimo and Parksville 2017-01-24
By Mathieu St-Pierre August 24, 2016Sometimes, not being like all the others is a risk that can turn out to be very costly. Occasionally, the risk pays off huge dividends and a new trend is set. In the new CX-9’s case, Mazda has taken a well-calculated risk and I think it’s going to pay off in the long run.Typical buyers of large-ish three-row crossover vehicles consider safety as a #1 priority. H...
The Sky(activ)'s the Limit - near Campbell River and Nanaimo 2017-01-24
2018 Mazda CX-5 Spied: Round Two for One of Our FavoritesBY GREG FINK Future CarsWhat It Is: The next-generation Mazda CX-5, spied wearing some rather psychedelic camouflage and shot near a 7-Eleven selling “classic chicken” sandwiches for $1.99. The CX-5 compact crossover SUV is Mazda’s best-selling model, and the next generation is nearing production.Looking more evolutionary than anything, the ...
Inside Mazda R&D labs: 2017 Mazda3 & Mazda6 first look - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Last week, TechnoBuffalo attended Mazda’s unveiling of the 2017 Mazda 3 and 2017 Mazda 6 at its R&D labs in Irvine, Calif., where the company talked about why the vehicles are so important to its lineup.“These cars represent the next evolution of Mazda Premium,” said Robert T. Davis, Senior Vice President of U.S. operations at Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “They’re built with a level of ...
Fiat Chrysler Diesel Cheating Allegations - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By: Andrew KrokGerman authorities claim that three FCA vehicles have the ability to switch off emissions systems.This doesn't affect the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade in North America, because they're all gas-powered here.After Volkswagen admitted to deceiving most of the world regarding its diesel emissions, a number of governments have ramped up testing of all diesel vehicles, in the event any oth...
Is Mazda Making Upmarket Moves? - near Nanaimo and Parksville 2017-01-24
The changes might be subtle, but they're pointed at a more opulent Mazda.Mazda, the little automaker that could, is chugging into the near-premium space with updates to its core models that are aimed at pulling in more discerning, loyal and profitable customers.The brand is among the most fuel-efficient in the industry, and that’s without any hybrid or electric vehicles in the mix. Look for electr...
Mazda Drives Smart with i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive System - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By: JUSTIN PRITCHARD Published August 22, 2016 - 5:03pm Earlier this year, Charles Chittick got in touch, asking about the differences between some All Wheel Drive (AWD) systems in various models he was considering for purchase. His main question? Was Mazda’s AWD system, dubbed i-ACTIV, ‘good.’Since then, I’ve been behind the wheel of two popular AWD-equipped Mazda models, the CX-3 and CX-5, in th...
2017 Mazda 3: Sharper, Crisper, Cleaner - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
August 09, 2016The well-rounded Mazda 3 compact is being freshened for 2017. The relatively mild updates to the U.S. model, which were previously announced for the global version of the car, include tweaked exterior styling, some new interior bits, updated active-safety features, and the addition of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system for improved steering response.That doesn’t sound like much, but...
Mazda RX-9 Arrives By 2020 - near Nanaimo and Campbell River 2017-01-24
Mazda RX-9 Arrives By 2020 and Comes With the Popular Rotary EngineIf all goes as planned, Mazda could have in three years ready the commercial launch of the Mazda RX-9, a sport car based on the Mazda RX-Vision shown at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015. Like previous RX, it would have the infamous powerful rotary engine as a trademark.The increase in restrictions on emissions accounted for full stop of t...