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Pedro Arrais Review: Mazda SUV is a Miata at Heart - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
PEDRO ARRAIS / TIMES COLONISTPhotograph By DARREN STONE, Times ColonistMazda’s CX-9 looks like much of its SUV competition, but offers the driving experience of a smaller, sportier car.   The 2016 Mazda CX-9 puts the “sport” back in the SUV. It might be a midsized seven-passenger crossover, but deep in its heart there is a Miata sports car longing to get out and play.Minivans are passé. Seven-pass...
2016 Mazda CX-5 GT Review - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By Jerry VoThe CX-5 has a smartly designed interior that places everything in a logical spot.The compact crossover SUV market is an extremely competitive segment, and the 2016 Mazda CX-5 GT is no exception to that rule. Introduced for the 2013 model year and refreshed for 2016.5, the CX-5 goes up against stiff competition, including the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Ford E...
Innovation: Environmental Technology Philosophy - near Campbell river 2017-01-24
In March 2007, Mazda announced the “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” plan, detailing the company's long-term vision for technology development. This vision commits us to make “cars that always excite, look inviting to drive, are fun to drive, and make you want to drive them again,” and to help achieve “an exciting, sustainable future for cars, people and the Earth”. Based on this plan, in June 2008, we anno...
Consumer Reports Yanks Recommendation of Honda Civic - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
The Ford F-150, Subaru WRX, and Audi A3 also lost their checkmarks.By Brandon TurkusConsumer Reports annual Car Reliability Survey is out, and yes, there are some big surprises. First and foremost? The venerable publication no longer recommends the Honda Civic. In fact, aside from the walking-dead CR-Z and limited-release Clarity fuel-cell car, the Civic is the only Honda to miss out on CR's prest...
Innovation: Skyactiv Technology - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY is a blanket term for Mazda's innovative new-generation technologies developed under the company's long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom. The name SKYACTIV reflects Mazda's aim to provide high levels of driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance in its vehicles.SKYACTIV-GMazda's highly efficient new-generation direct injec...
Innovation: Idling Stop Technology - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
i-stop is a smart technology that saves fuel by switching off the engine when the car stops.Idling stop systems save fuel by automatically shutting down the engine when the vehicle is static and restarting it when the vehicle returns to motion.i-stopMazda's i-stop substantially improves fuel economy while maintaining a natural driving feel. The latest control technologies achieve a rapid engine re...
Innovation: Brake Energy Regeneration System - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
i-ELOOP continuously recovers kinetic energy as the vehicle decelerates and reuses it as electricityBrake energy regeneration systems convert a vehicle's kinetic energy into electricity as the car decelerates. The electricity is then stored for later use. It can be used to power the headlights, climate control, audio system, or any other electrical equipment. This reduces the need for the engine t...
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...