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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...
Mazda’s CX-3 is Sporty, Spirited and Small - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
The 2016 CX-3 subcompact crossover SUV is a brand new model from Mazda.By: Mary LowryThu Aug 25th, 2016Mazda’s CX-3 is a brand new offering in the burgeoning subcompact crossover SUV category. Snazzy exterior design, affordable pricing, good fuel economy and lively driving dynamics make it a standout in its class.Stylewise, the CX-3 isn’t just a Mini-Me of the bigger CX-5, as evidenced by its lowe...
Creating a Softer Side of Sporty - near Campbell River and Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By: Andrew KrokUpdating cars year after year means no two updates are often alike. Sometimes, you'll get a new paint color. Other times, you'll end up with a whole bunch of new stuff, even though it's not a proper midcycle refresh or an introduction of a new generation. Mazda's updates to the 2017 Mazda3 rest in the latter category. Everywhere you look, there's something new. Except the tires. Don...
Car Manufacturers With the Most Vehicles Recalled - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By Sean Jackson Buying a car requires a significant investment and demands the consideration of everything from technology to safety. Equally as important is a manufacturer’s dependability — the last thing you want is to buy a model that will continually require repairs due to manufacturer defects.AxleGeeks identified the car manufacturers with the most vehicles affected by safety recalls reported...
How Mazda’s G-Vectoring Will Improve Handling - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
It’s called “G-Vectoring,” again for lack of a better phrase, because it’s not to be confused with torque vectoring, which in effect is advanced directional stability control. LAGUNA SECA, Calif. — How much can you learn about a car’s handling prowess at 35 km/h?If you’re talking a race car, not much.A road-going car? A surprising amount.Mazda has long cared more about the finer points of vehicle ...
Women are Buying More Luxury Vehicles - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
By: Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated PressKelly Dahle remembers leaving her workplace one day at the same time of day as the company’s CEO exited the office doors. When they arrived at her car, the CEO was startled.“Great car! But why do you need a BMW?” he asked.Dahle didn’t respond but she could have told her boss to get used to it. Women are buying more luxury vehicles than ever before, thanks to gro...
Fully autonomous cars unlikely: US transportation head - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Self-driving cars may never see public roads due to safety concerns, according to the head of the National Transportation Safety BoardBy Shawn MolnarWhile some experts see their integration as inevitable, fully autonomous cars may, in fact, never see public roads due to safety concerns, according to Christopher Hart, the head of the US’ National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).In a recent inter...
How Car Brands Compare for Reliability - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Definitive ranking shows how the brands stack upBy Consumer ReportsLast updated: October 20, 2015Ever wonder which company makes the most reliable cars? Thanks to the latest Consumer Reports’ 2015 Annual Auto Survey, there is a definitive answer. Our 2015 auto survey, conducted last spring, gathered information from Consumer Reports subscribers who collectively owned or leased over 740,000 vehicle...
2016 Ferrari 488 Spider vs. 2016 Mazda Miata GT - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Open-Air Market: ​Seeking sun and shattering stereotypes.​Photos Sean KlingelhoeferWords By Jack BaruthIT IS THE WORK OF A MOMENT, a sleight of hand. I'm heading down 12th Avenue, the silhouette of One World Trade Center in the windshield, just half an hour before the stroke of midnight. Late in the evening, as the song says, and all the music seeping through: in this case, the symphony of New Yor...
New technology on Mazda 6 - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
Looking only at exterior, it can easily be noticed that Mazda 6 didn’t go through many changes. The minor facelift that Mazda implemented here can’t really be called a redesign. The place where most, if not all, changes happened is the interior. Improvements on 2017 Mazda 6 are mostly in the technology department, with small touches added to cabin design and making the car-driver relationship more...
2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring review: Pint-size fun - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
MAZDA BUILDS A SPRIGHTLY ENTRY FOR A RED-HOT MARKETMazda's CX-3 is the brand's entry in the super-popular subcompact CUV class -- basically crossovers that are as small as manufacturers can make them before they become simply hatchbacks wearing bumpy tires. There's only one engine and one transmission in the CX-3: a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic sending 145 horses t...