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IN THE NEWS
Mazda RX-7 to Return
Only thing needed now is an official production green light. It
appears as if the on -again, off-again rumors regarding a potential new Mazda
RX-7 have been settled. According to a new report from Autocar, Mazda will bring
back its legendary rotary-powered two-seater in 2016. Supposedly, it’ll be
powered by an all-new 250 horsepower rotary and will be based on a version of
the same platform that’ll underpin the upcoming new MX-5, itself due to arrive
At the moment, the new RX-7’s exterior design hasn’t been fully locked down, but
the man in charge of its styling, Ikuo Maeda, has a special bond to the RX-7:
his father was head of Mazda design in the 1970s when the original RX-7 debuted.
Autocar is also claiming the new rotary will be a naturally aspirated unit, and
won’t incorporate any use of hybrid assistance. More than likely, the new engine
will have a 1.2-liter capacity. Mazda execs have still yet to officially green
light product i2016 RX-7on, as the business case numbers are still being worked
out. Fortunately, rotary development and exterior/interior design is still
2014 Mazda CX-5
by James Raia of The Weekly Driver
Now in the second year of its debut generation, the 2014 The Mazda CX-5
continues the carmaker’s third-time’s-the-charm good fortune. The compact,
five-passenger sport utility vehicle follows the not-to-successful Tribute
and CX-7, and it’s proven popular in a crowded segment with its modern look,
clean styling, efficiency and economy.
The Mazda CX-5 debuted as a 2013 model at the Los Angeles Auto Show in
November 2012. For 2014, there are only minor tweaks to the car’s first year
with increased horsepower in the top-two trims, a collision warning system
option and advanced radio technology services.
The Weekly Driver Test Drive
One week after test-driving a high-tech, high-priced, ill-conceived BMW
crossover, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 arrived just in time. I test drove the Grand
Touring model, the most detailed of the three available trims.
The CX-5 was a refreshing change because unlike the BMW, Mazda offers a
lot of features, comfort and logically smart technology without crossing
into the land of accoutrement overload and high-tech wizardry.
In addition to a health offering of standard features, the CX-5 Grand
Touring edition features 19-inch wheels, automatic headlights, automatic
wipers, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way
power driver seat, heated front seats and leather upholstery.
For 2014, the CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring models have power boosts
with their 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engines now producing 184 horsepower, 29
horsepower more than last year. My weekly driver was front-wheel drive, but
there’s also an all-wheel drive option. A six-speed automatic transmission
is standard with the front-wheel drive calculated at 25 mpg (city), 32 mpg
(highway) and 27 mpg (combined). The AWD option is EPA estimated at 24/30/26
Comfortable, well-positioned, spacious front and rear seating.
Pull-down rear window screen should be the standard for other
manufacturers. It’s sturdy, latches and unlatches with precision and remains
out of the way against the window yet hide the cargo well.
Strong gas mileage averages for SUV segment.
Simple, intuitive dials, controls, buttons, etc.
With the rear seats folded, there’s 65 cubic feet of cargo space, which
is more than sufficient for lots of stuff.
Good overall driver visibility.
The Tom-Tom navigation system isn’t bad. But it’s far from the best in
industry, with lack of screen clarity quite noticeable.
The sound system is only adequate.
and Mazda have officially inked the deal which will retool the MX-5 (aka the
Miata) as Alfa Romeo’s next open-top sports car, expected to hit showrooms
in 2015. The agreement was first mooted back in May 2012, and will see the
as-yet-unnamed Alfa Romeo droptop eventually go on sale globally; meanwhile,
Mazda will also offer its own version of the car, the next-gen MX-5.
Although the two cars “will be based on the architecture” of Mazda’s new
Miata model, there will be some key differences in what ends up on sale.
Beyond the differentiated styling – unconfirmed, though we’re hoping Alfa
Romeo doesn’t stray too far from the delectable 2010 concept by Pininfarina,
shown here, although we wouldn’t argue with a convertible version of last
year’s Disco Volante concept either – each marque will slot in their choice
Both versions will be produced at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant in Japan, and
feature rear-wheel drive and two seats. For the Japanese firm, it’s a chance
to squeeze as much value as possible out of its new design
and manufacturing investment, vital if the compact droptop is to be
Fiat, meanwhile, Alfa Romeo has been struggling for some time, and the deal
means producing “a modern interpretation of the classic Alfa Romeo roadster”
needn’t be quite so impractical. Initial plans to reintroduce the brand to
the US market later this year have been delayed, however, with the Alfa
Romeo 4C now not expected to debut in North America until sometime in 2014.
2013 Mazda CX-5: A Comprehensive Review
The recently announced 2013 Mazda CX-5 has received critical
acclaim from reviewers and drivers alike. The Mazda CX-5 has been completely
revamped for the 2013 year, and recent advances in engine technology are
utilized by the completely new platform of Mazda’s 2013 CX-5.
The small crossover has entered an
extremely competitive market. Honda’s CRV and the Ford Escape have already
received critical acclaim and the market is saturated with a host of options.
The 2013 Mazda CX-5, however, offers
several new tricks that separate it away from its competition. The CX-5 features
a Skyactic template, an elaborate set of features that boost fuel economy while
simultaneously increasing driving and handling capabilities.
The new Skyactiv system is very
effective. The car’s handling and driving abilities have been improved
significantly over those of its competition. The four-wheel drive capabilities
have improved drastically, and the car handles expertly in fast, tight corners.
The engine, however, does have its
faults. The engine is significantly underpowered in comparison to its
competition, and it lags 30 HP behind the C-RV’s 155 HP. The pure pleasure
derived from driving a car with a more powerful engine and the safety benefits
associated with a more powerful engine are counteracted by a terrific gas
mileage. The gas mileage is reported to be the best in its class, with an
expected 26/33 MPG city/highway.
The car also sports a host of interior
features that add a sense of elegance and refinedness to the car. The detailed
interior of the car seems well though out and is a major perk of the car. The
back seats have three separate folding sections, which allows for more options
for car cargo carrying capacity. The car has a built in GPS made by TomTom, a
renowned manufacturer of GPS devices. The interior is lavish and well
The outside of the car has been equally
well thought out. A new Kodo design has been implemented throughout the CX-5,
and the attractive new design will soon spread to every Mazda model. The
aggressive front styling gives the car a more compact and professional look.
Mazda describes the design as looking like an animal up on its haunches, ready
The handling of the car is terrific.
Steering is responsive and smooth, and the general suspension gives the car a
very nice feel. Despite its smaller engine, the Mazda CX-5 has terrific driving
capabilities and only lags behind its competitors when it comes to raw
The prices are not yet announced on the
new 2013 Mazda CX-5. Estimates based off of announcements from Mazda have placed
the car’s price at about $24,000. This will likely translate to a base price
that is slightly less than many of the CX-5’s competitors. This price
differentiation is also enunciated by the CX-5’s terrific fuel economy. The
financial cost of maintaining the vehicle is significantly less than maintaining
a similar vehicle.
Insurance rates for the vehicle will probably be parallel
with its competitors. Insurance rates will be slightly less than those of
competitors if users choose a base model of the Mazda CX-5. Go online to
www.kanetix.ca/auto-insurance to do a quick quotes comparison to see the
range of insurance rates for Mazda CX-5 and other models. Getting the best deals
on car insurance quotes for
your Mazda is only a couple of minute away. Fill out the questionnaire on their
website and apply online.
Overall, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a very
suitable car for those seeking a small crossover. The car offers many luxury
options at a very reasonable price. Aggressive and attractive styling, coupled
with excellent handling and terrific fuel economy, make the CX-5 a top choice
for anyone interested in a small crossover. Those looking for a larger, more
powerful engine or should check out the competition. The engine, however, is
powerful enough to not detract from the superb driving experience and the
Skyactic template is a major engineering accomplishment that vastly adds to the
car’s allure. Those looking for an affordable, practical small crossover will be
very pleased with the 2013 Mazda CX-5.
2012 Mazda 6
The 2012 Mazda 6, which will come with many new features compared to the current
generation. Mazda 6 is being developed on the platform of the future of
automotive multi-purpose which means you have a new chassis and improved
suspension and a new gearbox 6-speed automatic. Mazda 6 The 2012 also comes with
new petrol and diesel engines including a 2.0-liter petrol CO2 emissions of 130
g / km and a 2.2-liter diesel sky promises emissions of 105 grams of CO2 per km.
The two 4-cylinder engines mentioned above provide the basis for the strategy
of Mazda propulsion system worldwide, and 2.2-liter diesel is already in
compliance with the Euro 6 emissions regulations come into force in 2013.
The Mazda 6 2012 also will be lighter than the current generation.
2012 Mazda 5
by Michael Austin from Car & Driver
Don’t be alarmed if you’re not too familiar with the Mazda5. After all, Mazda
only sold about 16,000 in 2010. Chrysler sold as many Town & Country minivans
every two months last year, but Mazda’s is still an impressive feat considering
that the 5 has almost zero marketing support.
So let us reintroduce the Mazda 5, which has been updated for the 2012 model
year with new sheetmetal, a new engine, and a new dash. For those buyers
enlightened enough to spec a manual transmission in their tiny van—only about 5
percent of U.S 5 adopters—the 5’s five-speed is replaced by a six-speed for
2012. Unfortunately, the van tested here was equipped with an automatic. Mazda
says this mini-minivan is aimed at young families looking to move up from an
economy car but who don’t want the high sticker price or sluggish handling of a
bigger van—given that narrow niche, the 5 would probably sell in small numbers
even if it did receive marketing support. The fully loaded Grand
Touring model we tested—sunroof, automatic xenon headlights, heated power
mirrors, Sirius satellite radio, leather seats (heated in front)—comes in under
the magic $25,000 limbo stick, at $24,670.
No Hiding the Stowaway
But wait, isn’t this the same pitch Ford gives for the upcoming
C-Max? Although both vehicles can trace their underpinnings back to the same
Ford global C-platform, neither company admits to much collusion. They’re
clearly different vehicles, as evidenced by the Mazda’s second-row center
console that folds into the right-side seat bottom. In the C-Max, it’s the
middle seat that folds in exactly the same way. Suspiciously similar
stowage aside, the vans at least look nothing alike. The 5 gets new front
styling with a smiley-face grille, just like those on the Mazda 2 and 3. And its
sides now feature the “sand ripple” creases first seen on the Nagare concept
car. In the back, horizontal taillights replace the vertical stalks of the old
Inside, the same three-row, six-passenger seating configuration remains.
Noticeably absent is the option for navigation, as Mazda says its customers
would rather buy a $100 portable nav unit than suffer the higher price of a
factory piece. We’re still a little bit skeptical of this plan when the big
players in the small-car field are offering more luxury and features than the
segment has ever seen before. On the C-Max, for example, Ford plans to offer
everything but the kitchen sink—Ford Sync will be available,
though—including power side doors and a power hatch. We do expect, however, that
such options would push the C-Max’s sticker well above the 5’s maximum. A C-Max
equipped like the 5 tested here should price out similarly.
Under the hood, the Mazda 5 freshens up with a 2.5-liter inline-four similar
to that in the 3, 6, and CX-7. Compared to the outgoing 2.3-liter, the 2.5 has 4
more hp—157—at a power peak 500 rpm earlier, at 6000. Torque increases 15 lb-ft
to 163 and also tops out 500 rpm lower, at 4000. Highway fuel economy inches up
1 mpg to 28, although our as-tested result of 23 is closer to the 21-mpg city
figure. On the test track, the new vanlet runs from 0 to 60 mph in nine seconds
flat and covers the quarter-mile in 17.1 at 82 mph. It’s far from blistering,
but 0.4 second quicker to 60 than before.
The Mazda 5 handles better than the meager steady-state cornering figure of
0.81 g would suggest. Turn the steering wheel and the front tires change your
path without delay. All of the controls and responses are in harmony, making it
easy (and fun) to wring the most out of the Mazda 5. When’s the last time you
wanted to wring anything but your own neck in a minivan?
A Mazda 5 with a manual would be quicker, of course, and less expensive,
too—the manual is only available in the $19,990 Sport model. More important, its
mere availability is a reminder that Mazda is one of the few brands that
continues to cater to people who care about driving. That mindset is evident
even in the slushbox-equipped 5 that we tested. Most of the fun of the Mazda 3
is here, only with about 500 extra pounds. So, while the Mazda 5 isn’t the Miata
of minivans—nothing really is—it is a reminder that family hauling doesn’t mean
you have to give up on fun driving.
There are rumors about Mazda planning to build the CX-5 compact SUV for the
past 3-4 years. The news has become more obvious when Britain’s Autocar
magazine, unnamed but senior sources at Mazda have let slip that the new model
will be named CX-5 and to enter the increasingly popular compact SUV
The report show that the CX-55 will have styling inspiration from the
Nagare-inspired Kazamai concept revealed in 2008,although Mazda official said
that Mazda 5 compact MPV will be last car that build from Nagare design
language. The concept looked like a cross between a sports car and an SUV.
The 2012 Mazda CX-5 is part of the new “One Ford” global product plan that
aims to harmonize the company’s various models around far fewer platforms and
components. The idea is to develop vehicles that can be built and sold most
anywhere in the world without expensive alterations for individual markets. the
car will based on Ford kuka platform.
The car will be first car powered by the new generation of ultra efficient
Sky engines, Sky-G petrol and Sky-D diesel engines, paired with the new
Sky-drive automatic transmission.
It seems that Mazda wants to take on the new Land Rover Evoque and promises
to make the new CX-5 with at least 100 kg lighter than its rivals. The new car
is expected to feature stop-start tech and brake regeneration which will provide
a 30% increase in fuel economy.
The car will arrive in late 2011.
2011 Mazda6 Wagon
Like the outgoing model, the new 2011 Mazda 6 Wagon is the facelifted version
which is roomy and functional. The car has a host of small storage compartments
and a large and flexible floor console between the front seats. To this the car
adds a new storage compartment near the driver’s seat. The ashtray has been
replaced by a box large enough for small items such as cards and the keyless
entry and start system’s controller.
For the High and Mid-Power versions, engineers reduced the outlet diameter of
the turbocharger’s turbine impeller from 41.5 mm to 36 mm, which reduces turbine
inertia by 24 percent and increases torque. As a result, the High-Power version
provides substantially improved sixth-gear acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h. The
Mid-Power version now has 10 Nm more torque where it is most needed — in the
1,400-1,600 rpm range — for an exciting acceleration feel.
The Mazda 6 facelift Standard-Power diesel offers a great combination of
lively power and low fuel consumption. To achieve this, torque was increased by
reducing the outlet diameter of the turbocharger’s turbine impeller even further
(from 41.5 mm to 32 mm), thereby reducing turbine inertia by approximately 51%,
and by reducing the outer diameter of the compressor impeller itself from 57 mm
to 47 mm, thereby increasing torque by 30 Nm in the 1,400 rpm to 2,400 rpm
This delivers high torque at low- and mid-range engine speeds, and great
engine response. The Standard- Power version of 2011 Mazda 6 Wagon produces 95
kW/129 PS of maximum output at 3,500 rpm and 340 Nm of maximum torque while
using only 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 km.
The new Mazda 5 retains the rear sliding doors of its predecessor, and can boast
of seating capacity of up to seven passengers, in three rows of seats. According
to Hideki Matsuoka, Mazda5 Program Manager, “Our main goal with the all-new
Mazda5, was to develop a new C-MAV (C-segment Multi Activity Vehicle) that
combines the superior environmental performance these times demand with a new
expression in stylish design.”
Under the hood, the Mazda 5 will receive a brand new 2.0-litre DISI1
four-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection that comes with an engine
stop-start system called i-stop. There will also be a 1.8-litre petrol unit that
produces 115bhp and 165Nm of torque, with six-speed manual transmissions
standard for both. The all new Mazda 5 is expected to go on sale later this