IN THE NEWS and
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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
by Frank Ochal
Welcome to all of the many new members that have joined
the club since the last magazine. Look for your name in "Meet the New
Thanks to this issue’s contributors.
We are now issuing plastic membership cards to all new
members. Everyone renewing this year will get the new card when they renew. A
mailing will be sent to all members expiring next year and later with the new
plastic membership card along with the newly designed membership decal.
As the new membership card is plastic it is meant to be permanent and will no
longer include your membership expiration date. Your membership expiration date
and membership number can always found on the label on each issue of the printed
ONLYWAY and other club mailings. Call, email or text us if you ever need
a replacement card, your membership number or your membership expiration date.
Join us on Facebook at Mazda Club (www.mazdaclub.com/groups/mazdaclubusa)
and follow us on Twitter at mazdaclub (www.twitter.com/mazdaclub).
Classified ads will now appear in the OnlyWay, the eOnlyWay, on our website,
on Facebook and Twitter.
You are now able to pay for membership and store items using
credit cards and or PayPal.
In addition to the items found in our regular club store,
more store merchandise including tote bags, caps, sweat pants, shorts and
other items can be found at our Fieldhouse Club Store located at
Technical Sections is now available in the club store. It
contains a complete copy of all the Technical Sections, topics, questions and
answers published in the OnlyWay from 1998 thru 2007. It is
CD-Rom only for PC or Mac in pdf format. It is indexed by subject
for easy reference and contains articles, topics, questions and answers and is
available in the Club Store section of each OnlyWay and on the website at
www.mazdaclub.com . Another item in the
store is a copy of the past issues of the OnlyWay available on CD only
for PC or Mac.
We now offer a 3 year membership or renewal rate which
includes a free t-shirt or technical sections CD. And in response to many
members we now have a 3 year eMembership for $50 which also includes a free
t-shirt or tech CD. So save some money and get a free t-shirt or tech CD in
the process! Remembers our website address is easier to get to. It is simply
mazdaclub.com and our new general email address is
We have a "members only" section of the website. To access it
you must use the USER ID and PASSWORD found on page 3 of this issue. In this
section you can access the Only way, technical support contact info and access
the spare parts lists received. Also now you can to create your
own id and password for the members only section. Submit the form on the
members only page to do this.
We send out an email newsletter in addition to the
regular Only Way for members that have given us their email address. This
is in addition to the Only Way and is not intended to replace it. So send
us your email address if you have one. If you have not received an
eOnlyWay by this time it is because we either do not have an email address for
you or not the correct one. Do not worry if you do not have an email address as
you will get all of the information sent in the eOnlyWay in the regular
OnlyWay but it may be in a different format and at later date because of
printing and mailing time.
Help spread the enjoyment of club membership. Tell
other Mazda owners about our club and if they join have them put your name and
address on the membership application. You will receive a $5 credit good towards
renewal or membership for each member you recruit. See page 16.
We still are in need of additional people for our
technical staff. If you think you would like to help your fellow members in
this way, please contact us. It can be a great way to publicize your business
while helping out your fellow Mazda Club members.
If you have a recommendation on service and body shops
send it to us so that we can assist other members looking for help. Our database
containing such information is still small and we need your input to make it a
worthwhile service for our members.
Thanks for your support!
(top photo: 2016 Mazda MX-5
IN THE NEWS
RX Vision Concept
from InsiderCarNews.com by Justin Cupler
When Mazda revealed its RX Vision concept, jaws across the
automotive world dropped. This stunning concept embodied everything enthusiasts
wanted in a new RX, sans the "concept" suffix. Recently, Mazda rightfully
brought home the "Most Beautiful Concept of the Year" at the 31st Festival
Automobile International for its work on this sleek, Wankel-powered rig. Though
the RX was an undeniable beauty, this award was by no means automatic. It had to
stand up to the likes of the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6, the Peugeot Fractal, and
Porsche Mission E—none of which were deficient in terms of sexiness. In the end,
however, the RX Vision designers’ tweaks to the KODO language were enough to bag
big question now is whether Mazda will actually use this design in producing a
road-going RX. In recent years, Mazda has been pretty good about avoiding
useless concept cars, but this one seems more of a stretch for several reasons.
The first issue is that the RX will have to come with some
form of rotary engine, or fans will revolt. This requirement leads me to the
next issue; the rotary, while capable of big horsepower numbers from a small
displacement, has always had three flaws: fuel economy, oil consumption, and
lack of low-rev torque.
Since their inception, the Rotary engines were little more
than a novelty, as they allowed for a nearly limitless rev band that gave
engineers more freedom to extract serious horsepower from them. Horsepower is
great for bragging rights, but torque has always been one of the Wankel’s
shortcomings—the RX-8’s embarrassing 152 pound-feet at 5,500 is a key example of
this—and the only way Mazda saw to fix it was turbo, which compounded the oil-
and fuel-consumption issues (sigh). And don’t even get me started on the apex
According to Mazda, it is continuing to tweak the Skyactiv-R
rotary in the concept to make it friendly for production. Rumors have swirled
about this engine, ranging from it being a generator for an electric powertrain
to it being a diesel engine. Recently, the rumormill has rested on a report that
Mazda engineers want the rotary to stand alone—no electrification—and run on
diesel. Instead, the last reports claim that Mazda is looking to go back to
turbocharging for the new engine.
Stay tuned for details.
2016 Mazda CX-3 Crossover
by Ken Chester, Motor News Corporation
The 2016 Mazda CX-3 was recently introduced. The new compact
crossover SUV is the fifth model in Mazda's line-up of new-generation vehicles
that feature the full range of SKYACTIV Technology and KODO — Soul of Motion
design. The CX-3 offers all the essentials people look for in a vehicle; a
design of overwhelming quality and style, packaging developed solely with the
customer's ease-of-use in mind, and the responsive driving feel that Mazda
strives for in every model.
In the all-new CX-3, the essence of KODO — the expression of
life within a vehicle — has been evolved to produce a sharper form with an
enhanced sense of speed. In the interior, meticulous attention to detail
regarding the materials used has created a cabin environment of impressive
sophistication and quality. In terms of driving performance, the CX-3 adopts the
full suite of SKYACTIV technologies, carefully crafted to match human
sensibilities. This realizes driving pleasure with faithful response as well as
excellent environmental and safety performance.
The CX-3 is equipped with the automaker's SKYACTIV-G 2.0L
four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to the SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic
transmission. Providing drivers with a direct feel similar to that of a manual
transmission, the automatic transmission also achieves excellent fuel economy
while delivering smooth and powerful acceleration.
The available new-generation AWD system employs an active
torque control coupling to achieve excellent drivability and vehicle stability.
It employs a front wheel slip warning detection system, which employs sensor
signals to accurately monitor the driver's intentions and constantly changing
driving conditions. In addition, the CX-3 uses a newly developed power take-off
and rear differential that is compact and light in weight.
The CX-3 features the SKYACTIV-CHASSIS, which delivers
reassuring confidence and greatly enhanced levels of comfort thanks to
thoroughly revised suspension and steering functions. The chassis employs a
lightweight torsion beam rear suspension system that features highly efficient
packaging and dampers in the front and rear that optimize friction
characteristics to deliver linear handling characteristics and ride comfort with
a feeling of high quality. The steering system allows light and agile handling
in the city, but feels stable on winding country roads and the highway.
The CX-3 also adopts Mazda's SKYACTIV-BODY, which achieves
high levels of performance in three seemingly contradictory areas: collision
safety, weight reduction, and rigidity. Realizing an even simpler layout of
Mazda's SKYACTIV-BODY architecture, it combines effective positioning of
high-tensile steel and optimized cross section shapes to produce a lightweight
body that features high rigidity and a sense of positive damping
Inside the passenger cabin, the interior gives a high-quality
and sophisticated feel coordinated with the exterior design. Keen attention was
paid to every detail, including the cohesiveness of the spatial designs and the
quality of materials used.
The surrounding character line and relatively high beltline,
along with the deeply sculpted three-dimensional form of the door trim, create a
comforting sense of snugness and openness for the front seat space.
All information displays and control systems are positioned
in accordance with a driver-oriented design based on Mazda's Heads-up Cockpit
concept. The soft material that covers the meter hood features a stitch-like
finish on its front edge, producing an atmosphere of maturity.
Each individual part has been refined to provide the interior with a
polished, high-quality feel. Examples includes the dark red accent color used on
the door trim armrests and floor console kneepads, and the sharp form of the
inner door handle bezels which look as if they were sculpted from solid metal.
Fine piping carefully added where the different coordinated seat materials meet,
such as the Parchment leather and off-black Lux Suede offering, produces a
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.