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by Frank Ochal
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(top photo: '90 929 S of
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IN THE NEWS
Mazda MX-5 Finally Has The Power It Deserves
from Car & Driver by Joseph Capparella
We have cared a lot about the Mazda MX-5 Miata for
nearly three decades. So, too, have the thousands of loyal Miata owners who race
their cars, modify their cars, and take them to Miata Club meets. But do you
know who cares about the Miata even more? Mazda. The little roadster truly is
the company’s pride and joy, a North Star doubling as its philosophical center.
Price creep with performance goodies, noisy on the
Thus, it isn’t surprising that Mazda is both
steadfast about keeping the Miata true to its original missive and always
looking for ways to make it better. The precedent of continuous improvement
could be seen in the first three generations of MX-5, each of which received
tweaks throughout its life cycle. It’s now time for the current,
fourth-generation Miata (ND to the cognoscenti) to get better; for 2019, that
means a revised 2.0-liter inline-four Skyactiv engine.
More Oomph for 2019
Previously, the ND Miata was powered by a 2.0-liter
inline-four that was little more than a Mazda 3 engine turned longitudinally and
stuffed into the MX-5’s small engine bay. Vehicle dynamics engineer Dave Coleman
admits that the car was originally designed around the less powerful 1.5-liter
four-cylinder that’s available in other markets and that by the time the
decision was made to install a bigger engine in the Miata bound for the United
States, it was too late to truly fine-tune the 2.0-liter for a sports-car
application. Of course, the engine itself was hardly a dud—responsive and eager,
it made the current car quicker than any Miata before it in our testing despite
its meager 155 horsepower.
Acceleration Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story
Mazda even cares enough about the Miata to address
small details. The 2019 car now has a telescoping steering wheel, which was
engineered to give taller drivers an easier reach to the wheel while adding a
minimum of weight. Despite its more complex mechanism, the new function adds
only about half a pound to the waifish Miata’s curb weight. A backup camera is
also newly standard in accordance with federal regulations. These new features,
along with some extra weight in the engine, add up to a claimed weight gain of
just seven pounds overall. We measured the 2019 car at 2345 pounds—21 pounds
heavier than our long-term Club—with much of that disparity attributable to the
extra weight of the Recaro seats that are newly available as part of the pricey
Brembo/BBS package that can drive the softtop’s price to a rather dear
$35,000-plus (exact pricing is forthcoming), while the 2019 RF can approach
$40,000. Expect a bare-bones 2019 Miata softtop to start around $26,500.
From a big-picture perspective, though, the Miata remains a unique
proposition: a lightweight, simple sports car that succeeds in placing driving
pleasure above all other considerations. It has changed so little over the years
that we almost wonder if Mazda is being too faithful to the MX-5 ideal for its
own good. And yet, that such a small automaker has taken such painstaking care
to maintain the ethos of a car that today presents such a difficult business
case is telling. The Miata is hardly for everyone, but everyone should be able
to appreciate that it not only still exists but that it keeps getting better.
New Turbocharged Mazda6
The Mazda6 never needed much. It looked awesome,
was a lot of fun to drive and even came with a manual gearbox. It only ever
really lacked one thing: power. Now the 2018 Mazda6 is here with the
turbocharged 2.5-liter turbo engine from the CX-9, and it may just be the best
front-drive midsize sedan on the market now.
In addition, it’s more "premium" now. That’s a
buzzword that gets thrown around way too much, but Mazda’s doing this for a
reason. It’s a tiny company, all things considered. It’s hard for Mazda to
compete with giants like Ford and Toyota and Honda. So the answer is to go more
upscale, to make cars more profitable by making them nicer and, yes, somewhat
So the result is that the updated Mazda6—as well as
the CX-9 and others—occupy a weird space between a mass-market brand and a true
luxury one. But there’s nothing wrong with that, especially when the cars look
great and cater to enthusiasts
Here’s what’s new. The updated 6 isn’t a new car,
but a heavy update. Improvements include a retuned chassis for a better ride and
less noise, vibration and harshness, more tech features and a heavily revised
interior with available Nappa leather and wood accents.
Now, the real goodness is under the hood: a
2.5-liter turbo four with 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque from just 2,000
RPM. Those are the power figures we’ve always craved from the 6, a superb
driver’s car in every aspect but its anemic engine—until now. A six-speed
automatic is standard there.
The base engine is still a naturally aspirated
2.5-liter four with 184 HP, and that can still be had with a manual. Sadly the
more powerful turbo engine cannot. That’s a shame, because this car would be rad
as hell with the beefy turbo motor and a stick. Oh well.
The 2018 Mazda6 goes on sale in spring 2018 and pricing has not been
announced yet, but expect a bump over the outgoing car’s $21,495 base price.
2017 Mazda CX-9
We all want a luxury SUV but the fact of the matter
is, not all of us can afford one. The 2017 Mazda CX-9 however, happens to offer
the very thing you want but without the expensive price tag. Of course, nothing
is really perfect and some things have to be sacrificed to get what you want
most. Here’s what you should know about the 2017 Mazda CX-9.
Here’s the deal, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is built on
the same Kodo "Soul of Motion" platform as its CX-3 and CX-5 siblings. This
gives the 2017 Mazda CX-9 a gorgeous look starting with its open-mouthed chrome
grille along with LED grille accent lighting that makes it standout during the
night. In addition, it also has expensive fog lights and LED headlights that
basically give the front section a seductive look. According to Forbes, the 2017
Mazda CX-9 also has a strong shoulder that extends from the front to the rear
section. Simply put, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 has an elegant look that satisfies any
pair of eyes that look at it.
The interior of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is just as
attractive as the exterior. The 2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature in particular has all
sorts of luxurious inputs from genuine rosewood that envelope the dashboard and
other finishing touches that simply make the 2017 Mazda CX-9 scream luxury. As
for the control panels, Mazda has kept things rather simple, which is probably a
good move because it simply makes the luxuriousness stand out more. Reading
about it may not seem very impressive but sitting in the cabin tells a different
The power aspect of the 2017 Mazda CX-9 would probably be something you will
not be very excited with. According to report, the 2017 Mazda CX-9 is equipped
with a new SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that is paired
with a six-speed automatic transmission with Sport and manual-shift modes. This
engine is capable of putting out 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
Compared to the other SUVs in the market, there are certainly a lot with more
power but you will also have to pay a higher price for them.
Mazda CX-3 Moves You Like Never Before
by Adolf Kaure at NewEra.com
There’s never been an SUV that can move you like this. For the first time,
new generation Mazda thinking combines with enhanced capability and a
city-friendly size. This SUV comes in front with or all-wheel drive and is
available at Novel Mazda in Windhoek.
The Mazda CX-3 comes in 3 models
namely the Neo, Maxx as well as the sTouring. The Mazda CX-3 Neo comes with
16-inch rims, Halogen headlamps, cruise control and rear parking sensors.
Mazda CX-3 Maxx has a reverse camera, satellite navigation as well as
leather wrapped gear shift knob and steering wheel.
The Mazda CX-3 sTouring comes in 18-inch alloy wheels with front fog
lamps as well as front 2-speed wipers with a rain-sensing function. The
Mazda CX-3 is available in a variety of colours. These colours include red
soul, crystal pearl white, ceramic metallic, meteor grey, titanium flash,
jet black, deep crystal blue and dynamic blue.
Under the hood of this SUV comes two types of engines, which are powered
by lightweight SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Responsive power is enjoyed with
exceptional fuel consumption, no matter which form you choose; be it the
punchy 2.0 litre petrol or the keenly muscular 1.5 litre turbo diesel.
The 2.0 litre petrol 4 cylinder engine delivers a sporty 109 kW of power
and 192 Nm of torque; using as little as 6.1 litres of every of fuel for
every 100 kilometres.
As for the 1.5 litre turbo diesel 4 cylinder engine, it produces 77 kW
and a muscular 270 Nm of torque, using as little as 4.8 litres of fuel for
every 100 kilometres.
The SUV’s interior is easy on the eye with plenty of tech features. By
putting key information such as current speed and navigation into your line
of sight, Active Driving Display helps you focus on what’s ahead by
minimising road distraction.
There are no complaints in terms of space as Mazda describes this vehicle
as “comfortable, clever and capable with a roomy, well-crafted cabin that
works with whatever you are doing”.
The rear seats split 60/40 to allow for a large oddly shaped items.
Folding down both creates a large, virtually flat floored space. A handy
two-way flor lets you customise carrying capacity even more. It can hide a
handy extra compartment, or be lowered to expand the cargo bay. Of course
your personal stuff is well looked after, with plenty of useful storage.
The Mazda CX-3’s has a style with an exterior which is stylish and stands
Mazda describes its interior as “something out of the ordinary”. The vehicle
is a creation of KODO Soul of Motion’ design. It is has balancing athletic
presence, streamlined simplicity and elegant detail and brings a rare
imagination to the small SUV.
Other exterior features which this SUV comes with include; body coloured
power mirrors, rear spoiler’ front LED fog lamps and LED tail-lamps. The
Mazda CX-3 comes at a cost of N$ 285 000 with a 3-year unlimited warranty.
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