Even Mazda, which has enjoyed such incredible success in the roadster market, isn’t resting on its laurels. The new fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 is currently being developed in conjunction with Alfa Romeo so that the two companies can share the initial investment and boost profits. The project will also spawn a new Alfa Spider – but there are no signs that the MX-5’s winning formula will be diluted in any way.
As our exclusive image shows, the styling falls into line with the current Mazda model range thanks to the large, shield-shaped grille and hawk-eye headlights, as well as bodywork that swoops tightly around the rear-wheel-drive chassis beneath.
Besides the basic steel structure, the Mazda MX-5 won’t share very much with the Alfa. The new MX-5 will be powered by unique 1.3 and 1.5-litre turbocharged engines with just enough performance to let the chassis’ talents shine through. With high-strength steels used throughout, engineers are aiming to strip at least 100kg from the current MX-5’s kerbweight, with 1,050kg the target figure. And a sub-£20,000 price tag will help the car retain its reputation for value.
Fiat 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 of engine.
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 financially viable.
For 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.
By Tim Pollard (artist’s impressions by Christian Schulte)
The Fiat Group’s revelation in May 2012 that it would co-develop the next Alfa Romeo Spider alongside the Mazda MX-5 got everyone at CAR, and its digital audience, salivating. Today we can bring you the latest artist’s impressions showing how this Japanese-Italian fusion could look on the road.
This is perhaps one of the most exciting prospects for years: a project marrying Italian design flair and Alfa Romeo style with the Japanese reliability and back-to-basics MX-5 purity. It could be a marriage made in heaven – we’ll know for sure when we see this duo in 2015.
This is an artist’s impression, remember. None of us yet know exactly how the sports car twins will look, but the rules of jigsaw identification mean we can have a good stab at how they’ll turn out.
The MX-5 hasn’t deviated much over the years from the original 1989 recipe, and our sources at Mazda suggest the same evolutionary style will continue, pepped up with the latest ‘Kodo’ design language seen on the new 6 family car. That means a pointier front face and exaggerated Mazda grille, but the essential footprint of the 2015 MX-5 won’t change much.
This suggests the Alfa Spider won’t be wildly different. The hard points of the architecture will be shared, but each brand will be allowed the freedom to graft on their own grilles and corporate jewellery. Let’s hope they’re allowed more flexibility than the identikit Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ twins.
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While details remain scant on the Spider/MX-5 project, a few nuggets have been announced already in the formal statement.
‘The study calls for both Mazda and Fiat to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled, iconic and brand-specific light weight, roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive,’ the companies have confirmed. ‘The Mazda and Alfa Romeo variants will each be powered by specific proprietary engines unique to each brand.
‘The project assumption is that both vehicles will be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima, Japan, plant with production for Alfa Romeo envisaged starting in 2015.’
Engines in the new Alfa Romeo Spider
Each brand will stick with their own engines, and CAR understands the Spider will use the 1750TBi four-cylinder, tuned to produce more than 200bhp and mated to a seven-speed twin-clutch TCT transmission.
CAR understands the Italian roadster will stick with a folding soft-top, rather than use the MX-5’s folding hard top. Fingers crossed the rear-wheel drive purity of the Mazda comes as standard on the Alfa Romeo Spider.
Mazda Motor Corporation showcased the global premiere of the Mazda TAKERI next-generation midsize sedan concept car at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. The show also saw the Japanese debut of the new CX-5 crossover SUV outfitted with the complete range of Mazda’s breakthrough SkyActiv technology, as well as other new technologies and production models that you can ckeck on the next link https://roboticsandautomationnews.com/2020/09/22/freight-hauling-technologies-used-today/36619/.
The Mazda TAKERI takes advantage of Mazda’s new design language, “KODO – Soul of Motion,” to bring a new level of strength and allure to sedan styling. The TAKERI features SkyActiv technology, including the efficient and powerful new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine, to deliver dynamic performance and a comfortable ride as when you drive a 2009 v rod. The combination of SkyActiv technology and other technology features, such as i-stop, Mazda’s idling stop system, and a new regenerative braking system, enable the Mazda TAKERI to achieve exceptional fuel economy.
The regenerative braking system efficiently converts kinetic energy to electricity during deceleration, stores it in capacitors, and then uses it to power the vehicle’s electric equipment, thereby reducing load on the engine and saving fuel. The regenerative braking system represents Step Two of Mazda’s Building Block Strategy. After renewing existing technologies, such as engines and bodies, Step One of the Building Block Strategy is idling stop technology (i-stop), Step Two is regenerative braking technology, and Step Three is electric drive technology (hybrid, etc.).
There are several rumors flying around for these couple of years about the condition of Mazda MX-5 Miata. There are rumors that the new 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be produced and returned to the basic styling of its 1989 model, so the new 2013 model will be fuel efficient (more efficient than the previous one), lighter, and also cleaner.
But now there’s realistic and official news from the company about the new 2013 Mazda Mx-5 Miata. Based on the realistic source – and also the drawing from the manufacturers’ artists itself – the rumors about the new ride seems to be confirmed. With the roadster style, the company is working very hard on the aesthetic part.
On the outer side of the car, there will be oval front grille that goes along the line of the side car. It’s based on the smiling face grille – which is kind of cute styling. The headlights will be available in teardrop shape with slanting model. Based on the sketch, the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata definitely goes back to its 1989 root. However, there’s a slight change on the machine area with the engine of Skyactive-G with 1.5 liter capacity, producing about 125 hp, along with 50 mpg system and also manual six speed transmissions. However, for American market, the engine will be available with 2.0 liter machine producing 145 hp.
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The Mazda5 fills so many niches that you might call it a wagon; others would say van, while my summation is a mini-minivan with sporty overtones.
That’s not using several words where one would do, but to more adequately describe this fun-to-drive little runabout.
It is even a vision of the near future. Ford’s upcoming Grand C-Max will have a lot in common with the Mazda5 . And both can look at the new Focus and call it kinfolk.
Ford and Mazda have had a financial and manufacturing alliance since 1979. Ford once held a controlling interest in the Japanese auto maker, but in recent years has cut the stake to 3%.
Even if Mazda did soften the ride a bit for the new model year, the Mazda5 still has a sporty nature on back-country roads. With 157 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 163 pound-feet of torque from its inline 4, the Mazda moved out quickly from red lights and stop signs — a nice surprise. But try to merge onto a fast-moving interstate and the need for more grunt makes itself known.
From a dead stop to a 60mph takes less than 10 seconds with the aid of a fast-acting, five-speed automatic transmission. Yet a driver’s left to wonder, “What would this be like with a small turbo?”
No, that wouldn’t do much to help gas mileage, rated at 21-28 mpg by the EPA. It runs on regular unleaded and gave me 25 mpg overall. I’d be able to save more time and money if I use car movers to transport the vehicle when traveling long distances.
When it comes to the comfort side of the equation, there should be few complaints. There’s plenty of room for a 6-foot-tall driver. The tachometer and speedometer are placed in twin pods right in front of the driver. Auxiliary information comes from a small window in the instrument pane, and a bigger one just above the central stack.
Auto writers have complained for some time that the center stack info window washes out on even at the hint of a sunny day because of its poor contrast. And still, only after sunset, or in the shade, will you see what you have been missing all day. Detailing vehicles involves cleaning and reconditioning the interior and exterior of the car. The aim of this is to restore the paintwork by eliminating scratches or swirl marks to make the car look almost brand new like it did when you first drove it out of the shop.
The two bucket seats that comprise the second-row seating are multi-adjustable to accommodate wee ones on up to budding basketball players. They also get to control their own ventilation via vents and buttons at the end of the center console.
Wide open, the sunroof generates only a little wind noise and thanks to the overall mini-minivan design, eats up very little headroom. More athletically inclined kids can select the third-row seat. It’s a great launchpad for harassing their older siblings. The sliding side doors are easy to open and third-row seats are quite firm.
With all three rows of seating up, storage space is limited to 5.6 cubic feet. You may be able to stash a case of beer back there, but it would be sitting on its side. A case of your favorite wine would require folding the third-row of seats, easily done via the rear hatch. That increases carrying capacity to 27 cubic feet. Folding the second row increases that to 55.4 cubic feet for serious hardware store visits.
Three models are offered, with our tested Grand Touring package topping the list. With only two small options, the test vehicle went out the door at $24,720 including transportation.
Interior materials were on the economy side of the ledger. Fit and finish were good.
For those who don’t need the space available in a large van or sport utility, the Mazda makes for a very wise choice. The price is right; it will haul a fair amount of stuff, is economical and has a “recommended” rating from Consumer Reports.
It won’t turn heads in the neighborhood, but will mark the owners as very smart consumers.
Only a few days after some rumors began spreading the word about the origins of the future Mazda CX-5, the Japanese automaker unveiled in North America the Minagi concept, the model on which the future CX-5 is expected to be based on.
Presented for the first time last month in Geneva, the Minagi concept previews a production version model that will be the embodiment of the Japanese new KODO design theme, one that Mazda promises to become “the forerunner to the launch of Mazda’s upcoming next-generation products” and “symbolize the evolution of the Mazda brand for a new era,” as the car maker said when it first presented the model.
“I wanted to convey something different from the Mazda SHINARI. I felt a compact crossover SUV was the perfect vehicle to express agility and focused movement; the flexibility of four limbs moving in unison, and an upright posture,” said Masashi Nakayama, Minagi chief designer.
The new era for Mazda will extend far beyond the exterior aspect of the car. On the inside, and underneath, the car maker fitted an array of technologies that are meant to dazzle the competition: SKYACTIV engine and transmission.
Mazda did not make any mentions of the features that it will take from the Minagi and transplant into the CX-5. The production of the new model, which will kick off sometime next year, will however come just in time to fill the gap between the CX-7 and Mazda CX-9, by adding a compact crossover to the range.
The all-new Mazda2 has many of the features necessary to make it a big success in the subcompact segment. It’s stylish, it’s sporty, and it’s affordable. But one area which Mazda hopes to improve is its fuel-efficiency.
“Mazda is renewing its entire powertrain and platform lineup at the same time as revolutionizing every manufacturing process from R&D through to mass production,” said hief Executive Officer Takashi Yamanouch. “There have been no compromises in addressing conflicting goals. Instead, we have implemented a ‘breakthrough’ approach to technical innovation in all areas that has produced incredible, unexpected results.
The current Mazda2, with a manual transmission, gets 29 mpg city and 35 mpg highway, which is by no means bad. But when the next-generation hits showrooms, Mazda will replace its powertrain with its all-new SKYACTIV engine and transmission technology. The result will be 70 mpg according to the automaker, making it the most fuel-efficient gas-powered car available.
Mazda will launch the next Mazda2 in Japan in early 2011, with sales in other markets to follow. While the Mazda2 is still a very new model in the U.S., it has been on sale overseas for quite some time, which is explains the rather swift arrival of the next-gen model.
“I promise that we will offer the Demio at a lower price than a hybrid of the same segment,” said Yamanouchi during a news conference, declining to elaborate.
If the next Mazda2 will be able to reach the 70 mpg mark, it will be able to exceed the mileage of hybrids, and still undercut their price. Mix in a little ‘Zoom Zoom’ and Mazda might just have another winner.
Mazda unveiled Monday at a private event in Italy, sports coupe concept Shinari, a four-door vehicle that indicates the direction of Japanese brand design. Mazda concept Shinari will attend and the Paris Motor Show in October.
The new concept Mazda Shinari models forecast future issue of the Japanese manufacturer’s range. Mazda will use the word “Kodo” (in Japanese means soul movement) to describe the future design language.
Mazda officials did not want to specify when the new design will appear on production vehicles. However, “this design will lead to a new generation of Mazda’s design language and lead and other elements,” said Ikuo Maeda, General Manager Design Division of Mazda Motor, during the presentation of near Milan, cited by Automotive News Europe.
The new design language was created through collaboration Mazda studios in Germany, the United States and Japan.
Mazda officials also said that future work and improve vehicle interiors, which are intended to be premium. “We want to get into the same group with BMW and Audi,” said Derek Jenkins, director of design at Mazda North America. “For equipment and want the same quality finish.
Mazda Shinari concept will make its public debut premiered at the Paris Motor Show (October 2 to 17, 2010).
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 segment.
The report show that the CX-5 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.
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