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 |  Aug 28 2012, 2:52 PM

The newest and one of the most anticipated fresh entrants to the midsize sedan segment will get its world debut tomorrow at the Moscow Auto Show, though the most important information will remain a secret.

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 |  Jul 20 2012, 9:35 AM

The buildup will be over soon, as this is the fourth out of six teasers of the upcoming 2014 Mazda6, which should be revealed sometime in the next two weeks. 

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 |  Jul 13 2012, 12:31 PM

Japanese automakers Honda, Toyota and Nissan have all taken the conservative approach to restyling their mid-size sedans. Mazda, however, gave a clear indication when it revealed the Takeri concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, that it would take a chance and, as usual, march to the beat of a different drum.

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 |  Jul 04 2012, 8:31 AM

In the past Mazda has hinted that it may drop the current base engine in the Mazda3 and instead offer the Skyactiv powertrain as standard. According to Mazda USA PR rep Beverly Braga that won’t happen for 2013, but the Japanese automaker has made the decision to offer the Skyactive 2.0-liter as the core powertrain on more trim levels.

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 |  Jun 26 2012, 2:01 PM

Ten Turbocharged Cars We Can't Wait to Get Our Hands On

Turbocharged vehicles are quickly becoming the answer to having a fuel-efficient vehicle, with exciting performance. They seem to all be geared towards the sensible enthusiast, offering sporty dynamics, while still getting solid fuel efficiency. 

Here’s some of the upcoming turbo-charged vehicles you can expect in the next few years. We’ve got some spy-pictures, and concept designs,  even though some details of these cars are still unknown.

 |  May 25 2012, 1:32 PM

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Crossovers have pretty much taken over the Sport Utility Vehicle market, thanks to lower prices, better fuel efficiency and the handling that comes part-in-parcel with being based on a car platform versus truck architecture. Continue Reading…

 |  Apr 30 2012, 6:02 PM

A diesel-powered Mazda CX-9 featuring the brand’s 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D engine could be on the horizon soon.

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 |  Apr 25 2012, 7:15 PM

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 debuted as a crossover for enthusiast drivers and turned out to be a pleasant surprise when we got behind the wheel.

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 |  Apr 04 2012, 6:26 PM

The Mazda Takeri concept that originally debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show last year took its American bow today at the New York Auto Show

Mazda doesn’t plan to bring the Takeri to market, at least not in name — but the company’s North America president and CEO but Jim O’Sullivan was quick to point out that concepts are generally close to later production models with the brand.

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 |  Mar 09 2012, 8:15 PM

The new Mazda CX-5 will replace the CX-7, at least in the American market according to Mazda USA. Even though the CX-5 is slightly smaller than the outgoing CX-7, it has more cargo capacity and overall interior volume.

“[The] CX-5 has a clearer competitive set, unlike CX-7, which was in the middle of two segments,” said Mazda product communications specialist Beverly Braga.

The new CX-5 also sports Mazda’s new 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder engine (155-hp) that has much better fuel economy than the 2.5L four-cylinder (161-hp) found in the CX-7. The CX-5 boasts 26/32 mpg city/highway compared to the CX-7′s 20/28 mpg city/highway. In 2007, CX-7 sales peaked at 41,653 units but in 2009 the Japanese automaker only sold 20,583. Updates were scarce through the vehicle’s production, with a front-end redesign being the only major change.

The CX-7 will be discontinued in America after the current 2012 model year as the company plans to refocus its goals to better compete with Honda and Ford.

[Source: Motor Trend]

Read AutoGuide’s 2013 Mazda CX-5 Review Here

 |  Feb 21 2012, 5:15 PM

Mazda claims that the future of driving begins now with their Skyactiv Technology, and they’ll be running some new ads to support just that.

Dubbed “Revolution”, the new television commercial will reinforce that Mazda hasn’t lost sight of its “Zoom-Zoom” position in the marketplace just because they’ve been working on ways to improve fuel efficiency in its new vehicles.

Over the years, the Japanese automaker has been responsible for the creation of the ever-popular Miata and the iconic RX-8, alongside with rotary engines. They are also the only Asian car company to ever win the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. And while most of us have Mazda embedded in our minds as a performance-oriented manufacturer, their new Skyactiv Technology looks to make vehicles more efficient through advanced engineering solutions.

Simply put, Mazda just wants to reiterate to the world that ”If it’s not worth driving, it’s not worth building”.

Watch the extended and standard versions of the new Mazda Revolution ads after the break, and check out Mazda`s new Dr. Seuss themed ad.

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 |  Jan 10 2012, 9:46 AM


Mazda North America announced official fuel economy numbers today for its new CX-5, with the compact crossover besting all other crossovers and SUVs.

Mazda’s Skyactiv technology is the brand’s fuel saving setup which is setting industry standards for non-hybrid vehicles. Front-wheel-drive CX-5 model equipped with the standard Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission are EPA rated with an estimated fuel economy of 26 city/35 highway/29 combined mpg. All-wheel-drive CX-5 models will get 25 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg. The CX-5 front wheel drive comes with a 14.8 gallon fuel tank while the all wheel drive comes with a 15.3 gallon tank which are both capable of 500 miles of drive range.

The Skyactiv setup gives the CX-5 the highest compression ratio of any of any mass produced vehicle at 13:1. This fuel compression ratio combined with being the lightest SUV in its class, weighing in at 3,208 for entry level models and 3,426 for premium trim levels, gives the CX-5 its best in class non hybrid fuel economy.

 |  Oct 17 2011, 9:45 AM

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Mazda‘s new SkyActiv engine was never intended to be used in the current Mazda3 platform, but with the new 40-mpg motor already developed, product planners decided it didn’t make sense just to sit on the technology – especially in a hyper-competitive segment where cars like the Cruze, Focus and Elantra are all claiming the big 40-mpg rating.

As a result Mazda made the decision to offer the new engine alongside the two previous options (the 2.0L MZR and the more powerful 2.5L), with a mid-range price. With 155-hp and 148 lb-ft of torque it’s a 5 percent improvement in peak power and a 10 percent spike in torque (although low and mid-range torque rise as much as 15 percent), making the old MZR powerplant essentially obsolete – especially considering its best highway rating is just 33-mpg.

Mazda has now confirmed the old MZR engine will be dropped from the product lineup with the Mazda3′s next bodystyle change, although it could be sooner than that. “We’re evaluating dropping the MZR for 2013,” said Sandra Lemaitre, National Manager for Public Relations at Mazda Canada, speaking at the launch of the new Mazda3 in Los Angeles.

The reason it’s still around hints Lemaitre is twofold. First, it’s the pricepoint, with the MZR-equipped models selling for significantly less than the new SkyActiv engine. Second, Mazda’s ability to offer the SkyActive powertrain is currently limited by supply.

As for the new SkyActiv-D engine, Lemaitre was silent about which new model will get the diesel option in North America It won’t be for the 2012 model year she said, commenting instead that, “We are introducing diesel in next 15-18 months.”

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 |  Oct 14 2011, 9:00 PM


Mazda is hoping to boost sales in the United States by 74 percent, and a key component of their strategy will be delivering sporty vehicles that can turn out “real world” fuel economy numbers.

“It’s not acceptable to us have 40 mpg and sacrifice performance,” said Robert Davis, Mazda’s senior VP of U.S. operations. Rivals such as the Hyundai Elantra have had their spare tires removed and special low rolling resistance tires to help trim weight and increase fuel economy. But Mazda says that the low rolling resistance tires are noisy and reduce the vehicle’s handling characteristics.  The upcoming Mazda3 will hit 40 mpg thanks to a new engine dubbed “SKYACTIV”, while keeping the spare tire and regular rubber.

Mazda will also sell a diesel version of their upcoming CX-5 crossover, while other competitors do not offer a diesel option. Mazda hopes to boost sales to 400,000 units per year by the middle of the decade, up from 229,556 in 2010.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Oct 05 2011, 10:30 AM

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Mazda has finally released official pricing on the updated 2012 Mazda3 with the optional 40-mpg SkyActiv engine model starting at $18,450. That model, the Mazda3 i Touring, makes 155-hp and 148 lb-ft of torque for a 5 percent improvement in overall power, a 10 percent improvement in peak torque and a 15 percent improvement in low to mid-range torque. Plus, it delivers 21 percent better fuel economy.

The SkyActiv engine will also be available in the Mazda3 i Touring hatchback model, although with a slight decrease in highway fuel economy to 39-mpg.

In addition, Mazda will continue to offer the old 148-hp MZR 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine starting at $15,200 for the Mazda3 i SV model, while the Grand Touring models get a 2.5-liter with 167-hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. Grand Touring sedans are priced from $21,300 and hatchbacks from $21,800. And who can forget the MazdaSpeed3. Priced from $24,000 it thoroughly thrashed the new 2012 Honda Civic Si in our recent track shootout.

All 2012 Mazda3 models get an updated front fascia with new seats, seat material and some trim changes.

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 |  Sep 29 2011, 6:00 PM


Mazda is preparing to launch its new 2012 Mazda3 model with its important new SkyActiv engine and while specifics on the motor aren’t yet available, pricing now is. Or we should say, it is if you live in Canada.

We’ve just received the official pricing sheet from Mazda Canada and it contains one major surprise, while the new 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine has been added to the product lineup, it hasn’t replaced anything else. With the new 2.0-liter expected to deliver the power of the 2.5-liter with fuel economy exceeding the old 2.0 MZR motor, there was a possibility the new engine would be the only one offered. On the contrary, Mazda (in Canada at least) will continue to offer both past engines, with the SkyActiv powertrain slotting in between the two.

In Canada, the base Mazda3 GX model wit the 2.0 MZR engine has been discounted $700 to start at $15,595 while the GT model drops $730 to $23,695. The new GS model with the SkyActiv engine and 40-mpg highway rating (that’s 4.9 l/100 km) starts at $18,995.

As for the hatchback model, it’s now $900 cheaper at $16,595 while the top level GT starts $730 less at $24,695. And the new SkyActiv GS trim level will go for $19,995.

While we can’t confirm as much, look for a similar setup when the car goes on sale in the U.S. – although with obviously lower prices.

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Click here to read AutoGuide’s test drive of the Mazda SkyActiv Prototype

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 |  Aug 15 2011, 1:00 PM

Mazda is working hard at its new SkyActiv platform, which includes new engines, gearboxes and chassis designs for its cars for the next decade.

Mazda spoke about new gasoline engines during a recent presentation, and also touched on the possibility of offering a clever new diesel engine to our market, but they didn’t mention anything about hybrids.

But just because they didn’t say anything, doesn’t mean they aren’t working on one. According to some spy photo’s circulating the web, it is working on a hybrid version of the Mazda6. However, rather than spend huge amounts of money on developing their own bespoke hybrid system, Mazda has signed a licensing agreement with Toyota over the use of its hybrid tech.

The Mazda6 hybrid test mule confirms its Toyota roots as the gear-lever in these prototypes have been lifted out of the Prius. Mazda says that while the technology is borrowed, the tuning will be all Mazda’s own, so the drive feel will be unique to them.

Will the hybrid model have an affect on Mazda’s plans to launch diesel models in North America? We hope not.

[Source: Car and Driver]

 |  Aug 11 2011, 12:30 PM

The perpetually-grinning, happy-go-lucky Mazda 3 will be getting a facelift for 2012. But will it still be so happy?

A new version of the Mazda 3 is already giggling down Japanese streets as the Mazda Axela. Its US model will make it over as early as October, with both employing the same Skyactiv 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline engine and six-speed automatic transmission—the first car to combine Mazda’s new six-speed with Skyactiv technology.

Skyactiv is blowing up at Mazda lately, in fact: the Mazda 2 already has such an engine in Japan, and the upcoming CX-5 will feature it when it’s introduced in Frankfurt next month. So the Mazda 3 does have something to smile about.

[Source: Inside Line]

 |  Aug 02 2011, 6:36 AM


Mazda will reveal its new CX-5 model at the Frankfurt Motor Show, adding a third crossover to its lineup. The compact softroader will be the first of a new line of Mazdas to use the brand’s new Kodo design language and make use of the complete suite of SkyActiv technology innovations.

Promising to carry on Mazda’s fun-to-drive spirit, the CX-5 will not only get Mazda’s new SkyActiv body and chassis, but also new transmissions and new engines. At a recent technology seminar in Vancouver, Canada Mazda previewed its 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G gasoline engine making around 160-hp and 155 lb-ft of torque, as well as a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D diesel engine with 165-hp and 340 lb-ft of torque. Plus, there’s the new KOKO design language first shown on the stunning Shinari concept.

The Frankfurt Motor Show opens September 13th.



 |  Jun 10 2011, 2:19 PM

Mazda has given a facelift to the Mazda2 including a minor facelift and the first production application of the automaker’s direct-injection, 1.3-liter SkyActiv gasoline engine.

This very fuel-efficient engine has a compression ratio of 14.0:1 and an intelligent start/stop system that requires less fuel to re-initiate the combustion cycle, making the Mazda2 capable of achieving 58.8 mpg.

The engine includes a cooler EGR system that helps reduce knock, multi-hole fuel injectors that help cool the combustion chamber, a unique piston design, dual sequential valve timing and lighter engine internals for reduced friction losses.

So far, Mazda has not released any engine figures and the revised Mazda2 may not come to the U.S at all.

 |  Feb 20 2011, 2:37 PM

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Mazda recently unveiled its new 2012 Mazda3 model, a mid-cycle update with one important change under the hood. Along with some cosmetic updates, the 3 gets Mazda’s new SkyActiv engine. At the time, Mazda was only willing to say that it was a direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, targeting a 20 percent fuel economy improvement, while also adding low-end and mid-range torque.

No specific numbers are available, but according to Car & Driver a prototype version of the engine was able to make 163-hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. That’s up from 148-hp and 135 lb-ft in the current 2.0-liter, and down only slightly from the larger 2.5-liter engine.

Better yet, like the prototype, Mazda is targeting a 40-mpg highway rating with 30-mpg in the city, up significantly from 25/33-mpg with the current 2.0-liter and a drastic improvement from the 22/29-mpg rating of the 2.5. Aiding the improvement is a new 6-speed automatic transmission.

Debuting first in the Mazda3, it’s also expected to become the base powerplant for the next-generation Mazda6.

The 2012 Mazda3 will go on sale this Fall.

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[Source: Car & Driver]

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 |  Feb 18 2011, 6:49 PM

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Debuting at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, the 2012 Mazda3 is more than just a facelifted model, showcasing the automaker’s new SkyActiv engine and transmission.

Full details have yet to be announced, but Mazda has confirmed the engine is a direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that will deliver a 15 percent improvement in fuel economy. A new SkyActiv transmission (it’s still unclear if it’s a 6-speed or perhaps even a dual-clutch unit) will offer fuel economy gains ranging from four to seven percent.

Set to hit dealers this Fall, Mazda will then bring to market a SkyActiv-D diesel engine for North America in 2012.

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 |  Feb 17 2011, 11:47 AM

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Revealed today at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Mazda has confirmed that the SkyActiv-equipped Mazda3 will arrive at dealers in the U.S. and Canada this Fall. In addition, a diesel SkyActiv engine will be available a year later, with Mazda joining Volkswagen as the only non-premium automaker to offer a diesel in a passenger car.

Robert T. Davis, Senior VP for Quality, Research and Development at Mazda made the announcement and provided a few more details on the new technology and the SkyActiv gasoline engine, confirming that it is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes use of direct injection.

Compared to the current Mazda3, the SkyActiv model will achieve a roughly 20 percent improvement in fuel economy, with 15 percent coming from the engine itself, while an additional four to seven percent improvement is attributed to the new SkyActiv-drive transmission.

Davis commented that price makes electric and hybrid technology prohibitive and so Mazda is pursuing improvements to its internal combustion engines and will look to add start-stop systems and cut weight in the near future. Speaking to reporters he explained that Mazda will deliver the fuel economy of a B segment car in the C segment, the fuel economy of a diesel engine in a gasoline one, and the fuel economy of a hybrid in a diesel.

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 |  Feb 17 2011, 9:45 AM


Canada is a popular market for Mazda where the Mazda3 compact rivals the Honda Civic as the best-selling passenger car, and so it’s not a big surprise that the Japanese automaker chose the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto to announce the introduction of its SkyActiv engine and transmission in the 3.

No details have yet been provided about horsepower, engine size or fuel economy, but Mazda has said the 2012 Mazda will get the new SkyActiv-G gasoline engine and SkyActive-Drive automatic transmission.

The new powertrains are part of a push by Mazda to boost fuel economy 30 percent by 2015, which is says the SkyActiv technologies will achieve. Improvement in driveability are included, with Mazda promising improved low and mid-range torque.

In addition, the 2012 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan get a slight facelift with redesigned front and rear bumpers, a new front grille, new headlights and new styles for the 16- and 17-inch wheels.

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GALLERY: 2012 Mazda3 Debut in Toronto


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