With seemingly every automaker outside of Europe getting into the groove at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, Mazda isn’t going to be left in the sidelines on this one.
The Japanese automaker is on hand in Las Vegas with a steady diet of customized CX-5 SUV’s, beginning with the CX-5 Dempsey.
In case there’s any confusion with what the name is alluding to, it apparently points to one Patrick Dempsey, the hotshot Hollywood actor who also moonlights as a Mazda driver in the Grand-Am series.
In dressing up the CX-5 Dempsey, Mazda opted for a glossy Grey Anatomy paint base with matching strips of Brilliant Black. Adding to the appeal of the SUV are Luminous Red graphic lines with Bright White borders and Black Mica matte finish details on the tailgate that run across the lower portion of the SUV. The CX-5 also carries a Thule Atlantis rooftop cargo box and a bike rack that carries a pretty sick performance called the Specialized Bicycle S-Work Tarmac racing cycle. Yep, that’s the same one used by Russian Olympian Alexander Vinokourov when he raced to the gold medal at the London Summer Games in July 2012. In addition, the specialized CX-5 sits on a set of 20" Mazda Design-customized black chrome alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Latitude Sport all-season tires. Each wheel, in particular, displays a single double-spoke in glossy Luminous Red, a color that Mazda only uses in limited edition cars.
At the rear of the CX-5 Dempsey, you’ll find the S-Works Tarmac SL4 Red that comes with a Carbon Satin carbon fiber frame with Red Keyline highlights and secured by a Thule T2 carrier.
Inside, there’s plenty of modifications to go around, too. Black perforated leather inserts come with gray aniline leather bolsters and red accents. This three-way color scheme is an allusion to the SUV’s dynamic exterior body colors. The interior also received a leather overload with Luminous Red stitching while the full-length decorative panel was custom painted in glossy Brilliant Black with a matching single Luminous Red outline and a Bright White vehicle model imprint.
SUVs aren’t exactly the kind of cars that attract attention from tuners, but Mazda has shown up to the 2012 SEMA Show with a number of upgrade packages based on the CX-5, just to highlight the amazing customization possibilities for this model. One of these packages is called the CX-5 Urban - a concept car inspired by styles found in fashion and architecture.
The Mazda CX-5 Urban features two shades of Black Mica exterior paint, with the darker shade showing off multi-dimensional shadows in a triangular-like design shape. The dark night appearance of the CX-5 Urban is highlighted by Ore thin pinstripes on the matte black wheels, in the headlamps, and in the five-point front grille. The SUV sits on a new set of 22" Ace Alloy Scorpio matte black wheels wrapped in sticky Nitto Tire NT420s 295/30R20 all-season tires. The last piece of the package is a new Racing Beat dual exhaust.
After releasing the new generation Mazda6 onto the market, the company has focused its attention on the development of the next generation Mazda3. The first details suggest that the model will arrive in Summer 2013 and will be ready for the US market as a 2014 model year.
Today, British magazine AutoExpress is dropping what appears to be the first images of the next generation Mazda3. According to the site, these are digital renderings received from Mazda to confirm what everyone else already knew: the next Mazda3 will feature the company’s latest Kodo design language already unveiled in the design of the new Mazda6.
The next Mazda3 will be offered in the same 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback configurations as the current generation. It will benefit from Mazda’s fuel-saving SkyActiv tech making it both lighter and more fuel efficient. We also expect to see an MPS version, but we’ll have to wait a little bit longer for confirmation of that.
The Mazda Miata MX-5 has lived mostly by one trademark since its debut in 1989: offer superior handling with capable performance. From 1989 through 2003, the MX-5 did just that, but in 2004 and 2005, Mazda broke its mold by releasing the turbocharged Mazdaspeed MX-5 in limited numbers. Combined with the revised suspension, the Mazdaspeed MX-5 gave Miata enthusiasts a little extra power to go along with the precision handling of the compact roadster.
When Mazda revamped the MX-5 Miata in the 2006 model year, it gave the Miata a bold look that it had always missed, but it also took away the option to add the famed “Mazdaspeed” badge to the model. For those that want to have their cake and eat it too, BE-Cosworth may have the solution for you, in the form of two stages of supercharger kits for your Mk3 and Mk3.5 (2006 through 2013) MX-x Miatas.
Click past the jump to read all about the Mazda Miata MX-5 by BBR-Cosworth. Full story
Mazda has already announced plans to unveil a new generation Mazda3, but until that new model arrives in 2014, the British market can take advantage of two very cool editions based on the current Mazda3 MPS. The two new models, Tamura and Venture, are priced from £15,995 (about $25,700 at the current exchange rates) and £17,495 ($28,150 at the current rates), respectively.
The new Tamura Edition will be offered with an impressive list of standard equipment: 17" alloy wheels, Sports styling kit, front fog lights, electric windows, six-speaker audio system, dual zone climate control air-conditioning, front, side and curtain airbags, and a Thatcham Cat 1 alarm.
The Venture Edition will add light gunmetal alloys wheels, a unique rear spoiler, privacy glass, 5.8-inch Sanyo TomTom navigation, Bluetooth hands-free, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, and heated front sports seats.
Both models are offered with either a 1.6-liter MZR petrol or diesel engine, both delivering improved fuel economy by 1.4%. Co2 emissions are also reduced by 2%.
Now that we have seen the new generation Mazda6, the Japanese company is focusing on the development of the new generation Mazda3. The model is set to arrive late in 2013 or earlier in 2014 and will benefit from the company’s latest Kodo design language already seen in the new Mazda6 and the facelift version of the CX-9.
This means the next Mazda3 will adopt a prominent black grille and a more aggressive headlamps, while that ugly Cheshire-cat grin from the current model will finally be dropped. It will be built on the same lightweight architecture as the recently announced CX-5 and will be powered by a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four that delivers a total of 155 HP, among other gasoline engine variants. Mazda also has plans on offering a diesel engine.
Clients who want a sportier alternative will still have the Mazdaspeed 3 to look forward to, but they will have to wait a few more months to see it on the market. Full story
For five model years, the Mazda CX-9 has been running around wearing the same set of clothes and it was about due for a little refresher. Well, Mazda has been working on said revisions and was planning on holding out until the Australian International Motor Show to release the revised SUV, but it has instead decided to give us just a little bit of a teaser of the upcoming changes.
From what we can see of the images so far, the changes will be drastic on the front end, but the rear end appears to remain intact. Mazda also included some very basic information on what to expect under the hood of the 2013 CX-9, as well as some extra technologies that you can expect to see.
The CX-9 will make its debut on October 18th and we will bring you all of the details at that time. Until then, click past the jump to read all about the information that Mazda has already passed onto us. Full story
The SEMA Auto Show is a time for tuning companies to show what they are made of and this year’s event will be anything but boring. We’ve already seen a few of the vehicles that will be headed to Las Vegas this year, but we’ve gotten word of another vehicle scheduled to appear: the Catfish Speedster developed by Bauer Limited Production.
The Catfish is based on a Mazda MX-5 Miata, but shares none of its components. All of the Mazda’s original parts have been replaced by new ones, including a new hood, trunk, doors, bumpers, and a top and convertible frame. The interior was slightly modified to make it possible for the driver to put in stock Miata seats or racing seats of their choice.
The Catfish Speedster will be offered with a standard 1.6 engine or a 1.8 NB Rotrex with over 260hp, but for customers who want a little more push, Bauer will also be offering an LS2 V8 engine. With the Speedster coming in at only 1,500lbs, we can only imagine its performance figures.
The official debut of the new Catfish Speedster will be at the 2012 SEMA Show, with a racing version set to be unveiled in 2013.
Next to the sedan model, Mazda will also be unveiling the station wagon version of the 2013 Mazda 6 at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Both models displayed at the French show will be powered by Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine and are scheduled to go on sale later this year.
The future station wagon Mazda 6 will feature the same design language as the sedan, except of course for the specific estate rear that will add more cargo space. just like the sedan, the station wagon will incorporate both the full range of SKYACTIV technology and the new KODO Soul of Motion design theme.
At its official market launch, the new Mazda6 Wagon will be offered with a choice of two engines: a Skyactiv-G 2.0 delivering 148 HP and a Skyactiv-D 2.2 diesel. The new diesel engine will be offered in either Standard Power or High Power versions and will be combined with Mazda’s unique brake energy regeneration system, i-ELOOP.
Now that the new generation Mazda6 has officially hit the streets, it’s time to switch focus to the next great thing to come out of Mazda. According to AutoExpress, the Japanese company is considering a performance version of their brand new sedan - something in the spirit of the company’s MPS models.
The announcement was made by Hiroshi Kajiyama, program manager for the car, who said that such a model is being looked at: "There is a high potential for this, and it would be helpful to the brand." He also said that the new version could be even lighter than the standard Mazda6, which is already 110 lbs lighter than the previous generation. As for the engines to be used for the MPS version, turbocharged versions of both petrol and diesel engines are being considered.
The new Mazda6 targets models like the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series, making their performance versions the primary targets for the Mazdaspeed6. If built, the future Mazdaspeed 6 will arrive on the market sometime in 2014.
Note: Standard model pictured here.