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It's Official: The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel in On Sale In America

It’s Official: The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel in On Sale In America

CX-5 diesel is not the first Mazda diesel to hit the U.S. market in the near future

Mazda has officially confirmed that it will start selling its first modern diesel in the U.S., and it will come under the hood of its CX-5 crossover. This, all while the manufacturers that have always been very pro-diesel, the Europeans, are now shunning compression-ignition engines and looking for alternatives.

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2019 Mazda CX-3

2019 Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s mini-SUV got a nice little update!

When Mazda introduced the CX-3 for the 2016 model year, it was received quite well on the market thanks to its striking design, attractive interior, and fairly powerful drivetrain. There were a few gripes to be had, though, and that’s why Mazda decided to usher in a mild update just three years into its lifecycle. These updates include new exterior lights, redesigned wheels, updated center console, a new electronic emergency brake, and even new armrests. Mazda even tweaked the CX-3’s SkyActiv engine to squeeze out just a little more power. We’re not sure if the CX-3 will get an official mid-cycle update in the next year or two as previously prescribed but if it doesn’t the update for 2019 should be enough to keep it standing tall until the next-gen model comes into play.

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Three Years In, Mazda Trumps the Subcompact Segment with Small Improvements to the CX-3

Three Years In, Mazda Trumps the Subcompact Segment with Small Improvements to the CX-3

It’s not much to write home about, but the updates address the gripes we did have.

With strong competition in a cut-throat market comes a need to remain relevant even if it means taking the effort to make excessively minor improvements. And, that’s exactly what Mazda did with the three-year-old CX-3. Mazda started by doing some minor rework to the 2.0-liter SkyActiv powerplant, marginally improving the horsepower and torque. It then followed up by adding some fresh trim accents outside to go with new LED taillights and a new set of 18-inch wheels. Playing the same trump card inside, Mazda has added new materials, revised the seats, and even changed the center console.

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2016 New York International Auto Show – Best In Show

2016 New York International Auto Show – Best In Show

A variety of flavors to satisfy your speed lust

I’ll just come out and say it – being the follow-up act to the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show is not an enviable position (check out some of our coverage here to see what I’m talking about). Nevertheless, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) pulled it off, providing us with plenty of fresh metal worthy of our collective attention and desire. From muscle-bound track monsters, to European refinement, to Japanese tech, there really was a little bit of everything in the Big Apple this year. But the question is this – which models stood out as the best of the bunch?

The criteria for clinching a spot on this list is loose, but I’ll try to distill it down for you. A Best In Show winner has to stir emotion. It has to excel, both as a piece of design and a technical showcase. Significance in a historical context is a big plus. And of course, there’s the speed – big power, crazy specs, prowess in the twisties… you know, the good stuff.

The following five cars have all that and more, and if you love fast machinery, odds are you’ll find something to love in this list.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda’s budget alternative to the Porsche 911 Targa

After showcasing several production-ready concepts based on the new Miata and announcing a new version of the MX-5 for the 2016 New York Auto Show, Mazda has finally unveiled a new Miata at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Dubbed RF, which stands for Retractable Fastback, this new Miata is the hardtop version everyone expected, but with a significant change from the power retractable metal roof variant offered with the previous generation. Specifically, the MX-5 RF is actually a targa, the first such configuration for the Miata, with a retractable roof panel and rear window.

Is this cool or what?

The MX-5 RF will be sold globally and reach markets such as Europe, Japan, and Australia. Naturally, it will also cross the pond to the U.S., where it will offered alongside the more traditional, soft-top roadster.

Technical specifications remain the same, but due to its new roof, the MX-5 RF is actually entirely new not only for the Miata nameplate, but for the market as well. The fact that there aren’t any other affordable, targa-style convertibles out there makes the MX-5 RF unique. Of course, there are certain things to consider here, such as the extra weight that comes with the retractable roof panel and the lift-up flying buttresses, but the RF is arguably the coolest targa since the Porsche 911.

Updated 10/05/2016: Mazda revealed prices for the MX-5 RF which is now officially into production at the company’s assembly line in Hiroshima, Japan. The car is expected to arrive at dealers nationwide by early 2017.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Unveiled

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Unveiled

The canyon-carving icon gets a retractable hardtop

Mazda got the drop on the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) with the launch of a new addition to the MX-5 family. It’s called the MX-5 RF, with the last two letters alluding to the “retractable fastback” roof that replaces the old ragtop. While the fourth-generation MX-5 is undoubtedly a significant aesthetic upgrade over the old model, the new RF is simply gorgeous. The design visually moves the cabin towards the tail, emphasizing the rear haunches and giving the whole package a superb sense of balance and poise. Complementing the new look is the availability of a new premium color – Machine Grey. Something tells me the days of explaining handling dynamics and tossability to non-enthusiasts is over…

Speaking of which, the RF promises to be every bit of fun behind the wheel as the standard model, although Mazda has yet to reveal how much the retractable roof mechanism adds to the original’s feathery curb weight. U.S. customers get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, while a 1.5-liter powerplant is offered elsewhere. Routing the power is a six-speed manual gearbox, or alternatively, a six-speed automatic. Inside, expect the same driver-centric control layout.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF will be on display at the Mazda booth throughout the duration of NYIAS. Customers are invited to place pre-orders later this summer, with deliveries expected sometime thereafter.

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Mazda Confirms New Model For New York Auto Show; Could Be The Hard-Top Miata

Mazda Confirms New Model For New York Auto Show; Could Be The Hard-Top Miata

Will it be a hard-top MX-5 or a brand new model?

The New York Auto Show is less than two weeks away, and manufacturers are already trying to get our attention. The most recent example is Mazda and its invitation to the show that clearly expresses the manufacturer’s intent to “blow the lid off at the New York Auto Show.” Along with that, the invitation also claims that Mazda is planning to release something new at the show; the question is: what?

Well, at this point, nobody outside of Mazda knows for sure, but some sources are indicating that it will be a hard-top version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. That is all speculation at this point, but with the most recent generation debuting just a year ago, it is time for the hard top to hit the scene. If it doesn’t turn out to be a hard-top MX-5, it will be called the MX-5 Roadster Coupe and will feature a folding roof that is lighter and more compact than that of the previous generation.

If our sources are correct, the hard-top MX-5 is a big deal for Mazda. The previous generation hard top was very successful and outsold the soft top by a huge margin in the U.K. Then again; it could be that this “world premiere” that will “blow the lid” off the show is going to be an all-new model altogether. With only a couple weeks left until the show, we won’t have to wait for long. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the opening day of the New York Auto show.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

The Mazda Miata MX-5 first hit the market in the 1990 model year as an attempt to resurrect the roadster market. Not only did the model succeed in making roadsters cool again, but it also has continued its uninterrupted run all the way into the 2016 model year. This model year brought about the fourth-generation Miata and a new, wilder appearance. For 2016, the Miata will continue offering a Club trim level, which will add in a little touch of sportiness with a revised chassis, some visual upgrades, and a few extra tech goodies.

The Club trim level will split the gap between the base Sport trim and the range-topping Grand Touring, giving buyers a nice middle-ground model to opt for. With the roadster market growing thinner in recent years, the Miata finds itself almost uncontested again, as the Nissan 370Z is nearly too expensive to matter, and the Mini Cooper Roadster is front driven and is a dead man walking that is gone after the 2015 model year.

With no direct competition to speak of, did Mazda go soft with the 2016 MX-5 Club?

Continue reading my review of the 2016 MX-5 Miata Club to find out.

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition

In 25 years, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has become a cult icon and entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling, two-seat, open-top sports car. But that is old news, and we are here to show you just what Mazda plans to do in celebration of the Miata’s 25th year in existence. The automaker is launching a 25th Anniversary Edition at the New York Auto Show to show buyers just how important the roadster is to Mazda.

This special-edition MX-5 Miata is based on the power retractable hard top (PRHT) version of the car, giving this drop-top a nice and quiet cabin when the top is up — I noted this in my recent test drive of the Club version. The 25th Anniversary Edition will be exclusively available in Soul Red Metallic — a proper color for the iconic sports car — with contrasting black mirrors, A-pillars and top. On the inside, the special model gets off-white leather seating and door trim, and a hand-finished decorative panel.

Under the hood, things will remain the same, as it will feature the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder mill that cranks out 167 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque when mated to the standard six-cog manual. You can also opt for the six-speed auto transmission, but that results in 11 fewer ponies under the hood. This special MX-5 also gets the added benefit of Bilstein dampers to keep it glued to the road in the twist.

Unfortunately, there are no real modifications to this car other than the exclusive colors inside and out, the hand-worked decorative panel and badges, but it is still a nice send-off for the NC-generation MX-5.

Updated 6/25/2014: Mazda will show off the 25th Anniversary Edition MX-5 at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it has release nineteen new images leading up to its public showing.

Click past the jump to the MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition up close.

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Takeri Concept Coming to the U.S., Maybe as the Next-Generation Mazda6

At the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, Mazda debuted a new concept, the Takeri, and it just may be a preview to another anticipated vehicle – the new Mazda6. The Takeri concept vehicle, which will make its American debut at the New York Auto Show on April 4th, is just another addition to Mazda’s “KODO” design, which is rather wild, even for Mazda. The Takeri will feature Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D engine - a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine - which is designed to decrease emissions and increase fuel economy.

This intelligent diesel engine also features what Mazda calls “i-Stop,” which shuts the engine off during extended stops and restarts it within 0.4 seconds of pressing the accelerator again. That’s the fastest restart of any automatic engine shutdown system today, but still, once that technology starts breaking down, it will be a nightmare for owners.
There are no details on the U.S. version of the 2.2-liter engine, but the European version produces 170 horsepower in the CX-5.

The most interesting thing about this release is that it is coming on the forefront of an anticipated redesign for the Mazda6. Looking at the spy shots of the 2013 Mazda6 that we teased back in January and comparing them to the Takeri image, the similarities are uncanny.

We are going to go ahead and make the call that the Takeri coming to the U.S. bearing its 2.2-liter diesel engine will ultimately be Mazda’s announcement of an all-new Mazda6. While the redesign may not be a complete shock, the 2.2-liter diesel and other SKYACTIV technologies fitted on the 2013 Mazda6 – lowered engine compression, i-Stop, high-tech transmission, and more rigid, yet lighter, body – should help keep future owners away from the gas pumps a little more often.

Hit the jump to read the official press release from Mazda.

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2012 Mazda3

2012 Mazda3

Mazda’s little compact car showed up to the 2011 New York Auto Show with a midcycle refresh that not only provides a refined exterior and interior, but also dishes out a new engine that utilizes Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV fuel-saving and performance-oriented technologies.

The new engine is the first application in North America of the SKYACTIV technology and improves the Mazda3’s fuel economy by 17%, allowing it to go up to an impressive 40 mpg on the highway.

"SKYACTIV is not just an engine; it is the next generation of advanced vehicle performance and efficiency," said Jim O’Sullivan, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "SKYACTIV embodies Mazda’s philosophy of engineering only vehicles that are fun to drive, satisfying to own and environmentally responsible; and there is no better vehicle to start with than the Mazda3, one of the most exciting sport compact cars on the road."

The 2012 Mazda3 also features improved sporty driving dynamics, responsive handling, and comfortable cabin space.

UPDATE 04/27/2011: Mazda has revealed four videos of the new 2012 Mazda3 - both sedan and hatchback - that shares details of the car’s design elements and shows them off in action! Check it out by clicking on the image above and remember to hit the arrow to see the rest!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Mazda3.

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2010 Mazda CX-9 to debut in New York

2010 Mazda CX-9 to debut in New York

Mazda will bring three new models to the New York Auto Show and one of them is the redesigned 2010 Mazda CX-9.

The CX-9 is a seven-passenger, three-row crossover SUV with unique driving dynamics that are not found in its segment. For the 2010 model year, the CX-9 receives an exterior and interior facelift, added options and reinforced safety features, while further improving Zoom-Zoom driving characteristics.

The 2010 CX-7 crossover SUVs and MAZDASPEED3 high-performance compact 5-door will also make their North American debut.

Press release after the jump.

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Mazda2 - World Car of the Year

Mazda2 - World Car of the Year

Even if I do not understood how could the Mazda2 overtook a model like Mercedes C-Class it really happened: Mazda2 won the title of World Car of the Year! Initially there was a list of 39 entries and only three were selected for the big final: Mazda2, Mercedes C-Class and Ford Mondeo.

Based on the recommendations of a design panel consisting of four highly respected world design experts, the Mazda2 was also voted by the jurors onto the short-list of top three design finalists, together with the Audi R8 and Volvo C30.

Another winners: World Green Car of the Year goes to BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics; World Performance Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year - Audi R8 (finally some justice!).

Press release after the jump.

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Mazda Furai and 2009 RX-8 coming to New York Auto Show

Mazda Furai and 2009 RX-8 coming to New York Auto Show

Mazda will present at the New York International Auto Show the Furai Concept and the 2009 RX-8 sports-car.

The Furai takes Mazda’s unique Nagare (Japanese for “flow”) design language a step further as it is translated into a concept car based on an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) racing car. The car utilizes the Courage C65 chassis the company campaigned in the ALMS series only two seasons ago, and the 450-hp three-rotor rotary engine that distinguishes it from anything else on the track.

The 2009 RX-8 will further the evolution of the four-door, four-seater sports coupe, giving RX-8 a refreshed exterior and interior design, enhanced performance and a new R3 sport package for the ultimate driving enthusiast. Unchanged is the core of the RX-8 – a high-powered, lightweight and perfectly balanced machine powered by the world-renowned twin-rotor RENESIS rotary engine.

Press release after the jump.

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Mazda Concepts make North American Debut

Mazda Concepts make North American Debut

Natural flow lines are all around us – wind blowing shapes in sand, wave forms seen from above – and are literally symbolic of movement itself. Mazda’s design and surface language for future Zoom-Zoom vehicles embraces this concept of natural flow, a new design language called Nagare (pronounced na-ga-reh). Developed by Mazda ’ s global design director, Laurens van den Acker, the word Nagare means “ flow ” and “ the embodiment of movement ” in Japanese. To apply this idea to car design, van den (...)

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MazdaSpeed3 made its debut at the 2006 New York International Auto Show

MazdaSpeed3 made its debut at the 2006 New York International Auto Show

Already available elsewhere in the world as the Mazda3 MPS, the MazdaSpeed3 has officially made its North American debut today in New York. The attraction of the MS3 is pretty straightforward: 250-hp from a 2.3L direct-inject turbo four-cylinder, the same six-speed standard shift used in the MazdaSpeed6 and a universally praised chassis that’s both stiff and light. Despite the fact that the MazdaSpeed3 is still front-wheel drive, we expect it to be a much more balanced package than what (...)

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2007 Mazda CX-9 Crossover

2007 Mazda CX-9 Crossover

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today debuted the 2007 Mazda CX-9 seven-passenger crossover sport-utility vehicle (SUV) at the New York International Auto Show. Arriving in Mazda dealerships in early 2007, the CX-9 is designed and engineered specifically for North America. The Mazda CX-9 provides unique Mazda design and energetic performance as well as an up-market interior with class-leading space and unmatched versatility.

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Mazda 'Zoom-Zoom City' Offers Free Auto Show Exhibits

Mazda ’Zoom-Zoom City’ Offers Free Auto Show Exhibits

Can you imagine a world where fast, fun and cool rules? A world where Zoom-Zoom is the order of the day? And the emotion of motion is all that matters? Well, across the street from the 2006 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) at the Jacob Javits Center is where you’ll find Zoom-Zoom City, a world where every vehicle has the soul of a sportscar. In addition to its two product display areas inside Jacob Javits Center, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) offers show-goers a third (...)

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