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2016 Mazda CX-9 Prototype Spotted Testing in California: Video

2016 Mazda CX-9 Prototype Spotted Testing in California: Video

Mazda’s “sixth-generation” lineup has resulted in some fun new products, like the 2016 Mazda CX-5, third-gen Mazda3 and the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3, and rounding out the revamped lineup will be the 2016 Mazda CX-9. A sharp-eyed car spotter recently caught the new three-row, mid-size crossover testing along the very roads I just recently got to drive the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata on.

The video only provides a brief look at Mazda’s family friendly crossover before the videographer was spotted and the Mazda driver pulled a U-turn. Despite the camouflage and camera shake, it’s easy to see that the CX-9 will get plenty of Kodo design cues, which was completely expected. The overall shape appears to be about the same as the current CX-9, but the front end looks much better than the bullet-nosed design found on the updated (2010-2015) model.

By the time the new CX-9 hits showrooms, it will be close to 10 years old. With the new 2016 Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander leading the way, the current crop of three-row CUVs is better-looking than ever, but if Mazda’s recent introductions are any indication, the 2016 CX-9 will be a great reason for customers to consider looking at Mazda.

Mazda has yet to say when the 2016 CX-9 will debut, but the L.A. Auto Show is just a couple months away.

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Spy Shots: Mazda MX-5 and Alfa Romeo Spider Mule Laps the Nurburgring

Mazda and Alfa Romeo announced some time ago that they plan to join forces for the development of a small sports car that will replace the current MX-5 for Mazda and will revive the Spider for Alfa Romeo.

Today, we present to you the first mule of this upcoming project that we caught testing at the Nurburgring.

Both models will be built on a totally new chassis that features weight-saving technology to help reduce the total weight by about 220 pounds when compared to the current MX-5. Also, shared between the models is a new rear-wheel-drive system. Though they will be mechanically similar, the Mazda and Alfa models will look completely different from one another.

When it comes to the engine lineup, rumors suggest that the Alfa Romeo version will feature a four-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline engine with an output of about 150 horsepower. The Mazda roadster will get a 1.3-liter, turbocharged powerplant featuring SkyActiv technology and the same 150 horsepower.

It is unclear as to when the two models will hit the market, but rumors point toward the Mazda version will hit the market first with the Alfa Romeo version coming 6 to 12 months later.

Click past the jump to learn more about this MX-5 - Spider mule.

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2014 Mazda6

2014 Mazda6

After being teased for quite some time now, the new generation Mazda 6 has finally made its first appearance today before its official debut at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show (August 29 through September 9, 2012). The new model is set to go on sale by the end of the year, with prices to be announced at a later date.

The new Mazda 6 is the second Mazda model - after the new CX-5 - to adopt the company’s full range of Skyactiv technology and the "KODO – Soul of Motion" design language. The sedan is the mass production model born of the Mazda Takeri concept unveiled back in 2011. On the exterior the new Mazda 6 combines the animalistic tenacity, dignity and a sporty flare, while the interior has received better quality materials and a nicer design.

As for the engine lineup, Mazda announced details just for one gasoline, but for sure more engines will be used. This Skyactiv-G 2.5 produces nearly 200 horsepower.

Updated 01/03/2013: Mazda announced U.S. prices for the new-generation Mazda 6 which is now on sale. Prices will range from $20,880 for the entry i Sport version and up to $29,495 for the i Grand Touring version. The mid-level version, i Touring trim, is priced at $24,495. Mazda is offering an optional Touring Technology Package priced at $2,000 and a MRCC/FOW Package priced at $900.

Updated 07/05/2013: Mazda has announced the fuel economy and pricing for the all-new i-ELOOP system. See the amazing mpg increase after the jump.

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Spy shots: Mazda3 Testing in Germany

Now that Mazda has dropped the redesigned 2014 Mazda6 sedan->https://www.topspeed.com/cars/mazda/2014-mazda-6-ar123717.html], it’s no surprise that the same treatment is going to be applied to the Mazda3. All we had until now were rumors, but today our spy photographers managed to catch the next Mazda3 testing somewhere in Germany.

The prototype caught testing is heavily camouflaged, but you should expect a design language similar to what we saw with the new Mazda6. Our spy photographers also managed to catch a photo of the interior, revealing a redesigned dashboard and higher-quality materials. As for the engine lineup, we expect to see some improved versions of the current gasoline and diesel versions.

The new Mazda3 will be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The first to arrive will be the hatchback version and it will be followed by a sedan a few months later.

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Digital Renderings of the 2014 Mazda3 Hit the 'Net

Digital Renderings of the 2014 Mazda3 Hit the ’Net

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.

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2012 Mazda3 MPS Tamura and Venture Editions

2012 Mazda3 MPS Tamura and Venture Editions

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%.

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Spy Shots: Mazda 6 Wagon testing again; New interior exposed

Mazda has already spent some time testing the next generation Mazda6 in winter conditions, but now the company is turning up the heat on the wagon version with some hot summer testing. The best part is that our spy photographers managed to catch an interior shot while the vehicle was making its rounds.

It is believed that the next Mazda 6 wagon will be unveiled in August at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show and will be followed by the sedan version next year. As previously reported, the next Mazda 6 design won’t have anything in common with the current generation. Instead, Mazda will take design elements from the beautiful Takeri Concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Car Show. This means that the next Mazda 6 will get a new, bigger grille, swept back headlights, and beefed up wheel arches. These elements will offer the next Mazda 6 a sporty and aggressive look.

The interior, now clearly shown in these images, has been altered a bit to make the Mazda 6 more driver friendly. Drivers will now get a clearer look at the navigation screen, as it has been moved further up where the radio, clock, and temperature gauges used to be. Glimmers of light throughout the shot reveal that Mazda has used more chrome trims on this model year, particularly on the dials, gauges, and steering wheel.

Also, for the next Mazda 6, the company will adopt new Skyactiv fuel saving technology, including the Skyactiv-D Clean diesel engine, the new six-speed automatic transmission, and an engine start-stop system. For the first time, the model will also be equipped with a regenerative braking system which converts kinetic energy into electricity during braking and stores it in capacitors for use later in powering electrical equipment such as air conditioning, lighting, and the audio system.

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New Rendering: 2013 Mazda RX-9

The Mazda RX-8 wasn’t exactly a crowd pleaser with trickling sales damaging its already bruised reputation, so Mazda’s decision to axe the car before any further damage could be done was a smart one to say the least. The car more than likely won’t be missed, but Mazda has chosen to fill the void in their lineup anyway with a new model: the Mazda RX-9.

Built on the MX-5 chassis, the new RX-9 will follow along Mazda’s new "Kodo - Soul of Motion" design language as seen on the Shinari concept unveiled in 2010. The two-door coupe will weigh no more than 2,755lbs and will feature Mazda’s 16X rotary engine paired with an electric supercharger. This engine will mated to a twin clutch, two pedal six-speed tranny and will deliver 300hp. However, the increase in horsepower from the RX8’s 232 to the RX-9’s 300 won’t make for frequent trips to the gas station. This revised engine is said to improve fuel economy by 20%.

The official debut will be sometime in 2012 with sales to begin sometime in 2013. Yes, we know that’s quite a bit of time to wait for the actual car, but at least we have these renderings fresh off the artist’s desk to tide everyone over until that time.

Hit the jump for the second rendering of the 2013 Mazda RX-9.

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Next generation Mazda RX-8 rendered

Next generation Mazda RX-8 rendered

With the current generation Mazda RX-8 going out of production in 2011, the company has already started the work on the new generation sports car. And according to the Japanese magazine Best Car, the new generation RX-8 will take its inspiration from the recently unveiled Shinari Concept.

As previously reported, the next generation RX-8 will feature a new rotary engine that can run on petrol or diesel. It is a two-stroke 16X engine that in its current state develops a total of 300bhp and sprints the car from 0 to 60mph in under five seconds. That is a significant improvement over the current 231 HP and 6.4 seconds time sprint.

Like all the future models in Mazda’s line-up, the RX-8’s design language will be described by the word Kodo, which is Japanese for soul of motion. Talking about the new design language, Ikuo Maeda, general manager of Mazda Motor Corp.’s design division said: "this design will lead to the next generation of Mazda design and will lead to other elements."

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LA Design Challenge: Mazda Souga

LA Design Challenge: Mazda Souga

The Japanese automaker Mazda is also entering the 2009 L.A. Design Challenge with the Souga, a minimalist lightweight sports coupe that is made up of experimental shapes, ornate detailing and a dramatically proportioned exterior. The Souga is the next step in Mazda’s Nagare design language with its flowing exterior and sweeping lines. The Souga is designed around VMazda, a virtual reality website that acts as a design playground for young automotive enthusiasts allowing them to experiment, build, and share their four wheeled dreams in a virtual world at no cost. The car would be sold as an affordable shell and monthly payments would be made for the electricity it consumes much like a cellular telephone bill, and because most modern digital devices have become integrated into automobiles, this eliminates the need to clutter the driver’s concentration with a host of accessories and add ons, thus simplifying the Souga driving experience.

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Mazda prepares RWD mini roadster

Mazda prepares RWD mini roadster

The automaker from Hiroshima, Mazda makes sure to put a little Zoom-Zoom into all their products, and has just put a 20th anniversary version of the world’s best selling two passenger roadster. It looks like the Japanese engineers could be working on using the same fun to drive formula from the Miata into a smaller rear wheel drive roadster.

With the future entry level open-air roadster Mazda is hoping to capitalize on the smaller in size only Kei car market, dominated by diminutive vehicles like the Suzuki Cappuccino. These cars are powered by engines no larger than 660 cc but offer the sort of light weight handling that would make Colin Chapman proud, think smaller car on winding mountain road makes for a more fun ride and costs a lot less to maintain.

Mazda would introduce this more efficient Miata underneath the current MX-5, however the power hungry U.S. market would demand something bigger than a three cylinder in order to be sporty, the automaker would probably power it with something displacing a slightly larger than Kei, 1.0 to 1.3 Liters.

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Mazda MX-2 rendering

Mazda MX-2 rendering

In an attempt to downsize the fun in their lineup, the automaker from Hiroshima is preparing a smaller version of their popular MX-5, the MX-2, a model set to be unveiled in 2012. Anyone who has ever found himself or herself behind the wheel of Mazda’s current lightweight rear wheel drive drop top will tell you that this reinvention of the classic English roadster is the best new car on the market, for the money. So a smaller MX-5 should also be lighter and less expensive.

The MX-2’s front end has swooping lines that that were strongly inspired by the Mazda Furai concept with some Ferrari California inspired headlamps, while the rest of the body reminds us of the newly redesigned BMW Z4 roadster. The smaller Miata will compete with upcoming models like the Mini Speedster and possible Nissan Urge.

You would think that while Mazda’s engineers were scaling down the roadster that they might have skimped on the output, but not from the Zoom-Zoom family. In an attempt at downsizing and turbo charging the top of the line model will have a 1.6 Liter four, boosted to make 160 HP. With a power package like that, Mazda’s MX-2 could become even more of a hit than the Miata. If enough of these turbocharged sports cars actually move off of dealer’s lots, it could inspire the Japanese automaker to resurrect another great sports car, the RX-7.

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Mazdaspeed3 spy shot

Mazdaspeed3 spy shot

After announcing that the Mazda3 sedan will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, here is a new spy shot of the Mazdaspeed3 testing at the Nurburgring. World debut for this special edition will be made in January at the Detroit Auto Show.

The modifications over the normal Mazda3 include, a massive hood scoop, larger alloy wheels, side skirts, dual exhaust and rear roof spoiler. Like the previous generation Mazdaspeed3, it will likely be available as a five-door only. Powering the car will possibly be the 300hp 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbo from the European Ford Focus RS.

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2010 Mazda3 renderings

2010 Mazda3 renderings

Mazda is preparing the renaissance for its Ford Focus competitor: the new Mazda 3 that will go on sale towards the end of 2009.

The future Mazda3 will feature a more distinctive look inspired by the newly launched Mazda 2 and Mazda 6. It will feature large headlamps, angled tail-lights and a sporty profile. It will be offered in both sedan and hatchback versions.

Under the hood Mazda will place new 2.0 and 2.5-litre engines and a six-speed box giving plenty of pace. In addition, the current 1.6 diesel will also be carried over to the new model, which is due on sale towards the end of 2009.

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Next Generation Mazda3 renderings

Next Generation Mazda3 renderings

Mazda will launch the new generation Mazda3 this year at the Paris Motor Show and sales will begin in spring of 2009. The future Mazda3 will be offered in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback.

Japan’s The My Car magazine has put together a rendering of the upcoming next-generation Mazda 3. Not surprisingly, the rendering includes a lot of styling features borrowed from both the new Mazda 6/Atenza and the popular Mazda 2 compact car.

Future Mazda3 will be powered by a range of engines starting from a base 1.5-liter four cylinder to a 2.5-liter four cylinder borrowed from Mazda6.

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Mazda MX-5 Coupe might look like this?

Mazda MX-5 Coupe might look like this?

According to the latest issue of Best Car Magazine, Mazda will launch a Coupe version of its MX5 sometime in 2010 and this is how it might look like. If this will happen, it won’t b the first Coupe version of the MX-5 Roadster, as in 2003 Mazda produced a coupe model on the NB Roadster platform.

If the new MX-5 Coupe does make it into production, it would fill the current void of a lightweight, inexpensive rear wheel drive sports coupe.

A 200 hp sportscar is something everyone is waiting for!

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New Mazda RX-8 spy shots

New Mazda RX-8 spy shots

As we reported yesterday, Mazda will unveil at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show a heavily revised new RX-8 sports car. According to Auto Motor Und Sport, this faceift will be followed by a completely new generation sometimes in 2013.

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2008 Mazda 2 spy shots

2008 Mazda 2 spy shots

Mazda unveiled for the first time the Mazda 2 in 2002, and it was quite a real succes since its appearance. The car will be replaced in the summer of 2007.
The newcomer is again based on the Ford Fiesta and again engines will be mounted transversely driving the front wheels. Our pictures show an early prototype during a test-drive in Germany. The pictured prototype still has some black tape concealing the major styling changes at front- and rear (...)

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2009 Mazda RX-8

2009 Mazda RX-8

After almost eight years of production, the highly successful Mazda RX-8 will be reinvented in a completely new model. The original 2+2 doors coupe is expected to come with an all-new skin and refreshed “Zoom-Zoom” design in 2009. The dynamics are guaranteed to be better than ever for an RX model, featuring the latest generation of Mazda’s exotic Wankel rotary engine.

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2008 Mazda 6 spy shots

For 2008, we expect the next-generation Mazda 6 will upgrade to Ford’s new 3.5-liter V6. This engine debuts in the Ford Edge and Lincoln Mark X crossovers this year as well as the Lincoln Mark Z sedan, a car which shares the Mazda 6’s CD3 platform.
With 250 hp and 240 pound-feet of torque, the DOHC V6 won’t exactly put Mazda at the top of the family sedan pecking order, but it won’t be looking up from the bottom either. A six-speed automatic transmission should help make up for some of its (...)

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