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Expect Mazda to bring rotary-powered concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

If you know of the Japanese-spec RX-8 Spirit R special edition from 2011, you would be aware of the rotary engine. In fact, it was the last model to be equipped with the said engine. But recently, Mazda hinted that the RX might come back to life, and this may look like the RX Vision concept unveiled in 2015. Furthermore, when the Japanese automaker celebrated the 50th anniversary of rotary power this year, they did say that “the story is not over yet” - another reason why we should expect to see this soon. Therefore, we are hoping to see a new rotary-powered show car for next month’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.

The new concept that seems like an evolution RX Vision may actually be closer to a production model. During the Frankfurt Motor Show, Matsuhiro Tanaka, Mazda’s Vice President for R&D Europe, said that the model will represent an intention from the design and engineering community to turn it into a reality. He further explained himself saying that they are trying their best to make things work, and make them a possibility. Coming from him, that is more viable than just a gossip.

Unlike before with the MX-5 / 124 Spider where Mazda partnered with Fiat, they will be working solo this time, says Tanaka. The company made it clear that they are currently not interested in teaming up with another automaker to cut down on development and costs.

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2018 Mazda CX-9 gets tech updates and safety features, prices start at $33,070

A couple of years ago, Mazda introduced to us the 2016 CX-9 model year, and it was loved by many. This year, they have decided that it is time to introduce another model year that comes with a handful of technological upgrades. The 2018 model year should be out in dealerships by the end of September.

So speaking of technological upgrades, drivers can now enjoy functions including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and Smart City Brake Support. The latter works just like an automatic emergency braking system.

I did mention that it will be getting a number of tech upgrades, right? Another new feature that the CX-9 gets will be the company's G-Vectoring Control that comes as standard. What this feature does is that it tweaks the engine mapping, steering inputs, and throttle settings to reduce engine torque when cornering. These adjustments are supposed to put more of the vehicle's weight to the front wheels, while providing a more direct feel from behind the wheel.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda CX-9 gets tech updates and safety features, prices start at $33,070

A new US facility will be built by Toyota and Mazda’s joint venture

A little over two years ago, Toyota and Mazda signed a long-term partnership that they suggested was “mutually beneficial” for both firms. This partnership focuses on shared technology through joint manufacturing. To this day, Toyota and Mazda had agreed that that they would build a new factory in the United States where they can develop and produce electric vehicles, according to Nikkei.

Both companies invested a total of $1.6 billion to build the factory. This will provide 4,000 jobs to US residents, who will be able to produce 300,000 units annually. Each company will be focusing on their own needs - Mazda will be producing crossovers while Toyota will be building Corollas for North America. The plant will not be operational until sometime in 2021.

That is not all that’s planned for the Japanese automakers. They will also begin developing technologies that are needed for the growing EV market, including advanced safety systems and such. Other than that, Toyota and Mazda plan to share more models, and the former will begin supplying a commercial two-box van to the latter in Japan.

Read the entire article A new US facility will be built by Toyota and Mazda’s joint venture

2018 Mazda3 with sparkless ignition engine technology will make its debut in Frankfurt

Every year, Mazda gives their cars upgrades in small increments, and customers definitely appreciate the changes that the Mazda3 has gotten. This year, according to Motoring, the company is stepping up its game in terms of combustion engine efficiency with the new powerplant they are releasing - with homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI). This will be launched in August at a technology conference that will take place in Frankfurt.

HCCI is a gas-powered engine that works like a diesel mill. It compresses the mixture of air and fuel in the cylinder until combustion. Apparently, the Mazda engine (a Skyactiv II engine) will use spark plugs at lower speeds, but when the car goes faster, the powerplant will switch to HCCI.

The company further added that the Skyactiv II engine is going to be more efficient by 30 percent compared to current gasoline-fueled engines. This means that the new Mazda 3 could have a fuel economy of 42 miles per gallon compared to the current 32 mpg combined.

Read the entire article 2018 Mazda3 with sparkless ignition engine technology will make its debut in Frankfurt

Do you remember the Mazda MX-5 Miata? Perhaps not if you are a millennial reading this. That’s because it is a car from almost 3 decades ago. The older a car gets, the more signs of age you will notice, no matter how often you maintain it or how sparsely you use it. The MX-5 Miata, also known as the NA generation, is facing that issue now, and owners of this model are not ready to give up their cars yet. This is why Mazda is starting a restoration program for the car.

Mazda came up with this solution as they kept hearing from MX-5 Miata owners that they cannot let go of their cars, and that they want to keep on driving them, no matter how old the car gets. A lot of Miata owners also requested for Mazda to produce parts of the 28-year-old model.

Now, their prayers have been answered and Mazda will start accepting customer cars by early 2018 to restore them to their original shape. The restoration process will vary from one car to another, depending on the customer’s requests. The company will ask their clients what they want to get out of their Miata exactly, before working on the car. But first, Mazda plans to get a certification from German inspection group TÜV Rheinland Japan Co., Ltd so that they could produce high-quality vehicles.

Read the entire article Mazda Japan opens restoration service for 1st-gen decades-old MX-5 Miata

Ever since Mazda discontinued the iconic RX-8 rotary sports cars, there have been rumors and speculations that it would proceed with the eventual rotary successor, the RX-9. These rumors were never confirmed as true and yet they keep on resurrecting. Just lately, a number of Web sites in Asia have reported that Mazda would be unveiling the new RX-9 at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show slated in October.

According to the Web sites – among them are LeVolant Boost, Thairath and Auto Sina – the new Mazda RX-9 would still be powered by a rotary engine, an evolutionary version that the carmaker just patented in 2016. Featuring a power output of over 400 hp (298 kW), this new rotary engine is quite different from the usual rotaries that Mazda had employed.

For instance, this engine was rotated 180 degrees about its longitudinal axis, allowing it to offer packaging under the hood. This layout allows the rotary engine to have a top-mounted turbocharger and high exhaust ports, thereby freeing up more room in the engine bay to be used for additional suspension components. Moreover, the evolutionary rotary engine will feature a tri-angle rotor and new fuel injectors – all located in proximity to the combustion chamber thereby helping improve fuel efficiency. Interestingly, the decision to phase out the RX-8 was due to the rotary engine not being able to meet emissions regulations.

Read the entire article New Mazda RX-9 rotary sports car to be unveiled at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda seems too far ahead in Safety technology for having four of its vehicles chosen as the safest on the road. Very recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has included the Japanese automaker’s CX-9 among the Top Safety Pick+ ratings along with the CX3 crossover, the Mazda 6 and the Mazda 3.

While its highly advanced crash avoidance system lead to its Top Safety Pick rating +, the CX-9 scored the highest in all 5 crash tests which included rigorous testing on the new LED headlights.

Other midsize SUVs that have earned the top spot are Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Honda Pilot. Meanwhile, the highest slot in the midsize luxury category went to Volvo’s XC60, Mercedes-Benz’s GLE, the Lexus RX /NX, Buick Envision, Audi Q5 as well as Acura’s RDX and MDX models.

Read the entire article 2017 Mazda CX-9 has earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

The aftermath of the Takata airbag recall still largely resounds in the automotive industry, as big automotive companies like BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota were extensively hit with what is considered as the largest single automotive recall of all time. The said 4 companies have had to make a settlement worth whopping $553 million with the United States government. Now that hurt a lot.

Current owners of around 16 million affected vehicles equipped with the faulty Takata air bags are candidates for financial aid in getting their vehicles checked out and fixed, with up to $500 in compensation as part of new consumer settlements that involve various automakers. BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota have provided a collective statement on this unfortunate situation, explaining that the said settlement would allow a series of programs to raise recall remedy completion rates for Takata airbag inflators, including other customer benefits.

Included in this plan is an outreach program that will aid the speed of the recall and repair process, supervised through traditional and non-traditional means. For example, a rental car will serve as loaner vehicles to afflicted customers when requested, or during instances when parts for the recall are not available within 30 days. In addition, afflicted customers will be able to demand reimbursement for "appropriate out of pocket expenses that is due directly to the Takata airbag inflator recalls under out of pocket claims and the remaining distribution program.

Read the entire article BMW, Subaru, Mazda and Toyota offer $553 million settlement following Takata's airbag recall

People who want to learn more about the automotive industry and its history can always head out to Germany. This is because not only is it where many of the world’s leading auto brands are based, but it is also where one can visit the best when it comes to museums decided to the automotive world.

With the opening of the Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey, it adds a new reason to visit Germany. Dedicated mainly to the Japanese automaker, it is also the first such collection of models to be displayed outside Japan. The museum is in Augsburg, Bavaria, and is seen as an excellent location as it is between Munich and Stuttgart. For the uninitiated, Munich is currently where BMW is headquartered with Stuttgart serving as the home not only of Porsche but even for Mercedes.

In addition, the location of the museum is about four hours from Oberursel, Augsburg, which is the same area where Mazda’s Research & Development center is based. Oberursel is also where you can find Auto Frey, which not only sells Peugeots but is considered to be the largest Mazda dealer in Europe. Augsburg is also five hours away from Leverkusen, where the European headquarters of Mazda is located. For the museum itself, it was made possible through a joint venture entered into by Mazda and the family that owns Auto Frey. The latter in particular also loaned a number of models from its private collection to the museum.

Read the entire article Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey opens doors in Germany

Three-row crossover SUVs are all the buzz right now especially among families. One such example is the Mazda CX-9 with its seating system along with outstanding options. The only problem is that the CX-9 is a bit too large to be a good fit in selected markets. This is what led the Japanese automaker to arrive at a nifty solution-- a more compact and dynamically designed 3-row SUV revealed as the CX-8.

The CX-9 has not been made available to Japanese auto dealers. There actually wasn’t a three-row SUV from Mazda until the CX-8. The needs of certain Japanese consumers weren’t being met. But all these will change as Mazda has said that by the latter part of the year, it will be launching the CX-8 in the Land of the Rising Sun. A single image stands as our first peek into the cabin of the six-seater CX-8. It revealed that the roof bends more as it approaches the rear compared to the CX-9.

The design is closely similar to that of the CX-4 on sale in China, but is built on a larger scale. The wheelbase of the CX-8 measures around 2,930 mm (115 inches) akin to the CX-9; however, the new SUV is 175 mm shorter overall. Moreover, the CX-8 is narrower, averaging around 129 mm. CX-8 has a similar width as the CX-5, measuring bout 1,840mm. Regarding the new SUV's height, it is much lower than the CX-9 as the CX-8 stands around 1,730 mm tall. However, the CX-8 is 55 mm taller than that of the CX-5. The buyers can choose from a six or seven seat vehicle. Revealed in the teaser image is a six-seat configuration in which the second row has an armrest and cup holders resting in the middle seat.

Read the entire article 3-row Mazda CX-8 SUV teased, will soon arrive in Japan

While some delightful owners of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata are happy with its performance, BBR, the British tuning house has cooked up something more delicious for those who aren't fully satisfied. Coincidence? Not really. Over the past years, the UK-based car tuner has been offering turbo kits for the said car model.

Adding more spice to its rather bland performance, BBR has come up with a new ECU package complete with cast-iron twin exhaust manifold, a K & N induction system, a fully mounted scroll turbocharger and a carbon fiber turbo heat shield especially for the new MX-5.

To begin with, BBR’s £6,000 Stage 1 upgrade provides up to 248hp (185kW) and 236 lb-ft (320Nm) of torque. The BBR-charged Mazda MX-5 Miata could reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250kph) after hitting a 0-60mph (0-96kph) in as short as five seconds. Aside from complying with MOT emission standards, the tuning specialist ensures that its products have the official approval of the TÜV and CARB. Likewise, BBR offers a fully reversible setup for those who want to revert the MX-5 back to its original spec. The newly added accessories meanwhile come in factory finish to conceal any changes made to the engine.

Read the entire article BBR Turbo Kit raises output of new Mazda MX-5 Miata by 93 hp to 248 hp

Now that the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is already being sold in Japan, it won’t be long before it arrives in other markets around the world. Withproduction currently underway at the carmaker’s Ujina Plant No. 2 located near the carmaker’s global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 would soon arrive at Mazda’s showrooms in other countries. So, if you have plans to get a new Mazda CX-5 on your garage, perhaps knowing how much one cost would help.

According to the Japanese carmaker, the base version of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 will be available in the United States with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MRSP) of $24,045, plus $940 in destination charge ($985 in Alaska) or taxes, fees or additional charges. This means that the least expensive 2017 Mazda CX-5 – in Sport trim with front-wheel drive -- is available for $24,985. When the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Sport is specified with i-Activ AWD (all-wheel drive), the MSRP goes up to $25,345, excluding destination charges.

Meanwhile, the Touring model of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 FWD has an MSRP of $25,195 excluding destination charges. When the 2017 Mazda CX-5 i-Activ AWD is specified, the MSRP increases to $27,215, sans the destination charge. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring could be availed with two trim packages. These are the Touring Preferred Equipment package that is available at an additional $780, and the i-ActiveSense package that comes at an extra $625.

Read the entire article US-bound version of the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 has a starting price of $24,985

Mazda’s RX-7 and RX-8 rotary sports car are two of the most beloved sports cars from Japan. Aside from their terrific road balance and agility, these sports cars are powered by the Japanese carmaker’s equally iconic rotary engine. Thus, when news leaked out that Mazda is mulling a rotary sports car, many customers, fans and enthusiasts became thrilled and excited for the arrival of the successor to the RX-7 and RX-8.

However, Mazda’s top honcho, chief executive Masamichi Kogai has other things in mind. He is not just postponing or deferring such project. In an interview with Automotive News, Kogai has dashed hopes that a sports car powered by a rotary engine would be build and offered by Mazda. This effectively killed previous indications that a rotary sports car was in the works. For instance, sports car chief Nobuhiro Yamamoto was said to have confirmed that a rotary sports car project was underway in 2012 – the same year that Mazda ended production of the last RX-8.

Hopes that a new Mazda sports car was on the way were further boosted when the Japanese carmaker unveiled the Mazda RX-Vision Sports Car Concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. As the name of the concept suggests, this front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports concept represents a “vision” of the future that only Mazda could have provided with its rotary engine, made sportier and stylish by its elegant proportions and awe-inspiring lines.

Read the entire article Mazda CEO denies plan to build RX-9 or any predecessor to rotary sports car

The recently concluded 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show has just showcased the new generation Mazda CX-5. And with it comes a rendered version for an MPS variant. Let us see what the guys from X-Tomi Design are up to.

To begin, the MPS-wearing CX-5 features a variety of body panels to make it sportier and stand out from the standard mid-size SUV. As you can see, the most prominent design goes to the black trim along the front grille and the much-larger set of wheels. The low riding Mazda CX-5 also has new side skirts, lip spoiler and front bumper to complete the MPS get-up. So there it is! X-Tomi has done an impressive job.

Of course there is no actual confirmation if this will come into production. That said, Mazda has concocted a new paint color for the SUV befitting its latest “KODO Soul of Motion” styling. The “Soul Red Crystal” as they call it is the more premium version of Mazda’s Soul Red body paint.

Read the entire article X-Tomi’s rendering of the latest CX-5 Mazda Performance Series is simply stunning

We have good news for those who are waiting for the latest version of the Mazda CX-5 compact crossover. It was just unveiled in November at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, and now the Japanese carmaker is busy assembling the 2017 Mazda CX-5 at its production facilities in Japan.

In fact, a number of CX-5 models – those wrapped in the new Soul Red Crystal color – have been rolled off the production line at the carmaker’s Ujina Plant No. 2 located near its global headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan. The initial batches of the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover will arrive in Japan in February 2017 and in other global markets right afterwards.

Developed as “an SUV all customers will enjoy,” the new Mazda CX-5 is designed to provide superior passenger comfort with its quiet and finely crafted cabin and pleasant ride. In an effort to improve the crossover’s motion control, Mazda fitted the 2017 CX-5 with the G-Vectoring Control that could tweak its engine’s torque level to allow easier steering. Three engines are available for the 2017 Mazda CX-5: SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and 2.5 gasoline units and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel powerplant.

Read the entire article 2017 Mazda CX-5 production kicks off in Japan

There are a number of things many people are grateful for this Thanksgiving. For car enthusiasts and customers in the U.S., there is another one to add to the list and this is all due to Mazda North American Operations. It should be recalled that there was much excitement with the launch of the 2017 MX-5 Miata RF, the hardtop version of Mazda’s bestseller. Then it was announced that the first unit would be shipped to the U.S. by the first quarter of 2017 or sometime in February.

It has now been revealed that Mazda will be shipping the units two months ahead of schedule. For this latest shipment, 500 units are expected to arrive in the early part of December, with deliveries scheduled for the second week.

The reason for this is that there was a production shift at its Japan facility resulting in the first batch of units ready to be shipped to the U.S. The brand had initially released 1,000 units of what it dubbed as the MX-5 RF Launch Edition back in October. Mainly based on the MX-5 RF’s Grand Touring Trim, the Launch Editions were finished in the exclusive Machine Gray. In addition, this was the only version of the MX-5 in the U.S. market through would have a top that has been hand-painted in black and Auburn Nappa leather inside.

Read the entire article US deliveries of 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF to begin in 2nd week of December

Despite the government implementing new environmental regulations that can make profit for automakers rather challenging, this has not deterred the engineering team of Mazda as they remain to be on the path to develop the rotary engine even further. While the company has confirmed that this work is continuing, the main issue that needs to be hurdled is how to adapt the Wankel and make it work in a more contemporary setting.

The research and development team working on this is headed by Kiyoshi Fujiwara. In an interview with CarAdvice, Fujiwara revealed that while the main objective remains to be finding a way to convert the RX Vision Coupe Concept to a working production version, the team prefers that it come with a rotary powerplant. Fujiwara admits though that this continues to be a dream. In the same interview, Fujiwara disclosed to CarAdvice that while some have looked into the problem as an issue in terms of exhaust emissions and fuel economy, the team believes that the problem is in fact related to the rotary engine’s structural issues. As such, the team hopes to come up with an entirely new technology in order to eventually address this basic constructive matter, he added.

For many experts, addressing the problem of torque and emissions is generally the application of electrification. However, Fujiwara’s team does not want to go that route making the task that much difficult. Fujiwara shared that since the team wants to use a new powerplant to be placed inside a lighweight sports car, using batteries would likely increase the weight. While there have been a number of technological innovations like new smaller batteries which can allow for a hybrid rotary engine, Fujiwara continued by saying that now is not that time. He revealed though that the best option for now would appear to be turbocharging.

Read the entire article Mazda RX engineering team says problem with Wankel rotary engine is ‘structural’

An intense breed of race car combined with highly extreme aerodynamics, this very much defines the concept behind Mazda RT24-P seen at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The super hot prototype model was labelled RT24-P in reference to Mazda’s “Road to 24” driver scholarship programme.

John Doonan, Mazda Sports Director expressed his gratitude about having a racecar that features their design philosophy. The strong spoilers and immense wings represent the company’s Kodo design language. Doonan added how this opportunity is very significant for all of them as a team. He believes there is so much more to reveal and we can finally learn about these things during the race.

Riley Technologies teamed up with Multimatic to develop the RT24-P’s chassis design. The American-Canadian tandem’s own take on the concept machine has resulted on the highly exceptional front-end and bodyworks. These two were also responsible for the prototype’s large horizontal rear wing, vertical fin and curved splitter.

Read the entire article Mazda RT24-P: an extremely gorgeous 2017 Daytona Prototype at the LA Auto Show

Japanese carmaker Mazda Motor Corp. is all set to unveil the latest iteration of its CX-5 compact crossover at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show starting Friday, November 18. For the 2017 model year, the Mazda CX-5 has been redesigned with a new color paint that should allow this crossover to increase its appeal and emotional connection with its owners.

The styling changes on the new CX-5 were a result of adopting a number of design cues from the latest version of its larger crossover sibling, the CX-9. For instance, its front end now comes with a broader grille flanked by arched headlights. The front end is also marked by a narrow lower intake that links to the running lights, thereby further highlighting the width of the CX-5. When viewed from the sides, the new CX-5 looks the same as its predecessor, but it now features extra chrome around its windows. Meanwhile, the rear end of compact crossover is marked by sharper taillights.

In a bid to increase the exterior appeal of its offerings, Mazda has developed a new body color that represents its KODO - Soul of Motion design. The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the first vehicle in the carmaker’s lineup to don this new color, which will then be applied to new and current models. Soul Red Crystal is an advanced version of Soul Red. Soul Red Crystal features 20-percent better color saturation and 50-percent more depth than Soul Red.

Read the entire article Mazda unveils redesigned 2017 CX-5 compact crossover at LA Auto Show

Like many automakers, Mazda North American Operations knows what the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show (SEMA) is all about. Held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event allows many designers the chance to think out of the box and come up with a number of excellent dream cars. For the 2016 SEMA Show, Mazda will be exhibiting the more ruthless yet lighter MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution and the MX-5 RF Kuro. The MX-5 RF Kuro in particular is based mainly on the 2017 MX-5 RF retractable fastback and slated to be released early next year to the U.S. market.

It was during the 2015 SEMA Show when Mazda first unveiled the MX-5 Speedster. Compared to the MX-5 soft top on which it was based, it weighed 2,080 lbs., a reduction of 11% or about 150 lbs. After that, the MX-5 Speedster was then taken to the Goodwood Festival of Speed held in U.K., where it underwent the 1.16-mile hill climb. Later the model was brought back to Mazda Design Americas located in Irvine, California, where a team started to look into how to make this version even lighter.

The design team was led by none other than Design Manager Ken Saward, who took out everything beneath the dashboard and made sure to replace all the gauges with a digital display. In addition, the team also removed the Brembo brakes in the front and instead used the calipers and rotors of the MX-5 Sport and Grand Touring, as they were lighter. Furthermore, the standard battery which weighed 25.1 lbs., was replaced with the Braille GreenLite G20 Lithium battery which only weighed 4.5 lbs.

Read the entire article SEMA: Mazda exhibits much lighter MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution, MX-5 RF Kuro [Live Photos]
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