Mazda Gives US Market SkyActive Engine in the MX-5 Miata

After much anticipation, Mazda has finally announced what will power the next-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata and we promise—while it’s not turbocharged as you might have expected—you still won’t be disappointed. The Japanese carmaker has confirmed that the US model will get a SkyActive 2.0-liter engine and six-speed manual, while the rest of the world will only have a 1.5-liter engine.

SkyActive Engine in the MX-5 Miata

 

While the information regarding the horsepower and torque of the SkyActive engine in the MX-5 Miata has yet to be released, there is another 2.0-liter SkyActive powertrain on the market in the Mazda3. This engine produces 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, which is lower than the current Miata’s 167 horsepower. Don’t fret though—Mazda has already confirmed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show that the drivetrains have been tweaked a bit, specifically for the next-generation MX-5.

 

With the fact that the new model will boast a weight of about 2,200 pounds, you can assume that regardless of the sport car’s power, it will still be one spunky ride. For more information on the newest Miata, contact Mazda of Lake Charles today!

Mazda Heads Back to School with R.A.C.E. STEM Program

As kids across the country get back in the swing of the school year, Mazda is heading back to school, too, with its popular R.A.C.E. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program. The Racing Accelerates Creative Education initiative was just started in January, but more than 10,000 middle and high school students have already experienced its benefits.

“This STEM program has been one of the most rewarding things we’ve done at Mazda Motorsports,” enthused John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports and driving force behind Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM initiative, in a statement. “We’re happy to report that our future is in good hands as the students that we’ve been fortunate enough to interact with are demonstrating the drive, initiative and curiosity that it takes to convert STEM education into global innovation.”

During the program, students get a visit from a professional Mazda Motorsports driver and get to take a look at a TUDOR United Sports Car Championship SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Prototype show car. They learn how Mazda uses the STEM subjects in every aspect of racing.

At recent events at high schools in Austin, Texas, students even received a free ticket to an upcoming race to see the Mazda racing technology in action.

The 2014 Mazda R.A.C.E. STEM program closed out the year with visits to Collins Hills High School in Suwanee, Georgia. The 2015 schedule is currently being planned.

Here at Mazda of Lake Charles, we are proud to see Mazda reaching out to the next generation to instill a love of technology at an early age.

Mazda May Launch Design Brand for Apparel, Furniture

Luxury brands like Porsche and Mercedes have been able to use their premium carte blanche to cross over into the realm of branded designer merchandise. Could Mazda do the same thing, relying entirely on the appeal of their KODO: Soul of Motion design language? We here at Mazda of Lake Charles would answer with a resounding yes.

Mazda global design boss Ikuo Maeda told <a href="http://www acheter viagra viagra.autonews.com/article/20140924/RETAIL03/140929946/mazda-ponders-designer-goods-line-in-upscale-push”>Automotive News that he would like to create a Mazda Design brand that would specialize in creating premium products such as furniture and apparel. The products would utilize the same design language that has graced redesigns of the Mazda3, Mazda6, and Mazda CX-5, as well as the upcoming Mazda2 and Mazda MX-5 Miata.

If the Mazda Design brand becomes a reality, its first product would undoubtedly be the beautiful KODO Chair, which debuted at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile last year in Milan.

Maeda told Automotive News that he not only has the blessing of Mazda to pursue a path that would have Mazda Design up and running and selling products within the next few years, but that he also has the blessing of CEO Masamichi Kogai.

“He thinks the same thing,” Maeda said. “He likes the idea.”

So do we! What say you, Lake Charles?

2015 Mazda 3 Lineup Gets New Powertrain Options

When it comes to compact cars, the 2015 Mazda 3 is simply the standard for beauty. It’s got a luscious, curvaceous face and a gracefully sculpted body, making it both attractive and aerodynamic. Thus, Mazda is hoping to make it the standard for compact car performance as well, thanks to an all-new Mazda 3 s 6MT model. The new model pairs the car’s 2.5-liter engine with a six-speed manual transmission, giving you the ultimate control over this small, sporty car’s ride.

The new Mazda 3 model comes in the top-line Touring and Grand Touring trims. Despite all the new engine trimmings, the car still manages very respectable fuel ratings; it gets 26 mpg in the city and up to 35 mpg on highways. Those excellent ratings come thanks to Skyactiv engine technology, one of the Mazda pride and joys.

As Automobile magazine explains, there’s even more to be excited about with this new Mazda: “The other major change for all 2015 Mazda 3 models is that the Mazda Connect infotainment system ,with a 7-inch touchscreen, is now standard on all hatchbacks and sedan, save for the sedan’s base i SV trim.” If you’re looking for a beautiful, capable, tech-savvy compact, look no further than Mazda of Lake Charles.

New Mazda RX-7 and RX-9 Rumored to Be Coming Soon

While the new Mazda MX-5 Miata, the fourth-generation of the ever-popular sports car, has been taking most of the spotlight (and rightly so) in the Mazda universe, a new report from the Motoring website has caught a bit of our attention here at <a href="http://mazdaoflakecharles viagra pharmacie belgique.com/default.aspx”>Mazda of Lake Charles. The report says that Mazda is looking to bring the Mazda RX-7 back and also add a Mazda RX-9 slotted above the RX-7 in the lineup.

While skeptics might scoff at this idea, Inside Car News explains why it’s perhaps a more plausible idea than you’d first think. “The other two models would give the company a lineup of three sports cars, which is significant since Toyota is looking at developing the same kind of an offering. Considering that Nissan keeps toying with the idea of bringing the IDx to market, Honda is supposedly preparing a successor to the S2000 and the NSX, and the news becomes at least a little more credible.”

Obviously, the new Mazda RX-7 and RX-9 would be great for the competitive nature of the brand, and we might see these vehicles sooner than later. The rumors state the RX-7 could be available as soon as 2017 with the RX-9 following by 2020.

Duran Duran Set to Accompany the New 2016 MX-5 Miata’s Debut

Just when you thought that you couldn’t get any more psyched up about the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata, the brand finds a way to top itself. The new Miata recently featured its very own musical accompaniment when it debuted at a special event in Monterey on September 3—and it was none other than classic rock band Duran Duran playing the notes.

“Duran Duran and the MX-5 Miata both made their world debuts in the 1980s and captured the hearts and imagination of an entire generation,” said Russell Wager, vice president of Marketing, MNAO. “In 25 years, both the car and the band have evolved while staying true to their roots.  It is this combination of authenticity and endurance that makes the pairing of the MX-5 and Duran Duran so appropriate for this reveal.”

The Miata has been around for a quarter century now, and it’s aged like fine wine, only becoming classier and classier with every year. So get in your car, pop in some of those classic Duran Duran CDs, and come see us here at Mazda of Lake Charles to find out more about the new MX-5 today.

Mazda Finds its EV Niche with Planned Diesel-Electric Hybrid

While other car automakers have been competing intensely to create the most efficient electric vehicles in recent years, Mazda has gone the other way. Via its innovative Skyactiv engine technology, Mazda is creating some of the most efficient fuel-powered cars on the road today. As the EV has yet to really truly catch on with the public masses, we’d say that’s been a pretty successful countercultural decision by the Mazda brand.

And now, as Mazda looks to finally actually enter the EV market, it’s still doing so in its own unique way. The brand is planning a diesel-electric hybrid vehicle as its first EV—it will be the first of its kind on the Asian market, just another way the brand continues to differentiate itself in today’s crowded new car market. According to Gas2.org, Mazda sees a big future in diesel-electric hybrids because “diesels have a lot more efficiency to offer, and the proposed car would have a small diesel-engine powering electric motors.”

The new diesel-electric hybrid should appear in Asian markets sometime in 2016, sporting an all-electric range of at least 26 miles, with a range extender helping boost that distance even more. Here at Mazda of Lake Charles, we’re excited to see Mazda turning its attention to the EV market, and doing so in such a unique way. To see more uniquely thrilling Mazdas, come visit us and check out our inventory today.

Refreshed Mazda CX-5 Looks Sleeker, More Refined in New Photos

Mazda has scored a big hit with the CX-5 crossover. It’s compact and affordable, yet surprisingly—even stubbornly—stylish and powerful as well. It’s a vehicle equally at home in school pick-up lines and swanky valet parking lots, a vehicle that provides the luxury car owner experience without the luxury car owner bills each month. Now, Mazda is rewarding that success, introducing a refreshed Mazda CX-5 with further improved styling and design.

We’ve spotted some spy photos of the new CX-5—and Mazda is so proud of the improved crossover they haven’t even disguised it much, which allowed Autoblog to sum up the changes this way: Lighting elements fore and aft appear to have gone under the knife, with the front grille and rear fascia also seemingly to be slightly revised. The side mirrors now look slicker and slightly more upscale with their integrated turn signals, as well.”

Therefore, you shouldn’t expect the new CX-5 to reinvent the wheel, at least not in the figurative sense. However, you should expect it to be just a tick better, fresher, and more stylish than its previous iterations. Keep up with us here on the Mazda of Lake Charles blog for more information on the refreshed CX-5 and the rest of the Mazda lineup as well.

Mazda Executive Claims New 2016 MX-5 Will “Look Nothing Like” Current Model

Sometimes, the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” just doesn’t apply. Take the iconic and wildly popular Mazda MX-5, for example. It’s been around for a quarter century now, shifted through three different generations, won all kinds of awards, and set all kinds of sales records. However, all of that hasn’t kept Mazda from allowing the two-seater to evolve for the new 2016 MX-5 model.

2016 will be the first year for the fourth-generation MX-5, and according to Managing Director of Mazda Australia Martin Benders, the new roadster will be a wild departure from previous generations. In fact, Benders went so far as to say that the 2016 model “will look nothing like” the current model. He also called it “more of an evolved version” of the Kodo “Soul of Motion” designs to grace previous Mazda models.

Of course, an evolving outer design doesn’t mean the heart and soul of the Mazda MX-5 has changed one bit. Powered by either a 1.8L engine with 126 horsepower or a 2.0L, 167 horsepower option—and coupled with a special new, lighter Skyactiv chassis—the 2016 MX-5 will still be the road-burning roadster of all our dreams. It’ll just look a little different. Check out the new MX-5 after its official debut, slated for September 4, and then look for it here at Mazda of Lake Charles shortly after that.

2014 Mazda3 i Touring Brings Elegance and Style to Compact Segment

Allow us to wax eloquent for a moment about one of our favorite vehicles here at Mazda of Lake Charles, the 2014 Mazda3 i Touring. While KBB.com reminds us that it’s “often mentioned in the same breath as the Honda Civic” because of their similar performance and price points, the Mazda3 has enough extra style and elegance to blow away the competition. The Mazda3, available both as a sedan and a hatchback, has a beautifully curving body design and tons of Mazda technology, making it the leading candidate in the compact car segment.

You can choose between either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission for your 2014 Mazda3, then pair whichever transmission you choose to either a 2.0L, 155 horsepower or a 2.5L, 184 horsepower engine. All those powertrain options give you the ultimate control over your driving experience, and also help make it one of the most fuel efficient compacts on the road. It’s rated at 41 mpg highway, a rating surpassed by very few cars in its segment.

Plus, the Mazda3 remains an affordable option in the compact segment, bringing a luxurious feel to the market at a reasonable price. A KBB.com test vehicle, loaded up with features like heated side mirrors, one-touch power windows, and Bluetooth capability, it still came in at just $23,435. Come get your own Mazda3 i Touring today—and start your fun and affordable love affair with this awesome compact, as either a sedan or a hatchback, right away.