Independence Day Activities in Bakersfield

As July 4 gets closer, you might be wondering about Independence Day activities in Bakersfield. Here are a few local events to get you started.

  • Bakersfield Winds Patriotic Concert. Music always stirs the soul and what better way to feel patriotic than by listening to some of the greatest patriotic music played by some incredible musicians. This annual event will be held on June 30 at 7:30 pm at Olive Drive Church in Bakersfield. Musical selections include music from the movie Lincoln, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” selections from Oklahoma, and more. Suggested admission is $5, but veterans are admitted for free.
  • The Fourth at River Walk Celebration. Independence Day isn’t complete until you’ve seen some fireworks. Stop by the River Walk Park here in Bakersfield and listen to performances by Right Cross and Foster Campbell before the spectacular fireworks display. Bring your own picnic, blankets, and chairs and enjoy a night out on the lawn. Call 661-852-7300 for more information.
  • 4th of July Hotdog Festival. What’s more American than hotdogs? Not much. Head to nearby Tehachapi on July 4 and spend the day celebrating America. There will be fun activities throughout the day including the Wiener Dog races, music, fireworks, and of course hot dogs (and other food).

Independence Day activities in Bakersfield

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we wish everyone a happy Independence Day and hope everyone stays safe and gets to spend some time with family and friends.

Could A Rotary-Powered Mazda Sports Car Be Coming Your Way?

There’s a whole lot of buzz about a rotary-powered Mazda sports car going into production, and we might see it by 2017. The car will be the successor to the infamous RX-7 and RX-8, and include a rotary engine.

An Auto Express reports states the rotary-powered Mazda will be based on an extended and reinforced variant of the upcoming fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata’s chassis.

rotary-powered Mazda sports car

Unlike this traditional engine pictured above, rotary engines are usually designed with an odd number of cylinders per row in a radial configuration, in which the crankshaft remained stationary, with the entire crankcase and its attached cylinders rotating around it as a unit in operation. – wikipedia

According to motortrend.com, “While Mazda is the only manufacturer to actively pursue Felix Wankel’s rotary design, the automaker has its work cut out to find solutions to the engine’s inherent flaws of high fuel and oil consumption and low torque output. The new engine is said to be being developed with the automaker’s Skyactiv approach to efficiency used on its piston engines such as natural aspiration, weight reduction, and high compression ratios.”

You can find plenty of speculations about possible design, horsepower capability, and transmission choice, but the truth is, we really won’t know until Mazda introduces the car – and it looks like they’ve got their work cut out in order to bring all elements of this unique sports car to work together.

We can’t wait to hear more about the possible rotary-powered sports car, what about you?

In the meantime, stop by Bakersfield Mazda! We’d love to say hello, and if you’re in the market for a great car, we’ve got a few of those too.

Mazda Educates Students on Racing Technology with R.A.C.E.

When you think about motorsport racing, you probably just think about pure speed and horsepower, but of course, there is a lot more that goes into building a successful race car. In Mazda’s new “Racing Accelerates Creative Education” or R.A.C.E. program, it will reach out to students across the country to show them how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) all play a pivotal role in the success of Mazda Racing.

The in-school events will coincide with the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship schedule, which Mazda is racing in this year. One of the last events for this school year was at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School in Detroit, Michigan. More than 700 students from 11 Detroit Public Schools met together to explore the world of racing technology.

John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, said in a statement, “Whether the students have already expressed an interest in STEM or not, we are convinced that our R.A.C.E. program will demonstrate in an interesting, fun and engaging way how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are central to the success of Mazda on the race track and in the marketplace. More important, by showing them examples of how exciting problem solving can be in the STEM arena, we believe students will be even more motivated to always be curious and open minded.”

R.A.C.E.

Mazda will bring its SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel prototype race car along with select professional drivers to showcase the events. The program’s next stop will be Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Toronto, Ontario.

You can check out Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV Technology yourself by heading over to Bakersfield Mazda.

2015 Mazda CX-5 Earns Top Safety Rating from NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the 2015 Mazda CX-5 the top five-star overall safety rating. This rating puts the CX-5 at the head of the pack in the ever-growing compact crossover segment.

To achieve this overall rating, the CX-5 earned five stars in both the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

2015 CX-5

The ultra-safe 2015 CX-5 is already on our lot. Come check it out for yourself

The 2015 CX-5 has also been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for achieving the top ‘good’ rating in all crash tests, including the small overlap front crash test.

Standard safety features on the 2015 CX-5 include electric stability control, antilock brakes, and daytime running lights. Available safety features include Blind Spot Monitoring, an adaptive front-lighting system, a rearview camera, Smart City Brake Support, and all-wheel drive.

If you want the most up-to-date safety technology and best safety ratings you can get, come check out the 2015 Mazda CX-5, available today at Bakersfield Mazda.

Redskins Star Alfred Morris Still Loves His 1991 Mazda 626

You may remember last fall, when Redskins’ Running Back Alfred Morris had his 1991 Mazda 626 graciously restored by Mazda. Well, he’s still loving “The Bentley,” which is what he calls his car, and hasn’t even considered trading up for a real Bentley yet.

In fact, he loves his car so much he takes it on 34-hour road trips.

In a recent interview with ESPN Radio’s Football Today, he said, “I’m still driving my baby, the Bentley. She’s still alive and kicking. I actually did a road trip in the offseason; I drove from Ashburn all the way down to Boca Raton, which was like a 17-hour drive, and she made it like a champ. I actually beat a snow storm out. I hit a couple of ice spots in the road, so I was driving about 30, 40 miles per hour—just really slowed me down. But she made it there and back without a problem. Thanks, Mazda.”

What a great guy. While he went on to say that eventually he will get a new car, he’s in no rush to get rid of the Bentley. He says getting from Point A to Point B is enough for him.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, while we don’t have something quite like a 1991 Mazda 626, we do have an extensive inventory of new and pre-owned Mazda cars. Stop by and find the car you can fall in love with.

Mazda Scores More Fleet Sales with Efficiency of SKYACTIV Technology

If you operate a fleet of vehicles, one major concern is fuel costs. Having a fuel-efficient fleet can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. With Mazda’s impressive fuel-efficient SKYACTIV Technology, it is capturing a larger part of the fleet industry every year.

Mazda reports that year-over-year fleet sales in the UK have risen 80 percent for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Chris Stableford, Mazda’s UK fleet sales manager, said at a Fleet Show in Silvertone, UK, “Fleet operators and company car drivers are looking to save money and Skyactiv technology in the all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 enables them to do just that.”

SKYACTIV technology combines lightweight materials, aerodynamics, and fuel-efficient engines to create a vehicle that is not only efficient, but is fun to drive, too.

Whether you’re looking to fill a fleet or just looking for your next ride, visit us at Bakersfield Mazda and we’ll show you why Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology gives you the best car possible.

Best Gifts for High School Graduates

As the end of the school year fast approaches, you may be thinking about the soon-to-be high school graduate in your life. Whether this is your own child, a grandchild, niece, nephew, or just a close friend, getting them a graduation gift can be a great way to show them you care and give them a great start in their college career. Here are ten of the best gifts for high school graduates.

  • Car. A car is a great way to send your budding academic into the adult world. And, it will make them an immediate hit with the rest of the freshman class. Come visit us at Bakersfield Mazda and we’ll give you a great deal on a quality used or new car.

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  • Bicycle. If you can’t afford a car, a bicycle is a fantastic alternative to a car. Not only will it get them from point A to point B, but it is a great form of exercise.
  • Gift card. Do a little research and find out what stores are close to where they’ll be headed this fall and get them a gift card. If they’ll be taking a car, a gas card is a great option that is guaranteed to be used.
  • Noise cancelling headphones. These are great for studying in dorms. They cut out all the extra noise and will help your student focus on their work.
  • Laptop. The portability of a laptop is essential for many college students.
  • Luggage. Having a quality suitcase is a great option for students, especially those who “go away” to college and will be travelling frequently.
  • Games. While board games may seem old-school, they are a simple way to create a fun night and possibly make a few new friends.
  • Digital camera. Of course, many people use their smartphones to take pictures, having a quality digital camera may encourage your student to take a few more quality pictures to send home.
  • Alarm clock. Waking up for those 8 AM classes can be quite a challenge, so getting them a reliable alarm clock (instead of just using their phone) may help. Take a look at this rolling alarm clock that only lets you hit the snooze once before it rolls out of reach.
  • Cash. If all else fails, give your graduate some cash. They can always use to buy a book or two for their upcoming classes.

How will you be celebrating the high school graduate in your life?

Mazda Announces Pre-Order Program for 25th Anniversary MX-5

While the 2016 model year will bring us an all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2015 has its fair share of exciting Mazda news, including a 25th Anniversary Special Edition MX-5. And now Mazda has revealed how to get your hands on one of these truly limited editions.

25th Anniversary MX-5

Will you be behind the wheel of a 25th Anniversary MX-5

Since Mazda will only be releasing 100 models of this MX-5, it has set up a special microsite just for pre-ordering. Currently, the site is counting down to 10:25 AM PDT on May 20. When the clock hits zero, ordering will open.

Visitors to the site will be able to add their name to a short waiting list to gain access to the 25th Anniversary model. Mazda will then contact the interested parties to confirm purchase intent. Their information will then be forwarded to their preferred dealership.

The 25th Anniversary Edition has a starting price of $32,205 and comes equipped with exclusive features, including hand-selected pistons, Soul Red Metallic exterior paint, standard power retractable hardtop in Brilliant Black, 17-inch dark gunmetal aluminum alloy wheels, and more.

If you’re looking to drive away with the 2015 25th Anniversary MX-5, we hope you choose Bakersfield Mazda to complete your purchase.

Mazda Finishes Epic Instagram Road Trip

This past winter Mazda Canada spent over three months sharing snapshots on its Instagram page of a winter road trip in a 2014 Mazda6. Each post fit together to create a large mosaic using Instagram’s Grid View. The feature is called “The Long Drive Home.”

Instagram road trip

This 2014 Mazda6 looks like it could have been taken right from the Instagram road trip

Each of the 60 images highlights a special event, such as the Chinese New Year, the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, and the changing seasons. There were even snapshots that showed off the Mazda6’s winter driving abilities. And, the best part, at the end of the Mazda6’s road trip, one lucky Mazda Canada Instagram fan, lifethroughthelens, got to drive a 2014 Mazda6 for two weeks.

Mazda Instagram Case Study Cannes Submission from JWT Canada on Vimeo.

We think this was an ingenious move by Mazda to use an Instagram road trip to show how to take full advantage of a specific social media platform. And, it’s fun, too!

Do you interact with Mazda on any social media sites? How do you share your excitement for your new Mazda car?

Mazda Shows off Chassis for 2016 MX-5 Miata

At the New York Auto Show, Mazda displayed a stripped-down version of the upcoming 2016 MX-5 Miata. So stripped down, it was just the chassis.

Mazda showed its creative side when describing the chassis in a press release, “With no richly layered, character line-laden sheet metal to hide beneath, the Skyactiv-Chassis lays out a narrative of MX-5′s continuing story with a perfectly arranged table of contents.”

This shiny, mostly aluminum chassis reveals more about the new MX-5 than you might think. It incorporates Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV technology, hence the extensive use of aluminum. This will lead to a lighter MX-5 than previous generations. Mazda says it is aiming for 220 pounds of weight loss, which will bring its curb weight much closer to 2,000 pounds.

The fully-formed 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is expected to debut at the Chicago Auto Show early next year.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we can’t wait to see what Mazda has in store for this all-new MX-5.