The 2016 Bakersfield Comic Con

Attention all lovers of comics, games, television shows and general shenanigans! The 2016 Bakersfield Comic Con was back for its 9th annual year and it was bigger and better than ever. Thanks to last year’s roaring attendance, this year’s Comic Con was expanded. It was two days long, with twice as much room, twice as many guests, double the exhibitors and double the programming.

The Bakersfield Comic Con took place on November 12th and 13th at the Kern County Fairgrounds in buildings three and four. Adult admission was $8 for one day or $15 for two, $5 and $8 respectively for kids 8-14, and free for children under 8. This year’s Bakersfield Comic Con turned out to be quite the bang for your buck.

There was plenty to keep the guests occupied on both Saturday and Sunday. From the 7th annual costume contest to the long list of vendors with things like stickers, comics, toys, jewelry and more. And, of course we can’t forget, guests getting the chance to meet all of the great special appearances at Bakersfield Comic Con. An impressive list includes Sam Jones from “Flash Gordon,” writer Steve Niles, The Walking Dead cast members Vincent Ward and Jeryl Prescott, and so many more. With gaming events all day both days, industry giveaways and a chance to mingle with other fans, this was one gathering you wouldn’t have wanted to miss. Didn’t get a chance to go this year? Don’t fret there is always next year!

Five Things You Don’t Know About Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving - Bakersfield, CAPumpkin pie, football, early Christmas shopping … there are some things we can’t help but associate with this time of year. But it’s the things that your guests don’t know about Thanksgiving that will make a great conversation starter.

Wampanoag Indians Put the “E” in “Feast”

The settlers at Plymouth Rock had every intention of giving thanks by praying and fasting, as was their traditional way of doing so. But, when the Native Americans joined the celebration, they brought along their own traditions. Dancing and feasting were both part of their own harvest celebrations.

The Eagle vs the Turkey     

Ben Franklin had high hopes for the turkey. He tried to make it the national bird, finding it to be more morally sound.

The Butterball Hotline

Butterball Turkey started their own Thanksgiving hotline called the Turkey-Talk Line in 1981. The sole purpose of this line was to provide advice and answer questions for those cooking on Thanksgiving Day. Even with smartphones in seemingly everyone’s pocket, the Turkey-Talk Line still gets more than 100,000 calls each Thanksgiving season.

Mary Had a Little Turkey

Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” has another claim to fame. It was thanks to her relentless efforts and letters that Abraham Lincoln finally decided to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.

What do Retailers Have in Common With Plumbers?

They’re both really busy on Black Friday. According to Roto-Rooter, it’s the busiest day of the year for plumbers. Be sure to save a piece of pie as a thank you in case you need to call a plumber yourself.

How to Change Your Engine Air Filter

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Whether you attempt it on your own or take it to a shop, changing your car’s air filter regularly is important.

There are plenty of auto maintenance and repair tasks you can do at home without dropping big bucks on a visit to the mechanic. One of them is changing your engine air filter. If you’re familiar with cars at all, this should be an easy task for you.

The engine air filter, not to be confused with the cabin air filter, helps keep debris from getting into your engine and affecting engine performance. Check your owner’s manual or ask your dealer to find out how often you should change it, but the rule of thumb is once a year or every 12,000 miles.

After you buy a new filter, your first step is to park on a level surface, turn the car off, and pop the hood. Look for the air filter casing—in newer cars it should be located between the engine and front grille.

The casing will either be held on with screws or metal clips. With screws, just make sure you have the right screwdriver and unscrew them. With metal clips, use a butter knife to open the clips. Now lift the old filter out of the casing and use a rag to clean out the casing.

Put the new filter in where the old one was and replace the casing. It’s as simple as that!

But if you need help, schedule service today with our team and we’ll help change your car’s engine air filter!

Second Year of Vehicle Donations Strengthen Mazda Red Cross Partnership

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Mazda is committed to giving back and being charitable.

The Mazda Red Cross partnership started years ago, when Mazda became the first automaker to donate to the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. Last year, Mazda increased its yearly donation and was recognized as a $1 million member of the ADGP. Now, Mazda is donating 16 vehicles to the Red Cross, up one from its donation of 15 vehicles in 2015.

The Mazda Drive for Good program allows Mazda to work with a variety of non-profit organizations, and Mazda senior vice president of US operations Robert Davis says that the Red Cross “provide[s] an incredible partnership sharing similar values as ours.” The Red Cross not only provides help to people in disaster situations but also supplies 40% of the nation’s blood, teaches survival skills, and provides international aid, among many others.

Mazda has chosen 16 Red Cross offices across the US that have the most need for transportation to deliver supplies and emergency services to those affected by disasters. Mazda will deliver these vehicles to Mazda dealerships to be transported to Red Cross offices. The vehicles will mostly go to areas of Texas and the southwest, Illinois and other Midwestern areas, New Jersey, and Florida. These areas are often hit with major disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

Bakersfield Parks for Fall Camping

Fall is a great time to explore the outdoors because the suffocating heat of summer has cooled into crisp autumn air. Here are some great nearby parks for fall camping experiences.

Sequoia National Forest

One of the most famed species of tree, the sequoia, can be found in this beautiful and diverse national forest. Camp among these giants, known as the world’s largest tree, and explore diverse ecosystems spread out over several altitudes and landscapes.

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Sequoia National Forest: Photo taken by H Matthew Howarth.

Kern River Campground

Though smaller than the Sequoia National Forest, the Kern River Campground still boasts 28 acres of pristine landscape. Nearby attractions such as the California Living Museum, Hart Park, and Lake Ming are only a short trip away.

Tehachapi Mountain Park

Hiking, horseback-riding, and camping are all welcome at this stunning park just 8 miles southwest of the town of Tehachapi. The similarly-named mountain range in the park serves as the dividing line between the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles Basin.

Greenhorn Mountain Park

Get away from it all in this idyllic spot among the woods down in the valley, with over 61 campsites located near the Greenhorn Summit Amphitheater. This park is also near Kern River Canyon, renowned for its hot springs.

Reserve one of these parks for fall camping today, and experience the magic of enjoying the wilderness before it gets too cold!

Upcoming Mazda RX-9 Sports Car Based on RX-VISION Concept

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Mazda RX-9 Vision Concept

Mazda’s board of directors has recently confirmed that the RX-Vision Concept, debuted last year at the Tokyo Auto Show, has finally been greenlit for a production model that will be referred to as the Mazda RX-9 sports car. When the concept was first unveiled, it spurred rumors that the legendary RX-8 would be getting a successor, and it seems all the speculation has finally come true. Plus, the upcoming RX-9 has another surprise waiting under its hood, according to industry insiders; Mazda’s legendary rotary motor is coming back.

2017 is an important year for Mazda and for its iconic rotary engine, as it marks fifty years since Felix Wankel first created the original Wankel rotary motor and used it to power the Cosmo. Now, Mazda is still the only name in the industry with the know-how to build the exclusive type of engine, and as Ikuo Maeda—the Mazda RX-VISION’s general manager of design—says, “If we give up [the rotary engine], it’ll disappear.”

That’s why rumors say that the Mazda RX-9 sports car will make use of an updated 1.6-liter, two-rotor, turbocharged Wankel engine. If the RX-9 achieves its goal weight of just under 2,900 lbs, we could be looking at a lightweight, 400-horsepower coupe. Keep an eye here at Bakersfield Mazda for future updates on the concept!

Things To Do Near Bakersfield Auto Mall

When you need a car, Bakersfield Auto Mall can help you out! Here at Bakersfield, we have tons of different cars, from Acura to Mazda to BMW and more! Whatever is right for you, we’ve got it!

If you’re making the trip to Bakersfield Auto Mall for your new car, don’t miss out on all the fun stuff you can do around in Bakersfield. Here are some things you can do before (or after!) you get your new car to celebrate.

Museums

There are tons of museums in Bakersfield so you can have fun while learning.

Kern County MuseumIncludes an awesome Pioneer Village and an Oil Museum. It’s small but fun!

Crystal Palace and MuseumNot only is this a museum, but it’s also a fantastic restaurant and entertainment area.

California Area Living MuseumHere you’ll find tons of adorable and neat animals, and a beautiful Christmas display during the holidays.

Family Fun in Bakersfield, CA

There’s always something to do for the entire family around Bakersfield Auto Mall.

Art & Theatre

Fox TheaterCatch shows at this classic theatre.

Bakersfield Museum of ArtIf you’re up for some art, this place is small but has plenty of it.

Fun

Camelot ParkThis is great for the whole family, a small amusement park with mini golf, water rides, an arcade, and bumper cars.

No matter what you like to do, Bakersfield has an attraction for you! So next time you are making a trip to Bakersfield Auto Mall, be sure to remember all these wonderful places you can stop by and enjoy.

What Is an IIHS Safety Award?

An IIHS Safety Award is always a big honor. That’s why Mazda is proud to have multiple awards from the IIHS. But what exactly is an IIHS Safety Award?

IIHS stands for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Each year, they do studies to evaluate the safety of cars on the market. It takes into account two different aspects of safety.

First, it considers crashworthiness, which determines how well a vehicle can protect a driver and passengers in a crash. The outcome is based on five different tests and is given a rating of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. The five different tests are conducted in moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.

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The Mazda CX-3 was just one of the Mazda vehicles that took home the IIHS Safety Award.

Crash avoidance and mitigation is also considered, which analyzes technology that can prevent a crash in the first place or lessen the severity of a crash. Crash prevention systems can be rated basic, advanced, or superior.

Some Mazdas that have taken home IIHS awards in the past year are:

2016 Mazda 3

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda 6

To learn more about these specific Mazda models, or for any other safety related questions, visit us today at Bakersfield Mazda and feel confident and safe thanks to the IIHS awards!

2016 Mazda CX-9 Overview

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 SUV is a three-row vehicle designed for families that love to travel. Massively improved compared to the 2015 model year, the Mazda CX-9 offers increased comfort, a new look, competitive pricing, increased fuel economy, and much more. We have the highlights for you here.

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 brings a sleeker, more modern design inside and out. The interior is comparable to luxury models at higher trims, none of which boast a luxury price tag. The base model, Sport, starts at $31,520 and feature both a backup camera and seven-inch touchscreen. The top-of-the-line model, Signature, comes in at a tad over $44,000 and has features comparable to high-end luxury SUVs.

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The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 is the perfect family vehicle.

This time around, Mazda has dropped the large 3.7-liter V6 engine in exchanged for a more efficient and nearly as powerful 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That engine is rated for 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Earning an EPA-estimated 21 city/27 hwy mpg (all-wheel drive), the Mazda CX-9 is one of the more efficient SUVs on the road. Considering the 2015 model earned an EPA-estimated 16 city/22 hwy mpg (all-wheel drive), that’s a major improvement.

Reviews of the latest Mazda CX-9 are on the high end. Edmunds.com gave the CX-9 a 4.8/5 while Car and Driver rated the SUV at a perfect 5/5.

Mazda G-Vectoring Control System

While many automakers are focusing on safety, Mazda is working to help reduce human error as a whole. With the reveal of their new electric system for controlling the chassis, Mazda is showing how it plans to do just that. Known as the Mazda G-Vectoring Control System, the Japanese automaker plans to cut down on driver fatigue and stress in its future models.

So, how does it work?

While it can get fairly complicated, the simple answer is that the system uses minute changes in the engine’s torque output to put more weight on the front wheels. That extra weight allows the vehicle to maneuver around corners much more smoothly and with less steering on the driver’s part.

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The Mazda G-Vectoring Control System is planning to come to future models.

By providing a more driver-friendly steering system, the G-Vectoring Control System reduces lateral acceleration, driver steering input, resulting in a less fatigued driver behind the wheel.

Check out this video to see the Mazda G-Vectoring Control System in action on a snow-covered road.

In future updates, Mazda plans to add more driver-friendly front seats. The new seats will be designed to hold passengers more firmly, effectively reducing pressure points.

We here at Bakersfield Mazda are proud to see Mazda making efforts to combat driver fatigue and ultimately create safer roadways!