2016 Mazda CX-5 Facelift Leaks Ahead of LA Auto Show

The LA Auto Show officially starts for the press on Wednesday, at which point we expect to get our first full look at the new and improved 2016 Mazda CX-5. Because we live in the age of the Internet, you can get your first look at it right now.

Turns out that World Car Fans got a hold of a brochure that previews the few modest yet noticeable changes that will grace the 2016 CX-5 when it hits showrooms like that of Bakersfield Mazda next year.

2016 Mazda CX-5

There will be modest changes from this 2015 CX-5 for the 2016 model year.

From what we gather, the 2016 CX-5 will have new bumpers in front and back, updated headlights, and a new grille pattern. The brochure also alludes to LED elements in the headlights, but it’s possible (and likely) that they won’t be making their way stateside.

On the inside, you can expect the newest and grooviest version of the Mazda Connect infotainment interface.

Apart from this, it’s hard to say with any certainty what—if any—significant changes Mazda will make during the CX-5’s mid-cycle refresh. If Mazda’s track record is any indication, whatever it decides to do will only serve to make the 2016 CX-5 the best compact SUV on the market.

2016 Mazda 6 Coupe Planned to Add a Sporty Touch to the Mazda Lineup

In case you haven’t heard, Mazda recently released some surprising details about a Mazda 6 coupe, something never seen before. With a sporty new design and upgraded performance, the 2016 Mazda 6 coupe could become one of the best sports cars on the road.

2016 Mazda 6 Coupe planned

The 2016 Mazda6 Coupe will be an even sportier looking, two-door version of this 2015 model.

So, what’s so impressive? Well, a coupe version of the classic mid-size sedan would mean building on an entirely new platform. Many automakers have abandoned this concept, due to its complexity; however, the engineers at Mazda have it down.

Car and Driver had a giddy response to news of the 2016 Mazda 6 Coupe planned. “Dropping a 6 coupe cherry on top of Mazda’s current product sundae suggests that the company is confident and willing to plant a flag in a field that most other manufacturers have all but abandoned. The rest of the industry may have bailed on the mid-size, two-door coupe…”

Even if the 2016 coupe seems a long ways away, we still have the popular 2015 Mazda 6 here at Bakersfield Mazda. With 28/36 mpg, a 2.5-liter I4 engine, and state-of-the art safety, no matter which Mazda 6 interests you, you’re bound to end up in a quality car.

Mazda-Sponsored SXSW Festivals Promise to Be a Hit

If you love movies and music as much as we do here at Bakersfield Mazda, you’ll be thrilled to hear about their new partnership with SXSW. SXSW, short for South by Southwest, has accepted an offer from Mazda to be their new automobile sponsor in a three-year contract. As a major source for emerging music, film, and technology, the festival is sure to be a good deal for Mazda.

Mazda-sponsored SXSW

The new partnership means you’re more likely to see 2015 Mazda CX-5s at the next SXSW festival you go to.

The Mazda-sponsored SXSW events are bound to integrate the newest tech and media from the festivals, as SXSW is constantly searching for new media to launch. With Mazda’s help, they’ll be able to generate better exposure and larger events.

“Music, Film and technology are passion points for Mazda customers and our official partnership with the festival will allow us to connect with them on a deeper level, in one of the most forward-thinking environments around,” said Russell Wager, VP of Marketing for Mazda.

Since 1987, the SXSW festivals which take place every year in mid-March have been rapidly growing. They have premiered such films as The Hurt Locker and Short Term 12, featured musicians like the Foo Fighters and The Flaming Lips, and such guests as Conan O’Brien and Elon Musk.

California, Get Ready for Pay-As-You-Drive Tax

With cars that are more efficient than ever before and less driving on our roads overall, gasoline taxes used to build and maintain roads are dwindling. That’s exactly why some state governments are considering adding a tax that would be paid based on the number of miles you’ve driven. Oregon already has a voluntary pay-as-you-drive tax setup beginning next year which will offer 5,000 drivers the chance to pay 1.5 cents for every mile they travel in the state. Next up? California.

It won’t happen right away, but over the next few years, California drivers should expect to see a pay-as-you-drive tax go into effect to help offset some of the funds it takes to upkeep and build roads – funds that are currently less-than-sufficient, with Congress having to fill the gap with millions of dollars in temporary federal funding.

Pay-As-You-Drive Tax

Get ready for the potential Pay-As-You-Drive Tax, by investing in a fuel efficient vehicle that also allows you to carpool others – this 2015 Mazda3 perhaps.

Oregon’s system uses a pair of devices, one in the vehicles, and one found in certain fuel pumps, that uses GPS to track miles driven, then gives the appropriate credit or surcharge at the pump itself. The system could be much simpler with systems like Apple iPlay and in-car internet systems like OnStar. If configured correctly, these systems could easily track the distance a car has travelled.

If you’re concerned about your driving habits being tracked, you’re not alone. According to Autos.Yahoo.com, the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concerns about unapproved tracking, and privacy was the top concern of those who took part in Oregon’s trial. There is little doubt that, despite these privacy concerns, there is enough money at stake and enough technology available that California will be able to create a system that would satisfy any privacy concerns.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see a pay-as-you-drive tax system make its way to California’s roads, and the rest of the country very soon. What do you think? Efficient (and fair) way to obtain the funds needed to keep our roadways drivable, or just another tax (and one with privacy concerns to add insult to injury)?

2016 Mazda2 Leads New Class of Stylish Small Cars

Many of the best things in life start out as mistakes, accidents, or happenstances. Take the Mazda2, for example. When Mazda created the now-popular subcompact, they didn’t even envision selling it in America. Those plans changed quickly, though, as Americans fell deeply in love with small cars for their practicality, economy, and efficient sense of style. The Mazda2 made its way to America, therefore, back in 2011.

Now, Mazda is releasing an updated version of the Mazda2, a redesigned subcompact ready to reign over a new generation of stylish small cars. The new Mazda2 will be a 2016 model, and while we don’t have many numbers and statistics about its power and efficiency yet, it’s quite a looker. If the car’s performance lives up to its stellar and sexy outward appearance, competitors beware.

This video of the 2016 Mazda Demio (Japanese version of the Mazda2) offers a great look at what to expect.

In fact, The Car Connection already proclaimed the Mazda2 a winner. “The Mazda2 should break through the clutter, offering a sexy new shape, an affordable price, and the zippy-and-zoomy personality that’s become a hallmark for the brand.” Mazda previewed the new subcompact at the Geneva Motor Show in the guise of its Mazumi Concept—we loved that concept here at Bakersfield Mazda, so we’re pretty confident we’ll love the real production deal as well. Check back on our blog often for updates on the Mazda2 and everything else Mazda!

MX-5 Miata’s SkyActiv Engine Arrives for US Market

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is known for its spunky ride. Now, the popular entry-level sports car is about to get a whole lot spunkier. Mazda recently announced that the next-generation 2016 MX-5 Miata will be receiving a SkyActiv 2.0-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission in the United States, while the rest of the globe will have a 1.5-liter engine.

Miata’s SkyActiv Engine

Miata’s SkyActiv Engine will be a 2.0-liter one here in the US.

Though Mazda has yet to release any information regarding the horsepower and torque of the Miata’s SkyActiv engine, if we look at the current Mazda3, which has the same engine, we can have a good guess at the power. Currently, the 2.0-liter SkyActiv engine produces 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque for the Mazda3, which is a bit lower than the 2015 Miata’s 167 horsepower. Mazda has confirmed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, though, that the SkyActiv drive train has been tweaked a bit, so the next-generation MX-5 is sure to be just as spunky as the current model.

While the 2016 Miata MX-5 won’t be arriving on dealer lots for quite some time, you can still come in to Bakersfield Mazda to test drive the current model! Stop in today and see what this feisty sports car has to offer.

Mazda6 Has Best September in 9 Years; CX-5 Has Best September Ever

The Mazda brand is on the rise, and the CX-5 and Mazda6 both enjoyed record months in September. Thanks to the success of these two models, Mazda sales in North America climbed 6.7% over sales from September 2013; year-to-date sales are up 9.3% with 240,953 models sold through September.

“The past two years have seen a September sales month without the Labor Day holiday, which can present a challenge for our dealers, yet we still reported a year-over-year increase,” said Ron Stettner, vice president of sales, MNAO. “Sales growth continues to be the product of strong dealer support and SKYACTIV Technology, specifically the quality, fuel efficiency, technology and value found in Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5.”

Mazda6 Has Best September in 9 YearsWhen we say the “Mazda6 Has Best September in 9 Years” we mean it, and sales of the CX-5 were the best that they have ever been in September. The Mazda6 delivered 4,263 vehicles for a 34.6% year-over-year increase, and the CX-5 moved 8,097 vehicles for a 28.9% year-over-year increase.

As has been the trend, a huge percentage of Mazda’s overall sales belonged to vehicles powered by SKYACTIV® Technology. September was no different, with more than 84% of all Mazdas sold using the brand’s efficient technology.

Additionally, Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicles were up 17% with 3,513 vehicles moved in the month of September.

Want to see why Mazda vehicles, both new and CPO, are increasingly popular with car shoppers? Stop into Bakersfield Mazda to test drive the right vehicle for you!

Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM Program Reaches 10,000 Students

Back to school is well into its first month and Mazda’s very own R.A.C.E. STEM program is back to the grind, ready to reach students with the interest and excitement often lost in today’s classrooms. R.A.C.E (Racing Accelerates Creative Education) is an outreach program that has impacted over 10,000 students during its 22 interactive presentations.  All programs thus far have been at schools located near the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship events, allowing organizers to incorporate racing themes into the presentations.

Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM program

Mazda is helping students not see school as a bunch of boring teachers.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs are project-based, collaborative learning programs that focus on hands-on, student-centered education. STEM programs seek to combine all four principles it addresses into one cohesive subject, taught through real-world applications, to help students relate skills to future career possibilities.

Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM program makes an effort to bring students to the race track and show them STEM in action. By showcasing just how much STEM goes into the world of racing, students are able to see how much of an impact STEM education will make on their futures.

It is through advocates of R.A.C.E. and the leadership team at the Circuit of the Americas that Mazda’s R.A.C.E. program is able to continue with its presentations and make preparations for the coming year. Here at Bakersfield Mazda we are proud to be a part of a family that supports education and can’t wait to see it grows in the coming years.

2016 Mazda MX-5 May Not Get Retractable Hardtop

Since the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata officially debuted early this month, the rumors have been flying. One idea floating around the automotive world is that the new MX-5 may not get a retractable hardtop—at least not at first.

That video demonstrates how the retractable hardtop worked in older generation Miatas.

Mazda is proud of the MX-5’s weight reduction and boasts that it has shed 220 pounds when compared to the outgoing model. This may be one of the main reasons why there is no power-retractable hardtop (PHRT) for the first model year.

Autoblog reports that since 2007, the take rate for PHRT models has been 52 percent. With more than half of MX-5 buyers wanting the hardtop, Mazda surely has to bring it to market soon. Or maybe, Mazda has something else in store? Perhaps we will see a coupe version with a permanent roof in the near future.

Which version of the MX-5 do you prefer, soft top or hardtop? Would you like to see a coupe version as well?

The Next Generation Mazda MX-5 Is Finally Here

After being teased for months about the next generation Mazda MX-5, we finally get to see it. On September 3, Mazda simultaneously unveiled the new roadster in California, Tokyo, and Barcelona, Spain.

“The MX-5 Miata stands as the flag-bearer for everything that a Mazda vehicle is,” Jim O’Sullivan, president and chief executive of Mazda North America, said ahead of the debut in California. “Tonight’s reveal is a big deal for us.”

Mazda unveiled the new design, but did not give any details on the powertrain or other specifications; however, industry experts say the combination should stay the same—four cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission (available automatic).

The new design is more angular and aggressive than the outgoing third-generation with narrow headlights and a sloping front grille. Mazda says the new model shaves 220 pounds from the curb weight of the outgoing model. It also loses 3 inches in length and a half inch in width, making it closer to the dimensions of the original Miata.

We should learn more details about the new Mazda MX-5 when it appears at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. It is set to go on sale sometime next year as a 2016 model.