It’s Not Too Late to See Fall in California!

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There’s never a bad time to take your Mazda for a spin in California!

Fall might be on her way out the door, but in sunny California there are still plenty of beautiful sights alive with autumn color. Fall in California takes its time, which is good news for anyone looking to take a last-minute scenic drive.

Check out Idyllwild, a rustic town just east of L.A., cozy in the San Jancito Mountains. Whether you’re looking for something exciting like rock climbing or trail hiking, or just want to chill out overnight in a comfy inn, there’s something for you in Idyllwild. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful spots in CA this season.

If you’re in the mood for a nice, long weekend, there’s no better place than Placer County up north. This region of California feels dedicated to the beauty of nature, and in the fall it’s easy to see why, with colors rivaling the fieriest spots in New England.

And if you’re in the mood for some truly dramatic geography along with you autumn hues, check out Castle Rock State Park. Great for camping and hiking, this is a must-see of fall in California.

Do you have any other destinations you like to visit? Let Bakersfield Mazda know!

Mazda Names Racers for 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout

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Which driver will tear up the track at the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout?

Since 2006, Mazda has gotten to combine two of its favorite things: helping talented young racers achieve greatness, and speed. The Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, taking place this year at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC over the weekend of November 8th, is a competition meant to identify potential professional racers through a skills showcase and final shootout race.

Recently, Mazda announced their list of 23 semi-finalists for the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, selected from a range of motor clubs and series. Ultimately, this list will be narrowed down to six to eight racers after business proposals and other assessments are submitted to Mazda. . The skills to be assessed range from speed and technical understanding to off-track public relations acumen; these kids have to have it all.

The winner of the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout will be awarded a $100,000 scholarship to compete in next year’s Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup. And that’s it, there is no second place – talk about a high-stakes racing!

Mazda Received Three Automotive Brand Contest Awards

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3

Mazda received three Automotive Brand Contest Awards for its Bike by KODO concept and the CX-3, as well as a grand prize for the KODO Design language. The ABC, sponsored by the German Design Council, is a prestigious contest that recognizes outstanding automotive design.

The Mazda team also won the Team of the Year Award, an award given to teams whose designs are consistent and innovative. According to a member of the German Design Council, Mazda’s team are not required to “define a form language,” but instead produce unique designs that still “express lively emotion.”

The awards from the Automotive Brand Contest follow from the recognition Mazda received during the Milan Design Week, which featured a Cars as Art segment including the Bike by KODO concept. The KODO concept was recognized in the Parts & Accessories category at Milan Design Week.

Ikuo Maeda, Executive Officer and Design Chief of Mazda’s Design Division, says his team will continue to “create dynamic and energetic designs that will excite our customers.” Bakersfield Mazda is proud to be part of a company that is innovative yet also stays true to its roots and beliefs.  Tell us what you think of Mazda’s Automotive Brand Contests!

How Do Anti-Lock Brakes Work?

Ever wonder how do anti-lock brakes work? We have everything you need to know here on our blog. Anti-lock brakes are becoming the standard for braking systems because of their superior safety and efficiency over other kinds of brakes. So how does anti-lock brakes work?

Anti-lock brakes essentially keep your wheels from locking up and skidding. When your wheels are rolling, they have more friction, so you have more control over your vehicle. With added friction and no locked up wheels, you’ll stop faster and be able to steer while you brake.


Speed sensors, valves, a pump, and a controller work together to create the anti-lock braking system. The speed sensors provide information to the controller, an internal computer that sends information to the valves about changes in speed levels and when the brakes are about to lock up.

The valves use this information to determine when to let air through the brake and reduce pressure. The pump does the opposite of the valve’s job. It replaces the pressure the valve let out. By doing this, the parts release and increase pressure as necessary to prevent the wheels from locking and decreasing the friction.

Three Every-Day Habits to Keep Your Kids safe in the Car

Keep Your Kids safe in the Car

We all want what is best for our families and would do anything to keep our children as safe as possible on the road. Establishing good safety habits in the car now will encourage responsible behavior for years to come. Here are three important in-car safety habits to establish now to keep your kids safe in the car:

  1. Get the right car seat. Make sure each of your children are being secured into the correct car seat based on their age, height, and your state’s laws. We recommend keeping your children in their respective car seats until they reach the maximum height and weight restrictions before graduating them to the next seat. Make sure they are always buckled in correctly and that all straps are snug and not twisted.
  2. Assume loose objects are projectiles. We don’t usually give too much thought to the items in our car, but just like in an airplane, loose items should be secured while driving. In the event of an accident, loose items become flying objects that can cause serious injury or even death. At a minimum, heavy, blunt, and potentially sharp objects should be secured in the trunk, glovebox, or center console.
  3. Teach car safety. Rollover deaths, trunk/car entrapment, and back-over deaths can all be avoided by teaching your children to never play in or around any vehicles. Becoming locked in a car on a hot day could prove deadly. It’s also imperative that caretakers never leave children in a hot car for any period of time.

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Mazda Teams Up with Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge

For the 4th year running, Mazda will act as title sponsor for the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge. The seven-day cycling event in California aims to raise at least $1 million in the support of people with physical challenges to live active lifestyles through sports and fitness.

The challenge will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in San Francisco. A group of more than 125 cyclists, including professional athletes, celebrities, and a group of 15 athletes with physical challenges will embark on a 620-mile ride that will span seven days, ending in San Diego.

“Support from the Mazda Foundation has helped the Million Dollar Challenge become more than a ride of a lifetime, but an event where individuals can use their passion for cycling to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Bill Geppert, interim CEO of the Challenged Athletes Foundation in a statement. “Our partnership with the Mazda Foundation has been mutually successful because our missions are so closely aligned around the goal of helping others  – those with able bodies and those with physical challenges – realize their aspirations and dreams.”

If you’re interested in sponsoring an athlete and learning more about the Million Dollar Challenge, check out

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, yet many of us continue to do it. July is recognized as National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, so be courteous to your fellow drivers by not texting and driving. And, just to drive the point home, here are a few deadly statistics about texting and driving.

texting while driving

  • 660,000. This is the number of drivers in the United States who are using their phones while driving at any given time during daylight hours.
  • 60%. The percentage of drivers who use their phones in any capacity while driving.
  • 88%. The percentage of young Americans who fear other drivers—this number is higher than the fear of public speaking, death, spiders, and snakes.
  • 5 seconds. How long your eyes are off the road while sending a texting—this translates to the length of a football field when driving 55 mph.
  • The number of people killed every day in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
  • You are three times more likely to get into an accident if you text while driving.

If you or someone you know has problems with texting and driving, consider turning your car into a phone-free zone. Put your phone and everyone else’s into the glove compartment or other storage bin where it is out of reach. Also try turning your phone off so you aren’t distracted by any notifications.

What methods do you use to avoid texting while driving?

2016 Mazda CX-3 Pricing Announced

Mazda has essentially created a brand new car segment with the all-new CX-3. This subcompact crossover is perfect for the city as well as hitting the open road. Now, as we approach its release date in August, Mazda has announced the 2016 CX-3 pricing.

The CX-3 will have a starting price of only $19,960 when equipped with front-wheel drive. For added stability, you can choose the CX-3 Sport model with Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive to provide maximum performance and stability for an added $1,250.

“We wanted to send a strong statement that new buyers, early adopters, empty-nesters and right-sizers can get everything they want in a crossover that fits their needs,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO, in a statement. “CX-3 offers the same technologies and thrilling driving experience seen across the rest of Mazda’s award-winning lineup that we believe will be a great gateway to the Mazda brand.”

Standard features on the CX-3 include a SKYACTIV 2.0-liter engine that will deliver an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway. You’ll also get a standard Mazda Connect seven-inch color touchscreen infotainment system that helps you stay connected.

Try Something New: Great Side Dishes for Cookouts

side dishes for cookouts

Food is almost always more delicious when cooked on a grill, which is why we love the summer. We all have our cookout favorites, like the traditional hot dogs, hamburgers, and steak, but if you want to take your cookout to the next level, here are some new options for side dishes for cookouts:

  • Asparagus and Tomato Skewers. Put cherry tomatoes on a skewer and put them on the grill alongside some asparagus. Dip them in honey mustard for a smoky, sweet flavor.
  • Garden Pasta Salad. This simple dish will add a rainbow of color to your plate. With only 10 minutes of prep time, it’s an easy addition to your picnic.
  • Bacon and Egg Potato Salad. This side might make you think you’re eating breakfast with crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and a creamy dressing.
  • Sweet Corn Pudding. This creamy casserole uses corn freshly cut from the cob. Add heavy cream and cheese for a delightful dish.
  • Sausage and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes. With so much goodness stuffed inside these summer-ripe tomatoes, you might not have much room left for that second cheeseburger.

Do you have any favorite side dishes for cookouts? Share them with Bakersfield Mazda below!

Mazda MX-5 Miata Reigns Supreme in J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey

For the sixth year in a row, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has taken home the top spot in its segment in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey. This is the last year for the third-generation Miata and great close for the 2015 model.

J.D. Power Initial Quality

2015 Mazda MX-5 recently took home a sixth J.D. Power Initial Quality Award

“This marks a great bookend for our third-generation MX-5 ahead of welcoming in the all-new 2016 model,” said Robert Davis, senior vice president of operations for Mazda North American Operations, in a statement. “Enthusiasts the world over have fallen in love with MX-5 for more than 25 years because of its performance, reliability, ease of use and, most of all, the smile it puts on the face of everyone who drives one. We expect that to continue into the next generation of our flagship roadster.”

In the study, J.D. Power surveyed more than 86,000 new car owners and lessees who took home a 2015 model year vehicle. The respondents reported any issues they encountered within the first 90 days of ownership.

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata claimed the overall top spot in the “Compact Sporty Car” segment. The third-generation model has earned this honor in all but one year since 2006.

Looking towards the future, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be available this month at Bakersfield Mazda.