For many people, Mazda is synonymous with the rotary engine. The only major automaker to employ this kind of technology, Mazda embraced the rotary engine back in early 1960s. Rotary engines produce power through compression by rotors, as opposed to pistons in a traditional engine.
After intense research and experimentation, Mazda introduced the rotary engine into their lineup, with the cutting-edge engine first powering the Mazda Cosmo Sport. That was in 1967.
Mazda faced many challenges back then because the first generation of rotary engines ran with high emissions with lower fuel efficiency. However, obstacles were bested and the rotary engine continued to evolve.
In 2012, Mazda decided to retire the Mazda RX-8 and with it the rotary engine. But Mazda has committed to bringing its extraordinary RX-VISION concept to production and the discovery of a US patent application recently submitted by Mazda has got a lot of people wondering.
The patent describes an innovative kind of engine. Motoring, reporting on the patent, explained how the new Mazda rotary engine featured a “lower intake manifold to boost performance” and how intake and exhaust flow would be improved by a “top-mounted exhaust port.”
Speculation has it that this patent may describe the engine set to power the production version of the RX-VISION concept. One could only hope…
Bad driving habits can have many unwanted and potentially hazardous consequences.
Your car is a major investment, and it is extremely important to modern life as it takes you anywhere you want to go. However, the followingbad driving habits can easily shorten the life of the vehicle you appreciate so much.
Granted, a sports car is built to handle this kind of driving. But for most of us, the vehicle we are driving is not designed to withstand aggressive acceleration and braking. Doing so could shorten the engine life and will certainly cause us to pay more in brake pads and repair.
A good rule of thumb is that if you have any doubts about your vehicle’s condition, get it checked out by a professional immediately. It could be nothing and it may cost a little, but ignoring the signs could lead to a much more major issue in the future.
Ignoring Service Engine Light
When the Service Engine Light comes on, people think, “Car’s running fine. Who cares” without understanding that the system is designed to make you, and your mechanic, aware of issues that might not otherwise be observable. In other words, don’t ignore the light.
At the end of the day, you can see these issues may not shorten your vehicle’s life overall. But they are will go a long way in emptying your pocket.
The new Zach Galifianakis show Baskets, which just premiered on FX in January, is set in our very own Bakersfield, California. The show stars Galifianakis in dual roles as Chip Baskets, a failed professional clown, and Dale, his twin brother, as well as Louie Anderson, who plays their mother, and Martha Kelly, Chip’s only friend.
After trying to make it as a clown in France, Chip Baskets returns to his hometown of Bakersfield, where he finds he’s miserable in the arid, dry climate of Southern California. The show often portrays the city as a desert wasteland, but it isn’t all bad—that’s mostly Chip’s perspective. Chip is on his way to finding happiness in Bakersfield; he even gets a job as a rodeo clown.
So it’s not the most flattering portrayal—apparently all there is to do here in Bakersfield is hang out at the gas station or Arby’s—but it’s definitely entertaining to see a dramatized version of our city on TV and poke fun at it a bit. Check out Baskets on FX if you haven’t yet!
Mazda uses its innovative SKYACTIV® platform to build more lightweight vehicles with lower fuel use and higher engine output. The Mazda CX-9 also has a turbocharged engine, which produces more power while using less fuel.
The Mazda CX-9 also has the new Dynamic Pressure Turbo system, which saves fuel by using exhaust gas regulation to cool the engine instead of bringing in new fuel to do it.
Available all-wheel drive lowers the fuel efficiency by a couple miles an hour, but it’s still near the top of the segment. The 2016 Mazda CX-9 produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque; the horsepower is down a bit from last year’s model, but the added torque makes up for it by delivering better handling and performance.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget the Wankel rotary engines that make the Mazdas of old so great. They weren’t very fuel efficient, but they were powerful, and screamed a unique tune that never failed to make heads turn.
The 1971 Mazda RX-2 featured in the latest Petrolicious episode is a car that reminds us of that time. There’s something to be said about every bit of the car, from its stubby nose and squat stance to its racing heritage and fun character—but what really stands out is its sublime noise, which you can hear in the video as its owner revs through the Australian countryside.
This particular RX-2 is owned by Jason Humble, an Aussie who built it from a bare shell over the course of three years. Since 2005, he’s been using the little coupe to participate in vintage races, often competing against Mustangs and Camaros and ending near the top.
It’s too bad he lives so far away, because we’d love to see a car like that roll in for a visit at Bakersfield Mazda.
Good Housekeeping and Car and Driver magazine joined forces to build a “fully loaded guide to the year’s best-in-class cars,” and if you’re looking for a new compact, then the Mazda3 is sure to do the job.
The Mazda3, which was also selected this year as a Car and Driver 10Best honoree, was named the Best Compact Car for 2016 by the Good Housekeeping Institute after thousands of miles of testing.
There’s so much to love about the compact Mazda3.
The organization screened a list of the top 160 vehicles in the industry down to 41 across the four major categories—Compact, Sedan, Eco, and Crossover—and logged more than 2,000 miles in these vehicles. They looked at all of the important features: performance, family friendliness, price, infotainment, storage, design, usability, and safety.
Thanks to its SKYACTIV Technologies, KODO design, and MAZDA CONNECT system, the 2016 Mazda3 was an easy pick as the standout vehicle in the compact category. We guarantee it’ll stand out to you too when you visit Bakersfield Mazda!
The Mazda6 is one of three models that earned the prestigious IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation
Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates every single new vehicle for its overall safety and is widely considered one of the strictest and most well-regarded safety rating systems in the nation. The top honor is the IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and it just so happens that, for 2016, not one, not two, but three Mazda models have earned this renowned award.
The Mazda CX-5, the Mazda3 and the Mazda6 have each received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+. You might see some vehicles with the rating “Top Safety Pick,” which is still a great achievement, but it’s missing that special little plus-sign at the end. That symbol indicates that these models haven’t just met the IIHS’s standards for ultimate safety, but have gone above and beyond.
Mazda’s i-ACTIVESENSE Collision-Prevention system is just one of the many reasons for the automaker’s big wins. This system includes Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart City Brake Support for low speeds, and Smart Brake Support for high speeds.
Congratulations to Mazda for its three huge victories! And congrats to you if you happen to drive any one of these awesome vehicles.
The MX-5 was an easy choice for Car of the Year Japan!
We love our vehicles here in the states, but our automotive passion is put to the test by our car-crazed friends over the Pacific. So, when Japan says they love a car, there’s a good chance that car is something particularly spectacular.
That’s why we’re particularly proud here today at Bakersfield Mazda for the all-new Mazda MX-5’s Car of the Year Japan title. Known as the Mazda Roadster within Japan, the MX-5 took the country by storm with its high-achieving performance features and sleek, classic-roadster design. The open-top two-seater was built for fun on the road wherever you go and offers the full range of Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology engineering features.
Mazda also won the award last year for the Mazda Demio, also known as the Mazda2. This year’s win marks the sixth Car of the Year Japan victory for Mazda.
Here’s a pro tip: the MX-5 looks just as sleek on American streets as it does in Japan!
Getting a dead battery is bound to happen sooner or later, and it can be extremely frustrating – not to mention dangerous. We’ve put together a list of tips on jumpstarting your car to help you out of this tricky situation.
According to wikiHow, you should always have a quality pair of jumper cables in your car. These should be thick, colored, well-stored, and capable of reaching around 20 ft or more. Make sure they’re not corroded, either.
The first step is to determine that the battery is actually the problem. If your lights or dash are dimmer than usual or if the car cranks slowly or clicks, it’s probably a dead battery. If you notice the car is cranking normally or that your vehicle is leaking fluid, it’s probably not the battery.
After determining the battery is indeed the problem, locate it under your hood. Have the jumper car pull up near you, with its hood open. DO NOT let the vehicles touch, as this can create a dangerous arc of electricity.
Follow these steps:
Connect the red clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery.
Connect the other red clamp to the positive terminal on the jumper car.
Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal (-) on the jumper car.
Connect the other black clamp to a piece of grounded metal on the dead car. This should be a shiny piece of metal like a bolt. It’s not uncommon to see a small spark when the ground is connected.
Make sure no cables are in the way of moving parts.
Start the jumper car; let it run for 60 seconds.
Start the dead vehicle. If it doesn’t work, let it charge longer and consider reconnecting the cables.
If successful, remove clamps in the reverse order you put them on, starting with the grounded clamp and then moving to the negative terminal, etc.
Let the (previously) dead car charge for at least 20 minutes.
Remember to be safe and avoid touching cables or moving parts. Contact Bakersfield Mazda‘s service department if you need any help!
Below is a video that will help further simplify the process for you.
The Mazda3 was recently ranked number one on the Customer Love Index Report. This award measures the experience of the main driver, seeking to determine just how satisfied new owners are with their vehicles. Consistently ranked number one, the Mazda3 can put a smile on anyone’s face.
According to Mazda, the Mazda3 comes with a 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter engine with SKYACTIV-G technology, a six-speed transmission, sleek styling, vibrant colors, comfortable seating, and the latest technologies. Best of all, it’s extremely affordable. Hate buyer’s remorse? Get the Mazda3.
“Our enthusiasm for the Mazda3 matches that of our customers, and we’re thrilled it continues to deliver on what drivers are passionate about for a vehicle,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “Customer feedback helps us create the vehicles that drivers want to drive, and continued excitement for the Mazda3 is our motivation for enhancing the performance and design of the vehicle year after year.”
Strategic Vision, the publisher of the Customer Love Index Report, compiles information based on the number of vehicles sold. Since 2012, Strategic Vision has measured the results from over 8,000 vehicles, noting that owners love their cars more than other models.