New 2014 Mazda6 to get “i-ACTIVESENSE” Safety Technology

The all-new 2014 Mazda6 has begun production, and in that production Mazda has decided to raise some standards and technology of the redesigned sedan. The new Mazda6 will be getting a new suite of safety features that Mazda calls “i-ACTIVESENSE”. The entire set of new technologies in the Mazda6 is geared towards preventing accidents, and when they can’t be prevented, making sure passengers are safe.

These safety features have been separated into three different categories: The Driving Support Category, The Hazard Recognition Support Category, and the Collision Avoidance/ Damage Reduction Support.

The Driving Support Category contains features such as the Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC) and an in-dash GPS system. The Hazard Recognition Support features Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM), High-Beam Control System (HBC), and Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS). All of these features are geared towards helping the driver avoid accidents.

The features of the Collision Avoidance/ Damage Reduction Support group are Smart Brake Support (SBS), Smart City Brake Support (SCBS), and an Acceleration Control for Automatic Transmission. These features are geared towards helping the driver when an accident becomes unavoidable suck as automatically applying the brakes. The Acceleration Control for Automatic Transmission will curb power output while alerting the driver if the gas pedal is pressed excessively when there is an obstacle close to the front of the vehicle.

The entire set of features makes up the “i-ACTIVESENSE” package that Mazda wants to install on all future vehicles. Mazda has taken a very bold stance on safety stating “To drive safely it is essential to recognize potential hazards, exercise good judgment and operate the vehicle in an appropriate fashion. Mazda aims to support these essential functions so drivers can drive safely and with peace of mind, despite changing driving conditions.
But drivers are human beings, and human beings are fallible. So Mazda offers a range of technologies which help to prevent or reduce the damage resulting from an accident.”

You can count on seeing these features not only in the 2014 Mazda6 but many upcoming Mazda vehicles as well.

The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-9 revealed

Mazda planned to hold on to the new 2013 Mazda CX-9 reveal until the Australian International Motor Show that will take place in mid-October, but it seems they could hold out any longer. The new design is another step of Mazda’s out of the Nagare design plans that were cognizant of their past models and into the new Kodo-influence designs.

There has been much speculation as to whether or not Mazda could transition the bigger body of the  2013 Mazda CX-9 into the Kodo treatment, as well as the new CX-5 and Mazda6 Sedan has done.But it seems Mada has lived up to the challenge. The front end flows seamlessly into the body, still giving the sporty look of the Kodo treatment. There have been no details as to what has been changed to the rear of the 2013 Mazda CX-9 or even the interior but there seems to be proof that the headlamps will include LED running lights and a much more defined housing for the foglamps.

The only known details about the drivetrain is that Mazda states the 2013 Mazda CX-9 will carry over the current CX-9’s 3.7 Liter V6 with a six-speed automatic, and will likely be mated to both a front-wheel and all-wheel drive system. We can guess that it will be getting some Sky-Activ treatment to boost as well.

 

The possible return of the Mazda Rotary Engine.

Recently at the 2012 the head of Mazda Takashi Yamanouchi revealed that Mazda is not through with the iconic rotary engine. Mazda now has plans to launch the rotary engine in a new platform for a range extended car. It will likely be an EV or EV sports car.

Many were concerned for the Rotary Engines future when it ended production this past June with the end of the Mazda RX-8′s production. Since then it has been very unknown whether the rotary engine will be apart of Mazda’s future or not. But now after three grueling months Mazda has revealed that they will be continuing to improve the efficiency of the rotary engine, but as to what vehicles it will launch in is unknown. The only known factor is that it will only launch initially in Japan.

“When I joined the company in 1967, it was the rotary engine that motivated my decision,” Yamanouchi said. “We continue to explore ways to improve the fuel efficiency and capabilities of the rotary engine so it can be the primary power source of a car again.”

“We are still learning,” he said. “the rotary has very good dynamic performance, but if you accelerate and brake a lot there are efficiency disadvantages. The range extender overcomes that. We can keep it spinning at it’s most efficient 2000rpm while also taking advantage of it’s size.”

Due to the efficiency at 2000 RPM, the rotary engine would be idea for a range vehicle such as the Chevrolet Volt. The engine would work by having the rotary engine charging the batteries that would then move the car via an electric motor. With the electric capabilities already available with Mazda vehicles its not unlikely that it would feature a plug-in component as well.

The Mazda CX-7 retires

After a good run Mazda has decided its time for the Mazda CX-7 to hang up the towel. The CX-7 will no longer be sold inside the U.S. The Mazda CX-7 is a five seat crossover that was created to rival the Chevrolet Equinox, the Ford Edge, and Honda CR-V. The Mazda CX-7 is just winding down as far as sales go. In July 2012 it only sold 324 units compared to the 3,152 units of July 2011.

“It’s just at the end of its production cycle,” said Jeremy Barnes, a Mazda North American Operations spokesman, in a phone conversation on Thursday. “The [Mazda] CX-5 is its replacement.”

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 will step in to take the place of the Mazda crossover. The new CX-5 is an AWD four door crossover that starts as low as $29,090. It is the beginning of a brand new direction for the brand overall. It got the “Kodo” design which means “Soul of Motion”, a design that Mazda plans to use on all future vehicles. It is also the first vehicle to receive the full suite of the Mazda patented SkyActiv Technology. It comes equipped with a 2.0 Liter Inline-4 engine that gets 155 HP and 150 Lb-Ft of Torque. It also gets a combined 25 MPG fuel efficiency with the new SkyActiv equipment on board.

So now that the Mazda CX-7 has been replaced by the CX-5 (literally, even if you search it and click on the official Mazda link, it brings you to a page for the Mazda CX-5) we can say our farewells, and wait to see if the CX-5 can live up to the name.