Mazda Shows off Chassis for 2016 MX-5 Miata

At the New York Auto Show, Mazda displayed a stripped-down version of the upcoming 2016 MX-5 Miata. So stripped down, it was just the chassis.

Mazda showed its creative side when describing the chassis in a press release, “With no richly layered, character line-laden sheet metal to hide beneath, the Skyactiv-Chassis lays out a narrative of MX-5′s continuing story with a perfectly arranged table of contents.”

This shiny, mostly aluminum chassis reveals more about the new MX-5 than you might think. It incorporates Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV technology, hence the extensive use of aluminum. This will lead to a lighter MX-5 than previous generations. Mazda says it is aiming for 220 pounds of weight loss, which will bring its curb weight much closer to 2,000 pounds.

The fully-formed 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is expected to debut at the Chicago Auto Show early next year.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we can’t wait to see what Mazda has in store for this all-new MX-5.

2014 Mazda3 Included in Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List

For the third year in a row, Mazda is recognized in Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List. This year, it is for the 2014 Mazda3, which was completely redesigned for its third generation.

Mazda says the new interior was crafted to be driver-centric and “on honing the human-machine interface (HMI) into an instinctively ergonomic and functional part of the cockpit to create a driving experience that is intuitive, seamless, and safer.”

Check out the beautiful interior for yourself.

Inside, passengers will be met with a premium interior design that evokes a luxury feel with quality materials. There is also a host of new technology features. All of these aspects combined, make the Mazda3 sporty, comfortable, upscale, and sophisticated.

In addition to the award-winning interior, the Mazda3 uses Mazda’s fuel-saving SKYACTIV® technology, including engines and lightweight materials.

If you’re looking for something that pleases both your sense of practicality and adventure, the 2014 Mazda3 is the car for you. Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we have the Mazda3 available now. Come take one out for a drive to see how comfortable you feel behind the wheel.

Official 2015 Mazda MX-5 Sketch Leaked

It’s official, Mazda is bringing the all-new 2015 MX-5 Miata to the New York Auto Show in just a over a week. We can’t wait to see the new design. But, in the mean time, it seems an official 2015 Mazda MX-5 sketch has been leaked to the media.

2015 Mazda MX-5 Sketch

We can’t wait for the NY International Auto Show to see how different the 2015 model will be from the 2014 one.

Based on this sketch, it seems the new Miata will have a more aggressive design. It’s unclear how close to production that sketch is, but it looks pretty good to us. According to Carscoops, the new MX-5 will use Mazda’s impressive lightweight SkyActiv technology and engines, possibly as a four-cylinder in either 1.5- or 2.0-liter displacements.

The New York Auto Show opens for the press on April 16 and we’ll be waiting impatiently for any news on the new Mazda MX-5. Be sure to check back here at Bakersfield Mazda for any updates.

What are you hoping for in the next-generation Miata?

Mazda’s Next Generation of SkyActiv Engines Even Greener

Currently, Mazda produces some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, and it doesn’t have a single hybrid or electric vehicle in its lineup. What it does have, however, is SkyActiv Technology. This collection of fuel-saving features is going to get even better with the next generation of SkyActiv engines.

Skyactiv Engines

Mazda says the new SkyActiv Engines won’t be available until 2020. Will the Mazda cars of the future look anything like this 2014 CX-5?

According to an interview with Autocar, Mazda says the future technology, known as SkyActiv-G Generation 2, could be as much as 30 percent more efficient than its current design and may produce fewer CO2 emissions than electric cars.

You might be thinking, “How can a gasoline-powered car emit less CO2 than an electric car with no emissions?” Well, you have to remember that the electricity needed to power an electric car has to come from somewhere. And, most power companies emit CO2 while producing electricity. The phrase “well-to-wheel” takes into consideration emissions from the entire lifecycle of a vehicle.

Mazda’s new engine will achieve this efficiency by using something called homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI), which has a high compression ratio of 18:1. This makes the gasoline engine work in a similar way to a diesel engine by using piston compression instead of a spark plug.

When will these new engines come out? Mazda says we will most likely see them before 2020. Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we’ll be on the lookout for more information, so check back again for any updates.