2015 Mazda2 Gets Redesigned

For the first time in seven years, the Mazda2 is getting redesigned. The Mazda2 is Mazda’s smallest offering with sporty hatchback looks.

Introduced in Japan under the Demio name, the 2015 Mazda2 will come to the U.S. later this year. It will use Mazda’s fuel-saving, lightweight SkyActiv technologies, including engines, transmissions, body, and chassis.

2015 Mazda2

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The Mazda2’s new looks follow Mazda’s Kodo design language in the same lines as the Mazda3 and Mazda6 and is heavily influenced by the Hazumi concept that was on display in Geneva in March. Mazda hasn’t said which engines the U.S. market will see, but most likely it will be the 1.5-liter gasoline engine that is rated at 99 horsepower. Other markets, such as Japan and Europe will get the SKYACTIV-D 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter diesel engines.

It’s so refreshing to see such a stylishly designed small car. Just because you want to drive something small, that doesn’t mean you want something bland and boring with no high-tech features.

Mazda will release more information on the redesigned Mazda2 as the year progresses. The 2015 Mazda2 will roll into Bakersfield Mazda sometime during the fourth quarter of this year.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reveal Set for September 3, 2014

We finally have a confirmed date for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata reveal – September 3, 2014. Mazda released a video confirming the date, but unfortunately, no shots of the actual car, just some subtle exhaust notes.

To make sure no one has a monopoly on the excitement, Mazda will hold three simultaneous events, one in Europe, one in Japan, and one in the U.S. All three cars will be uncovered at the same time, with the U.S. event held in Monterey, California.

As far as what we should expect from the fourth-generation MX-5, Mazda has been pretty close-lipped. We got to see the new SkyActiv chassis at the New York Auto Show a few months ago and learned that it should weigh 220 pounds less than the outgoing model. It is also expected to come with a choice of two SkyActive engines, either a 1.5- or a 2.0-liter version. And, based on the exciting exhaust noises in the short video, we’re guessing some turbocharging is in store as well.

What do you hope to see in the 2016 Mazda MX-5?

Rumored Mazda Rotary Engine May Be Coming in 2017

While everyone is focused on the 25th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5, an even bigger anniversary is just a few years away—the 50th anniversary of Mazda’s first rotary engine. With this in mind, a rumored Mazda rotary engine may make an appearance in May 2017 to mark the occasion.

Motoring, an Australian automotive site, has reported that this new engine may take its form in the next-generation RX-7, which is due out in 2017. The report also states that a Mazda source said the engine may be a twin-scroll turbocharged rotary with an output of near 450 horsepower.

rumored Mazda rotary engine

The rumored rotary engine will not look similar to under the hood of this 2014 MX-5

Mazda’s first rotary engine was the Cosmo Sport, launched in 1967, making 2017 the ideal time to bring a rotary engine back. Motoring says this new Mazda RX-7 will take aim at the highest level of popular sports car, including Ferrari and Porsche, which is why it will come equipped with two turbochargers!

Are you a rotary engine aficionado? Tell us how excited you are about this announcement in the comments below.

Mazda Miata Marriage Proposal

You may have heard of a 21-gun salute, but what about a 44-Miata marriage proposal?  Many men work hard to find creative ways to propose, but, at least in the automotive world, Colin Burgess’s proposal may take the cake.

Recently, aerial photographer Burgess decided to propose to his girlfriend, Caitlin, with the help of 44 Mazda Miatas. Burgess had the Miatas spell out “Marry Me?” and then flew his aerial photography drone overhead while his girlfriend watched the camera. After realizing the question was for her, she said yes.

Miata marriage proposal

According to a CNN interview, the couple had their first date in his red 1992 Miata, which he used to form part of the “M” in “Marry.”

Everybody loves a Miata; however, with a baby on the way, the couple may need to upgrade to something a bit bigger. Perhaps a Mazda CX-5 or CX-9 is in their future.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda we want to congratulate the happy couple and wish them a lifetime of happiness together.