Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM Program Reaches 10,000 Students

Back to school is well into its first month and Mazda’s very own R.A.C.E. STEM program is back to the grind, ready to reach students with the interest and excitement often lost in today’s classrooms. R.A.C.E (Racing Accelerates Creative Education) is an outreach program that has impacted over 10,000 students during its 22 interactive presentations.  All programs thus far have been at schools located near the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship events, allowing organizers to incorporate racing themes into the presentations.

Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM program

Mazda is helping students not see school as a bunch of boring teachers.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs are project-based, collaborative learning programs that focus on hands-on, student-centered education. STEM programs seek to combine all four principles it addresses into one cohesive subject, taught through real-world applications, to help students relate skills to future career possibilities.

Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM program makes an effort to bring students to the race track and show them STEM in action. By showcasing just how much STEM goes into the world of racing, students are able to see how much of an impact STEM education will make on their futures.

It is through advocates of R.A.C.E. and the leadership team at the Circuit of the Americas that Mazda’s R.A.C.E. program is able to continue with its presentations and make preparations for the coming year. Here at Bakersfield Mazda we are proud to be a part of a family that supports education and can’t wait to see it grows in the coming years.

2016 Mazda MX-5 May Not Get Retractable Hardtop

Since the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata officially debuted early this month, the rumors have been flying. One idea floating around the automotive world is that the new MX-5 may not get a retractable hardtop—at least not at first.

That video demonstrates how the retractable hardtop worked in older generation Miatas.

Mazda is proud of the MX-5’s weight reduction and boasts that it has shed 220 pounds when compared to the outgoing model. This may be one of the main reasons why there is no power-retractable hardtop (PHRT) for the first model year.

Autoblog reports that since 2007, the take rate for PHRT models has been 52 percent. With more than half of MX-5 buyers wanting the hardtop, Mazda surely has to bring it to market soon. Or maybe, Mazda has something else in store? Perhaps we will see a coupe version with a permanent roof in the near future.

Which version of the MX-5 do you prefer, soft top or hardtop? Would you like to see a coupe version as well?

The Next Generation Mazda MX-5 Is Finally Here

After being teased for months about the next generation Mazda MX-5, we finally get to see it. On September 3, Mazda simultaneously unveiled the new roadster in California, Tokyo, and Barcelona, Spain.

“The MX-5 Miata stands as the flag-bearer for everything that a Mazda vehicle is,” Jim O’Sullivan, president and chief executive of Mazda North America, said ahead of the debut in California. “Tonight’s reveal is a big deal for us.”

Mazda unveiled the new design, but did not give any details on the powertrain or other specifications; however, industry experts say the combination should stay the same—four cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission (available automatic).

The new design is more angular and aggressive than the outgoing third-generation with narrow headlights and a sloping front grille. Mazda says the new model shaves 220 pounds from the curb weight of the outgoing model. It also loses 3 inches in length and a half inch in width, making it closer to the dimensions of the original Miata.

We should learn more details about the new Mazda MX-5 when it appears at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. It is set to go on sale sometime next year as a 2016 model.

Mazda Celebrates Drive for Good at Pebble Beach

While the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held each year in California showcases the best and most luxurious offerings in the automotive industry, there is a charitable side, too. Mazda recently celebrated its charitable campaign, Drive for Good at Pebble Beach with a dinner.

The campaign ran from November 2013 to January 2014 and Mazda donated $2,751,700 to various charitable organizations during that time. One of those organizations was the SPCA of Monterey Country. Mazda presented a $25,000 check to the animal welfare organization at the Pebble Beach dinner.

Drive for Good at Pebble Beach

“The SPCA’s relationship with Mazda Racing and the Mazda Foundation has benefited the thousands of companion animals, horses, and wildlife rescued and cared for by the SPCA. Mazda always goes above and beyond in supporting our work for the animals,” said Gary Tiscornia, SPCA Executive Director, in a statement. “Mazda staff take animal protection personally. They bring drivers to the SPCA Adoption Pavilion to meet the pets named after them and always provide us opportunities to share in exciting Mazda programs at the historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. We are very grateful for their support.”

In addition to the monetary donations ($100 per Mazda sale during the campaign went to charity), Mazda employees volunteered an hour of service for every Mazda test drive, which totaled 56,435 hours of service.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we are proud to be a part of the Mazda family and look forward to serving you during your next visit.

Big Changes for Mazda Coming Soon

We are all very excited about the next generation Mazda MX-5 coming soon, but did you know big changes for Mazda are coming to many of its models? Automotive News has outlined all the Mazda changes over the next five years.

Starting this year, Mazda rolled out a redesigned Mazda2. Next year, we’ll see a lot of changes just within the first half of the year with a reengineered Mazda6, the all-new MX-5 soft-top, a freshened CX-5, and the debut of a new model, the CX-3. Mazda will also be phasing out the Mazda5 small van in 2015.

big changes for Mazda

Mazda will replace the 2014 Mazda5 with the Mazda CX-3.

The CX-3 will be a brand new model to fill the gap in the subcompact crossover segment. It is set to go on sale here in the U.S. in the summer of 2016.

As 2016 rolls in, we’ll see some more changes for Mazda, including the return of the performance-oriented Mazdaspeed3, a reengineered Mazda3, the debut of a MX-5 hardtop, a reengineered CX-5, and a redesigned CX-9.

What Mazda update or new model are you most excited about?