Best of the Year: Mazda Highlights of 2014

Each year, various carmakers meet different milestones and leave behind certain legacies that they will be remembered for. Mazda certainly had a good year, and now that it’s over, we thought it would be good to take a trip down memory lane to see just what the automaker’s year involved. Check out Bakersfield Mazda’s Mazda highlights of 2014!

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Debuts

After 11 years of the third-generation MX-5 Miata, Mazda finally unveiled the 2016 model, which would be the first in the sports car’s fourth generation, at a Duran Duran concert back in September. The new Miata weighs in at 220 pounds lighter than the previous generation, which will surely make for better efficiency and faster pickup. The 2016 model is still recognizable as a Miata—just with a lower front end and sleeker lines.

Mazda highlights of 2014

Introduction of the Mazda CX-3

Towards the end of 2014, Mazda unveiled the new CX-3—a small crossover that slots just underneath the existing CX-5. The CX-5 made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show to much applause—which is unsurprising, given its dashing good looks and rumored ultra-efficiency. We won’t see the production version of the CX-3 until next year, but we’re sure excited now we know what to expect!

Mazda2: Japan’s Car of the Year

In October, the Mazda2 was declared Japan’s Car of the Year, narrowly beating out the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The award was given to the redesigned hatchback, making it the fifth Mazda model to win the award, and the third in three years. The new Mazda2 is fitted with SKYACTIV technology to increase fuel efficiency and boost output. We can expect to see it here sometime next year!

New Bioplastic Miata May Revolutionize Industry

In this brave new world, paint may be a thing of the past. As automobiles, formerly so calamitous to the environment, grow increasingly more environmentally-friendly, automakers are always digging for new ways in which to make their products even more friendly. For Mazda, that search has led to a re-examination: does a car really need paint?

If you look at the new 2016 Mazda Miata, you’ll know that the answer is no. That’s because instead of a typical paint-job, the newest Miata will be assembled with bioplastic parts. Gizmag reports that “the plastic is based on plant-derived materials instead of petroleum, and doesn’t need to be painted.”

bioplastic miata

Some of you may be wondering how just exactly this bioplastic Miata helps the environment. It’s because the process of painting a car involves the release of harmful emissions.

You should also know that those annoying dents and dings will also disappear right along with harmful emissions. The plastic highly-resistant to scratches, weather and impacts. To us at Bakersfield Mazda, it sounds like everybody wins with the new bioplastic Miata!

Create an In-Game Mazda Miata and Win Big

Many modern video games give players the chance to customize at least a few aspects of their gameplay, whether it’s the characters’ looks, choice of weapons, and even varying options for transportation. In the Xbox game Forza Horizon 2, Mazda wants gamers to design an in-game Mazda Miata with the chance to win a big prize for the best design.

in-game Mazda Miata

After a major design change in 2015, 2016 will likely be similar in style.

Unfortunately, that big prize isn’t a new 2016 Mazda MX-5, but is still pretty awesome. The two top designers will win a trip to the South by Southwest conference and festival in Austin, Texas. There, they will compete for the grand prize—a 55-inch curved TV, home audio system, Xbox One Kinect, and more.

You have until midnight on January 4th, 2015 to submit your design in the Livery Design Contest. Then judges will choose the top five designs and post them for public voting. From January 26th through February 12th, the public will vote on their favorite designs with the top two headed to the conference.

Go spend time on Forza Horizon 2 and you might just win a sweet set of prizes. Will you be creating an awesome paint job for the Mazda Miata?

2016 Mazda CX-3 Details: It’s One Hot New Subcompact

Mazda revealed its new 2016 CX-3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month, and it’s one of many smaller vehicles on a long list of the industry’s car subgenre. The CX-3 is a lot like the CX-5, but this subcompact is marketed toward a younger audience. It’s smaller and—more importantly—it’s cheaper.

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 details include a structure brand new to the US, that of the Mazda2 hatchback, which is being sold in other markets; though, the CX-3 will have all-wheel drive as well as a larger body and bigger wheels than the Mazda 2.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Details

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will be a slightly smaller version of the CX-5 pictured here.

Mazda also claims a “world first” for the CX-3: a “wheel slip warning detection system.” This technology could presumably give drivers a heads-up about when their wheels are likely to slip, though Mazda has yet to clarify what it actually does.

With small SUVs and subcompacts quickly becoming the most popular cars in America, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 will likely be a hit with new drivers looking for an affordable ride that can fit into tight, city spaces.

Until the release of the 2016 Mazda CX-3, head on down to Bakersfield Mazda to see our many available Mazda models.

ALG Determines the 2015 Mazda 3 Pricing is a Knock-Out

The Mazda 3 is on a roll! For two years now, the compact car has won the ALG Residual Value Award. Though it’s no mystery to us here at Bakersfield Mazda, Torque News breaks down the reasons why.

Mazda did not reinvent the wheel to win a second year in a row, though it may have reinvented the deal. ALG’s President Larry Dominique explained Mazda’s award-winning strategy: “Mazda kept the 2015 pricing flat on the Mazda3, allowing it to remain one of the best values in the Compact segment.”

2015 Mazda3 pricing

2015 Mazda3, priced affordably at Bakersfield Mazda!

It’s not just 2015 Mazda 3 pricing that did it; it’s the undeniable quality of the Mazda 3 that also factors in. Torque News put it succinctly when it said, “The Mazda3 blends value, safety, and sportiness.”

ALG is the industry benchmark for evaluating the value of automobiles. For the Residual Value Award, ALG looks at a variety of factors such as “vehicle quality, production volume, and overall price and value.” Ultimately, the firm looks at how the value of vehicles will stand the test of time.