Mazda Concept Cars to Look Out For

Mazda Concept Cars

Mazda has always been known as one of the most innovative automakers on the market. That’s why it should come as no surprise that they have some of the most unique concept cars right now. Here are a few that Mazda has put out.

 

Koeru Concept

As the crossover SUV market is one of the fastest growing sections right now, Mazda developed this stunning crossover concept. The Koeru features Mazda’s latest SKYACTIV® Technology, and it’s a great blend of stylish and sporty.

Shinari

Powerful, stylish, and sleek. These are the three best words to describe the Shinari. Its unique body lines give the Shinari some of the most unique aesthetics we have ever seen.

Takeri

Derived from the Japanese word for ‘masculine’, the Takeri is a highly efficient vehicle that is also outfitted with Mazda’s new SKYACTIV® technology.

Sassou

A small, lightweight vehicle, the Sassou is uniquely efficient. It’s powered by a turbocharged, three-cylinder, 1.0-liter MZR Direct Injection Spark Ignition gas engine.

Minagi

A sporty crossover SUV, the Minagi embodies everything that a crossover vehicle should be. It’s versatile, attractive, and powerful. There’s no question that it’s a car of the future.

 

For more about Mazda’s unique concept cars, check out this list.

If you want to see more of what Mazda has to offer, check out our new inventory and see what technology lies behind the machine!

Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Explained

Although it’s one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, how much do you actually know about St. Patrick’s Day traditions? The history runs deep, and it’s very interesting. Here are a few of the more popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions explained.

 

St. Patrick The Man

Who was he? Many falsely believe that St. Patrick was from Ireland. In fact, St. Patrick was a British nobleman that was enslaved by the Irish. Upon receiving his freedom, St. Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary.

 

The Food

Although corned beef and cabbage is one of the most popular meals to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this tradition is more American than Irish. Irish immigrants in the 19th century were mostly poor and corned beef and cabbage was one of the cheapest meals.

 

The Beer

Although Guinness is a fairly popular beer in the United States (we drink about 600,000 pints of it per day), that number jumps to an astronomical 3 million pints of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. Support Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Now that you know a bit more about the St. Patrick’s Day traditions, get out and celebrate! Be safe, and enjoy the holiday.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Rolls into Dealerships

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was a hit with consumers of all ages and backgrounds. Now, with the 2017 model rolling into showrooms, the legendary, award-winning roadster is ready to make waves once more. There’s no reason to make changes to perfection which is why the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata arrives mostly unchanged for the model year.

The 2016 model took home both the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards, the only vehicle to ever do so. The base MSRP holds steady at just under $25,000, a bargain for this incredible roadster.

There isn’t much to say when it comes to changes. Drivers can choose from the Sport, Grand Touring, and Club trims. Mazda aimed to offer three different vehicles to appeal to different types of drivers.

The MX-5 Miata Sport shows off its original formula that first debuted in 1990. The Club trim boasts red stitching and a performance-driven exterior design, suspension, and brakes. The Grand Touring trim is the definition of luxury with three-stage heated seats, automatic climate control, and more.

The only major change for the 2017 model year comes in the form of Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Both safety technologies come standard on the Club trim.

We here at Bakersfield Mazda are ecstatic that the new MX-5 Miata roadster will be here soon!

Preventative Car Maintenance: The Basics

Preventative Car Maintenance

Taking care of your car starts with preventing problems from growing and occurring in the first place. Fortunately, preventative car maintenance is fairly simple and straightforward. It can also save you a bundle which means there’s hundreds to thousands of reasons to take the proper precautions. Here are a few tips about preventative car maintenance fromus here at Bakersfield Mazda to help get you started.

  • Owner’s Manual – There’s no better guide to your vehicle than the manufacturer-provided owner’s manual! That intimidating booklet contains all the vital information about your car, including a service schedule that you should mark for future reference. Reading up on what service the manufacturer recommends and when it needs to be done is the best way to prevent future problems.
  • Inspection – Performing a full inspection on a monthly basis can help you spot any growing problems and react accordingly. Look at the tires and check the air pressure. Listen for any odd sounds. Make sure the lights work. It never hurts to walk around the car with your eyes peeled for scratches, dings, and dents!
  • Windshield Wipers – Keeping a clear windshield is incredibly important for safety reasons. That’s why you should switch out your windshield wipers every six months or so. A new set is pretty cheap and the owner’s manual will give you a guide on how to install them.

If you want to learn more about preventative car maintainance, just contact us at Bakersfield Mazda!

Mazda CX-5 Design and Technology Gets Upgrades for 2017 Model Year

The new Mazda CX-5 is back, with an innovative new design and some high-tech gadgets. This model is renowned for its bold and sporty styling, as well as its capable powertrain and comfortable interior. However, the new 2017 model year is getting some exciting upgrades that you won’t want to miss. Read on to see what’s new for the 2017 CX-5.

Mazda CX-5 design and technology upgrades begin with the new looks. According to CarScoops, the exterior is getting some slight, yet noticeable changes. This includes a more refined look, with sharper contours, and distinct lighting. It also gets an additional 10mm in width—for improved stability and a more athletic look—as well as a new grille. The A-pillars have been pushed back by 35mm, and a redesigned roofline is truly inspired.

In terms of technology, the new CX-5 is getting things like a 7-inch display on top of the dash—a look inspired by Mercedes-Benz—and an available Bose premium sound system. You also get the Mazda Connect system with smartphone integration, letting you easily access apps, music, media, and more.

Finally, the CX-5 is more convenient than ever thanks to some intelligent safety systems. These include things like Mazda Radar Cruise Control, which lets you set a distance as well as a speed so you don’t have to turn cruise on and off for slow cars on the highway. A torque vectoring system improved performance based on steering inputs, and available Traffic Sign Recognition can actually read road and safety signs to give you info. Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we can’t wait to see the new Mazda CX-5 in action.

 

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions: Tips and Tricks

Believe it or not, only about 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions actually succeed. We’ve put together a list of possible resolutions and some tips for succeeding to keep in mind as we near the new year. Keeping New Year’s resolutions isn’t easy, but they are often worth it in the long run.

Happy New Year 2017 - Bakersfield, CALooking for some resolutions? To begin with, consider being the safest driver possible. If you tend to text and drive, try to quit. If you make rolling stops or speed, these are habits to avoid. Or, if you fail to buckle up all the time, be sure to click it next time you get behind the wheel. Other popular (non-car related) resolutions include quitting smoking, quitting junk food, and exercising more, among other things.

According to Forbes, the best way to keep your resolution is to clearly define your goals. Instead of saying “I’ll get in shape this year,” try to be more specific. For instance, say that you’ll stop eating ice cream or that you’ll quit smoking. This not only helps you get serious, but it can break up larger goals to make them more manageable.

Next, track progress. Though not everything is measurable, you can track certain things. Obvious examples of progress to track are weight loss or days without an alcoholic drink. However, if your resolution is to be friendlier, try to develop a metric to help you see how much progress you’re actually making.

Finally, drop the “all or nothing” attitude. Slip-ups happen—the key to success is patience. It’s helpful to make resolutions with family or friends, creating a network of support. If, for instance, you want to stop texting and driving, let your friends know when you slip up. This extra support will help to harden your resolve. These are just some of many tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions to keep in mind.

New Year’s Driving Tips: Don’t Drink and Drive

Celebrating on New Years Eve - Bakersfield, CANew Year’s is right around the corner, one of the biggest celebrations of the holiday season. However, it is also considered one of the most dangerous holidays, largely because of bad weather conditions and drunk drivers. More than 95 million Americans are set to be on the road this holiday season, and almost half of the car accidents on New Year’s Eve and Day are due to impaired driving. Read on to learn New Year’s driving tips.

First and foremost, don’t drink and drive. You’ve heard it a thousand times, but even if you have one drink, make sure you have a ride home. According to the Huffington Post, Alcohol is directly linked to 42 percent of traffic deaths in the US, and that number surges during the holiday season. That’s because alcohol slows brain activity, reducing reaction time and increasing the likelihood that you’ll fall asleep behind the wheel. If possible, get a designated driver, and suggest a rotating calendar (switch DDs every year so no one is forced to do it all the time).

Next, if you are driving home, be sure to watch for other drivers. Look for signs like swerving, speeding, and slamming on the brakes. If you notice someone may be intoxicated, slow down, pull to the side of the road, and call the police. If you are giving a ride to others, make sure to set ground rules to make sure you’re not distracted.

Finally, don’t fall for myths. For instance, coffee does not sober you up. Though you might feel energetic briefly, this is simply the result of caffeine. The only cure for intoxication is time—you simply have to wait until the alcohol leaves your system. For most, one drink takes at least an hour to break down (one beer, one shot, or one glass of wine). However, these rates really vary depending on your muscle mass. To play it safe, if alcohol touches your lips, plan on getting a ride. If the worst comes to worst, call a taxi or Uber home.

Bakersfield Mazda wishes everyone a very SAFE and fun New Years!

Mazda CX-9 Takes Home Prestigious HMP Best in Segment Award

New Mazda CX-9 - Bakersfield, CAThe Mazda CX-9 recently took home the Hispanic Motor Press “Best in Segment” award for 2017. This is the top honor in the SUV category, proving just how impressive the new CX-9 really is.  This is the seventh-annual awards ceremony, and it is based on overall value with Hispanic families in mind. A number of prominent Hispanic journalists sat on the judging panel, each of which found the CX-9 to be the best overall.

According to Mazda, the CX-9 received the HMP Best in Segment award for its responsive powertrain, its roomy three-row interior, and the signature KODO design. It’s also affordable, with a number of trim levels that let you upgrade to premium materials as you see fit. Overall, the awards also recognized vehicles that were eco-friendly, affordable, and capable of reducing greenhouse emissions as well.

“Our educational programs and content helps the Hispanic Consumer to understand the long-term benefits of clean transportation,” reads the Hispanic Motor Press website. “We provide objective and practical information to the Hispanic Community so that they can select which clean vehicle would fit best for their needs. We assist Hispanic owned companies reviewing and sourcing State and Federal grants to replace polluting.”

Other awards were presented for the best PR agency, the fleet service award, commercial vehicle of the year, motorcycle of the year, and more. There is also a film festival associated with the event to help choose the best short films and commercials that incorporate cars and emphasize green technologies and mindsets.

For more information on the Mazda CX-9, visit us at Bakersfield Mazda!

The 2016 Bakersfield Comic Con

Attention all lovers of comics, games, television shows and general shenanigans! The 2016 Bakersfield Comic Con was back for its 9th annual year and it was bigger and better than ever. Thanks to last year’s roaring attendance, this year’s Comic Con was expanded. It was two days long, with twice as much room, twice as many guests, double the exhibitors and double the programming.

The Bakersfield Comic Con took place on November 12th and 13th at the Kern County Fairgrounds in buildings three and four. Adult admission was $8 for one day or $15 for two, $5 and $8 respectively for kids 8-14, and free for children under 8. This year’s Bakersfield Comic Con turned out to be quite the bang for your buck.

There was plenty to keep the guests occupied on both Saturday and Sunday. From the 7th annual costume contest to the long list of vendors with things like stickers, comics, toys, jewelry and more. And, of course we can’t forget, guests getting the chance to meet all of the great special appearances at Bakersfield Comic Con. An impressive list includes Sam Jones from “Flash Gordon,” writer Steve Niles, The Walking Dead cast members Vincent Ward and Jeryl Prescott, and so many more. With gaming events all day both days, industry giveaways and a chance to mingle with other fans, this was one gathering you wouldn’t have wanted to miss. Didn’t get a chance to go this year? Don’t fret there is always next year!

Five Things You Don’t Know About Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving - Bakersfield, CAPumpkin pie, football, early Christmas shopping … there are some things we can’t help but associate with this time of year. But it’s the things that your guests don’t know about Thanksgiving that will make a great conversation starter.

Wampanoag Indians Put the “E” in “Feast”

The settlers at Plymouth Rock had every intention of giving thanks by praying and fasting, as was their traditional way of doing so. But, when the Native Americans joined the celebration, they brought along their own traditions. Dancing and feasting were both part of their own harvest celebrations.

The Eagle vs the Turkey     

Ben Franklin had high hopes for the turkey. He tried to make it the national bird, finding it to be more morally sound.

The Butterball Hotline

Butterball Turkey started their own Thanksgiving hotline called the Turkey-Talk Line in 1981. The sole purpose of this line was to provide advice and answer questions for those cooking on Thanksgiving Day. Even with smartphones in seemingly everyone’s pocket, the Turkey-Talk Line still gets more than 100,000 calls each Thanksgiving season.

Mary Had a Little Turkey

Sarah Josepha Hale, the author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” has another claim to fame. It was thanks to her relentless efforts and letters that Abraham Lincoln finally decided to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.

What do Retailers Have in Common With Plumbers?

They’re both really busy on Black Friday. According to Roto-Rooter, it’s the busiest day of the year for plumbers. Be sure to save a piece of pie as a thank you in case you need to call a plumber yourself.