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.
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!
Many of the best things in life start out as mistakes, accidents, or happenstances. Take the Mazda2, for example. When Mazda created the now-popular subcompact, they didn’t even envision selling it in America. Those plans changed quickly, though, as Americans fell deeply in love with small cars for their practicality, economy, and efficient sense of style. The Mazda2 made its way to America, therefore, back in 2011.
Now, Mazda is releasing an updated version of the Mazda2, a redesigned subcompact ready to reign over a new generation of stylish small cars. The new Mazda2 will be a 2016 model, and while we don’t have many numbers and statistics about its power and efficiency yet, it’s quite a looker. If the car’s performance lives up to its stellar and sexy outward appearance, competitors beware.
This video of the 2016 Mazda Demio (Japanese version of the Mazda2) offers a great look at what to expect.
In fact, The Car Connection already proclaimed the Mazda2 a winner. “The Mazda2 should break through the clutter, offering a sexy new shape, an affordable price, and the zippy-and-zoomy personality that’s become a hallmark for the brand.” Mazda previewed the new subcompact at the Geneva Motor Show in the guise of its Mazumi Concept—we loved that concept here at Bakersfield Mazda, so we’re pretty confident we’ll love the real production deal as well. Check back on our blog often for updates on the Mazda2 and everything else Mazda!
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.
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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.