A Recent Refresh Helps the Mazda6 Make Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List For 2015

Long gone are the days when a vehicle’s interior consisted of a bench seat more like a wooden pew, an analog radio broadcasting static on every channel, and a temperamental fuel gauge. Interiors have come a long way in terms of comfort and viability as automakers discovered better ways for humans to interact with their machines.

The 2016 Mazda6 is highly exemplary of this engineering progress. The automotive press seem to agree. The sedan from Mazda made Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.

The latest generation of the Mazda6 launched in 2014. For 2016, the Mazda6 received some dramatic “interior upgrades,” according to Tom Murphy, editor for Ward’s Auto World magazine. Those interior enhancements included a “center console and instrument panel that have been expertly redesigned to incorporate a new display screen and human-machine interface that works wonderfully.”

But that wasn’t all. Mazda also improved the front and rear seats and engineered the interior to be even quieter than before.

Derek Jenkins, director of design for Mazda North America Operations, explains the kind of goals Mazda has in mind when it comes to interior design. “To create an environment that spoils its driver and passengers and provides a rewarding experience for the driver.” Those are exactly the kind of goals that placed the 2016 Mazda6 on Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.

Mazda6’s Production Reaches Three Million Units Worldwide

In a testament to the performance sedan’s steadfast popularity, the Mazda6’s production reached a new milestone in November: three million units sold worldwide. This impressive sales achievement was reached just 12 years and nine months after the first-generation Mazda6 began production in February 2002. The Mazda6 is the second fastest model to reach three million units produced, coming in just behind the Mazda3.

Mazda6’s production

Get one of the three million units produced right here at Bakersfield Mazda.

The current Mazda6 is in its third generation, after a full redesign in 2012. The Mazda6 was the second model to join Mazda’s newest generation, adopting the full range of SkyActiv Technology and KODO (Soul of Motion) design theme. The current-generation Mazda6 has received over 40 awards worldwide, including being named 2014 RJC Car of the Year in Japan and nomination as a finalist for the 2013 World Car Design of the Year.

We will see an updated Mazda6 makes its way to Bakersfield Mazda and dealerships nationwide beginning January 2015. According to a recent Mazda news release, the updated Mazda6 will feature a more “refined design expression, enhanced dynamic performance for a more comfortable, higher-quality ride, the Mazda Connect new-generation car connectivity system and i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety technologies.”

2016 Mazda6 Infotainment System Gets a Refresh before Heading to LA

Imagine getting in your car each the morning and your infotainment system brews a hot cup of coffee. That’s before giving you a short but effective motivational speech peppered with quotes from the Dalai Lama. Or maybe it just drives the car for you while you catch a few more winks.

While we’re not quite there yet, you should know that the 2016 Mazda6 will be outfitted with a new and improved infotainment system. This comes after the Mazda3’s system had already been improved. Now it looks like the Mazda6 infotainment system will be inheriting a lot of those improvements, including a new, standalone setup and a newer interface.

Mazda6 Infotainment System

It will be interesting to see how different the interface is from the 2015 model shown here.

Other changes the new Mazda6 will undergo are aesthetic tweaks to the front-end and “brightwork around the lower bodywork,” according to Motor Authority.

The refreshed Mazda6 is debuted at the LA Auto Show last week and we here at Bakersfield Mazda couldn’t have been more excited to see these improvements highlighted by Mazda themselves!

2016 Mazda 6 Coupe Planned to Add a Sporty Touch to the Mazda Lineup

In case you haven’t heard, Mazda recently released some surprising details about a Mazda 6 coupe, something never seen before. With a sporty new design and upgraded performance, the 2016 Mazda 6 coupe could become one of the best sports cars on the road.

2016 Mazda 6 Coupe planned

The 2016 Mazda6 Coupe will be an even sportier looking, two-door version of this 2015 model.

So, what’s so impressive? Well, a coupe version of the classic mid-size sedan would mean building on an entirely new platform. Many automakers have abandoned this concept, due to its complexity; however, the engineers at Mazda have it down.

Car and Driver had a giddy response to news of the 2016 Mazda 6 Coupe planned. “Dropping a 6 coupe cherry on top of Mazda’s current product sundae suggests that the company is confident and willing to plant a flag in a field that most other manufacturers have all but abandoned. The rest of the industry may have bailed on the mid-size, two-door coupe…”

Even if the 2016 coupe seems a long ways away, we still have the popular 2015 Mazda 6 here at Bakersfield Mazda. With 28/36 mpg, a 2.5-liter I4 engine, and state-of-the art safety, no matter which Mazda 6 interests you, you’re bound to end up in a quality car.

Mazda6 Has Best September in 9 Years; CX-5 Has Best September Ever

The Mazda brand is on the rise, and the CX-5 and Mazda6 both enjoyed record months in September. Thanks to the success of these two models, Mazda sales in North America climbed 6.7% over sales from September 2013; year-to-date sales are up 9.3% with 240,953 models sold through September.

“The past two years have seen a September sales month without the Labor Day holiday, which can present a challenge for our dealers, yet we still reported a year-over-year increase,” said Ron Stettner, vice president of sales, MNAO. “Sales growth continues to be the product of strong dealer support and SKYACTIV Technology, specifically the quality, fuel efficiency, technology and value found in Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5.”

Mazda6 Has Best September in 9 YearsWhen we say the “Mazda6 Has Best September in 9 Years” we mean it, and sales of the CX-5 were the best that they have ever been in September. The Mazda6 delivered 4,263 vehicles for a 34.6% year-over-year increase, and the CX-5 moved 8,097 vehicles for a 28.9% year-over-year increase.

As has been the trend, a huge percentage of Mazda’s overall sales belonged to vehicles powered by SKYACTIV® Technology. September was no different, with more than 84% of all Mazdas sold using the brand’s efficient technology.

Additionally, Mazda Certified Pre-Owned vehicles were up 17% with 3,513 vehicles moved in the month of September.

Want to see why Mazda vehicles, both new and CPO, are increasingly popular with car shoppers? Stop into Bakersfield Mazda to test drive the right vehicle for you!

Mazda Car Technology Earns Mazda6 Popular Mechanic’s ‘Car of the Year’ Award

Mazda6 Car of the Year

The 2014 Mazda6 was named Popular Mechanics’ “ Car of the Year ” and for very good reason.

The Mazda6 ties a neat bow on a well put together package. Its innovative technology makes it possible for the highest safety ratings, the latest in available infotainment features, its sleek styling with bold curves, the practical cabin and its fun-to-drive performance with fuel efficiency reaching up to 40 mpg on the highway to be rolled into one dynamic vehicle.

With retail pricing starting just under $22,000 including the destination fee, how could the 2014 Mazda6 be named anything but “Car of the Year”?

Admittedly, we might be just a teensy bit biased; so don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what Jim Meigs, Popular Mechanics’ editor-in-chief had to say:

“At Popular Mechanics, we love it when bold engineering and great design come together. The Mazda6 really impressed us with how well it delivers so many things modern car owners want: great mileage, fun road-handling, upscale features and looks—and remarkable value.”

Do you believe us now? Stop by Bakersfield Mazda today to see for yourself all the “ Car of the Year ” has to offer.

1991 Mazda 626 Gets a Makeover Fit for an NFL Player

Football_field_02While Alfred Morris was busy on the field working as a starting running back for the Washington Redskins, DC-area Mazda engineers were spending 275-man-hours remodeling his car.

So what car does the NFL player drive that would take 275 hours to restore? A 1991 Mazda 626 named Bentley, which he bought during college from his pastor for $2.

Morris was loaned a 2014 Mazda6 in exchange for his 1991 Mazda 626 with his Florida Atlantic University parking decal (which expired last year) still in the rear window. Sounds like a pretty smart trade on Morris’s part, but what was Mazda thinking?

No, there isn’t something in the water over there on the east coast. The exchange was an inventive public relations move as the restoration process, dubbed the Alfred Morris project, was recorded.

By the time Morris was given back the keys to his car, Bentley had undergone a heavy duty makeover inside. Fitting in light of its name, the car received leather seats with quilted, cross-stitching. A new audio system complete with a touchscreen was another of several updates the car received.

You could say this is one purchase that paid for itself.

We don’t have any tricked out 1991 Mazda 626s left in our inventory here at Bakersfield Mazda. We do, however, have other models that share some of the same great features we think you’ll enjoy, including the 2014 Mazda6.

Mazda6 Wins Top Advanced Safety Technology Award by IIHS

What is your biggest concern when driving? Is safety one of them? Does technology seem to improve your driving skills or distract you more? Mazda engineers have worked hard to improve the safety of their drivers and the hard work is paying off. This year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2014 Mazda6 with an advanced safety technology rating.

2014 Mazda6 safety

2014 Mazda6

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) President and CEO Jim O’Sullivan states, “The ‘Advanced’ rating from IIHS illustrates Mazda’s continued commitment to developing vehicles that offer not only the highest levels of occupant crash protection, but vehicles that are also fun to drive.”

Mazda has always been on the forefront of technology and this year it is no different. The innovative 2014 Mazda6 technology is a market first and is named, i-ACTIVSENSE.  Tons of radar sensors, cameras and waves are utilized to guide the driver along the road while keeping passengers safe. A few of the features include:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

How much does the award winning Mazda6 cost? Even though it has the latest technology, many are surprised at the affordable starting price of $20,990. Not only will safety be covered in this commuter and family friendly vehicle, but the Mazda6  is set at a very competitive market price.

First Look at the 2014 Mazda6

2014 Mazda6

2014 Mazda6

Mazda is preparing to enter the competitive midsize sedan segment, and they are definitely ready for the battle with the 2014 Mazda6!  It delivers exquisite styling, a comfortable interior and efficient powertrain options.

The new Mazda6 has a sculpted body structure with sharp details and 19-inch alloy wheels.  The interior is equipped with heated leather seats, a power sunroof, pushbutton start, navigation and Bose Centerpoint audio with Sirius.  Exterior features include a rear lip spoiler, LED running lights, and automatic on/off headlamps.

There will be several powertrain options, but the standard engine is the 2.5 liter Skyactiv four-cylinder.  It delivers 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.  Combined with a six-speed automatic, the Mazda6 is expected to get 26 mpg in the city and 38 on the highway.

The Autoblog team was recently delivered a Soul Red Mazda6 to test out for the year.  As they find out more awesome features, our staff, here at Bakersfield Mazda, will be sure to pass the information on to you!

MAZDA 6 GARNERS GENE RITVO AWARD

 

2014 Mazda 6

2014 Mazda 6 wins Gene Rivto Award

 

The All-New 2014 Mazda 6 was recently given the coveted Gene Ritvo Award for Design and Elegance from the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) along with the Larz Anderson Auto Museum and Boston’ Museum of Fine Arts.

“The 2014 Mazda 6 is a stunning example of the real-world application of the ‘Soul of Motion’ design language,” said Keith Griffin, president of NEMPA.  “Gene Ritvo would be proud to have his name associated with the Mazda 6,” Griffin said.

The Gene Ritvo Award, which honors the best in design in the automotive industry, is awarded to a concept car, vehicle, or a vehicle element that evokes elegance in design. It is named for Gene Ritvo, a NEMPA member and Concours photographer who had a liking for refined elegant design.

The Mazda 6 features the Mazda’s KODO “Soul of Motion” design, which Mazda says is inspired by the movement of animals in the wild. “The subtle but distinctive styling of the Mazda6 caught my eye when reviewing entries for the Ritvo Award,” said Meghan Melvin of the Museum of Fine Arts. “After reading the accompanying description, I was struck by the fact that the KODO design language was clearly reflected in this particular model,” said Melvin.

On sale now, at Bakersfield Mazda in Bakersfield, CA, the 2014 Mazda6 starts at $20,880 MSRP and features best-in-class fuel economy of 38 miles per gallon.