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!

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.

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?

Next-Generation Mazda3 Photos Leaked

Finally, some details about the much-anticipated 2015 Mazda3 have been released. While auto-analysts are not sure whether this next-generation Mazda will be a hatchback or sedan (or hopefully both), they do know that the Mazda3 will sport an all-new look. Mazda has confirmed that they will be testing their new Kodo design on the Mazda. Soon, this unique Kodo design will be available across Mazda’s entire lineup as well.

Based on the few pictures that were released, we can see a redesigned grill that strongly resembles the iconic CX-5 crossover and new Mazda6 sedan’s chrome grille. The next-generation Mazda3 is also expected to feature Skyactiv technologies to be paired with the 2.0-liter gas engine that powers the current model. The all-new Mazda3 is also expected to be much lighter and fuel-efficient than previous models.

While the next-generation Mazda3 will be available for the 2015 model year, final production of the hatchback/sedan may be completed by the end of this year.  Hopefully, as specs are finalized, we will release more information and photos very soon!

Mazda rumored to create a small crossover called CX-3

A big rumor over the ensuing weekend by AutoExpress was that Mazda is in the works to create a smaller crossover, to fill a market void called the Mazda CX-3. The small crossover would be based off of the Mazda2 platform and would be due to arrive sometime early in 2014. It would likely use the patented Mazda SKYACTIV Technology, helping keep the weight low, and the MPG high.

It is likely that the CX-3 will try to model its driving characteristics off of the CX-5 and MX-5 Miata, making it a fun handling and quick vehicle. Potential engine options could be the same engine that powers the CX-5, the 2.5-liter diesel, and the possibility of two other engines that Mazda has in the works; the 1.6-liter diesel and a 1.3-liter turbo gas engine.

Though there is much to come before the possibility of this new mini crossover, the excitement still mounts.

The 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been long awaited, and since its unveiling in July it has rarely been seen but recently at the 2012 Paris Motor Show it made an appearance. This time warming our hearts with a Mazda vehicle to still be proud of.

The new 2013 Mazda MX-5 is a two-seater rear-wheel drive roadster that continues on the MX-5 Miata legacy of being a sporty line for Mazda that it lacks for most other lines. This time the Miata gets the new Kodo style of body and will have a whole new front facet to show. In addition Mazda claims that they have enhanced the current throttle response and added more of a brake return making what was already a great sport package even better.

The 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata starts at only $23,720 which is a price that many can afford, and it also comes with a 158 HP 2.0 Liter inline four engine. For such a light and small car thats not too bad on the powerside. So expect this car to meet Mazda’s old slogan with ease and “Zoom-Zoom” anywhere you need to go.

The all-new 2013 Mazda CX-9 revealed

Mazda planned to hold on to the new 2013 Mazda CX-9 reveal until the Australian International Motor Show that will take place in mid-October, but it seems they could hold out any longer. The new design is another step of Mazda’s out of the Nagare design plans that were cognizant of their past models and into the new Kodo-influence designs.

There has been much speculation as to whether or not Mazda could transition the bigger body of the  2013 Mazda CX-9 into the Kodo treatment, as well as the new CX-5 and Mazda6 Sedan has done.But it seems Mada has lived up to the challenge. The front end flows seamlessly into the body, still giving the sporty look of the Kodo treatment. There have been no details as to what has been changed to the rear of the 2013 Mazda CX-9 or even the interior but there seems to be proof that the headlamps will include LED running lights and a much more defined housing for the foglamps.

The only known details about the drivetrain is that Mazda states the 2013 Mazda CX-9 will carry over the current CX-9’s 3.7 Liter V6 with a six-speed automatic, and will likely be mated to both a front-wheel and all-wheel drive system. We can guess that it will be getting some Sky-Activ treatment to boost as well.


2014 Mazda6 production begins

Mazda has officially kicked off production of the 2014 Mazda6 at its Hofu No. 2 plant in Japan’s Yamaguchi prefecture. The car in the photo above is a European-spec Mazda6 wagon, equipped with the automaker’s 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G gasoline inline-four, and it’s the first undisguised look we have at the rakish estate.

The 2014 Mazda6 will be seen for the first time at the Moscow Motor Show in August, and the rest of the world will get their first glimpse at market-specific models during September’s Paris Motor Show festivities. The third-generation Mazda6 will go on sale in Europe and Japan before the end of the year, while North American cars will start hitting dealerships sometime in early 2013.

Mazda plans to produce approximately 120,000 units of the Mazda6 annually at Hofu. 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Mazda6 production there, with the original car (the official 626 replacement) first rolling off the line in 2002.

To review, Mazda will offer the 2014 Mazda6 with its Skyactiv-D diesel engine in other markets (and possibly the U.S.), and the car will be the first to use the automaker’s new i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology.

2014 Mazda6 reveals just enough

The anticipation for the 2014 Mazda6 is rising, and Mazda is doing just the rights things to help that feeling mount. Over the course of the past month they have released teaser shots of the All-new version of the Mazda6.  Though the car will not be  fully shown until the 2012 Moscow Auto Show in August, Mazda is doing all they can to show just enough of the new sedan’s design. And luckily we have put them all together here.

The new design of the mid-sized sedan will feature the 2.0-liter SkyActiv-G gasoline four cylinder, combined with a six-speed automatic transmission. It also has been stated that the 2014 Mazda6 will feature the company’s new i-ELOOP (short for Intelligent Energy Loop) capacitor-based regenerative braking system that will, according to Mazda, Improve economy by up to 10 percent.

Well now is your chance to catch up and view the new design, that is due to release sometime in 2013. Here are the teaser videos released by Mazda USA.

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And here are the array of photos that Mazda has released.

With all the teasers that are out on the 2014 Mazda6, excitement is mounting..Come on Mazda! Hurry up and show us! Honestly, No one likes a tease!