Mazda Educates Students on Racing Technology with R.A.C.E.

When you think about motorsport racing, you probably just think about pure speed and horsepower, but of course, there is a lot more that goes into building a successful race car. In Mazda’s new “Racing Accelerates Creative Education” or R.A.C.E. program, it will reach out to students across the country to show them how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) all play a pivotal role in the success of Mazda Racing.

The in-school events will coincide with the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship schedule, which Mazda is racing in this year. One of the last events for this school year was at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School in Detroit, Michigan. More than 700 students from 11 Detroit Public Schools met together to explore the world of racing technology.

John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, said in a statement, “Whether the students have already expressed an interest in STEM or not, we are convinced that our R.A.C.E. program will demonstrate in an interesting, fun and engaging way how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are central to the success of Mazda on the race track and in the marketplace. More important, by showing them examples of how exciting problem solving can be in the STEM arena, we believe students will be even more motivated to always be curious and open minded.”

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Mazda will bring its SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel prototype race car along with select professional drivers to showcase the events. The program’s next stop will be Eastdale Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Toronto, Ontario.

You can check out Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV Technology yourself by heading over to Bakersfield Mazda.

Mazda Scores More Fleet Sales with Efficiency of SKYACTIV Technology

If you operate a fleet of vehicles, one major concern is fuel costs. Having a fuel-efficient fleet can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. With Mazda’s impressive fuel-efficient SKYACTIV Technology, it is capturing a larger part of the fleet industry every year.

Mazda reports that year-over-year fleet sales in the UK have risen 80 percent for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Chris Stableford, Mazda’s UK fleet sales manager, said at a Fleet Show in Silvertone, UK, “Fleet operators and company car drivers are looking to save money and Skyactiv technology in the all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 enables them to do just that.”

SKYACTIV technology combines lightweight materials, aerodynamics, and fuel-efficient engines to create a vehicle that is not only efficient, but is fun to drive, too.

Whether you’re looking to fill a fleet or just looking for your next ride, visit us at Bakersfield Mazda and we’ll show you why Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology gives you the best car possible.

Mazda Shows off Chassis for 2016 MX-5 Miata

At the New York Auto Show, Mazda displayed a stripped-down version of the upcoming 2016 MX-5 Miata. So stripped down, it was just the chassis.

Mazda showed its creative side when describing the chassis in a press release, “With no richly layered, character line-laden sheet metal to hide beneath, the Skyactiv-Chassis lays out a narrative of MX-5′s continuing story with a perfectly arranged table of contents.”

This shiny, mostly aluminum chassis reveals more about the new MX-5 than you might think. It incorporates Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV technology, hence the extensive use of aluminum. This will lead to a lighter MX-5 than previous generations. Mazda says it is aiming for 220 pounds of weight loss, which will bring its curb weight much closer to 2,000 pounds.

The fully-formed 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is expected to debut at the Chicago Auto Show early next year.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we can’t wait to see what Mazda has in store for this all-new MX-5.

Mazda’s Next Generation of SkyActiv Engines Even Greener

Currently, Mazda produces some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road, and it doesn’t have a single hybrid or electric vehicle in its lineup. What it does have, however, is SkyActiv Technology. This collection of fuel-saving features is going to get even better with the next generation of SkyActiv engines.

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Mazda says the new SkyActiv Engines won’t be available until 2020. Will the Mazda cars of the future look anything like this 2014 CX-5?

According to an interview with Autocar, Mazda says the future technology, known as SkyActiv-G Generation 2, could be as much as 30 percent more efficient than its current design and may produce fewer CO2 emissions than electric cars.

You might be thinking, “How can a gasoline-powered car emit less CO2 than an electric car with no emissions?” Well, you have to remember that the electricity needed to power an electric car has to come from somewhere. And, most power companies emit CO2 while producing electricity. The phrase “well-to-wheel” takes into consideration emissions from the entire lifecycle of a vehicle.

Mazda’s new engine will achieve this efficiency by using something called homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI), which has a high compression ratio of 18:1. This makes the gasoline engine work in a similar way to a diesel engine by using piston compression instead of a spark plug.

When will these new engines come out? Mazda says we will most likely see them before 2020. Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we’ll be on the lookout for more information, so check back again for any updates.