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  • 2014 Mazda Mazda6

    The quest toward better gas mileage and incremental gains isn't relegated just to engine and transmission improvements, or to aerodynamics or weight reduction. Even when we're not talking hybrids, the move to smart electric components can bring some significant gains. Beyond electric power steering, so-called 'smart' alternators are a next step that a number of automakers have already taken. But in the 2014 Mazda 6 is leapfrogging that, with a radical new brake-energy regeneration system called i-ELOOP. It's making its world debut in the 2014 Mazda 6, and it's the first such system to use a...

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    2014 Mazda Mazda6: Up To 38 MPG, Priced From $20,880

    Mazda has announced official EPA fuel economy figures and pricing for the 2014 Mazda6 sedan. The striking-looking sedan will start from $20,880, not including Mazda's $795 destination charge ($840 in Alaska), title, taxes, license and other fees. That figure gets you the entry-level i Sport...

  • 2013 Toyota Yaris
    Toyota Excited By Next Mazda-Based Yaris Small Car

    Toyota has admitted that its Yaris small car isn't a marketing priority right now in the U.S. Instead, much of the company's efforts are going into the top-selling Corolla line--but when the firm's next-generation small car hits the streets, things could change. The next Toyota subcompact isn't yet...

  • 2014 Mazda Mazda6
    2014 Mazda6 Sedan: 31 MPG Combined (Or So), But Not For Sale

    In olden days, new models for the following year came out in September. Now, they're all over the calendar. The latest example is the 2014 Mazda Mazda6 sedan, of which several hundred already sit in Mazda showrooms across the country. Its highly efficient 184-hp SkyActiv 2.5-liter four-cylinder...

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    2014 Mazda Mazda6: VW TDI Models To Get A Clean-Diesel Rival

    Mazda is pushing ahead with its plans to offer a clean-diesel four-cylinder engine that could prove to be a strong rival to the TDI four in some Volkswagen and Audi products. While the 2014 Mazda6 will arrive in its lower-priced form with a 184-horsepower, 2.5-liter version of the four-cylinder...

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    The 3-Cylinder, 40 MPG... Mazda Miata?

    As sports cars go, the current Mazda MX-5 Miata isn't too bad when it comes to fuel efficiency. Okay, so at 25 mpg combined and 28 mpg highway it's a long way off the sort of vehicles we usually feature, but let's just say it's one of the best of a bad bunch. That's not to say that it can't be...

  • Rotary engine

    While the Wankel rotary engine, Mazda’s power plant of choice for many years, has a fantastic power to weight ratio, it isn’t exactly what you’d call a green engine. As a consequence, since the Mazda RX-8 ended its production in June this year, you won’t find a rotary engine powering any new Mazda on sale in the U.S. today. That doesn’t mean the Wankel engine is dead, however. Speaking at this week’s Moscow Motor Show, Mazda president and CEO Takashi Yamanouchi confirmed to Autocar that Mazda was preparing to give the rotary engine a new lease of life: in a...

  • 2014 Mazda Mazda6
    2014 Mazda Mazda6: Four Cylinders Or Nothing

    Mazda’s completely redesigned Mazda6 midsize sedan is set to make its official debut at this week’s Moscow Motor Show, but the Japanese automaker has released images and a few details ahead of the show’s opening. As expected, there will be no six-cylinder option for Mazda’s...

  • 2014 Mazda6 world premiere  -  2012 Moscow Motor Show
    Mazda: We Want Each New Car To Be 220 Pounds Lighter

    While all automakers realise the benefits of making their cars lighter, it's only been relatively recently that some models have actually weighed less than their predecessors. Demands for safety, equipment, larger engines, more comfort and more space have pushed vehicle weight up so far that some...

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    Mazda Diesel To Come First In Mazda6 Sedan Or CX-5 Crossover?

    Drivers in Europe have been reaping the benefits of a wide selection of diesel cars for years, but with the fuel set to become more popular in the U.S. too, many carmakers are expanding their range of diesel vehicles. Mazda is one of those carmakers, with the next generation Mazda6 and the 2013...

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    Mazda To Supply SkyActiv-D Diesels For 2013 Le Mans Teams

    If you’re not directly involved with the high-octane world of 24-hour endurance racing, it’s easy to forget that races like last weekend’s 24 Heures Du Mans take months -- even years -- to prepare for. On Saturday, Mazda reminded us of just that fact by announcing its intention to...

  • Rotary engine
    Hydrogen, Rotary Range-Extender For Mazda Electric Cars?

    Rotary engines aren't known for their green credentials, but if Mazda's latest plans come to fruition, they may be granted another lease of life. Most frequently seen in Mazda's sports cars over the years, Wankel rotary engines are associated variously with ultra-smooth power, poor fuel economy...

  • Mazda SKYACTIV technologies

    Mazda is no stranger to motorsport, with its MX-5 sports car one of the most-raced production cars in the world at grassroots level, and its high-profile victory in the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours. That victory heralded the first--and only--for rotary power, and Mazda is set to innovate again by supplying Skyactiv-D engines to the GRAND-AM series' GX Class. Just as with the Skyactiv-G gasoline engine range, Skyactiv-D is designed to improve all the usual characteristics of diesel engines, while reducing their disadvantages. Compared to Mazda's previous diesel line, not sold in the U.S, the new...

  • 2013 Mazda CX-5 road test, Catskill Mountains, NY, April 2012
    2013 Mazda CX-5 & 2012 Mazda3: Real-World Gas Mileage Boost From SkyActiv Engine

    The trend is clear: To get higher gas mileage, almost all new cars will have smaller, more efficient engines. Mazda says its new line of SkyActiv engines and transmissions, though, takes the carmaker to new heights of fuel efficiency. We recently tested two different Mazdas fitted with its...

  • 2013 Mazda CX-5
    Mazda CX-5 Stops Loving Truffula Trees, Starts Hating Electric-Cars

    Automakers love to take automotive journalists somewhere exotic for the official launch of a new car, usually somewhere hot and sunny. So when Mazda announced its European launch of the 2013 CX-5 compact crossover SUV would take place in the rugged, rural landscape of Highland Scotland, we assumed...

  • 2013 Mazda CX-5
    Mazda Ditches V-6, Goes Four-Cylinder, Keeps Rotary Engines

    It's all change at Mazda for the next generation of its engine and product lines. The CX-7 SUV and 6-cylinder engines are out, and a wave of efficient Skyactiv engines, light-weight cars and an improved line of rotary engines is in. Robert Davis, senior vice president of U.S. Operations at Mazda...

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    Mazda Takeri Diesel Concept: 2012 New York Auto Show Preview

    The Mazda Takeri Concept sedan will make its North American debut this week at the 2012 New York Auto Show. But this is a slightly different Takeri than we saw at the Geneva Motor Show. For the first time, Mazda will show its new SKYACTIV-D clean diesel powertrain in a concept car. The Takeri...

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    2013 Mazda CX-5 Configurator Microsite Goes Live

    Mazda has launched a microsite dedicated to its new CX-5 crossover.

  • Rotary engine

    You may have noticed we feature the late Mazda RX-8 rather less often than the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car. Considering the final iteration of the four-seat, four-door sports car delivered just 23 mpg highway from its 1.3-liter Renesis rotary engine, it really wasn’t a green car. But Mazda believes that's going to change. WardsAuto.com says the carmaker could come full circle with its rotary engine efficiency and offer an improved version as part of its SKYACTIV technology for more fuel-efficient vehicles. The inherent advantages of rotary engines over piston engines are...

  • Mazda CX-5 Truffula Tree Friendly
    2013 Mazda CX-5 Fuel Efficiency Is Lorax-Approved, Says Dr. Seuss

    For some time, Toyota has held the crown when it comes to bizarre -- and sometimes cute -- ad campaigns for its range of Prius hybrids. Now Mazda wants some of the cute green ad action. In its latest ad, Mazda proudly proclaims that its 2013 CX-5 compact crossover is Truffula Tree friendly, thanks...

  • Mazda Takeri Concept
    Takeri, Skyactiv Tech Take Center Stage For Mazda At Geneva

    We may already be familiar with the Mazda Takeri concept car, but it's set to spearhead Mazda's assault on the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning of March. That assault includes showcasing Mazda's i-ELOOP regenerative braking technology, and its SKYACTIV range of gasoline and diesel engines, all of...

  • 2013 Mazda CX-5 crossover
    2013 Mazda CX-5 Compact SUV: EPA Figures In, 35 MPG Highway

    Crossover fans have been eager in anticipation of the 2013 Mazda CX-5 Crossover, and for good reason. Thanks to new SkyActiv engines, Mazda has been promising some pretty impressive fuel economy numbers. With EPA testing now complete, it appears even Mazda underestimated just how far the CX-5 will...

  • Mazda i-ELOOP regenerative braking system with capacitor storage
    Mazda Improves Fuel-Saving Start-Stop System With Capacitors

    Mazda has supplemented i-Stop with a capacitor-based regenerative-braking system, called i-ELOOP, that should provide some of the benefits of a mild-hybrid system without added bulk.

  • 2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover on test drive, Southern California, Nov 2011
    2013 Mazda CX-5 Kicks Compact Crossover Gas Mileage Higher

    Let's face it: If you want the best gas mileage in a compact or mid-size all-wheel drive crossover, you have to go hybrid. But hybrids are still more expensive than gasoline models by a few thousand dollars, and the majority of buyers prioritize price over those last few miles per gallon. So the...