Mazda News

  • 2013 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover revealed at Los Angeles Auto Show, Nov 2011

    Among the green cars making their debuts at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show this week is the 2012 Mazda CX-5. While it made its world debut back at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, we weren’t entirely sure what its specifications for the U.S. market would be. Now we do. Weighing in at under 3500 pounds, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a compact crossover capable of producing 155 horsepower from its 2.0 liter, four cylinder Skyactiv-G engine -- the same engine in fact as used in the 2012 Mazda 3 Skyactiv. With what Mazda claims is the highest compression ratio engine for its class, the Mazda CX-5 is...

  • 2012 Mazda Mazda3 SkyActiv
    2012 Mazda3 Skyactiv: 40 MPG Highway, No Electric Motor Needed

    Car companies are taking several different directions towards making their cars of the future more efficient. Some are going down the hybrid route, using electric motors to assist and occasionally take over from gasoline engines. GM is taking a two-pronged approach, with the range-extended Volt and...

  • 2011 Mazda Takeri Concept
    Mazda Takeri Concept: Clean Diesel Sedan Due At Tokyo

    We're starting to see the first concept cars due at December's Tokyo Motor Show filtering through, and while many are excited for the design, the choice of powertrain is important too. The 2011 Mazda Takeri Concept certainly looks striking, with Mazda's new KODO "Soul of Motion" design language...

  • Mazda SKYACTIV-G 1.3 direct-injection gasoline engine
    Mazda's Skyactiv-G 1.3 Gets 70mpg, No Hybrid Tech Needed

    The 2011 Mazda2 is already one of the most fun small cars on the market, sharing its platform with Ford's Fiesta. It's pretty economical too, but with Mazda's next generation of gasoline engine, it'll become very efficient indeed. The 1.3-liter Skyactiv-G unit soon to be found in the Mazda2 gets 30...

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    Mazda To Launch Hybrid Version Of Mazda6 Mid-Size Sedan Soon

    While Mazda prepares to unveil its new CX-5 crossover and launch its new SkyActiv engine and transmission technology, it's also quietly developing a hybrid model as well. In March 2010, Japan's small but scrappy maker of "Zoom Zoom" cars signed a deal to license Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive...

  • Mazda SKY-D Engine
    Mazda Next-Gen Sky-D Diesel: Cleaner Than VW TDI?

    The Mazda 2.0-liter Sky-D clean-diesel engine, when it makes its debut in a year or two, will almost certainly be the cleanest of the lot.

  • 2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv 2.0

    Over several years, Mazda's i-Stop engine start-stop feature has helped owners in other markets to save on their fuel budget—and it's helped commuters in some of the most traffic-clogged areas be a little greener.

  • 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv
    2012 Mazda3: 40 MPG Highway, Zoom-Zoom Intact

    The 2012 Mazda3 will be the first of Mazda's U.S. models to benefit from the automaker's SkyActiv initiative, which aims to improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions, and make Mazda products even more competitive.

  • 2012 Mazda CX-5
    2012 Mazda CX-5 To Get High-MPG SkyActiv Engines, Stop-Start

    Mazda has unveiled a brand new compact crossover that’s destined to go on sale early next year and could prove to be the most fuel efficient model in its class. We’re talking about the new 2012 Mazda CX-5, which will serve as the replacement for the current Mazda Tribute and make its...

  • Ford C-Max Energi, first revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
    Now Ford Has A Prius: 2012 C-Max To Go Hybrid-Only

    The upcoming Ford two-row C-Max Hybrid and plug-in C-Max Energi hybrid are still on track, but today Ford says it's canning the planned seven-seat, gas-powered C-Max minivan from its future product plan. The three-row C-Max would have been Ford's first minivan on sale in North America since the...

  • 2012 Mazda Mazda3
    Milestone Achievements: Mazda3 Reaches 3 Million Units

    For years the question has been asked, “How long does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.” Ultimately the answer was three and similarly Mazda has hit a milestone that also uses the numeral three in it. This month marked the production of the 3 millionth Mazda3 or Axela as it...

  • 2010 Mazda Shinari Concept
    Next Mazda Sports Car Rumored To Be Hybrid; Fans Wail, Moan, Gnash Teeth

    Oh, the horror, the horror. Once again, the world is coming to an end. No, not tsunamis, or earthquakes, or tornadoes, or plagues. Not even locusts. Nope, it's the evil specter of hybrid technology that will conclusively decimate all of mankind, depriving it forever of driving fun, pleasure, and...

  • 2011 Mazda Mazda2

    If you have driven by the gas pump recently then the interest in cars with more fuel-efficient gasoline habits probably doesn’t surprise you. Most manufacturers are trying to accommodate the change in consumer perspective, especially in the U.S. automotive market. Mazda is onboard with their recent announcement of the SKYACTIV line of more efficient engines. The first engine to appear is the 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is said to deliver 40-mpg when placed in the Mazda3. However, the more recent news is centered on the 1.3-liter SKYACTIV-G engine ear marked for the Mazda2—some of...

  • 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
    Top 5 Small Convertibles For This Summer

    With May and Mother’s Day just around the corner the summer is almost upon us and with summer comes the urge to be in the sun. When you pair sun with automobiles, then you have a couple of options to get out in the sun while on the open road—a convertible or a sunroof. Of course, for...

  • New 2011 Mazda Mazda5 minivan, to be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show, March 2010
    Small Cars That Can Haul…People That Is

    Just because you want to drive a smaller car doesn’t mean you have to give up the ability to haul around a decent amount of people. There are a number of smaller options out there that also allow you to utilize a third row seat option. Okay, so small is a relative statement and we...

  • 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv
    2011 New York Auto Show: Mazda Shows Mazda3 With SkyActiv and Teases Diesel Variant

    The 2011 New York Auto Show has been in full swing since last week with Press Day happening prior to the Friday show opener. So far it has proven to be a show with many announcements and a lot to see. We have already reported announcements from Hyundai, Mercedes, Mitsubishi and Scion already during...

  • 2011 Mazda Mazda2 at the 2010 New York Auto Show
    VIDEO: How New Cars Are Designed To Get Better Fuel Economy

    What are the tricks that car designers and engineers use to squeeze out those last few miles per gallon in your next new car--regardless of what size it is? In our continuing series of videos on ways to drive a little greener and stretch your gas budget that much further, editorial director Marty...

  • 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv
    2011 Mazda3 Makes the List As IIHS Top Safety Pick

    Mazda should be beaming as much as the front-end of their Mazda3s with the recent announcement from Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2011 Mazda3 has made the IIHS “Top Safety Pick.” The Mazda3 earns the top rating of “Good,” in front, side, rear and rollover...

  • 2011 Mazda2 First Drive

    At just over 2,300 pounds, the Mazda2 is a lightweight. It's about 200 pounds less than the Honda Fit, MINI Cooper, or Ford Fiesta, and a bit less than the Toyota Yaris even. And, Smart Fortwo aside, that makes it the lightest regular production vehicle for 2011. Lighter weight and smaller engine displacement are two of the old assurances that a vehicle will get better mileage. Of course there are many other variables, like gearing, aerodynamics, accessories, and powertrain tuning, but it still rings true. With 2,300 pounds and a small, 1.5-liter engine, the Mazda2 has a compelling package...

  • 2011 Mazda Mazda2
    8.9 Earthquake Spares Small Car Manufacturing Plants in Japan

    As the full effects of last week’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake are still sinking in there has been questions in the automotive industry as to whether Japanese car manufacturers would be affected. Now there are bound to be some issues especially considering the damage to the nuclear power plant...

  • 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 with SkyActiv
    2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv-G Engine: How Much More Fuel Efficient?

    Next year's Mazda3 models will deliver fuel efficiency gains over their 2011 counterparts, the company said today, as it unveiled refreshed versions of its popular compact hatchback and sedan, to go on sale later this fall. The 2012 Mazda3 will offer as an option what Mazda now calls the SkyActiv-G...

  • 2010 Cadillac Escalade EXT
    Five Reasons Gas-Guzzlers Won't Die--And Shouldn't--Any Time Soon

    Writing about green cars can be a challenge. On the one hand, this site attracts many new-car buyers who want to learn more about more fuel-efficient alternatives to what they're driving now. Consider the Ford Explorer driver who bought a Honda Fit because it was really all he needed. But on the...

  • Mazda2: Kissed Nelson's Swag Leg chair?
    2011 Mazda2 Review: Curve Appeal

    Econobox. Genus: tidy “B” segment auto, a grocery-getter. Formula: transverse front-drive power, square people pod in back. Mazda2: shapely eco-box, sexier than the old lobbed-back 323. Mazda’s designers expertly applied their French curves. The 2’s exterior looks like a...

  • 2011 Mazda2 exterior and detail
    Mazda2 Electric Car Leasing Starts In Japan

    We first heard about Mazda’s plans to develop a battery-powered electric version of its Mazda2 hatchback back in 2009, with the automaker finally starting real-world trials of prototypes last year. Now Mazda has announced that its electric Mazda2 (a Demio in Japan) is scheduled to commence...

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