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2017 Mazda CX-5 Redesign

2017 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 compact crossover has been gaining ground in the hotly-contested segment and the automaker is looking to continue its success. The latest redesign brings a premium interior packed with more technologies, a new engine, and styling updates. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 is on the path to challenge premium models in its segment.

The previous Mazda CX-5 boasted a starting MSRP just over $24,000, putting it in the realm of competitors like the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. The latest redesign brings a slightly higher price and a long list of additional standard equipment.

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 starts at $24,985, a $910 increase compared to the 2016 model. That pricing puts it in the range of the Honda CR-V. While it may seem more expensive, the sheer amount of standard features added more than make up for the difference.

The redesigned CX-5 boasts a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an automatic transmission. Drivers will also enjoy standard LED headlights, G-Vectoring Control, Smart City Brake Support, and a 7-inch touchscreen display complete with the Commander knob.

Those additional features join standard equipment from the previous year, including 17-inch aluminum wheels, push-ignition, keyless entry, and more.

We here at Steet Ponte Mazda can’t wait for the arrival of the redesign Mazda CX-5!

Mazda RX Vision Concept Wins “Most Beautiful Concept” Title

The Mazda RX Vision concept made its debut in the second half of 2015 at the Tokyo Motor Show and was met with incredible success. Enthusiasts and insiders alike scrambled to get a look at the revival of the Mazda RX nameplate, and Mazda has since brought the concept to various other events to show off the RX Vision’s sleek good looks and elegant but powerful performance. One such event was the recent 31st Festival Automobile International, at which the RX Vision concept won the “Most Beautiful Concept” award.RX Vision concept - Mazda

Mazda has a history steeped in sporty, light, fun-to-drive little cars, and the RX Vision is a continuation of a long and rich pedigree of sleek, aerodynamic coupes with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive powertrain. Other cars in the running for the award at the 31st Festival Automobile International includes the likes of the Porsche Mission E, Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6, and the Peugeot Fractal, but it was the RX Vision concept’s elegant tweaks to Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion design philosophy that won over the judging panel.

This isn’t the first award that the RX Vision concept has taken home. Mazda’s global design division acquired three more awards last year at the Automotive Brand Contest 2015, one of which was the most reputable award at the ceremony, the Team of the Year title. The Mazda RX Vision was on display in Paris until January 31st following the show.

Accessories Concept Miata Debuts in Chicago

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has returned to its genesis; where it all began. That is the Chicago Auto Show, where in 1989, Mazda delivered a game-changer in the beloved first generation of the iconic roadster. This year’s show marked the debut of the next-generation Miata adorned in a concept package that really turned heads.

Accessories Concept Miata“There is so much MX-5 history at the Chicago Auto Show, and we wanted to continue building on that,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. “The MX-5 is the soul of our company, and its enthusiast following both inside and outside of Mazda drives us to keep innovating new ideas for it and the rest of our lineup.”

To that end, the accessories concept Miata dazzled with its gloss-black aero kit, consisting of a spoiler, side skirts, and down-force wings to the front and rear bumpers. The roadster also sports red-calipered Brembo brakes on all four BBS forged black 17-inch wheels. Lastly, the package includes a sporty carbon-fiber luggage rack weighing only two pounds.

The new 2016 Mazda MX-5, available this summer, features the innovations today’s drivers crave as well as its predecessors’ pure joy to drive. It’s the best of both worlds at Steet Ponte Mazda!

Mazda to Offer Diesel-Electric Hybrid in 2016

Diesel cars are more efficient than their gasoline counterparts as are hybrid engines. Now, combine the two into a diesel-electric hybrid and you get a highly efficient machine.

diesel-electric hybridMazda has announced that it has plans to release a diesel hybrid option in 2016. However, it would only be available in Japan. Here in the U.S., we’re still waiting on a diesel version of the Mazda6, which was due out this spring, but was then delayed for an unspecified amount of time because Mazda needs to “deliver the right balance between fuel economy and Mazda-appropriate driving performance.”

According to Green Car Reports, the diesel hybrid Mazda is planning should have a fuel economy around 54 mpg combined, which isn’t too shabby at all. The hybrid system is expected to be relatively simple with the electric power going to the wheels and assisting the diesel engine.

What do you think about Mazda’s diesel options? If the diesel-powered Mazda6 ever arrives in the United States would you consider driving it?

Hazumi Concept Previews New Compact between Mazda2 and Mazda3

When the Mazda Hazumi Concept debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, everyone—including us here at Steet Ponte Mazda—simply assumed that it was the precursor to the new Mazda2. However, new information has now come to light that has us even more excited about the Hazumi and has sent us back to study the Concept in more detail.

2014 Mazda2Here’s why: a Mazda insider told Motor Trend that it’s not actually the Mazda2 that the Hazumi concept primarily prefigures. Apparently, we’ve been looking right at an all-new Mazda vehicle, a global compact car model, for months without even knowing it.

“Firstly, in contrast to the Hazumi’s width of 1730 mm, the production Mazda2 will not exceed 1700 mm,” the Mazda insider said, detailing the differences between the Mazda2 and the Concept. And the road-going Mazda2’s wheelbase will not stretch by 95 mm as you see on the concept car either. Sure, the Hazumi includes some direction towards the Mazda2, but it is also hinting at something other than a Mazda2.”

If that doesn’t get you excited to watch the Mazda news over the next few months, we’re just not sure what will! If you want to check out the Mazda2 or talk about the Hazumi with us, please come in and see us today!

Mazda Hints at Next-Generation Subcompact Car with HAZUMI Concept

With the reveal of the Mazda HAZUMI concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, we caught a glimpse of the future of Mazda’s subcompact car. We at Steet Ponte Mazda likey.

As the automaker continues to advance its model lineup, the concept car embodies the driving fundamentals that inspire Mazda’s engineering: SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, KODO – Soul of Motion design, Mazda Proactive Safety, and the next-generation Mazda Connect technology.

The HAZUMI concept may be small in size, but it has a commanding presence that demands attention with its aggressive styling and distinguished five-point grille.

Masamichi Kogai, Mazda’s Representative Director, President and CEO, said in a press release, “Mazda HAZUMI indicates the exciting direction of Mazda’s products which, with no exception, will deliver Mazda’s unique driving pleasure. We hope that they will enrich people’s lives, and help build a strong and lasting bond between Mazda and our customers.”

Check out the pictures of the HAZUMI concept and let us know what you think of Mazda’s future plans in the comments below.