Archive for October 31, 2014

Mazda Tops EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report for Second Time

Every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) releases a report that highlights the most fuel-efficient carmakers in the United States. This year, the EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report has found Mazda Motor Corporation to be the number one carmaker in fuel economy for the second time in a row. Due mostly to the company’s use of their unique SkyActiv Technology, Mazda cars have reduced emissions significantly, helping keep the earth (and customers’ wallets) greener.

Mazda - EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report“Mazda has never been one to rest on its laurels, continuing to work hard, innovate, and engineer vehicles that offer class-leading fuel economy in nearly every segment it competes in,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. “Because the internal combustion engine is still used in more than 90 percent of the cars and SUVs sold in North America today, we chose to focus on perfecting both the operation and performance of the engine, as well as all the other systems and components that affect efficiency. Offering this technology—at an affordable price—to every consumer will help improve our overall environmental impact.”

And improve Mazda’s environmental impact, it has. The Japanese carmaker boasts the highest fleet-wide fuel economy with 28.1 miles per gallon, while also having the lowest adjusted CO2 emissions of 316. So next time you are looking for a fuel-efficient vehicle, make sure you stop in to Steet Ponte Mazda and see what green cars we have to offer!

Mazda2 Is a Hatchback Car That’s a True Spectacle

2014 Mazda2The 2016 Mazda2 is definitely a model that auto buyers can get excited about! The little hatchback car will be showing off a new design, with a longer body that allows for more passengers and storage space. The Mazda2 will also be safer than ever, with top of the line features like a blind spot monitor, a lane departure warning system to keep the driver in their lane, and a cross-traffic system that monitors the rear of the car.

The Car Connection tells drivers to “expect the Mazda2 to retain its status as one of the sportiest-driving subcompacts.” The car is striking in its appearance, and it offers plenty of space for storage and passengers on long road trips.

We are looking forward to the company releasing more specs on the car in 2015. Plan your test drive now so you can try out the new Mazda2 here at Steet Ponte Mazda!

2015 Mazda Miata Continues Award-Winning Tradition

2015 Mazda MiataThe Mazda MX-5 Miata is probably one of the most recognizable sports cars on the road.  It’s low-profile, succinct convertible design is very much part of its trademark.  Sporting a design that harkens back to the fun and snappy European sports cars of yore, it’s also a magnet for awards. About two hundred of them, to be exact.  That comes as no surprise when one takes a good long gander at the 2015 Mazda Miata.

A peek under the hood quickly explains the Miata’s reputation for quickness.  This year, you’ll see a 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor in there. The 2015 Mazda Miata’s engine yields 158 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque.  Considering it’s light design, those ponies will undoubtedly get you cooking in no time!

The new Miata still features the classic drop-top.  Just like the original model released in 1990, it can be folded back with one hand.  This time around though, you can get it with a retractable hard-top.

Other fantastic amenities abound: The Miata is outfitted with heated leather seats.  There’s keyless entry and a 7-speaker stereo by Bose. The trunk is unbelievably sizey, with 5.3 cubic feet of room.

These and other awesome features are what helped the Miata win the Guinness World Record for “best-selling two-seat roadster!” If you would like to be a small part of that world record, stop by Steet Pointe Mazda, where you can test drive the new 2015 Mazda Miata.

Steet Ponte Mazda Has Special Edition Newspapers for Breast Cancer Awareness

Steet Ponte Mazda - Breast Cancer Awareness

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we at Steet Ponte Mazda want to help find a cure! We’ve received a special edition of the Rome Daily Sentinel newspaper with a canister next to it where you can donate money towards the cause.

The Rome Daily is based out of Rome, NY. Their special edition Breast Cancer Awareness newspapers are available for a limited time at our dealership!


Next to the newspapers are candy bars that we’re selling. All proceeds from the Steet Ponte Mazda - Breast Cancer Awarenesscandy bar sales will be going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York. Stop in and see us and donate to one of these great causes! We’ve got a limited amount of newspapers but the canister will be there!

Mazda Motorsports’ Educational Program Reaches Over 10,000 Students

Mazda Motorsports' educational programMazda Motorsports is not only committed to performing well on the racetrack, but to positively impacting the lives of students in communities around the U.S. Since launching its Racing Accelerates Creative Education (R.A.C.E.) outreach program, the organization has provided interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education to more than 10,000 middle and high school students.

“This STEM program has been one of the most rewarding things we’ve done at Mazda Motorsports,” said John Doonan, Mazda Motorsports director and leader behind Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM program. “We’re happy to report that our future is in good hands as the students that we’ve been fortunate enough to interact with are demonstrating the drive, initiative and curiosity that it takes to convert STEM education into global innovation.”

After students participate in Mazda’s interactive presentation, they are given tickets to attend a nearby race in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship circuit.

As the 2014 season comes to a close, the organization is already making plans for 2015. We at Steet Ponte Mazda hope Mazda Motorsports’ educational program will expand to include some of our local schools next season.

Mazda Is Introducing Drastic Changes, Some Quicker Than Others

Mazda3 - Mazda introducing drastic changesMazda is introducing drastic changes that you don’t want to miss! Giving vehicles multiple upgrades within a year’s time is not extremely typical in the auto industry. Usually a change here and there will be made from one model to the next, but nothing that is too enormous.

Auto News reports that Mazda, though, is shaking things up. The automaker is planning to make significant upgrades in a short time span, with some vehicles even “undergoing major changes in back-to-back years.” For example, the Mazda6 will be getting a new and improved interior in 2015, and then will turn right around and receive brand new sheet metal in 2016.

Mazda is currently in the midst of their “sixth-generation” product, which uses Skyactiv technology. This platform will be used in all new models up until 2018.  Then the seventh-generation will begin, for which Mazda will unveil brand new platforms. Mazda will also install the aforementioned sheet metal onto all of its seventh-generation vehicles, beginning with the Mazda3.

Here at Steet Ponte Mazda, we can’t wait to see what other major changes Mazda rolls out next! In the meantime, stop by to test out some of Mazda’s current generation of great cars.