Archive for February 27, 2015

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!

What to Pack in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

With the surprising amount of snow we’ve recently seen on the East Coast, it might be time to consider carrying a roadside emergency kit. These kits can help you with simple maintenance, as well as save your life in an emergency. You shouldn’t leave home without one.

Roadside Emergency KitAccording to Consumer Reports, the kit should consist of safety, survival, and maintenance supplies. At the bare minimum, drivers should carry with them a fire extinguisher, as well as something to signal with. That includes flares, triangle reflectors, and a flashlight with good batteries.

Safety supplies should always include a first-aid kit you’re familiar with. Aside from this, consider putting an old cell phone in your car. In an emergency, almost all phones let you call 911 for free. Just keep it off and safe from any damage.

Survival supplies can save your life if you’re stranded in a blizzard. Always have food rations, like granola bars or trail mix, and a blanket. Consider carrying matches and a pocket knife as well. Last but not least, water can keep you hydrated, as well as come in handy for your radiator.

That brings us to our last portion. Always carry a little extra oil, brake fluid, and a spare tire. Consider an adjustable wrench, duct tape, and a screwdriver as well. With all of this in your kit, you should be safe from most danger on the road.

Mazda is Considering a Turbocharged MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 has always been regarded as an incredible value proposition. It’s one of those cars that, for an affordable amount of money, can give you that proper roadster experience you’ve always wanted.

Turbocharged MX-5The announcement and reveal of the all-new model has gotten us even more invested than usual in the MX-5 at Steet Ponte Mazda, and now the automaker’s head of global public relations, Kudo Hidetoshi, is hinting at an even more powerful version.

“We will have this ND-series model for maybe ten years, which gives us plenty of time to make many variants,” he said. “And yes, a turbocharged or MPS variant is one of the options we will definitely consider.”

The current engines will be 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinders. Possible upgrades could include the 2.5-liter version of those engines already found in the high-end Mazda3s, though Hidetoshi was adamant about a turbocharged Mazda MX-5. Looks like we’ll have to wait and see!

Best Valentine’s Date Spots in Utica, NY

Utica may be a small city, but there is no shortage of romantic spots that can help make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one. Clean out your Mazda, give it a good scrub, pick up your date, and head out to one of the following Valentine’s Day spots in Utica, NY.

Best Valentine's Date Spots in UticaPellettieri Joe’s. Located in East Utica, Pellettieri Joe’s is the can’t-miss Italian restaurant, perfect for a traditional romantic dinner. Order some of the infamous riggies and greens, settle in, and enjoy the company.

Gerbers 1933 Tavern. If something less pricey and more laid back is your style, you really can’t go wrong at Gerber’s 1933 Tavern. This historic speakeasy has been beautifully restored to its original glory, and offers a simple, but delicious menu with unique specials daily.

Drive to Old Forge. Don’t be intimidated by winter weather. Hop in your all-wheel-drive Mazda CX-5 and enjoy a romantic and scenic drive of the Adirondacks. If you love birds are up for some winter fun, rent a snowmobile. Even better? Make a weekend of it and discover the variety of winter activities this mountain town has to offer.

Nola’s Restaurant and Wine Bar. Nola’s Restaurant is nestled in the small and festive town of Clinton, where you’ll find a delectable menu, cozy atmosphere, and modern decor. Next door is their wine bar, which offers a wide variety of wines and appetizers. After dinner and drinks, bundle up for a romantic walk around the town square.

If you’re looking for a hot new ride this Valentine’s Day, look no further than Steet Ponte Mazda!