Archive for February 22, 2016

2017 Mazda CX-9 Production Starts in Japan

2016 Mazda CX-9 - 2017 Mazda CX-9 ProductionAt the 2015 L.A. Auto show we were introduced to the 2017 Mazda CX-9; a seven-seat crossover SUV that is set to go on sale this spring. The 2017 CX-9 went into production earlier this week in Japan and we couldn’t be more excited.

The Mazda CX-9 is a three-row vehicle that comfortably seats seven. The spacious interior will have brown Nappa leather seats and wood trim. The 2017 Mazda CX-9 will feature an all-new turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 250-horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. The “Kodo-Soul of Motion” design philosophy from Mazda will also be evident on the 2017 Mazda CX-9. This design philosophy is featured on the new Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-5 and CX-3 models.

We have high hopes for the CX-9 and so does Mazda. Mazda expects about 80 percent of global sales of the CX-9 to come from the United States. Here at Steet Ponte Mazda, we are anxiously awaiting the spring and the arrival of the 2017 Mazda CX-9! Stay tuned for more information on the 2017 CX-9!

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.