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SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS Announced by Mazda

Mazda SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYANMICSEarlier this month Mazda announced SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS which is a serious of new-generation vehicle motion control technologies. G-Vectoring Control is the first in the series and will be introduced across the entire Mazda lineup. The first Mazda model to receive this for the North American market will be the 2017 Mazda6 and it will be released later this year.

SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS will be part of the SKYACTIV Technology suite and provide integrated control of the transmission, engine, chassis and body. This will enhance the car’s Jinba Ittai which is a sense of connectedness between car and driver that distinguishes Mazda vehicles.

Mazda is looking to enhance their customer’s driving experience while increasing their satisfaction and the “bond” people have with their Mazda vehicles. Mazda aims to have customers enjoy driving their vehicles.

All of us at Steet Ponte Mazda anxiously await the arrival of a 2017 Mazda6 later this year. For more information on SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS or the G-Vectoring control, visit the Mazda Newsroom by clicking here.

Mazda6 and CX-5 Earn 2015 J.D. Power APEAL Study Awards

The Mazda6 and CX-5 are no strangers to acclaim from auto experts. We love even more, however, when our customers go to bat for their favorite Mazda models, testifying of their overall quality and appeal. In the J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study of customers’ opinions after 90 days of ownership, both the Mazda6 and CX-5 were named winners in their segments.

2015 Mazda CX-5 - J.D. Power APEAL StudyThe 2015 Mazda6 claimed its second consecutive win as the most “APEAL-ing” vehicle in the “Midsize Car” class; and the 2015 CX-5 won its second award as winner of the “Compact SUV” segment. The CX-5 also took top honors in 2013.

The APEAL Study is based on eight areas of vehicle evaluation: engine/transmission; ride, handling, and braking; comfort/convenience; seats; cockpit/instrument panel; heating, ventilation, and cooling; sound system; and styling/exterior. The survey asks customers to relay their experiences after owning the new vehicle for 90 days; and when the results came in, it was clear that the Mazda6 and CX-5 had passed the test with flying colors.

The models’ appeal only gets better with the 2016 versions.

“Since going on sale in February, the refreshed 2016 Mazda6 and CX-5 have provided car-shoppers with what were already segment-leading vehicles and improved upon them with new technologies, premium materials and enhanced style,” said Jim O’Sullivan, Mazda’s North American president and CEO.

“We’re honored that J.D. Power and our customers recognize our relentless efforts, and we look to keep building the best cars and crossovers we can to meet the needs of discerning drivers.”

Stop by Steet Ponte Mazda today to check out the J.D. Power APEAL Study award-winning vehicles.

Car Brand Report Card Earns Mazda Second Place among Automakers

Often, we view vehicles as either having exhilarating performance but lacking reliability, or as reliable models that are boring to drive. Consumer Reports’ annual Car Brand Report Card proves that it is indeed possible to unite performance and reliability. As a matter of fact, Mazda’s report card landed the automaker in second place on the 2015 list.

Vehicles are ranked based on both their road-test scores and their projected reliability. The road-test score is achieved through evaluating factors such as fuel-efficiency, driving and handling, and refinement.

Car Brand Report Card - Mazda3The Mazda brand was recognized overall, and the Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5 were distinguished as standout models specifically recommended by the publication.

“SKYACTIV Technology sets Mazda apart, with strong, lightweight and efficient engineering that instills excellent fuel economy and standout handling in everyone of our new-generation vehicles,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. “Our innovation prowess allows us to keep pushing boundaries with our dramatic KODO — Soul of Motion designs and first-class technology and features, and we’re proud to be recognized for our efforts.”

Visit us at Steet Ponte Mazda today to learn more about Mazda’s lineup of vehicles that find a way to seamlessly combine performance and reliability.

Mazda 2014 Sales Numbers Best in 20 Years

It looks like Mazda can look back on 2014 with some fond memories. The Japanese carmaker recently announced that Mazda 2014 sales were the best the company has recorded since 1994. Over the course of last year, Mazda boasted a 7.7% increase in sales since 2013 after selling a total of 305,802 units in both the fleet and retail sector.

Mazda 2014 Sales - 2015 Mazda CX-5“2014 can only be described as historical when it comes to Mazda sales,” said Ron Stettner, vice president of sales for Mazda North America. “Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5 have out-performed all year and, as a result, we surpassed 300,000 vehicle sales for the first time since 1994. The support of our dealers, along with the strongest, most-competitive showroom we have ever offered is the driving force behind our success; I’m confident we’ll continue this momentum through 2015 and beyond.”

Helping Mazda achieve these great sales numbers was the Mazda3, which recorded its second best December sales last month after selling 9,719 units. The CX-5 also made a lasting impression, almost selling 100,000 vehicles in 2014, which was a 24.6% increase in sales compared to 2013.

Stop in to Steet Ponte Mazda today to see why Mazda 2014 sales were the best in 20 years!

Refinements Delay Release Of Diesel Mazda 6

Mazda to therapist: “I really need to work on myself.” Actually, things are going pretty great over at Mazda. But one thing that the automaker readily admits it really would like to work on is the diesel version of the Mazda 6.

Diesel Mazda 6Green Car Reports says that the Mazda 6 featuring the SKYACTIV-D diesel powertrain meets emission standards in the US. That’s not the problem. It’s a performance matter, truth be told.

Mazda North American CEO Jim O’Sullivan said a couple of important things about the diesel Mazda 6. While there were performance numbers that the company “didn’t like,” he has reiterated that Mazda is “still committed” to a diesel version. The solution may be a urea-injection exhaust after treatment system.

While Mazda didn’t meet its spring launch date for the diesel Mazda 6, it is encouraging to know that they’d rather delay a release than put forth a product that they are not confident about. We here at Steet Monte Mazda have no doubt that they will soon work out the kinks!

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?

Diesel Mazda6: A Mean Machine We Want

2014 Mazda6We have to admit that we are pouting – we want the diesel-powered Mazda6! The Skyactiv-D version of the 4-door sedan is not only powerful, but it’s incredibly quiet. We’ll just call it stealthy.

According the automobilemag.com, the diesel Mazda6 is available almost everywhere in the world – except here in the U.S. The engine can’t currently meet California’s demanding emissions standards while still maintaining the level of performance Mazda demands from its vehicles. Currently Mazda is waiting on engineering developments that will allow the car to meet emissions requirements while still putting out the power Mazda fans have come to expect.

“We didn’t think the powertrain was ‘zoom-zoom’ enough,” Mazda North America CEO Jim O’Sullivan told Automobile Magazine.

The 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel is the second phase of Mazda’s Skyactiv engine strategy, following the 2.5-liter gasoline engine that is already widely used across the Mazda’s lineup. The diesel, called Skyactiv-D, creates about 148 hp and 280 lb-ft in the European-spec Mazda6.

Despite these setbacks, Mazda hasn’t given up on bringing diesel vehicles to the U.S. “We’re still committed to bringing diesel to North America,” says Robert Davis, senior vice president, Mazda US Operations. “It separates us from the other Japanese manufacturers and it allows us to compete with Germany near-luxury cars.”

For now we’ll be waiting on that ‘zoom zoom’, and in the meantime, stop by Steet Ponte Mazda to check out the 2.5-liter gasoline engine Mazda 6, which is pretty darn impressive in its own right!

SKYACTIV Technology More Popular than Ever; Over 1 Million Vehicles Produced

2014 Mazda6 SKYACTIVMazda’s SKYACTIV technology is that rarest of products: a product where the execution of an idea actually surpasses the brilliance of the original idea. SKYACTIV technology encompasses a wide range of adjustments to Mazda vehicles, all of which are designed to improve the environmental impact and safety record of these vehicles without sacrificing the “zoom-zoom” power that’s always made Mazda famous.

Customers have responded in extremely positive ways to SKYACTIV technologies, as more than 1 million vehicles equipped with these technologies have now been produced as of March 2014. Three current Mazdas feature the whole SKYACTIV suite, the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, and Mazda3. Together, 1,040,000 of these vehicles have been produced as of the end of March.

All three vehicles feature better engines and transmissions and reduced overall weight to improve fuel economy. Plus, with Mazda’s new KODO-Soul of Motion design language, these vehicles look just as good as they drive.

“At Mazda we put everything into developing our SKYACTIV vehicles, and it is because these models have struck a chord with a wide range of customers all over the world that we have reached the one million-unit landmark” Masamichi Kogai, Representative Director, President and CEO of Mazda, said. “On behalf of Mazda, let me express my gratitude to each and every person who bought one of our cars. With our undying challenging spirit and a great deal of hard work, Mazda will continue to make even more appealing cars that will enrich the lives of their owners, and help us build a strong and lasting bond with our customers.”

If you’re looking for a car whose internal organs beat with a human pulse, a pulse that aims to treat the environment and the road with equal respect, you’re looking for one of Steet Ponte Mazda’s SKYACTIV-equipped vehicles. See you soon!

Mazda Takes the Most Awards for 2014 Best Cars for Families

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U.S. News & World Report announced the 2014 Best Cars for Families awards! U.S. News & World Report is a nationally recognized published of consumer and advice information.  The 2014 Best Cars for Families awards highlight SUVs, minivans and cars that make family life on the road easier. The winners have the best combination between reliability ratings and high safety ratings with excellent reviews from well-known automotive critics.

Mazda is a brand that is well known for delivering sporty performance with family-friendly features. Mazda took home 4 awards which is more than any individual brands. The Mazda3 took home the Best Compact car and the Best Hatchback for Families! The Mazda6 took home the Best Midsize Car while the Mazda CX-5 took the Best Compact SUV. These three models have been redesigned within the last couple of years and most reviewers have said they are among the top performers in their respective classes. This just proves that if you have a family, your car doesn’t have to be boring!

For more information on these Mazda models and more, visit our website!

Mazda6 Aces Safety Tests Around the World

2014 Mazda6The all-new Mazda6 is one of the safest automobiles on the planet—and it has the ratings to prove it. After its latest crash tests at the hands of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program, where it received the maximum five-star overall rating, the Mazda6 can now claim to have earned the highest-possible safety ratings in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

In fact, in the United States, it also received a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, its most coveted honor.

With all that safety, you’d think the Mazda6 was a slow, unexciting car, with cushions in every nook and cranny. But that simply wouldn’t be the Mazda way. With its next-gen SKYACTIVE TECHNOLOGY and new KODO “Soul of Motion” design theme, the Mazda6 is not only ultra-safe but also looks and feels great, delivering performance, thrill, and even good fuel efficiency!

Come check it out today at Steet-Ponte Mazda!