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Mazda MX-5 Wins the Red Dot Award

Mazda MX-5 wins the Red Dot AwardIn a world full of increasingly creative design, our own Mazda MX-5 wins the Red Dot Award of 2015 in Product Design, an award given to innovatively designed products across a wide variety of industries.

The Red Dot is the prize of the Product Design competition, the gala for which was held this year in Essen, Germany on June 29. The Red Dot Product design competition has existed since 1954, and it is highly prestigious to win a Red Dot, as this award is basically an internationally recognized quality stamp.

The Mazda MX-5 series is a favorite sports car, with its front-engine rear-wheel design giving it an attractive, athletic look and powerful engine at an affordable price point. The director of Mazda design, Kevin Rice, says that the MX-5 has always been about “creating smiles,” which he says contributed to the car’s Red Dot win.

The MX-5 is the fifth Mazda to win a Red Dot Award.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s Fuel Economy Rises 25 Percent

Thanks to SKYACTIV Technology and some nifty weight-saving techniques, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s fuel economy is estimated to be about 25 percent better than the outgoing model.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's Fuel EconomyThe EPA estimates it’ll get 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and about 30 mpg combined when equipped with the standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission—which is, of course, the transmission we recommend at Steet Ponte Mazda. Proper roadsters like the MX-5 Miata can only be halfway experienced with an automatic.

If you do choose the automatic, fuel economy estimates stay the same except for a 2 mpg bump on the highway. We promise we won’t judge.

Either way, the new SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine with its 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque should be giving you a nice time, especially since the new MX-5 Miata has lost about 150 pounds compared to the 2015 model. So in addition to being more economical, it’ll also be faster off the line and more nimble!

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!

Mazda Bio-Based Material Expected in Upcoming MX-5

Mazda Bio-Based Material The Mazda Miata is elevating its status to an even more innovative level, with Mazda establishing its 2016 model as the first to incorporate parts made from an all-new bioplastic, made directly by Mazda.

The bio-based engineering plastic is suitable for many automobile parts on the exterior of cars, allowing the company to lower its environmental impact significantly. This comes in handy not only for the environment, but also for Mazda, at a time when environmentally friendly cars are more popular than ever.

Little is known about the new material, but allegedly, it’s easy to mold, remarkably durable, and able to achieve a mirror-like finish that looks to be even higher quality than classic plastic.

The Mazda bio-based material can be used for interior parts as well, as it will be utilized for the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5.

No official release date has been announced for any Mazda models with the new material, so in the meantime, head on down to Steet Ponte Mazda to explore our available models.

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.

The Compact of our Dreams: 2015 Mazda3 Delivers in All Areas

2015 Mazda32015 Mazda3, Mazda3, Mazda SKYACTIV, Mazda, 2015 Mazda, Steet Ponte Mazda, Utica, NY, Yorkville, Syracuse, New Hartford, The wait is nearly over! The 2015 Mazda3 is expected to debut this fall, and drivers can anticipate the compact sedan to have some seriously epic changes. Empty Lighthouse Magazine reports the new car has “exceptional efficiency due to Mazda SKYACTIV technology and the implementation of the innovative Mazda Connect infotainment interface.”

For those unfamiliar with SKYACTIV technology, it simply means that the 3 will carry a 155 horsepower engine that will allow the vehicle to gallop at an impressive 41 MPG on the highway. The aforementioned Connect interface does exactly what the name says; it connects your cellphone via Bluetooth. The Car Connection says “text-to-voice technology lets the system read e-mail and SMS messages aloud through the car’s audio system.”

For the safety buffs, the Mazda3 has blind-spot monitoring and Smart City Brake Support that automatically stops the car to prevent a crash. Better yet? The car will stop even if the breaks are not pressed by the driver. Now you can’t get much safer than that!

The new 2015 Mazda 3 is astoundingly affordable, costing under $18,000. So what are you waiting for? Get yours at Steet Ponte Mazda!

Memorial Day Events in Your Area

Memorial DayMemorial Day is a time to celebrate those who have given their lives for our country. If you’re looking for a great way to honor our heroic veterans, make sure you check out these Memorial Day events throughout Utica.

For those of you looking for a memorial ceremony, there are plenty throughout the community. A special service will be held at 1:30 on Sunday, May 27 in Whitesboro at St. Stanislaus Cemetery on Woods Road, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans’ Monument. There is also another wreath-laying ceremony on Monday, May 26 that starts at the Soldiers and Sailor Monument on Oneida Square, which then moves to the Vietnam Veterans memorial on Memorial Parkway, the POW-MIA Monument on the Parkeway, the WWI/WWII/Korean War Monument, the Purple Heart Park in West Utica, and the All Veterans Memoria at Utica’s Main Post Office on Pitcher Street.

If you enjoy celebrating our heroes with a parade, you have multiple options to choose from, including the Vernon Center’s parade, which begins at 9 AM on Monday, May 26 in front of the Vernon Center Volunteer Fire Department. There is also a Memorial Day parade in Whitesboro that includes a brick-laying ceremony and memorial service at the Village Green.  We’ll be at the New Hartford Memorial Day Parade at 7:00 PM on Monday May 26. You can come see our lineup and join us at the NH Fire Department afterwards for refreshments and a chance to look at the fire trucks!

For more information on the different Memorial Day events Utica has to offer, check out this list of events.

Welcome to the Steet Ponte Mazda Blog!

Steet Ponte MazdaWelcome to the official Steet Ponte Mazda Blog! We are located in Yorkville, NY on Commercial Dr. Our new inventory offers a variety of Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-5, CX-9 and many more! We also have a variety of pre-owned vehicles. Check out our new and pre-owned inventory for more information! We also have great monthly specials on new Mazda models. They change monthly, so make sure you check back often!

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