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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!

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.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Teased Under Blue Sheet

2014 Mazda MX-5 MiataA thin blue sheet and a couple of weeks are all that stand between us and the 2016 Mazda MX-5. Before its official September 3 debut, Mazda has released a teaser image of the all-new MX-5 under a blue sheet that shows off some of the roadster’s shape.

Based on the curves revealed by the sheet, it seems the new model will have similar proportions to the current design. It also seems to match the thinly camouflaged MX-5 spied out on the road recently in Japan.

We’ll have to wait until the September 3 debut to get the full picture, but we do know the new MX-5 will have a SkyActiv chassis and will be about 200 pounds lighter and more rigid than the current model. Auto experts expect engine choices to include 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter options, both utilizing SkyActiv technology.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 will be unveiled on September 3 at Laguna Seca in California. You can bet we’ll all have our eyes on California that day.

What features do you hope to see in the next-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5?

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!