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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 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!

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.

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!

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Gets the Full SKYACTIV Treatment

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda is celebrating the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s 25th anniversary, and they’re doing it in style. The brand is releasing a totally redesigned Miata to commemorate the quarter-century milestone; while the new Miata will see changes in design language and body design, it’s the all-new SKYACTIV engine options that have us buzzing here at Steet Ponte Mazda.

The 2016 Miata will feature both a 1.5L SkyActiv-G engine and a 2.0L version as well. The 1.5L engine gets a respectable 99 horsepower and 111 lb-ft of torque, but that just won’t cut it on American roads. No worries, Mazda enthusiasts! Experts, like Joe Mahan of Digital Trends, expects the 2016 Miata to come standard with the 2.0L engine here in the states.

The 2016 Miata will hit dealerships, like ours here at Steet Ponte, sometime in 2015. As always, it will be a beautiful little sports car, and on our American version, will feature quite enough power to let you zoom-zoom your way around your life. Check back with us often for more updates on the special 25th anniversary Miata!