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Mazda UK Releases Two Styling Packs For The MX-5 Models

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Mazda UK revealed two personalization and design packages called the Cup Pack and the Design Pack for its MX-5–easily the world’s best-selling two-seater roadster.

The entry-level Cup Pack is priced at £1,995 while the top-of-the-range Design Pack will cost owners £4,675.

The Cup Pack will allow MX-5 owners to lower the suspension of the car based on a kit from Eibach. It will also have a stainless-steel exhaust system from Bastuck, and 17-inch BBS wheels. The new rim size, however, will only be available for the 2.0-liter, 181bhp model.

The Design Pack, which is one-fifth of the price of the MX-5, will bring all the styling upgrades of the Cup Pack but with the additional body kit to complement the new BBS wheels.

There are more changes inside the cabin, though. The trim materials have been upgraded with Alcantara leather on the gear level, dashboard, hand brake, and door panels. Some more upgrades are scattered all over the car’s interior.

The Cup and Design Packs are available for any of the current generation Mk4 MX-5 and can be fitted by any authorized Mazda dealership. The personalization packages will allow for the further customization of the items, depending on the individuals. Mazda will also have more options available for the car.

The Japanese automaker has already sold more than one million MX-5s worldwide, 134,000 of which are owned by the British marker. The MX-5 was first released in the United Kingdom in 1990.

The release of the styling packages comes just after the launch of 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5. There are only 3,000 units of the Special Edition manufactured, but 550 of those will be sold in the UK—Mazda MX-5’s biggest market. Out of the 550 units, 370 will be soft-top convertibles while 180 will be hard-top RF models.

Toyota’s Self-Driving Vehicle Venture Gains Ground With Subaru, Mazda

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Subaru and Mazda became the latest Japanese car companies to join the self-driving vehicle venture started by SoftBank Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. That brings a total of five Japanese companies—including Suzuki Motor Corp.—in the venture.

According to a Reuters report, Mazda, Suzuki, and Subaru, Isuzu Motors and Toyota’s compact car unit Daihatsu plan to invest $530,620 each in the venture in exchange for a 2-percent stake. The statement said the venture is called the Monet.

Toyota and SoftBank will retain their 35-percent stake in the company seeing as they were the ones who took it off the ground. The capital is now said to be around $26.6 million.

Launched in October, the venture will capitalize on the market’s need to rent services instead of buying a vehicle. It will roll out on-demand bus and vehicle services in Japan next year. There will also be a services platform for electric vehicles by 2023. The platform will be based on Toyota’s boxy e-palette multi-purpose vehicle.

The ride-sharing industry is currently dominated by startups such as Uber Technologies Inc., Didi Chuxing, and Lyft Inc., but Monet is trying to invite members to its fold. The key to infiltrating the market is to bring together this band of traditional automakers. The advantage is the venture’s capability to manufacture the vehicles cheaply. This will allow them to offer their services cheaper, too.

But the automakers need to partner with tech companies, too, since they need large investments on software expertise to develop programs that will answer the demands of the market.

This new investment will push Suzuki, Mazda, and Subaru to further their partnership with Toyota, who’s at the forefront of Japan’s research and development on electronic vehicles and other future technologies.

Earlier this month, Monet’s CEO told Reuters that it plans to expand its investment in Southeast Asia next year.

Mazda 6 Bids Goodbye To Manual Transmission

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Mazda just ended the manual transmission’s life from its 2019 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan. This move leaves the new Mazda 3 (hatchback) and the MX-5 Miata as the only models that the Japanese brand is offering with a manual gearbox.

Mazda’s move to eliminate the manual transmission variant for the Mazda 6 pushed the starting price to $24,720, marking an increase of $1,875. Before Mazda’s decision to ax the manual transmission option, the Mazda 6 Sport trim could be bought for just $22,845. It’s safe to say that new safety features also pulled up the model’s base trim price.

The safety features were all optional equipment in the previous model of the Mazda 6. Taking those now standard equipment into account, the base price only increased by $200 from a manual transmission to an automatic transmission. On the 2018 models, the automatic transmission cost an additional $1,025 and Mazda’s suite of active safety equipment is another $625. Also standard are the rain-sensing wipers and Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus handling system.

For those who want the manual transmission in a mid-size sedan though, you can still get the Honda Accord instead. Honda still offers a six-speed manual transmission for its Accord. Another option is a 10-speed automatic or CVT.

Fret not, though, because the manual gearbox may not exactly be gone for good in Mazda’s plans for the future. According to a report from Motor Authority, Mazda spokesperson Tim Olson said the manual transmission could return so long as buyers voice out their opinions about it.

“We will continue to listen to our fans and if their desires should change in the future we will respond accordingly,” he said.

Olson explained that the demand for manual transmission has fallen since the Japanese brand introduced more luxurious trim levels such as the Grand Touring Reserve and Signature.

 

The Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition Sold Out In 4 Hours

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The 30th anniversary edition of the Mazda MX-5 Miata needs only four hours to completely sold out. The special edition roadster was unveiled at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show and we immediately saw why this would be such a hit. It’s fitted with a few extra features that make this iconic car even more covetable. All of its 500 units available were sold out in that period!

This wasn’t the first time a special edition MX-5 Miata sold out in hours or even minutes. Four hours was, in fact, too long when compared to 2014 when the 25th anniversary MX-5 sold out in just 10 minutes. Of course, the 25th anniversary roadster was available only in 100 units while the 30th anniversary edition needed to sell 500 units in the United States. About 2,500 units of the anniversary edition will be made available outside the US but we expect that to sell out quickly, too.

The reason why people are rushing to get their hands on this special edition Miata is not just because it’s an anniversary edition (though that plays into the equation). The new Miata comes with a range of exclusive features that might not be available in any of Mazda’s models in the future.

The body is finished in Racing Orange, which according to Mazda is a color that “evokes the breaking dawn of an exciting new day.” To complement this orange color, the Miata is fitted with black-painted multi-spoke wheels and orange brake calipers.

Inside, the Miata is fitted with Recaro sports seats instead of the usual units. The seats have the “30th Anniversary” badge with a serial number for all 500 cars. There’s also a Bose sound system with nine speakers while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Rounding off the cabin’s new design are orange accents on the seats, the door panels, the dashboard, and the gear shift lever.

For the performance, the Miata is upgraded with Blistein dampers on manual transmission models, Brembo brakes out front, and Nissin brakes at the back. It comes with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 155 horses and 148 pound-feet of torque.

Should We Care About 2019 Mazda 3’s New Font Brand?

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There are plenty of things we need to be excited about the new 2019 Mazda 3 since there are significant changes both in the exterior and the interior of the car. But there’s one thing that Mazda’s North American senior director of design Julien Montousse wants us to focus on: the new Mazda 3 is using a new typeface called the Mazda Type.

The new font face will represent the brand from this point forward. We expect it to be used on every new car that’ll come out of Mazda’s factories though an “Sg” badge for Signature trim levels on certain models that haven’t made the font switch yet will also be available.

Montousse described the new font as being more vertical than the old Mazda font, an italicized typeface called Mazda Font. The new font is used on the Mazda 3’s trunk lid badges, as well as on some interior bits like the floor mats. The displays and controls will use a different font because they have to follow certain regulations, Montousse said.

Internally, Mazda has already started using the new font for all its company memos and communications. This is a part of the Japanese automaker’s bid to portray itself as a premium and upscale brand. Montousse said that design team took a lot of time and poured their thoughts over the creation of the new font.

The plan is to roll out Mazda Type to various Mazda models as they receive updates. We can expect future models and updates to carry this new font.

Mazda isn’t the first auto company to create an entirely new font. Volkswagen also introduced a new typeface that we now know as the Volkswagen Text. All automakers have their own distinctive and recognizable font for badges, logos, and marketing materials. You may even download these fonts from the internet.

 

Revised Mazda CX-3 Gets Mechanical Upgrades

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The facelift for the Mazda CX-3 focuses less on styling and cosmetics and more on the mechanical side of the upgrade. It gained minimum changes to its styling and interior, but more was done on the suspension and engine lineup.

As a rival to the Nissan Kicks, the Mazda CX-3 styling enhancements are very minimal: a touched-up grille and darker pillar trims are the most obvious change. Aside from that, nothing else seems to have been touched by the Japanese automaker. Inside, Mazda ditched the manual handbrake with an electrical item. It freed up space enough for the repositioned infotainment controls, a central armrest, and a cubby space beneath.

Making the front seats more supportive is more padding while the rear seats have a folding center armrest with cupholders. According to Mazda, there are other features such as a thicker roof lining, sound insulation in the doors, and revisions to the door sill trims and rear glazing.

The biggest change can be seen in the mechanical upgrades. Mazda overhauled the springs, dampers, and front anti-roll bar on the new CX-3. Together with a revised steering system, the 2018 CX-3, which was already a fun mini SUV to drive, will ride and handle better than its predecessor.

The engine lineup has gotten a bit of a shake. Though the petrol engines remain the same: a 2.0-liter unit that can produce 119 or 148 horsepower. But the recent adjustments to the pistons and injectors will improve the torque and fuel economy. The previous 1.5-liter diesel was replaced by a 1.8-liter unit, which now makes 113 horsepower, 10 horses more than the current model.

The diesel and the 119-horsepower petrol are paired with a front-wheel drive while the 148-horsepower is an all-wheel drive only.

The revised CX-3 is available starting August 31. The price for the base model is $24,484.46.

2018 Mazda CX-5 Diesel EPA Figure Is Out And It Is Not Looking Good

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Americans have been waiting for the diesel version of the Mazda CX-5 for years, and now that it has arrived, the market will surely be disappointed with its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings. Though the CX-5 has finally been certified, the bench numbers are not looking good and may even be the reason for the CX-5 diesel’s possible low sales in the US.

EPA published its estimates for a CX-5 diesel at 28 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for the front-wheel-drive version and 27/30 mpg with all-wheel drive. The city mileage improved by just 3 mpg compared with the gasoline version while highway mileage, which is normally the reason anyone buys a diesel engine, did not improve at all.

Mazda confirmed previously that the CX-5’s 2.2-liter turbo-diesel four, which is rated at 173 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque overseas, will be available in the US for the 2017 model year. It took some time for the Japanese automaker to have the engine tested by the EPA. Even its promise of a diesel engine for the Mazda 6 sedan is in jeopardy of being realized.

Even before the emissions scandal that rocked Volkswagen, Mazda has been having trouble meeting EPA requirements without sacrificing the crossover’s performance. Its Skyactiv-D engine “could be made to drive the way we wanted or it could meet U.S. emissions, but not both.”

Based on these EPA ratings, it looked like Mazda had chosen to go ahead with its high-performance machine. But since the engine must also reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, Mazda had to increase fuel consumption. This will keep the particulate filter clean by burning off excess soot.

The CX-5 diesel is not looking too good seeing as its competitors have better EPA ratings: the Chevrolet Equinox diesel matched the CX-5’s city rating but trampled upon its highway rating with 39 mpg (front-wheel drive) or 38 mpg. The Jaguar F-Pace 20d is rated at 26 city/33 highway and the much heavier Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel 4WD (21/28 mpg) and Range Rover Sport Td6 (22/28 mpg) are almost rated the same as the smaller CX-5.

2019 Mazda CX-9 Receives Simple Update, Now With More Gear

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For a bit more money, you can get the 2019 Mazda CX-9 with much more exciting gear, including the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto. This is a perfect upgrade for a crossover that the family loves because of its sheer functionality and style.

The Mazda CX-9 is better than ever. That is if you ever found something wrong with Mazda vehicles before today. Almost all Mazda cars and crossovers have always been right on the money—they are not exactly extravagant and they are not out-of-the-box imaginative, but they are always a good value for money because of their functionality and their style.

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Mazda improves the interior comfort of the CX-9 too. Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) values have been lowered by using a thicker headliner and thicker floor mats. The Japanese automaker said this move is supposed to aid “in ease of conversation and enjoyment.” The company also retuned the suspension on all version, making riding the CX-9 a smoother, finer, and more enjoyable experience.

There are a number of different versions for the CX-9: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, and Signature. They have special packages such as the Sport Package which is available for Sport, and the Premium Package available for the Touring trim.

You can choose to have the Mazda CX-9 with either a front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive, except for the Signature since that comes standard with an all-wheel drive. The Sport trim will sell for $32,380 (front-wheel drive) and $34,080 (all-wheel drive). There’s a $1,290 option for the Sport Package.

The Touring will cost $35,330 (front-wheel drive) and $37,130 (all-wheel drive). The Touring Premium Package will add $2,390 for both trims. The Grand Touring costs $40,840 (front-wheel drive) and $42,640 (all-wheel drive) while the Signature trim gets a price tag of $45,365 for the all-wheel drive.

The available color options for the all-wheel drive are Soul Red Crystal ($595), Machine Gray Metallic ($300), and Snowflake White Pearl Mica ($200).

 

 

Extra Power For 2019 Mazda Miata RF Means Price Increase

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For months, we have waited anxiously for information about the newest Mazda MX-5 Miata for the 2019 model year. Little by little, we got details about the car’s 2.0-liter I4 that makes 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

This increase in power (the current generation is 26 horses weaker) means an increase in price, too. The base model for the Miata RF will have a price tag of $33,240, including an $895 destination charge. That’s for the Club trim level with a six-speed manual transmission.

The price increase of $435 also gets a telescoping steering wheel, new door stops, updated cupholders and seat levers, standard rear-view camera, and 17-inch wheels. Reportedly, all of these are now coming as standard to all variants of the car.

The Club 6MT will have options such as Brembo brakes and BBS wheels for an extra $3,770, or the Brembo, BBS, and Recaro package for a cool $4,670.

On the other hand, the MX-5 Club with a six-speed automatic transmission will come with paddle shifters and sport mode for $33,840. This trim is not going to be available with the Brembo/BBS packages. The Club 6AT will, however, get the i-ActiveSense package option for $450. The package will include the Smart City Brake Support and lane-departure warning.

The Grand Touring trim will start at $34,230 with a six-speed manual transmission. This is $585 more than the outgoing model. For an extra $750, the Grand Touring 6MT can get the GT-S package that includes a front shock tower brace, limited-slip rear differential, Bilstein dampers, and a hand-painted black roof.

The Grand Touring with six-speed automatic gets a price tag of $35,305. If you want it with Auburn Nappa leather, that’s another $300.

The new MX-5 Miata RF is available in three premium colors—the Soul Red for an extra $595, the Machine Gray Metallic for $300, and the Snowflake White Pearl Mica for $200.

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Gets More Power, Now Has 181 HP

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most popular sports car in the history of automotive. It is so successful that there have been clamors for a much-needed update. Thankfully, Mazda heard all those appeals and decided that 2019 is the time for the MX-5 Miata to get additional power and a higher red line.

Yes, the rumors are true. The MX-5 Miata is getting a significant bump in power. It now has 181 horsepower. That’s 26 horses more than the previous generation’s engine. This little details was courtesy of Japan’s Car Watch, which recently had an opportunity to give the test mule a try.

According to the report, the 2019 Miata will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can produce 181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. That’s an increase of 26 horsepower from the current output of just 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. The Miata’s predecessor has an output also of 148 pound-feet of torque, but the 2019 version would have a bump to 151 pound-feet of torque.

There are significant changes in the powertrain, which accounts for the increase in power output. Specifically, Mazda added new pistons that are 27 grams lighter and new connecting rods that weigh 41 grams less than the ones fitted in the current generation.

The car’s redline increasing is due to the automaker’s installation of larger diameter throttle body, larger exhaust valves, and wider exhaust piping. The redline went up to 7,500 rpm from 6,800 rpm. Predictably, these updates would improve thermal efficiency and would lower emissions.

Moving inside the car, the Miata gets a telescoping steering wheel for the first time ever. The wheel has 1.2 inches adjustment and has a tilt function that will allow the wheel to move by as much as 1.7 inches.

Aesthetically speaking, the Miata will get a caramel brown top, full-tan leather interior, and bright finishes for the wheels.

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