2017 Mazda CX-5 makes Canadian debut in Toronto

TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2017 /CNW/ – Mazda Canada introduced the new 2017 Mazda CX-5 crossover to the Canadian market today during a press conference at the Canadian International Auto Show. This second generation compact crossover features Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology, an evolutionary KODO – Soul of Motion design theme, and will launch Mazda’s first passenger vehicle with a diesel engine in Canada in the fourth quarter of 2017. Starting price of the new CX-5 will be $24,900, and will include a long list of new standard features, including G-Vectoring Control, LED headlights and daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, rearview camera, noise-isolating windshield, 7-inch touchscreen with Mazda Connect and HMI Commander, Bluetooth, and more.

The first technology in the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS series, G-Vectoring Control (GVC) further advances the unified feel that has always defined the dynamic performance of Mazda vehicles, and was recently awarded AJAC’s Best New Innovation Technology for 2017.

The powertrain lineup will be comprised of three engines and two transmissions, all providing powerful acceleration and excellent real-world fuel economy. At the entry level, the CX-5 will be powered by a 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine, which produces 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. This will be mated to the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission. At launch, the rest of the lineup will be equipped with the 2.5-litre SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine, which includes a modest power increase to 187 hp, and 185 lb-ft of torque. This engine is exclusively paired with the SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift mode and Drive Selection switch. Later on in 2017, a third engine will join the CX-5 lineup, bringing diesel power to the Mazda showroom for the first time in a passenger vehicle. The SKYACTIV-D 2.2L turbo-diesel engine will bring a new driving dynamic to the CX-5 range with smooth, effortless acceleration as expected from a diesel engine, along with fuel economy rivaling hybrid vehicles.

“The CX-5 has proven itself to be capable of outperforming in a segment that is already growing at unprecedented levels,” said David Klan, Senior Director, Sales, Marketing & Regional Operations, Mazda Canada. “And now, we’ve taken everything consumers already love about the CX-5 and elevated it to a higher level, including elegant design, refined craftsmanship, active safety technology, and driving pleasure.”

Pricing for the mid-trim will start at $29,100 and has been revised lower, even as equipment levels are increased from the outgoing model. Notable new features include a power liftgate, front wiper de-icer, and heated steering wheel.

The top-tier trim also features a lower starting price for 2017 at $34,700, and includes new features such as LED fog lights and heated rear seats.

The new 2017 CX-5 will be available in Mazda dealers by the end of March.

SOURCE: Mazda Canada Inc.

Mazda to Offer Diesel Engine in All‑New Mazda CX‑5

Mazda to Offer Diesel Engine in All‑New Mazda CX‑5 for North America From Second Half of 2017

Mazda Motor Corporation announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show* that it will offer the SKYACTIV‑D 2.2 clean diesel engine in the all-new Mazda CX‑5for North America from the second half of 2017. It will be Mazda’s first diesel engine model in the North American market.

The SKYACTIV‑D 2.2 to be fitted in the all-new CX‑5 for North America provides a torque-rich driving experience and revs freely to high RPMs. It will meet the region’s strict emission standards and make the all-new CX‑5 one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. The engine also adopts Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control, proprietary technologies that reduce diesel knock sound for a quieter and more pleasing sound.

“We’re confident this engine offers a smart new option for North American drivers who want both performance and fuel economy,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s Executive Vice President and Representative Director.

 

By providing driving pleasure and outstanding environmental performance to all customers, Mazda aims to enrich people’s lives and become a brand with which customers feel an emotional connection.

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Mazda wins AJAC’s Best New Innovation Technology with GVC


MONTREAL
, Jan. 19, 2017 /CNW/ – At a press conference held at the Montreal International Auto Show today, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) handed the award for Best New Innovation Technology for 2017 to Mazda for its G-Vectoring Control. Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine with Dynamic Pressure Turbo was also chosen as a finalist for the award.

Sandra Lemaitre, Mazda Canada’s Director of Public Relations, receiving the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada award for Best New Innovation Technology for 2017. Photo credit: Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (CNW Group/Mazda Canada Inc.)

Starting with the recently introduced 2017 Mazda6 and Mazda3, Mazda introduced a series of new-generation vehicle motion control technologies called SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS. This series of technologies enhance the driving experience by providing integrated control over the engine, transmission, body and chassis. The first technology of the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS series is G-Vectoring Control, or GVC.

In a nutshell, GVC is a technology that uses the engine to enhance chassis performance. GVC adjusts engine torque in response to steering action, delivering unified control over longitudinal and latitudinal acceleration forces. Optimizing loading for maximum grip from each tire means the car moves more precisely as the driver intends, reducing the need for steering corrections, including many that the driver is not even aware of. On slippery road surfaces, steering response and handling stability are improved, giving drivers more confidence. Even when driving straight ahead, the car follows the driver’s intended path with far fewer steering corrections. Also, GVC makes the changes in acceleration forces acting on the people in the car smoother, which reduces head and torso sway. Of course, this means a more comfortable and enjoyable drive.

“Our Mazda engineers have an obsession with the perfection of driving dynamics for our vehicles, and they invested a lot of time and effort into developing this technology, which is possible only because of the advancements made by SKYACTIV Technology,” said Rob Murdoch, National Manager, Technical Services, Mazda Canada. “GVC is just another example of the passion for driving that runs through our veins, and we’re honoured to receive this award.”

The AJAC Best New Technology awards are voted on by a panel of 12 automotive journalists who are all experts in vehicle technology.

“What impressed us the most was just how marvelously clever the concept behind Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control really is, for a technology that can have such a positive impact on the driving dynamics of a vehicle,” said Marc Lachapelle, AJAC Technology Panel Judge. “Simple yet powerful engineering ideas like this are how a small independent carmaker like Mazda can stand out, and that’s what makes this a true winner.”

G-Vectoring Control is included as standard equipment in the 2017 Mazda3 and 2017 Mazda6, and will be integrated into the full Mazda lineup as updates are made in future models.

2016 Mazda CX-9 Review by CAR-AND-DRIVER

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Sporty and efficient, it’s the Mazda of three-row family haulers.

First Drive Review

The new Mazda CX-9 occupies a class of vehicles that often come up a bit short on style, even though that’s ostensibly the reason why many buyers are choosing a three-row crossover over a much more spacious and practical minivan. The need for passenger and cargo space tend to drive body-side sheetmetal that’s more upright and a roofline that plunges less dramatically, if much at all. And these competing priorities tend to water down the elegance of these vehicles, where functionality is so mission critical.


Upscale Style

That’s where the CX-9 sets itself apart. It’s the Karl Lagerfeld of a mom-jeans segment. Redone from bumper to bumper, the CX-9 borrows some cues from the CX-5 but also seemingly cribs a few styling flourishes from the Infiniti QX70. The CX-9 looks fantastic, especially on the optional 20-inch wheels. Covered in the eerie glow of Machine Gray paint, it looks expensive enough to wear a luxury-brand badge. Infiniti’s three-row QX60 and Acura’s MDX look plain by comparison.

2016-Mazda-CX-9-7-passenger-vehicle_lgIt’s the same story inside. Material quality is excellent throughout. Many of the plastics are so finely grained and soft to the touch that they appear to be bovine based. As in all Mazdas, there are round analog dials, but unlike the binnacles in other Mazdas, one of the round housings actually contains a color LCD screen that can display trip information, a compass, and navigation directions.

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 There are four trim levels, and all-wheel drive is an $1800 option on all of them except for the top-dog Signature, on which it’s standard. At the bottom is the Sport ($32,420), which com
es with LED headlights and taillights, cloth seats, 18-inch wheels, a backup camera, and Mazda’s 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a knob controller just in front of the center armrest. Mazda, like Audi, is smart enough to put the volume knob next to the controller.

Moving up to Touring ($36,870) brings leather seats, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, power front seats, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen. A Premium package ($1745) adds a 12-speaker Bose stereo, rain-sensing wipers, satellite radio, and a sunroof.
The next rung up is the Grand Touring trim level ($41,070), which brings 20-inch wheels, a head-up display, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, automatic high-beams, and aluminum interior trim.

2016-Mazda-CX-9_3-row-suv_lgThe top-spec Signature ($44,915) dresses up the interior with rosewood accents and brick-colored nappa-leather seats. On the outside, the Signature gets an LED-lit grille frame. Even fully loaded at $44,915, the CX-9 remains a good value in a world where the Honda Pilot Elite costs $47,470 and the 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum goes for $54,180.

In the second row, there’s ample space for adults, provided they slide the split bench all the way back. But second-row legroom comes at the expense of third-row space. The second row moves forward to allow for entry to the rear, but the Pilot, the Explorer, and the Toyota Highlander all make it easier. The competition also beats the CX-9’s third row for spaciousness. The Mazda’s is pretty much only for kids, whereas the rear seats in the Highlander, Pilot, Explorer, Kia Sorento, andHyundai Santa Fe work slightly better for adults.

Doing More with Four

Another major difference between the CX-9 and its competition is under the hood. While most in this class offer V-6 power, the CX-9 comes only with a turbocharged four-cylinder. The engine displaces 2.5 liters and makes 250 horsepower on premium fuel and 227 horsepower on regular. Mazda claims to have studied how buyers use their three-row mobiles and found that they almost never rev the engine past 4500 rpm, which seems reasonable. In the real world, these drivers spend most of their time at about 2000 rpm. So, to provide punch where owners want it, the CX-9’s engine makes 310 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm regardless of octane. There’s a nice shove from low revs, and it gives the big CX-9 the ability to squirt into holes in traffic. Keep the right pedal
pinned, and the urge tapers off noticeably. It doesn’t fall away as abruptly as does a turbo-diesel, but there’s a noticeable drop in pulling power as the engine spins to its upper reaches.

2016-Mazda-CX-9-interior_lgTo combat turbo lag, the engine has what Mazda calls the Dynamic Pressure Turbo System that combines the advantages of variable-vane and twin-scroll turbocharger technologies in one small part. There are three butterfly valves positioned in the exhaust manifold at the entrance to the turbocharger. Below 1620 rpm, these valves are closed, forcing exhaust gases through restricted paths, thereby raising the pulsation energy of the exhaust impacting the turbine wheel (like a thumb over a water hose). At 1620 rpm, when the exhaust volume is large enough, the valves open, and the turbo operates normally.

Upstream of the three valves, the integral exhaust manifold joins the two inner cylinders in one branch and the two outer cylinders in another. This arrangement facilitates scavenging—the flow from one cylinder helping draw exhaust out of the other cylinder sharing that branch. Mazda’s exhaust plumbing is quite effective at maximizing output while minimizing turbo lag. Throttle response is satisfyingly instant, even from a stop.

Mazda’s four-cylinder is 132 pounds lighter than its predecessor’s 3.7-liter V-6. The company claims overall curb weight is down 269 pounds for front-drive models (to 4054 pounds) and 258 pounds for all-wheel-drive versions (4301 pounds)—despite a heavier-gauge floor pan, 53 pounds of sound insulation between the floor and the carpet, and double-paned front-window glass. It’s quiet inside, where road noise is faint and engine noise fainter.

*US. Pricing shown

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All-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 with SKYACTIV Technology

 

Pricing announced for all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 with SKYACTIV Technology

Mar 17, 2016

New 7-passenger crossover brings refined style and maturity to the segment –

All-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 (CNW Group/Mazda Canada Inc.)RICHMOND HILL, ON, March 17, 2016 /CNW/ – Mazda Canada Inc. (MCI) today announced pricing for the completely redesigned 2016 Mazda CX-9, which will bring a new standard of refinement and sophisticated design to the intermediate crossover segment. With a starting MSRP of$35,300, the all-new second-generation CX-9 includes a long list of standard features, including a brand-new SKYACTIV-G 2.5 litre turbocharged engine with near best-in-class fuel economy and torque.

When the first-generation CX-9 debuted, it instantly redefined the three-row intermediate segment with its bold styling and dynamic handling capabilities that were noticeably absent in the segment. The new 2016 CX-9 takes this theme to another level, once again raising the bar for exterior design with elegant KODO Design. As with all Mazda vehicles, handling characteristics lead the segment, proving that a seven-passenger family vehicle doesn’t have to leave driving pleasure behind.

“With the powerful new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine and up to 35 percent improvement in fuel economy versus the outgoing model, the all-new CX-9 demonstrates Mazda’s true capabilities in the intermediate segment, providing more torque where you need it most, while offering amazing real-world fuel economy,” said David Klan, Senior Director, Sales, Marketing & Regional Operations (MCI). “Add that to the new level of refinement and interior flexibility and you’ve got a seven-passenger family vehicle that is hard to beat.”

In addition to the potent new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine which is paired with a SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission, all trim levels of the CX-9 will also include a long list of standard equipment such as 18-inch alloy wheels, auto-levelling LED headlights, LED rear combination lamps, electronic parking brake, push-button start, Mazda Connect with 7-inch display and HMI Commander, wide-angle rearview camera, heated front seats, 3-zone automatic climate control, and rear climate control display.

The CX-9 will go on sale starting in June with a new four-trim strategy, starting with the standard front-wheel drive GS trim at $35,300 which includes the above-mentioned items and other key features including 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar, Bluetooth with Audio Profile, cruise control, steering wheel buttons for Bluetooth, audio, and cruise control, and heated power exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators. The only available option for the CX-9 GS is Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV AWD system, which is available for an additional $2,500, taking the MSRP up to $37,800.

The CX-9 GS-L takes over from there, taking all of the items from the GS with AWD and adding key features such as a power glass moonroof, leather upholstery in either black or beige, 4-way power passenger seat, power liftgate, heated steering wheel, advanced keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, and more. The GS-L also brings standard i-ACTIVSENSE safety equipment into the picture with Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring (ABSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and Smart City Brake Support (SCBS). MSRP for the CX-9 GS-L is$41,500. No optional equipment is available for the CX-9 GS-L trim.

The next step upwards is the CX-9 GT, which was previously the top-trim. With an MSRP of $45,500, the GT brings more opulence, trading the 18-inch wheels for 20-inch alloy wheels in a bright finish, and adding a 12-speaker BOSE audio system, navigation, Mazda’s first-ever windshield-projected colour Active Driving Display (ADD), and aluminum instrument panel decoration, air vent bezels, and shift panel.

An optional Technology Package is available for the CX-9 GT, which includes the rest of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE safety equipment available on the CX-9, including Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Smart Brake Support (SBS), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), High Beam Control (HBC), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), and Lane-keep Assist System (LKAS). MSRP for the Technology Package is $1,600.

Finally, the fourth and final trim level is all-new to Mazda, and takes refinement to a whole new level for the CX-9. For $50,100, the new Signature trim includes all equipment from the GT with Technology Package and further enhances with premium interior features such as Nappa leather upholstery in a rich Chroma Brown colour, open-pore rosewood on the centre console and door switch panels, signature grille illumination, LED console and door trim illumination, and LED interior lighting.

Colour options for the CX-9 are Snowflake White ($200), Soul Red ($300), Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, Titanium Flash, Sonic Silver, and new on the CX-9, Machine Grey ($300).

The CX-9 will be available in Mazda dealerships across Canada starting in June.

Mazda Canada Inc. is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer service and parts support of Mazda vehicles in Canada. Headquartered in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Mazda Canada has a nationwide network of 165 dealerships. For additional information visit Mazda Canada’s media website at www.media.mazda.ca.

SOURCE Mazda Canada Inc.

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2016 10Best Cars: Mazda MX-5 Miata, by CAR AND DRIVER

2016 10Best Cars: Mazda MX-5 Miata

Think different, drive different.

10BEST CARS

We understand the Mazda MX-5 Miata because it subscribes to our worldview. It’s a manifesto of car enthusiasm in steel, glass, and rubber. Make it small. Make it light. Make it quick. Make it efficient. Make it affordable. Make it reliable. Make us smile.

There’s a new Miata parked outside, exhaust ticking. It’s the afterglow of a run up and down Angeles Crest Highway north of L.A., the City of Angels and the City of Miatas. If the car feels as if it were created for these roads, that’s because its engineering sign-off happened here. Every brake application, throttle blip, snap downshift, and slalom toward the apex is an invocation of joy. The Miata strings together corners like they’re rosary beads. You might be tired at the end, but it’ll be a happy kind of exhaustion.

The Miata isn’t a numbers car, although 2309 pounds and a 5.9-second zero-to-60 time are impressive figures. Light steering effort hints at the low mass, and the feedback is as clear and uninterrupted as a landline call. Fling it into any corner and the Miata’s body moves around more than those of modern sports cars. It reacts to your inputs by diving, squatting, and rolling. It’s floppy and eager, like a puppy scurrying across a wood floor to lick your face.

An object lesson in vehicle dynamics, one of the best-handling cars in the world for less than the sales tax on a Ferrari.–M. Duff

And how could you not love its face? Restyled to look meaner and leaner, the Miata’s design has finally purged its bogus British affectation. Sharp edges and lines fold over the machinery, while fenders punch outward. The headlights are knee-high; its beltline is more like a thighline. The view out of this two-seater is mostly ­bumpers and tires of other cars. Lesser drivers would feel vulnerable, but we’re happy down here, even if we can’t find the 12-volt outlet (it’s by the passenger’s left ankle).

With the top tucked away, our senses heighten. Smells roll in—dry grass, dusty pavement, the creaky Ford Aerostar that has finally pulled over to let us by. Vibrations course through the car. We’ve entered a Miata state of mind. Happiness washes over. The little roadster beneath us surges forward to the next corner. Amen.

2016 10Best Cars: Mazda 3 by CAR AND DRIVER

2016 10Best Cars: Mazda 3

2016 10Best Cars: Mazda 3

A thousands-of-parts harmony.

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If you were to stroll through the Mazda 3 assembly plant in Hofu, Japan, it wouldn’t be unusual to find a bamboo-and-paper shoji door in an engineer’s locker. “It opens and slides without much effort,” explains Hirotaka Takaya, doors development engineer. Nor should you be surprised to find a drawing of the anatomy of a human arm. “We determined which muscles are used to operate [the shift lever],” explains Takao Kijima, former MX-5 Miata program manager, “to balance the amount of strength needed.” Kijima further suggests, “When the car and driver are in harmony, driving is fun.”

 “Harmony,” as it happens, is not a bad descriptor for the Mazda 3. In this car, no single element overwhelms its essential character. It feels substantial, yet quick-witted. Its subassemblies all shake each others’ hands. It responds to fingertip control. It is a car that assists its pilot in smooth driving.

So just thinking about pushing the shifter into first gear is seemingly sufficient to get the job done, and, if you so desire, you can make four upshifts without depressing the clutch. Jumping rudely in and out of the throttle produces no driveline snatch. And the steering feels as if it circulates on needle bearings submerged in Jergens lotion.

Of course, some of the 3’s goodness can also be attributed to the company’s Skyactiv program, which so far remains a confounding mystery to consumers and rightly so. In part, it’s a version of simultaneous engineering that says, “The guy who designs the bolt will do so alongside—and with the advice of—the guy who designs the nut.” But in practice, Skyactiv’s mandate is to earn gains by fixing little, boring things that were previously not wholly in Mazda’s cross hairs. The program might better have been called “We pick nits,” although that makes for an unappetizing catchphrase.

One big Skyactiv victory has been the reduction of engine NVH, not by adding sound deadeners but by reducing friction. The more freely a device spins, in theory, the less racket it’s likely to make. In Mazda’s gas engines, for instance, Skyactiv has reportedly reaped a 54-percent reduction in valvetrain friction, a 74-percent increase in oil-pump efficiency, a 31-percent increase in water-pump efficiency, and 13 percent better breathing.

Mazda claims that Skyactiv also has the happy side effect of piquing curiosity. Says Masahiro Moro, an executive of Mazda Japan: “If something is strange, we don’t turn away. We study it.”

One thing that got studied was the manufacture of engine blocks. The 3’s blocks previously passed through 45 machining processes requiring six hours. Now CNC machines do all 45 jobs at only three stations in 1.3 hours. It’s a big deal when you’re producing 150 to 200 Mazda 3s a day, as Hofu does.

It helps, too, that Ford has finally withdrawn its foot from Mazda’s doorjamb. Mazda is back doing what it does best: building small cars (and great-driving crossovers). No trucks or luxury sedans. Look what a carmaker can do when it focuses on the small stuff.