Mazda Leads Pack for Fuel Economy for 5th Straight Year

WITHOUT ELECTRIC OR HYBRID MODELS, AUTOMAKER BEATS THE REST. By Guillaume Rivard , 

For the fifth consecutive year, Mazda is the industry leader for fuel economy on the North American continent. This is according to a new report produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, based on analysis of data from 2016 model-year vehicles.

The EPA ranking is based on manufacturer adjusted fuel economy. This consists of average fuel consumption (city and highway) of all of a company’s vehicles in one year, with the results weighted for sales volume. This method ensures that an auto manufacturer, even if it produces several “green” vehicles, will see its results suffer due to the presence of big fuel-hungry vehicles in its lineup.

The total average fuel consumption figure for Mazda was 29.6 miles per gallon (mpg), an improvement of 0.4 mpg in comparison with the 2015 model-year. All of its vehicles benefit from the SKYACTIV technology for engines, transmissions, body and chassis. And while the company has no hybrid models in its lineup, it also doesn’t offer any V6 or V8 models. Even its heftiest model, the CX-9 large crossover, runs on a 4-cylinder turbo.

Behind the Japanese automaker, Hyundai climbed from 5th to 2nd place for manufacturer fuel economy; it was followed by Honda, Subaru and Nissan – with ratings varying from 28.8 mpg to 27.9 mpg. Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) brings up the rear of the list, behind General Motors and Ford. That the three American manufacturers rank where they do is unsurprising, given that they produce and sell mainly SUVs and trucks.

The EPA report notes that, in general, vehicle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are lower than ever before – this in spite of the increasing popularity of SUVs. Improved fuel efficiency combined with relatively unchanged average weight and power output are in large part behind the improvement, along with the more widespread use of direct injection systems.

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MAZDA TEAMS WITH KING SNOW FOR WEB SNOWBOARD SERIES

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MAZDA TEAMS WITH KING SNOW FOR WEB SNOWBOARD SERIES

This year marks Mazda’s fifth year as the official automotive partner of Canada Snowboard.

To celebrate, Mazda Canada has teamed up with King Snow magazine to give fans a fascinating
behind the scenes look at the world of Canadian snowboarding in The Drive, a series of thrilling
online documentaries. Keep your eyes peeled for these films in forthcoming issues of Zoom-Zoom.

 

 

 

What is SKYACTIV-X?

 

SKYACTIV-X is a revolutionary engine, a world first. It employs a method of combustion—compression ignition—that the combined might of the motoring sector has been trying to master for over two decades.

Why SKYACTIV-X is a defining moment for the industry

The development of this technology comes from Mazda’s “Well-to-Wheel” approach, which considers real-world emissions over a car’s entire life cycle. Of course, Mazda plans to introduce electric vehicles to areas that have clean energy sources and will add hybrid and plug-in vehicles from 2020, but the internal combustion engine will continue to be the base power unit for 85 percent of all cars up until 2035. That’s why SKYACTIV-X is such an important breakthrough in Mazda’s goal to reduce “Well-to-Wheel” carbon dioxide emissions to 50 percent of 2010 levels by 2030, and a staggering 90 percent reduction by 2050.

Here’s how the SKYACTIV-X works…

In a gasoline engine, the fuel-air mixture is ignited by a spark from the spark plug. In a diesel engine, the fuel-air mix is compressed and ignites through pressure and heat alone. Diesel is more energy dense than gasoline, which also means more air and less fuel goes in, making for better fuel economy. And although diesel engines tend to release less carbon dioxide than gasoline engines, they emit particulates that, unless trapped or treated, can cause pollution. Diesels, which are often turbocharged, have a reputation for having lots of torque even at low revs, while gasoline engines can rev higher and produce more horsepower at those high revs.

SKYACTIV-X offers the best of both diesel and gasoline engines with none of the disadvantages. It does this thanks to a new technology called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI). Running on regular gasoline, SPCCI works by compressing the fuel-air mix at a much higher compression ratio, with a very lean mix. The SKYACTIV-X engine uses a spark to ignite only a small, dense amount of the fuel-air mix in the cylinder. This raises the temperature and pressure so that the remaining fuel-air mix ignites under pressure (like a diesel), burning faster and more completely than in conventional engines.

 

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G-Vectoring Control

What is Mazda G-Vectoring Control?

Now, with a new and innovative technology called Mazda G-Vectoring Control Mazda is even more fun to drive. What is Mazda G-Vectoring Control? Mazda G-Vectoring Control is a new technology that has been recently developed by Mazda as a part of its SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS and is designed to deliver a smoother and less fatiguing drive for every passenger.

The new SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control technology focuses on the mechanics of vehicle dynamics to help make your new Mazda feel more like an extension of your body with better control, less fatigue and more precise steering. It will offer you more precise steering behind the wheel by optimizing load control. When you take a turn, the new G-Vectoring Control from Mazda will improve cornering by reducing engine torque and shifting the load to the front wheels of your new Mazda.

Mazda’s new SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control is a new standard feature in all trim levels of the 2017 Mazda3, 2017 Mazda6, 2017 Mazda CX-3 and 2017 Mazda CX-5. The new and innovative system will soon be standard on every new Mazda

The SKYACTIV®-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control system works by monitoring three different parameters that include the rate of steering wheel rotation, throttle position and vehicle speed to deliver an increased vertical load to the front tires. When cornering, the high-tech system works by adjusting power delivery and shifting the weight of your Mazda. The outstanding traction the new system provides to its driver inspires confidence behind the wheel and makes driving more fun. The best thing about the new G-Vectoring Control System is that it significantly improves handling on snow-covered and wet roads.

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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