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Mazda CX-9 SUV Continues to Evolve

The Mazda CX-9 has turned out to be the loyal old friend in Mazda’s lineup – a side effect from Ford and Mazda’s previous platform sharing times.

Outside of an exterior rejuvenation in 2013, it has basically been the same since its debut in 2007, with a lifecycle extending longer than the majority of others in the same niche.

Luckily, Chapman Mazda has a news flash – the brand new CX-9 is coming soon!

Athletic Kodo Design:

The lone wolf in Mazda family is the out-going CX-9; all other vehicles in the lineup have been updated with Kodo design, while the CX-9 was still sporting looks from the mid-2000’s. MY 2017 has a clean-sheet design approach and finally falls in line with the other models.

Believed to be inspired by Mazda’s forthcoming Koeru Concept, it now has a toned and athletic look. The CX-9 makes an imposing statement with its extra length along with its upright front-end that oozes good stance.

An Overhauled Interior:

The outgoing 2015 CX-9 still has a pretty nice interior despite its age. The new generation will take the interior design to the next level with Mazda’s commitment to a high end interior and quality finishes. The interior upgrade is aimed at competition like the Toyota Highlander and will be bigger internally and the 2nd and 3rd rows made more accessible.

Similar to the face lift on the Mazda6, look for premium touches like stitched leather dashboard, piano black inlays and brushed aluminum finishes. Technophiles will be happy with Mazda’s Connect infotainment system. Also expect a full array of safety features like rear cross traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring.

What Will Power It:

Mazda is also set to follow the ‘down-sizing’ trend in the auto industry. No more 3.7-liter V6 which will be replaced by a 4 cylinder 2.5-liter turbo unit with SkyActiv technology.

Standard will be front wheel drive but there is also an AWD option. The transmission or AWD system is unclear at the moment, but you should still expect a great drive with Mazda’s focus on SkyActiv’s weight-saving and efficiency approach.

7-seat Rivals:

The new CX-9 direct competition for family ride will include the Dodge Durango, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and a few more. Mazda seems to have the other worthy competition beat with sheer visual looks, which is lacking in the segment.

More official details are expected in the upcoming months and an expected debut at the 2015 Los Angeles motor show in November.

2016 Mazda6 and CX-5 Set High Safety Standards

The 2016 Mazda6 and CX-5 are coming out with collision prevention technology similar to the newest Honda Pilot. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recently given both models superior ratings.

That superior rating indicates that both Mazda models are loaded with high-tech and effective collision avoidance and mitigation technology. The IIHS measures the rigidity and durability of the vehicle during a collision. They also measure how effective the sensors and cameras are at predicting and preventing accidents. Vehicles can rank from basic to advance to the highest level superior, which means these Mazda models are the best on the market for safety.

The Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring
Blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert sensors are standard on this model. With both devices, the driver gets an audible signal that warns if another is passing in a zone that is unsafe for merging or reversing. The standard system won’t activate the brakes if the vehicle predicts a crash. For that system, you will have to pay extra for the Mazda Smart Brake Support. The system also protects the driver from frontal crashes. If the vehicle is going at moderate or high speeds, it can detect other vehicles and obstacles and automatically apply brakes to minimize or prevent damage.

The 2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring
According to Car and Driver the Mazda6 is 5-star rated and is fun to drive while still being practical. Edmunds states it has similar technologies to the i-ActiveSense suite, but the two models have important differences. Standard on the 2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring are the blind spot monitoring along with the rear cross-traffic alerts. Optional are the Smart Brake Support.

The Mazda6 Grand Touring comes standard with Smart Brake Support, but you will have to pay more for the rear and blind spot alerts but you will be covered for the front-side emergency situations.

What about crashworthiness?

To be clear, both the Mazda6 and CX-5 also got the highest ratings in crash safety ratings, not only in crash prevention technology. The 2015 Top Safety Pick was given to both models by the IIHS. They received a “good” which is the highest ranking in the following categories:

– Head restraint and seat collision effectiveness tests
– Moderate overlap front collision tests
– Roof strength tests
– Side collision tests
– Small overlap front collision tests

However you look at it, these Mazda models are safe vehicles and are available at Chapman Mazda.

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When the Mazda MX-5 Miata first debuted, it was a cute, fun little Emo-looking convertible. Fast forward 25 years and the model is all grown up. Gone is the parted-lips front fascia, replaced by a big, tough-looking grille that effortlessly splits wind resistance. This roadster has come in to its own, and man, what a ride.

Sliding into the cockpit of a Grand Touring edition at Chapman Mazda, the expansive dash has everything within easy reach. The control knob for the nav/entertainment screen will take some practice for those unfamiliar with the technology, but this upgrade is definitely worth learning. The Grand Touring model includes leather-trimmed seats, touchscreen display, an 8-speaker Bose sound system and HD radio. Both driver and passenger seats include multi-level heating, which will come in handy when driving with the top down in December. The soft-top retractable roof is manually operated.  Miata enthusiasts want Mazda to put out a retractable hard-top edition. We’ll see if that happens. For now, the 2016 model is soft-top only.

And the drive? Sweet, smooth, throaty. It’s all of those things and more. The 2.0L SkyACTIV-G DOHC 16-valve inline 4 does a great job of getting down to business, even outfitted with the 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Low-slung, the Miata purrs along the road, redlining at 6800 rpm. Factory specs say the MX-5 Miata will get 36 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city, but with the way most people will drive with fun convertible,  the mileage figures could be lower. This is a fast, fun car to drive, and the acceleration is agile and smooth. Since going fast requires stopping fast, the Miata is equipped with 4-wheel, 4-channel Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. This ABS system allows for better stopping at short distances and sticks the landing like vehicles twice the price.

Rounding out the Grand Touring package features are rain-sensing windshield wipers, the Mazda navigation system, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Front Lighting System, High Beam Control and a Lane Departure Warning System. Standard features across all trim lines include LED head/taillights, solar-control tinted windshield, glass rear window and a trunk light. The Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring has an MSRP of $32,090; call for your Chapman Mazda Phoenix dealer incentives.


Second Year Benefitting Challenged Athlete’s Foundation

Celebrities, professional athletes and 15 people with physical challenges will gather on October 10th for the Million Dollar Challenge. Starting in San Francisco, the group of more than 125 cyclists will ride down the Pacific Coast some 620 miles to La Jolla Shores beach near San Diego. Everyone who participates has pledged at least $125,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The foundation supports physically-challenged participants all around the world by providing equipment, training, clinics and participation fees. While local charities are supported by businesses like your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda, large events like this take deep pockets. The Mazda Foundation support makes this one of the largest cycling events in the U.S. each year.

Activity Helps Promote Fit Lifestyle

The Mazda Foundation Million Dollar Challenge is one way the company helps people with physical challenges realize they can still lead an active lifestyle. The Mazda Foundation is also a sponsor of Operation Rebound, a program that helps active military, veterans, police and firemen overcome physical challenges through sports and exercise. The upcoming bike ride allows individuals to take their passion for cycling and use it to help others realize their dreams. “Our partnership with the Mazda Foundation has been mutually successful because our missions are so closely aligned around the goal of helping others,” said Bill Geppert, Challenged Athletes Foundation CEO.

Challenged Athletes Participate in Journey

At least 15 athletes with major physical challenges will be riding right alongside everyone else in the week-long journey. Lance Weir, a Marine Corps reservist and quadriplegic, will be on his recumbent tandem hand bicycle. Karen Aydelott lost a leg while on a bike training ride seven years ago, but will be in the field this year. Other participants endured various forms of hardship that resulted in physical challenges but all have the common ground of finding meaning in living life to the fullest.

Mazda Foundation Works Locally

Whether its providing food to a distribution center, toys during Christmas or any number of other financial benefits, the Mazda Foundation works within local communities to help U.S. citizens live the best life possible. Dealerships like Chapman Mazda are often involved in charity events as responsible stewards of their community.


Three-year Partnership Trains Mazda Techs

Mazda recently announced a partnership with WyoTech to develop certified Mazda technicians. As one of the leading training institutions in the United States, WyoTech has facilities in Pennsylvania and Wyoming. The institution will also be offering classes to Mazda dealership personnel on an ongoing basis to make sure everyone is up-to-date with the latest technology. “Well-trained technicians are a key component to our customer’s satisfaction, so it is an honor to partner with WyoTech,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North America. “Mazda is focused on improving the dealership experience and fixing customers’ cars right, the first time.” All of Chapman Mazda’s technicians are trained and certified, offering their customers peace of mind when they come to the service center.

Mazda Donates 20 Vehicles to Training Classes

To make sure future technicians get real world experience in repairing the problems that cars experience, Mazda has donated 20 vehicles to the WyoTech training regimen. Each technician must complete a course outline of web modules and labs that will house special tooling and other equipment also donated by Mazda. “Our top priority is ensuring that our students have a clear path to in-demand careers with definitive labor market value and the opportunity for advancement,” said Karen Turner of WyoTech. “By working with Mazda and its dealerships, we are able to accurately assess local workforce needs and help match our certified graduates with those job opportunities.”

Graduates Have Access to 640 Dealerships

Once a technician completes the training, they are eligible for hire at any one of the company’s 640 dealerships, including the Phoenix Mazda stores. Mazda estimates it will hire about 100 new technicians each year from the WyoTech program, which saves the company about $6,000 over the traditional hiring and training process. Those hired will also be able to continue to learn and earn a Master Technician degree through the exiting Mazda training program. Those classes are open to any existing personnel who work at the Mazda dealerships.

No Shade Tree Mechanics Anymore

The old days of taking your car to your friend down the road for a tune-up are pretty much over. The sophistication of all modern cars, including the Mazda Sky-ACTIV engine technology, requires an advanced knowledge of many different systems and how they all work together. Chapman Mazda has a team of trained technicians ready to help you with whatever problems your vehicle may be having.