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Mazda Skyactiv engines and transmissions

SKYACTIV-G Engine

The Mazda/Ford relationship of old was symbiotic in nature. Mazda got the dealership network it needed to remain profitable, while Ford was able to mine Mazda’s products for platforms and engines. When Ford decided to part ways from Mazda, it left Mazda to “do their own thing” and “see other people,” but Mazda didn’t jump back into the dating game.

Instead, Mazda struck out on its own, creating a new chassis and, more importantly, more engines. These innovative power plants, available on certain models at Chapman Mazda, are called Skyactiv engines, and they ring true to the Mazda ethos of performance and efficiency. They combine with a new Mazda transmission and provide a fun-to-drive attitude with uncompromised efficiency.

In North America, Mazda offers the Skyactiv-G engines, which run on gasoline. They come in two sizes: 2.0-liter four cylinder and 2.5-liter four cylinder. The 2.0-liter engine made its debut in the 2012 Mazda CX-5 SUV, which has won numerous accolades for its driving capability. The 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine debuted in the 2014 Mazda 6 sedan and now both engines choices are offered in the completely redesigned Mazda 3. Previously, only the 2.0-liter engine was a Skyactiv model on the Mazda 3.

Rumors are unconfirmed that Mazda will be bringing over their Skyactiv-D diesel engine, available in Europe and Asia. Diesels are still considered a niche product in the American market, although their popularity is growing.

While these are not powerful engines, Mazda has been able to combine them with a well-designed chassis that is sporty without being unwieldy. They are then mated to with specially-designed transmissions. Skyactiv-Drive combines the best attributes of a continuously variable transmission (CVT), dual-clutch and traditional step transmission to provide a system that truly translates the power and efficiency of the Skyactiv engines to the road.

For those who like to row their own gears, Mazda offers the Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission. This manual gear-box offers a light, crisp shift feel while offering reduced weight to increase fuel economy. Manual transmissions are offered on all the base Sport models only; all other trim lines include the SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed Sport automatic transmission with manual shift mode.

With Mazda’s new-found independence, it was thought it would struggle to survive in the highly competitive automotive arena. Mazda defied the odds and created a lineup of stylish products that has been able to remain sporty and innovative while adhering to stricter fuel economy standards.

To test drive a slew of Skyactiv-equipped Mazda vehicles, visit Chapman Mazda today to experience a truly innovative car.

Mazda Hazumi Concept Previews Next-Gen Mazda 2

Mazda Hazumi Concept Previews Next-Gen Mazda 2

With Mazda hitting home run after home run with its new product lineup after its divorce from Ford, it is no surprise that many in the automotive industry are excited about what Mazda has in store for the teeny Mazda 2. You can test drive a current-gen Mazda 2 at your local Phoenix Mazda dealer.

With the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata already in development, and the Mazda 6, 3 and CX-5 bringing new customers into showrooms, the Hazumi concept looks like a car ready for both the racetrack and city center.

The current generation Mazda 2 is a fun-to-drive B-segment car that lacks the interior amenities many of its competitors now offer as standard fare. Mazda has been designing its cars with the KODO design language, which has been wildly popular on the company’s host of new vehicles. That design translates surprisingly well to the smaller proportions of the Hazumi concept.

Many of the neat design features on the concept probably won’t see it to production, but the thinly slit headlights and aggressive grille compliment the bulbous rear end. The slick center-exit exhaust and oversized, comical wheels won’t make it to production.

When you slip inside the Hazumi concept, you notice the interior appears to be thousands of dollars more than it should be. The Mazda 2 is supposed to be an affordable B-segment offering, but the technologies in the Hazumi concept say otherwise—though it is not completely new or different.

The instrument cluster looks like is had taken cues from the one found in the new Mazda 3, including the nifty heads-up display. Two-tone leather looks nice though likely won’t make production due to cost. A feature that is only for the flavor of concepts is the four seats. Five seats are mandatory in this segment.

Under the hood of the concept lies a 1.5-liter inline-4 cylinder Skyactiv-D diesel engine. In the concept the engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, but definitely expect a manual to be offered.

If you look at the Hazumi concept, you will see a car that desperately wants to reinvent the B-segment market. Vehicles in this segment have never really been thrilling, or stylish, but if Mazda can protect even just some of the design elements found on the concept as it makes its way to production, Mazda will have another sales and award winner on its dealership lots.

For more information about all the wonderful models Mazda offers, visit Chapman Mazda today.

How Tires Can Affect Your Fuel Economy

Tires and Fuel Economy

When it comes to performance and fuel economy, many people talk about things such as filters, fuel injector cleaners and regular oil changes as the key. While maintaining your car well will always result in better mileage and longer car life; people tend to overlook the fact that selecting and maintaining the proper tires will help your gas mileage as well, and keep you safe along the way.

Tire rubber is literally the only material connecting your ride to the road. This means that the tires’ performance affects everything from speed, handling, braking, acceleration and fuel economy. Worn out tires, for example, are not only dangerous as they impair handling, but they tend to slip more on the road requiring the engine to work harder to move the car forward.

Keeping your tires properly inflated is crucial. For example, tires with low air pressure cause the car’s weight to be magnified and creates more friction between rubber and road. Again the engine must work harder to move this vehicle whose weight is not being properly supported by correctly inflated tires. It’s always important to check the manufacturer’s manual, or visit a Mazda dealer in Phoenix, for the recommended amount of pressure needed. Some drivers also check for a reminder sticker on the door jamb, but it’s important to remember not to use any numbers printed on the tire. These numbers are the maximum pressure for the tire and not necessarily for the make and model of your vehicle. Seasonal weather can also affect pressure, especially in the summer months, so check the psi on a routine schedule.

Believe it or not, rims also have a part in fuel economy. Again, lightweight rims come into play along with tires because of the energy, and thus the gas, required to get the wheels rolling. Smaller wheels may increase gas mileage in the long run, but remember proper tire inflation is a major ingredient in this formula.

With all this said,  it is a good idea to have your tires rotated every couple thousands of miles and replaced as needed based on wear and tear, ability to hold air pressure, and handling. If you have questions or concerns on the specifications on your car, visit Chapman Mazda.

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The thrill of buying your first new vehicle is often overshadowed by the worry of how to pay for it. While a loan from the first-national bank of dad or a co-signer like mom is often needed, Mazda USA has developed a First-Time Owner program that allows you to purchase a vehicle on your own – without the parental purse strings attached.

Available through Chapman Mazda and Mazda Capital Services, the program assists first-time car buyers with limited or no credit who want to purchase a new or Certified Pre-owned Mazda2 or Mazda3 vehicle. The out-the-door purchase price is limited to $20,000, and the buyer must put down 10 percent of the purchase price of the vehicle. Depending on the price of the vehicle, new customers could pay as little as $1,500 down on a new vehicle, explains Chapman Mazda Finance Director Jim Duncan.

“This program is unique in that it’s not an advertised special,” says Duncan. “It doesn’t require you to have any credit. It’s a program I would put my kids in, because they could get financed on their own at the same rate I could qualify for. Mazda doesn’t saddle these first-time buyers with a high-risk rate like other manufacturers do.”

Other program requirements in addition to the down payment include at least 6 months of employment history, and no derogatory marks on your credit history. This means the $1 you owe in overdue library book fines probably won’t knock you out of eligibility, but that one-time-late $30 doctor bill payment definitely will. Bottom line: if it shows up as a black mark on your credit history, you won’t qualify for this program.

However, once qualfied for the First-Time Owner program, customers may also qualify for other Mazda finance offers. This may include bonus cash, APR financing rates and rebates. Customers also cash in on fuel savings when they purchase a Mazda2, which averages 35mpg on the highway and 28mpg in the city, based on EPA estimates.

To view the complete Mazda2 and Mazda3 Chapman inventory online, visit www.chapmanmazda.com.

The Importance of Routine Service Schedules

Mazda Service Schedules

Although maintenance intervals are more widely spaced than they used to be, even the newest cars require scheduled service to live long, productive lives. Whether yours is the latest model or you paid it off years ago, the trick is giving your car the maintenance it was designed to receive. A few minutes assimilating these requirements yourself, or by visiting the Chapman Mazda Service Center will help you avoid some of the most common issues that can arise.

The truth is, the maintenance that is required for your car is hiding away than the glove box. Every car is supplied with a maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual or in a separate maintenance log book that details that vehicle’s needs. Even though every car is different, below are some general rules you can follow:

Every 3,000 to 7,000 Miles

The oil and oil filter should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s recommended auto maintenance schedule with a majority suggesting the oil and oil filter be replaced between 3,000 and 7,000 miles. Furthermore, inspection of the transmission fluid level, coolant, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid and wipers, tires and all exterior lights is also encouraged.

Every 15,000 to 30,000 Miles

Replace the air filter every 15,000 miles. Every 20,000 miles inspect the battery and coolant. Most 25,000-mile maintenance service requires replacing the fuel filter. Every 30,000 miles, replace the air filter and power steering fluid. Inspect the coolant, radiator hoses, HVAC system, brake pads and all suspension components.

Every 35,000 to 50,000 Miles

Inspect and replace the battery every 35,000 miles, as needed. Every 40,000 miles replace the spark plugs and spark plug wires, and inspect the ignition system and suspension. These checks are recommended again at 45,000 miles and 50,000 miles.

Every 60,000 Miles

Replace brake pads and brake fluid, radiator hoses, coolant, power steering fluid and timing belt. Inspect the HVAC, suspension components and tires.

Oil changes and air filters are very important parts of engine maintenance; however, a thorough inspection of all engine, transmission, cooling, brakes and suspension components should also be performed regularly. As an added bonus, Chapman’s Mazda service coupons offer special discounts on such routine maintenance.

If you do not have access to your owner’s manual, or if you have questions about your vehicle’s service schedule, visit Chapman Mazda on Bell Road for more information.