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Creating Standard for Next Car Era
As a smaller version of the CX-5 Crossover, Mazda’s CX-3 delivers the same fun, style and technology of its older brother at a reduced price tag. “The 2016 CX-3 is the next evolution of our mission to meld style, driving enjoyment and efficiency into a vehicle that demonstrates drivers don’t need to compromise to get what they want,” said Mazda North America CEO Jim O’Sullivan. The CX-3 comes in three trim levels; the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. All have the ultra-responsive Mazda SKYACTIV Technology package that delivers greater fuel efficiency without sacrificing on performance. The CX-3 will appear at your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda, later this year.
Ergonomics and Attention to Detail Unrivaled
As Mazda pushes the envelope on ergonomic science, the company believes there is an optimum place for every button, pedal, switch and lever. Starting with the push-button start and an infotainment system that features a Commander control knob and Bluetooth streaming technology, the driver cockpit is designed with both luxurious and functional touches that add an air of a much more expensive vehicle to the CX-3 interior. There are plenty of USB ports for all passengers to keep their electronics charged. Cloth, leatherette or leather seats correspond to the appropriate pricing level.
CX-3 Exterior Presents Bold Statement
Looking more like a sculpture extruded from a block of highly polished metal, the CX-3 feels like a futuristic Mazda that is destined to take no prisoners. The flowing body, wing-like grille and overall proportions create an aggressive stance that will squeeze every ounce of power out of the 2.0 liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Although the vehicle’s small size makes it easy to maneuver, a spacious interior and oversize door entries allow passengers a full range of motion when entering and exiting the vehicle. Test drive the new CX-3 for yourself later this year at Chapman Mazda.
Human-Machine Interface Keeps Eyes on the Road
Mazda’s innovative Human-Machine Interface (HMI) is designed with safety as the primary concern. By allowing you to keep your eyes on the road while still ingesting all important vehicle information, you’re able to react more quickly to oncoming vehicles and other problems. Mazda Connect, the infotainment system that delivers music and handles communications, has all its controls available at eye level to allow you to drive safely while still enjoying all the fun the CX-3 has to offer.
Mazda Finally Unveils The 2016 CX-3
The introduction of a brand new model is always a huge deal for manufacturers and dealerships, including Chapman Mazda. As one can imagine, there should be excitement and buzz associated with a launch. That goes double when it’s a vehicle in a popular and highly competitive segment. The CX-3’s arrival is pivotal for Mazda, which sees the model as a potential spearhead for the automaker moving forward. It also underscores a unique opportunity for the Japanese manufacturer to quickly position itself in the very recent but already spirited subcompact SUV category.
With Honda producing the HR-V and Jeep the Renegade, Mazda is putting its trust in what made it successful in years gone by—opting for a stylish and fun-to-drive vehicle. This time, they didn’t want to repeat the same mistake they made with the Mazda2 and show up late to the party.
CX-3 or CX-2?
Don’t let the name mislead you: the CX-3 has its origin, not in the Mazda3, but in the Mazda2. Yes, that’s right, the CX-3 is based on the framework of a subcompact car, which explains its slight size. The goal is to attract buyers who admire both the virtues of small cars and the characteristics of an SUV. Specifically the higher driving position and, of course, the possibility of all-wheel drive.
Size does matter, and the CX-3 is somewhere between the Mazda2 and the Mazda3. Only when you put it side by side with the CX-5 do you realize how much smaller it really is. Despite its size, the designers managed to make its style simultaneously stocky, dynamic and attractive. The 2016 CX-3 includes numerous style features borrowed from the brand’s other models, including an elongated nose and smaller windows.
The primary feature that contributes to the model’s dynamism is its wheels, which are located at the extremities and seem very big. This effect is reinforced by the grey body trim around the fenders. The vehicle looks like it’s ready to pounce, and this effect is accentuated by the plunging roof and very high beltline. The available exterior colours are interesting, but we would have liked a few bright colours, a little like the Nissan Juke.
One Engine, One Transmission
The choice is an easy one in the case of the CX-3 because there’s just one possible engine. It is the very same 2.0-litre SKYACTIV four-cylinder found in the base trim of the CX-5. The four-cylinder engine develops 146 horsepower at a rather high engine speed of 6,000 rpm. That’s less horsepower than the CX-5. However with the CX-3’s compact size the engineers had to use more bends in the exhaust, which restricts gas expulsion. Likewise, the 146 lbs.-ft. of torque makes it more appealing.
The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic. The manufacturer tells us that only 5% of CX-3 buyers would opt for the manual gearbox, so none is offered. As outrageous as it may seem, after test driving it, we have to wonder what more a manual could bring to the table. Nothing’s definitive though, Mazda could quite easily alter direction next year and offer a standard transmission.
In a recent press release, Mazda unveiled the fuel economy ratings for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The 2016 MX-5 roadster has been re-engineered from the ground up, thanks to the power of innovation.
For the 6-speed manual transmission, the MX-5 Miata gets an EPA rating of 27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined.
The 6-speed automatic transmission gets even better fuel economy with 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined. So what is so special about those numbers? They represent a whopping 25% improvement in the fuel economy ratings over the 2015 Mazda MX-5 model!
Those numbers are possible thanks to Mazda’s Skyactiv Technology which has become an integral part of the Mazda philosophy. Skyactive Technology represents an effort to increase efficiency, improve performance, safety and technology while instilling a directness and responsiveness into each Mazda vehicle. The 2016 MX-5 is proof that buyers can get a great performing sports car, at a competitive price that is also fuel efficient. The overall outcome is a sports car that is lighter, quicker and more nimble than its 2015 predecessor.
The other major factor why the new MX-5 has such great fuel economy is the weight savings, which is embedded mantra at Mazda. They call it the “Gram Strategy” and with this approach they have shaved 150 pounds off the previous MX-5 model, while strengthening the body and improving safety. The new 2.0 liter Skyactive G 4-cylinder gas engine also played a big role in helping the MX-5 achieve outstanding fuel economy. The 4-cylinder engine will output 155 horsepower and 148 pound-foot and will do the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.5 seconds, reaching top speeds of 130 mph.
The 2016 MX-5 Miata goes on sale this summer at the Chapman Mazda dealership. Mazda stated that it will appeal to all kinds of drivers, from the autocross and track-day enthusiasts, to those who simply want a stylish convertible sports car. They believe with the dramatically improved fuel economy that it will appeal to an even larger market. The entry level MRSP for the 2016 MX-5 Miata is just under $25,000 and will go up to over $31,000 for the upper-end trims.
Consumers Rethinking Love Affair
There once was a time when a car brand was a part of the family. There were Ford people and Chevy people and never the two would mix. The proliferation of different brands and a general equality in features and dependability has put the love affair on the back burner as consumers look for value and sophistication, not a specific badge. Following the recession of 2008, the Detroit automakers have caught up with Japanese rivals in terms of quality, and all cars are offering more luxurious appointments in hopes of becoming the next big seller. Customers want infotainment systems on the cutting edge of technology. Standard features go a long way toward determining whether a car will be popular or not. Mazda offers many features as standard, which you can see if you visit Chapman Mazda.
Government Regulations Cracking Down
As fuel mileage requirements and safety features add to the cost of building vehicles, automakers need to sell more cars to decrease the price per vehicle. Mandatory safety features like rear view cameras are now becoming required, decreasing the likelihood of a rear crash but increasing the cost per car. Automakers are walking a fine line by reducing profit margins on vehicles to influence consumers to buy in volume. Only time will tell if this strategy will weed some of the weaker manufacturers from the herd, or force smaller companies to merge.
U.S. Market Shows Strong Sales
U.S. sales are expected to reach 16 million vehicles this year alone, up almost 3 million from just seven years ago. The United States is one of the strongest auto markets in the world, as European and Chinese sales are slumping badly. Industry leaders must react strategically to the global market as a whole and make decisions now that will affect their success in the next 10 years. Decisions must be made in terms of shifting manufacturing locations, pricing, and predicting consumer demands.
More Data Than Ever Before
Automakers have more data at their fingertips than ever before, thanks to the proliferation of telematics systems and sensors in vehicles. How vehicles are used, as well as how drivers drive, offers important data in designing the cars of the future. On the flip side, consumers have more information about vehicles than ever before, making the car buying experience more of a level playing field. Test drive a new Mazda at Chapman Mazda and utilize the information available on consumer websites and in promotional materials to get the best deal possible.
With over 130 international awards under its belt, the 2015 Mazda Mazda3 can now add the “Best Hatchback Car for 2015” to its illustrious list of awards. The award was presented to Galadari Automobiles, the lone distributor of Mazda cars in the UAE. The awards were handed out in Dubai at the Ritz-Carlton Jumeira Beach Residence.
Chapman Mazda is proud to introduce the Mazda3 Hatchback, available now at dealerships everywhere. Indeed, the Mazda3 is one of the most popular vehicles around today because of its performance, safety, reliability, and efficiency as pointed out by General Manager of Galadari Automobiles, Ewan Ramsay.
And with the new design theme ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’, cutting-edge SKYACTIV Technology, state-of-the-art features, and class leading i-Activsense it is no surprise that Mazda has stacked up awards locally and internationally, Ramsay stated.
The 2015 Mazda3 Hatchback includes MZD Connect, the company’s new and innovative in-vehicle connectivity idea. Appropriate for this year’s IAA, the MZD Connect’s main concepts consist of the networked automobile of the future. Created for simple and safe functionality, the system will make the most recent creation of Mazda’s all-time bestseller among the first in its group to take passengers online.
The interior, which provides close to best-in-class proportions, is divided into distinct driver and passenger areas. These are specifically created for fun, relaxed driving along with a secure, comforting passenger feeling. Supplementing this inspired design idea, is a safe-to-use and exceptionally ergonomic human-machine interaction. Features here consist of the Active Driving Display, Mazda’s new 7” Central Display, Voice Commands, and a Rotary Commander improved to make sure that drivers have full control over their car’s infotainment functions. All these features allow the driver to control the vehicle without having to take their eyes off the road ahead.
The new innovative Mazda3 brings together a collection of state of the art active safety technological innovation, with its ground-breaking occupant and pedestrian-focused passive safety measures notion. Its safety and stability functions are the best in its category since it is the only car in its class to provide these kind of capabilities: Rear Vehicle Monitoring System, Navigation, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Smart Brake Support, Distance Recognition Support System, and more.
On the exterior, the 2015 Mazda3 inherits the strong posture, dynamic flowing outlines and overall appeal of KODO-SOUL OF MOTION style. Influenced by the Mazda3’s smaller-sized, leaner dimensions, its design performs like a magnet; creating expectancy of exactly what the car can perform. Together with its exceptional SKYACTIV Technology line-up of ultra-efficient, lightweight engines, and transmissions on a renowned body and chassis platform, the car can perform amazing things. The Mazda3 simply provides a level of high performance and driving characteristics mirrored by its appearance.
The new Mazda3 provides enviably low gasoline usage and CO2 pollution levels ever, yet lives up to its sporty compact tag. This is all due to its smooth, linear acceleration, and exact, nimble handling.
The 2015 Mazda3 comes in both 1.6L and 2.0L engines with 6 different models with a maximum output of 155BHP.