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Mazda Drive For Good 2014

Mazda Drive For Good 2014

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In celebration of the holidays, Mazda has launched its second annual “Drive for Good” winter event, in partnership with NBCUniversal. The 2014 Mazda Drive for Good brings together Mazda and its dealers, partners and employees to help their respective local communities in a variety of ways. In the Phoenix area, you can participate in the 2014 Drive for Good event at Chapman Mazda.

Jim O’Sullivan, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, described the genesis of this charitable outreach program: “Mazda Drive for Good started as an idea, a way to bring together the good things Mazda, its employees, its dealers and its business partners were doing in their local community. From there it grew into a way for Mazda to reach new heights in charitable giving, whether monetarily or through volunteer service. Mazda is honored to expand our efforts further by partnering with NBCUniversal and helping a community that needs an extra hand to achieve its goal.”

The Drive for Good program works in two ways. This year, Mazda and NBCUniversal conducted a nationwide search for U.S. non-profit groups in need of assistance and resources. Through an online contest, individuals and groups told their stories and explained why their cause was deserving of assistance. The winner will be announced at the December 3rd Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony, broadcast by NBC and hosted by award-winning actress Minnie Driver. NBCUniversal will produce custom promotional spots featuring the winning cause and community, with Ms. Driver’s narration, and feature them throughout the holiday broadcast season. Mazda has committed to providing monetary donations and volunteer services for the winning community as well.

As wonderful as the national competition will be for the winners, it is at the individual and community level that Mazda’s Drive for Good is most beneficial. For every new Mazda test drive taken between November 5, 2014, and January 2, 2015, Mazda will donate one hour of community service to a local cause in that dealership’s community. For every new model sold or leased during the same period, Mazda will donate $150 to a charity of the buyer’s choice.

The 2013 Drive for Good, the program’s inaugural year, was an astounding and unexpected success, donating more than $2.7 million and 56,000 volunteer service hours. The program benefited the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and the Mazda Foundation nationally, as well as multiple local charities through individual Mazda dealerships. This year, Mazda plans to work again with those four national charities and 42 local organizations around the country, including the Arizona Animal Welfare League here in Phoenix.

Giving back is the Mazda way. and you are invited to help make the 2014 Drive for Good an even bigger success than last year’s campaign. Visit Chapman Mazda to take a test drive before January 2, 2015, and Mazda will donate an hour of volunteer time to a local charity. We suggest giving the 2015 Mazda3 a spin, or any one of the other exhilarating Mazda models. Take it home for the holidays and choose which charity you’d like Mazda to donate $150 to. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #MazdaDriveForGood

2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda CX-5

The eagerly anticipated 2016 Mazda CX-5 made its dazzling debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19, 2014. Already highly regarded in its class, the new updates might best be titled “A Journey to Innerspace.” In Phoenix, the 2015 CX-5 is available at Chapman Mazda, and the exciting new 2016 model won’t be far behind.

The updates to Mazda’s award-winning crossover left the great stuff alone and made the good stuff better, focusing almost exclusively on upgrading interior amenities. The new entertainment, information and communications system, which Mazda calls its Human-Machine Interface (HMI), is a notable improvement, featuring a center console control interface reminiscent of that in the BMW. The system’s screen is larger and the interface dramatically improved, as Mazda strives to improve the user experience. The addition of sound-deadening technology follows a pattern seen across many luxury auto brands of late. By removing the center console emergency brake lever (the brake is now activated via button), the new model also has added storage capacity.

Although the CX-5 has consistently earned high ratings and accolades for its focus on safety features, the 2016 model will provide even more protection. The addition of a driver-assistance safety system allows the CX-5 to offer collision avoidence braking, radar cruise control and blind-spot monitoring systems.

Already a fuel miser, the new CX-5 Skyactiv 2.0L offers 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The 2.0L four-cylinder engine is standard, at 155 hp. A 2.5L model is available, with 184 hp. Although front wheel drive is the CX-5 standard, it will also be available with an all-wheel drive upgrade. Car and Driver swears the CX-5 “positively shames most other crossovers in handling prowess and driver satisfaction,” and elaborating that the “engine is responsive, the chassis willing, and the experience comfortable and satisfying.” The Skyactiv engine technology is to thank for driving pleasure, performance and safety features that have become the Mazda standard.

It is the exterior styling of the Mazda CX-5 that seems to impress the most, using the KODO “Soul of Motion” design ethos. The meticulously sculpted curves, inspired by an animal stalking its prey, are highly aerodynamic and stable, the basis for its fuel efficiency and safety. Sleek and uncluttered, the revamp adds a bold, taught front grille with horizontal fins, front and rear LED lighting signatures, revamped “eye” headlights and two new exterior colors: Sonic Silver Metallic and Titanium Flash Mica. Although 17’ wheels are standard, 19” alloy wheels are available as an upgrade and as part of some options packages.

2016 Mazda CX-5 Restyled Exterior

2016 Mazda CX-5 Restyled Exterior

Mazda has made a point to make subtle but significant improvement to the CX-5 along the way, striving to increase value and sophistication. The depth and maturity of design continues to blossom in the CX-5 crossover, with the newly introduced 2016 Mazda CX-5 providing improved comfort, quiet and safety. The innovative cockpit improvements make the CX-5 the ultimate in driver-oriented excitement. Drive the Mazda CX-5 Phoenix today and see what all the excitement is about.

2015 MX-5 Miata

2015 MX-5 Miata

The rave reviews continue to pour in on Mazda’s 2015 MX-5 Miata. Kelly Blue Book voted the MX-5 one of the “10 Coolest Cars Under $25,000” for the second consecutive year. “Car and Driver” raved, “For pure driving bliss, look no further than the Miata…” “U.S. News” Rankings and Reviews rated the 2015 Miata MX-5 number “1 out of 10 Affordable Sports Cars,” based on a comprehensive analysis of published reviews, test drives, and reliability and safety data. This enthusiastic description raved on, “Reviewers agree that the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most fun and engaging cars available today, with incredibly sporty handling and a slick manual gearbox.” At Chapman Mazda, no one can disagree.

The MX-5 comes standard with Mazda’s 2.0 litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, ringing in at 167 hp for the manual transmission model and 158 hp for the automatic. With the option to select a five- or six-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic, the MX-5 Miata offers something for everyone. “U.S. News” calls this baby “a joy to drive,” with athletic handling and responsive steering. The MX-5’s adaptable and responsive steering is so well received, as a matter of fact, that “Fortune” likened it to the pure joy of playing a video game.

The original MX-5 Miata, the 1990 model, first appeared at the 1989 Chicago auto show, with a 1.6 litre, four-cylinder engine with 116 hp, boasting a revolutionary fuel mileage rating of 25/30 city/highway. The original sticker price rang in at a whopping $13,800. The 2015 model is available in three editions: Sport, Club and Grand Touring, with a base price of $23,970, $26,905, and $27,550, respectively. Not too shabby as inflation goes!

Despite its sporty pedigree, the MX-5 Miata offers many more creature comforts than its competition. Its 2-seater roadster body offers a surprising amount of leg- and headroom, and a 5.3 cf trunk, plenty big enough for your bug-out bag or a week’s worth of groceries. The z-fold soft top and optional retractable hardtop roof each folds into its own storage space, leaving the ample truck untouched. A little-known fun fact about the MX-5 Miata? The original model was tuned to mimic the throaty growl of the classic 1960s dual-barrel carbureted sports cars. The 2015 model continues this delightful tradition.

The MX-5 Miata’s options include a sexy 7-speaker Bose stereo system, automatic climate control, heated seats, cruise control and much, much more. Although purists may argue that these upgrades belie the true spirit of the roadster, devotees agree that modern motoring ought to come with an equivalent level of convenience.

If you think the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata model is one cool customer, keep a lookout for the 2016 MX-5 Miata, coming to Chapman Mazda in 2015.