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Mazda and Toyota will unite over the next few years and combine their green technologies.

Japan’s largest automaker and one of its smallest will enter into a long term partnership that is supposed to be mutually beneficial as per Mazda’s recent press release.

No start time or duration of the partnership has been provided nor did they discuss how the plan relates to any upcoming vehicles.

A “joint committee” will be established to pinpoint how to use the two companies’ respective strengths.

Mazda and Toyota have reached an agreement where Mazda will make use of Toyota’s fuel-cell and hybrid technology for some of their upcoming models. Neither company mentioned Plug-in electric vehicles.

Toyota will also benefit from the deal since they will now have access to Mazda’s highly efficient Skyactive gas and diesel engines. Toyota’s CEO Akio Toyoda praised the Skyactive engines during the announcement of the alliance.

Mazda’s recent models of non-hybrid powertrains that utilize Skyactive technology have given newer model Mazda’s a sporty dynamic look, while providing excellent fuel economy.

Even though Mazda got lots of positive press for the Skyactive technology, the company’s relative small size still puts it at a huge disadvantage.

With emission standards tighten worldwide, Mazda might not be able to afford development costs of the complex powertrain technologies that they need to remain competitive in the worldwide market.

Building cars in Japan is very expensive for companies like Mazda, and companies of similar size like Subaru and Mitsubishi.

With more access to Toyota’s funding and knowledge, Mazda can now gain a foot-hold in the green-car sector.

Mazda and Toyota have collaborated on a few projects before. Toyota supplied powertrain parts for the Mazda 3 hybrid version (not on sale in the US).

And the 2016 Mazda 2 subcompact will be the basis for the 2016 Scion iA which goes on sale later this year. The next Mazda iA will be built in Mexico, but will be only for sale in US including Phoenix Mazda dealerships.

Toyota also has an existing deal with BMW to share hydrogen fuel-cell technology. BMW is currently helping Toyota with its new Supra sports car.

Take advantage of the Mazda-Toyota merger. Learn more about future hybrid vehicles coming soon to the Chapman Mazda dealership.


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.