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MX-5 World Car Design of the Year Award Recognizes Impressive Styling

28The Mazda MX-5 was recently named the 2016 World Car Design of the Year, honoring this model’s impressive styling. First established by World Car Awards in 2006, this prestigious award recognizes breakthroughs in automotive design and performance. With a completely new look, it’s no surprise the MX-5 won this year.

According to Mazda, the MX-5 World Car Design of the Year award was given largely for this model’s revolutionary KODO, or Soul of Motion, design. Launched globally in 2015, this design program focuses on human-centric design and fun-to-drive feel. This includes a more athletic stance, sports seating, and a bold front fascia.

MX-5 World Car Design of the Year award

“What a wonderful honor, to have the Mazda MX-5 named World Car Design of the Year,” said Masahiro Moro, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. “As our iconic MX-5 roadster approaches one-million units of production, this award is proof that it is as young, vibrant, fun and relevant as ever.”

Believe it or not this is the 30th award for the new 2016 Mazda MX-5, including the 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan and 2016 UK Car of the Year awards. In addition to its design, the MX-5 also features advanced SKYACTIV technologies, increasing performance and efficiency. Making the MX-5 the perfect vehicle all around. Come on, what’s not to like about this new model?

 

 

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Four Mazda Vehicles Score 2016 Consumer Guide Best Buy Titles

Congratulations to Mazda (and to the smart drivers of Mazda vehicles) for winning a stunning four 2016 Consumer Guide Best Buy titles!

 

This prestigious list is nothing to pass over, hence the title. For this years stellar line up, the winners are: the 2016 Mazda3 for the Compact Car class, the 2016 Mazda6 for the Midsize Car class, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 for the Sport/Performance class, and the 2016 Mazda CX-5 for the Compact Crossover/SUV class.

Consumer Guide Best Buy

 

This is an impressive list of victories for Mazda, especially in today’s growing market with more makes and models than ever before. With Mazda’s performance and history of quality vehicles, it’s not hard to see why these awards were earned.

 

In order for a vehicle to earn the name of Consumer Guide Best Buy, they are selected from more than 150 models and judged for their performance and value. This prize isn’t just about offering consumer’s a flashy vehicle. The Best Buy is about distinguishing the truly great cars that are also sold at a incredible value. That’s always been Mazda’s priority and it’s also ours here at Parks Mazda.

 

If these vehicles sound interesting to you, which we couldn’t imagine how they couldn’t, stop on by to check them out for yourself.

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Rumored: A Turbocharged Mazda Miata Added to Lineup

Hello, speed enthusiasts! Prepare to crick your necks doing a double take at the new MX-5 Mazda Miata and this statement from Mazda’s head of global public relations, Kudo Hidetoshi: “And yes, a turbocharged or MPS variant is one of the options we will definitely consider.” Zoom, zoom.

While the last few models have been lacking the speed boost many MX-5 fans know and love, this upcoming model may fix that. So far, rumor has it that the standard model will keep its 155 hp, 2L, Skyactiv engine. A turbocharged Mazda Miata, even the possibility, puts a new spin on driving fun. The Mazdaspeed version of the Miata was last seen in the early 2000s.

Will a Turbocharged Mazda Miata  be added to the lineup?The only issues arises in weight distribution. The Miata, known for being lightweight and affordable, would have to undergo major reengineering to add the boost and maintain a 50:50 weight distribution. Even so, it’s good to know that a Mazdaspeed is under consideration.

Here’s to crossing our fingers for an all-new, boosted, Mazdaspeed MX-5.

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New Mazda Miata Performance Numbers Revealed

The first reviews of the new Mazda Miata model are out—and they are overwhelmingly positive. Of course, seeing how popular this iconic roadster has always been, that’s obviously not a surprise. But still, it’s exciting to see critics reacting so enthusiastically to the new, redesigned model already. Not only did the car receive an all-new design, it also has some updates when it comes to what’s under the hood as well.

As you might know, the Miata has been lightweighted for the new model. In fact, it only weighs 2,200 pounds now. However, it still boasts some impressive performance numbers—such as 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque.  Those numbers are only slightly lower than the last model, which is impressive especially since the model dropped so much weight.

The New Mazda Miata performance numbers The car makes bigger use of aluminum than ever before, features a 2.0L engine, and of course—retains the Miata’s signature convertible set up. The 2016 Mazda Miata will be coming to auto shows this season, so keep your eyes open and look for the legendary Miata—and its new engine setup—very soon. And come see us here at Parks Mazda to learn more today!

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British tuner BBR to Produce 200 HP from 2016 Mazda MX-5

Since the next-generation reveal, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has been one of the most highly anticipated cars to hit the market this year. While specifications have yet to be released, we have been promised that the new model will be lighter and more powerful than before. The 2016 Miata will sport a much more aggressive design than years before with bold lines throughout, and we still get the nearly perfect weight distribution.

British Tuner BBR 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Courtesy: @MazdaMovement

British Tuner BBR got their hands on a Mazda3 in order to access the 2.0L Skyactiv engine that will also be in the MX-5 Miata. The 2.0L engine on the stock 3 produces 155 hp and 150 lb-ft, then with some simple bolt on components the tuner was able to produce 200 bhp. While they haven’t been able to produce the same results on the MX-5, this allows them to experiment until the car is available.

The British tuner has also been developing some slight body modifications in anticipation such as tinted lights, front and rear lip spoilers, side sills, and a small rear spoiler. If you want to learn more about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata or see the 2015 Miata, call Parks Mazda today!

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Revolutionary 2015 Mazda Miata Materials: Mazda Biotech Plastics

When you think eco-friendly cars, you might think hybrids; however, some of the new materials used in sports cars like the Mazda Miata are also aimed at reducing environmental impact. The new 2015 model will feature new no-paint bioplastics, an innovative new feature which has us fascinated here at Parks Mazda.

The 2015 Mazda Miata materials will feature plastics made from plant-derived materials, which have several unique benefits. According to Mazda, these plastics are not made from petroleum and can be colored without the use of paint. Not only that, but the composite plastics are incredibly strong and lightweight, noted for their resistance to weather, scratch, and impact.

The Mazda Biotechmaterial department has managed to develop this plastic after several years of research. Although the company had developed the world’s first biofabric for seat upholstery, the bioplastic is some of the world’s first high-strength heat-resistant bioplastic that is suitable for the automotive industry.

Because this plastic is not made from petroleum, the company will ultimately reduce its oil consumption, especially if it decides to use the plastic in all models. Not only will this reduce the carbon footprint, but the fact that the plastic doesn’t need to be painted, thanks to a unique aspect of the manufacturing process, is another great step forward.

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