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Mazda Gran Turismo Concept: A Gamer’s Dream

If you or someone you know falls into that certain demographic of being both a hardcore Mazda enthusiast and a gamer, then you’ve probably already heard all about the Mazda LM55. A gorgeous race car, it’s the latest concept to roll out of the Mazda design department.  The LM55 also happens to star in the hit racing game Gran Turismo. 

 

Looking at the new Mazda LM55, if you think to yourself “agility with elegance,” then you’ve hit the nail on the head. That’s exactly what designers said they were going for. The design of the LM55 is also a nod the Mazda 787B race car, winner of the 1991 crown at Le Mans, from whence the LM55 also derives part of its name.

While the 787B had under its hood the much-lauded proprietary rotary engine, no one yet knows for sure if the LM55 will feature the same kind of powertrain. But we do know that the LM55 concept features Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology, as it’s written across the rear fin.

While the Mazda Gran Turismo concept was never meant for mass production, it’s nice to know you can still get behind the wheel, or rather, game controller!

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2016 Mazda CX-3 Expected to Stand Out in the Subcompact Crossover Segment

The subcompact crossover segment has been booming in recent years. Small SUVs like the new 2016 Mazda CX-3 didn’t even exist in the US just a few years ago, and now you can’t hit the road without seeing one. Their popularity is undeniable, and automakers nationwide are competing to create the most appealing subcompact crossover SUVs in the market. While the competition is certainly stiff, we have to say–Mazda may have nailed it with the 2016 CX-3.

These tiny SUVs are smaller than the crossovers we’ve come to love, and their advantages are numerous. Their small size makes them ideal for navigating city streets and offers unprecedented fuel efficiency. Because they share underpinnings with existing cars (the CX-3 shares the Mazda 2’s underpinnings), automakers don’t have to make a huge investment in technology to add new, fuel-efficient vehicles to their lineup.

While the subcompact  crossover segment is getting a bit crowded, forbes.com suggests that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 is poised to stand out in the crowd. As is typical with Mazda vehicles drivers can expect styling and driving dynamics comparable to premium cars, but with a competitive price in line with mass-market vehicles like the Nissan Juke.

The CX-3 will be based on the new Mazda 2, but buyers will find and upgraded engine under the hood–proving you really can have your cake and eat it, too.

Keep your eye out for the all-new 2016 CX-3 to make its way into dealerships like Parks Mazda next year.

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Mazda6 Updates Improve, Year After Year

Mazda has been hard at work, making significant changes to several models in back-to-back years. For example, the Mazda6 gets a new interior in 2015, and new sheet metal in 2016 – all of this following a redesign in 2014.

The re-engineered 2015 Mazda6 will arrive at Parks Mazda and dealerships nationwide in the first quarter of next year. Mazda’s midsize sedan gets a new center console and a thinner dashboard that sits lower in the cabin. In addition, a new, thinner infotainment screen will sit on top of the dash, instead of within it. The overall interior design will more closely resemble the current Mazda3, and be more upscale than the current Mazda6.

2015 Mazda6 UpdatesMazda6 updates continue in 2016 with the addition of the Mazda Connect infotainment system that has debuted on the Mazda3. A new front fascia including LED headlights will also make its way, along with sheet metal updates.

Mazda says it’s currently in the middle of its sixth generation product, which is defined by the deployment of its SKYACTIV vehicle platform and powertrain and its new “kodo” design language. The seventh generation will be marked by the roll out of all-new platforms and sheet metal for all of its cars over a five to six year period, beginning in 2018 with a redesigned Mazda3.

Learn more about the future of each Mazda model over at autonews.com.

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What We Hope to See In the 2016 Mazda RX-7

Now that we are seeing the 2015 models come out, isn’t it about time we start speculating about 2016 Models? Could it be true that in 2016 we’ll see a revival of the Mazda RX-7? While Mazda has not yet confirmed the rumors, boldride.com seems to think we have good reason to believe the sports car could make a comeback, and we are happy to believe it.


There’s no time to waste, so let’s get right to it: here are some of the features we’re willing to bet we’ll see in the new 2016 Mazda RX-7.

Mazda’s Kodo Design Language

Obviously, a new RX-7 would feature Mazda’s latest design language, likely with some sharp edges and a unique rear fog lamp.

Skyactiv Rotary Hybrid Engine

Mazda admits a hybrid version of its Skyactiv engine is in the works, and we’d expect that the automaker will find a way to work the rotary engine tradition into the RX-7.

Manual Gearbox and Rear Wheel Drive

Here, we are stating the obvious. It is worth noting that while some automakers are doing away with the manual option, Mazda has kept it available on its performance cars including the RX-5 and RX-8. We don’t see why they wouldn’t do the same for the RX-7.

300-350 Horsepower

It’s no supercar, but the RX-7 has always been able to hold its own. Competitive with Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, and Hyundai Genesis, the RX-7 will be lightweight and handle incredibly well.

What features would you like to see in a 2016 Mazda RX-7? Let us know in the comments!

Just can’t wait until 2016? Stop by Parks Mazda today to find a car to fit your lifestyle!

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2014 Mazda3 Finds Perfect Balance of Sport and Efficiency

If you’re looking for a practical car for getting to and from work, around town, and the occasional road trip, but prefer to skip the snooze-fest cars usually associated with “practical”, it’s time to check out the 2014 Mazda3. The Mazda3 somehow manages to be incredibly efficient, spacious enough for getting your friends or family around, and delivers the “Zoom Zoom” we expect from Mazda.

You no longer have to sacrifice fun-to-drive performance for fuel efficiency, and vice-versa. Mazda has found the perfect balance in the Mazda3. The third-generation Mazda3 features SkyActiv, a host of design improvements and technology updates which now yield an average combined mpg of 32, up from 27 mpg in the previous generation. Improvement like that usually means a loss of power behind the wheel, but in the Mazda3, you won’t even notice it. The Mazda 3s models still manage to crank out an impressive 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.

2014 Mazda32014 Mazda Mazda3 Specifications

It might seem like magic, but in reality, it’s just really smart science. The high compression engine, advanced six-speed transmission, and regenerative braking (i-Eloop) all contribute to the car’s efficiency and power. Check out Motoramic’s review of their long-term test drive. They’ve had the car for a year, and are still impressed!

Sometimes, you have to see it to believe it. Stop by Parks Mazda today to learn more and test drive a Mazda3 for yourself.

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2014 Mazda CX-9: Graceful and Agile Despite its Size

Mazda, most known for making small, road-hugging sports cars, is out to prove that full-size SUVs can go “zoom-zoom” too. They’ve built the 2014 Mazda CX-9, the biggest SUV in the automaker’s lineup, to feel and drive like a roadster—well, as much like a roadster as a full-size SUV can get. The classy utility vehicle might be nearly 17-feet long, but the design and engineering behind this vehicle keep it handling like a dream.

The CX-9 runs on a 3.7L V6 engine, which can power out up to 270 horsepower when mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-9, a standard front-wheel-drive vehicle that also offers all-wheel-drive capability, can hit a top speed of 118 miles per hour. It posts 22 mpg on the way and has a starting price under $30,000.2014 Mazda CX-9

You can outfit this SUV with all kinds of bells and whistles, too; upgrades like the Technology Package and the Grand Touring premium trim add even more comfort and capability to the CX-9. With performance numbers and special options like these—plus, more rear legroom than other full-size SUVs—it simply doesn’t make sense to us here at Parks Mazda that the CX-9 isn’t at the top of the sales chart. Come see us today; we bet we can persuade you of the CX-9’s full-size SUV supremacy as well.

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