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Mazda Is Most Fuel Efficient Brand

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Mazda may be better known for its style and performance, but it shouldn’t be discarded in the fuel economy department either. According to the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Trends” report, Mazda not only had the highest fleet-wide fuel economy last year but also the lowest emissions rate among the 11 largest automakers in the U.S.

Mazda won with a 27.5 mpg and 324 grams of CO2 per mile average, just ahead of Honda’s 2nd place 27 mpg and far ahead of Chrysler’s measly 21.6.

The most impressive bit is that Mazda doesn’t even build hybrid vehicles like most of its competitors. Instead, the company has decided to focus on making traditional combustion engines as efficient as possible with its new Skyactiv technology, so that its cars are not only economical but also fun to drive. Evidently, it’s doing something right.

You can find any Mazda car of your choice at Parks Mazda.

 

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Winter Driving Tips

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With only a little over a week left until the holidays kick in full, the folks at Parks Mazda figured it would be a good time to share some tips for holiday driving.

Traffic congestion will soon be at an all-time high, with throngs of people rushing onto the roads for last-minute shopping trips, and others going to and from holiday festivities. Combine that with the hazardous winter weather and the inadequate driving of some people who should not quite be behind the wheel and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.

Well, maybe not full-on disaster. But it’s a well-known fact that accidents occur more frequently around the Christmas and New Year period, and we’d like to help you avoid that. Here’s how:

First, stop by a repair shop or dealership like Parks Mazda to get a tune up. Your car needs to be in tiptop shape to handle the snowy roads. If you’ve got the know-how, you can even do it yourself—adjusting tire pressures, gauging oil levels, that sort of stuff.

Second, before going on a long road trip, consider bringing not just a road map but also a weather map. The last thing you want while venturing into unfamiliar territory—especially if the family is with you—is to get hit by an unexpected snowstorm. Check the weather and adjust your plans accordingly.

Finally, try to be more aware and cautious than usual. Drive more slowly and keep a sharp eye out. There are more people than usual driving under the influence, and although you can’t control what they do, you can control your own vehicle. We’d also recommend carpooling and using designated drivers to reduce traffic congestion and to make sure that you too don’t become one of those unsafe drivers.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our winter driving tips. Happy holidays from all of us at Parks Mazda!

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Meet the Skyactiv-Hybrid

Mazda’s exhibit at the Toyko Motor Show was all about fuel efficiency as it introduced the new Mazda3 Skyactiv-Hybrid and CNG Concept.

The Skyactiv-Hybrid connects the 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine to an electric motor that helps it do of the work at low engine speeds and under load-load conditions. This allows it to achieve an incredible estimated 74 miles per gallon while still outputting around 134 horsepower. Needless to say, we were all impressed at Parks Mazda.

The CNG Concept, on the other hand, uses a special dual fuel system that allows it to run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas. According to Mazda, because the Skyactiv-G gasoline engine already achieves a high compression ratio, it can be easily modified for CNG with only minor modifications.

Running on CNG typically reduces engine emissions by 20% compared to equivalent gasoline engines, so the benefits to the environment are clear, and we’re hoping Mazda will produce even more hybrid vehicles for the American market.

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SKYACTIV Brings Mazda Back to Global Racing

Mazda has dialed up the competition by unveiling its latest creation, a factory-backed SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel-powered racecar that will make its debut at the Rolex 24 at Dayton in January.

Not content with merely winning the 2013 Grand-Am GX Manufacturers Championship, Mazda is now looking to return to the global racing stage by challenging the best North America has to offer. The last time was when it won 24 Hours Le Mans in 1991.

This new racecar makes Mazda the only OEM racing with a diesel machine. The SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel race engine is a true production-based engine and carry-over from the development work done with the Mazda6 GX-class racing cars, with the engine being 51% stock by parts count and 63% stock by weight. This is a transparent demonstration of the quality, durability, performance, and reliability of Mazda’s powerplants.

And this kind of quality is exactly why our customers at Parks Mazda always seem to find just what they’re looking for. Will you?

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Mazda Creative Director Returns

mazdaMazda is welcoming back its new creative director Kevin Rice to the fold, who used to work for the company thirteen years ago.

Rice, age 49, will be leading the European creative design process and will focus his attention on fine-tuning Mazda’s award-winning “KODO – Soul of Motion” design language used in its latest models.

From 1995 to 2000, Rice worked as senior designer for Mazda, where he contributed to many of the company’s future projects such as the RX-8 and the “Neospace” show car that was displayed at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show. He then spent 13 years at BMW, taking responsibility for the development of new models like the new 3 and 4 series.

He now returns to Mazda as creative director with valuable new experience to help further improve the brand’s visual identity. Here at Bright Bay Mazda, we’re excited to see such a big name return to the brand and have no doubt that he will bring even more success in the future. Welcome back!

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Welcome to the New Parks Mazda Blog!

Parks MazdaHello there!  Welcome to our new Parks Mazda blog!  We are happy to have a new site up, and hope it will be a good and fun source of information for you on all things Mazda and High Point of course.  We will always do our best to bring you current, important information relating to your Mazda experience and vehicle, as well as deliver fun and informative stories and news.  If you have anything you’d like to share with us, and/or would like us to share with the Parks Mazda community, send us a message!  You can also comment below!

Thanks for stopping by, more to come soon!

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