2015 Mazda CX-5 Out-Classes Competition with Technology and Design

The Mazda CX-5, while still a relatively new model, received a redesign for the 2015 model, making it an even more competitive model in the compact crossover class than before. For the 2015 Mazda CX-5, the Japanese automaker made no secret of its aggressive strategy—the vehicle’s “Soul of Motion” design language specifically aims to imitate a predator’s stance as it stalks its prey.  So, watch out, Mazda competitors, because the CX-5 is very much on the prowl.


The CX-5, Mazda’s first vehicle designed under the full umbrella of “Skyactiv” technology, uses that technology to make it one of the most fuel-efficient and capable vehicles in the compact crossover segment. The CX-5 offers two Skyactiv engine options—2.0L and 2.5L variants—both of which get better fuel economy than any other SUV, and that includes hybrids. Plus, the 2.0L engine churns out 155 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque.

The Mazda’s technological advancements don’t stop under the hood, though; the CX-5 also boasts safety features like Smart City Brake Support and Blind Spot Monitoring which helped it achieve a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. Overall, the redesigned CX-5 is one of the roomiest, safest, most efficient, and even most affordable crossovers on the road, so come see us at Parks Mazda today to check this great compact out for yourself.


The All-New Mazda6 Earns Top Safety Ratings All Over the Globe

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When Mazda announced that the Mazda6 had earned the prestigious 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it simply capped off an impressive run of safety awards all across the world. The Mazda6 has already been honored with five-star safety ratings in Europe and Japan (where it goes by the name Mazda Atenza) and even earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.

So, loyal Parks Mazda blog readers—just how has the new Mazda6 built this reputation as one of the most decorated cars, safety-wise, in the world? It starts, as so many things start with Mazda, with SKYACTIV technology. In this case, the Mazda6 specifically uses the lightweight, rigid SKYACTIV-Body and the KODO-Soul of Motion design theme.

The Mazda6 is so impressive that Mazda has even made it the brand’s new flagship sedan. So if you want to stay safe but drive an incredibly flashy, stylish sedan, come in to Parks and check out the heavily-decorated Mazda6!


To Celebrate 25 Years of MX-5, Mazda to Bring 15 Miata Models to New York Auto Show

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It was at an American auto show that Mazda first introduced us to the now iconic MX-5 Miata, so it just makes sense that the automaker would also choose an American auto show for their celebration of a full quarter-century of Miatas. That’s right, Mazda will bring a veritable parade of Miatas—fifteen in all—along to the 2014 New York Auto Show next month. Mazda won’t say exactly which Miatas will be featured in that parade, so start making your wish list now. Then when the auto show rolls around, see how many boxes you get to check off.

“MX-5 Miata is the quintessential Mazda,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. “And after 25 years, every vehicle in the lineup continues to feature some characteristic of MX-5: a fluid shifter, lightness on its feet, quickness around a corner, a fun-to-drive DNA. With all the whiz-bang technology and comfort amenities increasingly added to modern vehicles, MX-5’s direct connection between car and driver still remains the standard feature that puts smiles on drivers’ faces.”

At Parks Mazda, there’s definitely one special Miata we’d like to see unveiled at the grand Mazda display in New York this April—the brand-new fourth-generation MX-5 Mazda has already promised to give us sometime this year.


Mazda Helps Tampa High-School Students R.A.C.E. to Success

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The Mazda Racing Accelerates Creative Education (R.A.C.E.) program is in the middle of its victory lap right now, after seeing great success at Tampa’s Middleton High School last week. Over 300 students participated in the R.A.C.E. program, which aims to inspire interest in the real-world fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), fields that have endless applications across the automotive industry. These students have the potential to become the next generation of automotive creative geniuses, and they will doubtless be in great demand: as automobiles become increasingly technologically advanced, demand for workers skilled in these areas also increases.

“The students were thrilled with the presentations and impressed by the number and diversity of STEM-related career opportunities in the field of motorsports,” said Kim Moore, the Assistant Principal of Magnet Curriculum at Middleton High School. “I’m confident that after seeing Mazda’s R.A.C.E. program, many students left with an even greater respect and enthusiasm for the STEM disciplines.” Moore’s own enthusiasm was certainly evident; she was decked ou in a full racing suit for the event.

At Parks Mazda, we mostly see the finished result of all this STEM research, design, and development in the form of the world-class vehicles prominently displayed in our showrooms and across our inventory. But we’re always mindful of the incredible detail, intricate hard work, and creative genius that goes into sculpting a machine as beautiful as the MX-5 Miata. So, if you’re in the next generation of STEM professionals, we welcome you and wish you the best of luck!


Mazda Hazumi Concept to Tease Next Mazda2 Subcompact at Geneva

Next stop on the never-ending motor show circuit—Geneva! The Geneva Motor Show opens on March 6 and Mazda is excited to make their presence known in Switzerland with the debut of the Mazda Hazumi Concept. The Hazumi Concept is widely recognized as a prototype of what will eventually become the next Mazda2 subcompact vehicle, Mazda’s inspired answer to the other refreshed options in the hot subcompact segment.

While a teaser image—a sketch, actually—of the concept vehicle leaked out onto the internet yesterday, the details about what might be found under the hood remain scarce and secret. Sources estimate that the new Mazda2, probably a 2015 model, will feature an updated 1.5L engine with SkyActiv technology that knocks the car’s power up a notch to around 120 horsepower and 40 mpg highway.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. At Parks Mazda, we’re just excited to see the sleek, edgy new Mazda Hazumi Concept unveiled next week. You can catch your first glimpse of the concept on March 4 during the Geneva Motor Show media preview.


Mazda Ups the Amazing Factor for 2015 Miata

The next-generation Mazda Miata will be revealed at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show—which, admittedly, is quite a long time from now. However, we’ve already got some good information to whet your appetite—and hopefully, tide you over until next year in Chicago. The Miata MX-5, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, is apparently now going “back to basics”—music to any Miata fans ears.

The 2015 Miata will be lightweighted, reducing it back to its original weight. Plus, they’re leaving behind the current styling and going back to the oval-shaped design that first made the car famous. “The oval-shaped grille is a major departure from current Mazda styling and will hint back to the original car,” a Mazda source stated. “And, of course, the MX-5 will feature all of the company’s new Skyactiv technologies that we’ve seen in the CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3.”

The new Miata will house a 1.5L four-cylinder engine—the newest in SkyActiv technology—which is currently used in the Mazda3. The 2015 Miata has been rumored for a very long time, but it’s finally becoming a reality. Look for it to finally hit the showrooms—like ours here at Parks Mazda—sometime in the summer of 2015.

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