Tuesday, October 30, 2012

AutoGuide Face Off: 2013 Mazda3 Hatchback vs 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda in Orlando, Florida has seen the demand for the 2013 Mazda3 firsthand. As a Mazda dealership, the look on the face of someone that has just finished their test drive of the Mazda3 makes us happy to know that the engineering and design is being appreciated and regarded as an excellent driving experience. The fine folks at AutoGuide.com know the feeling and reflected it in their newest article that pitted the 2013 Mazda3 Hatchback against the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT.

These are two cars in the same class and both tout excellent fuel economy, however, as Auto Guide puts it, “While nearly identical in functionality, a week spent testing both cars showed the Mazda to have superior real world fuel economy while also being more fun to drive.” Read the full article on AutoGuide.com to see what they loved and loathed about the Mazda3 and Elantra GT. For more information on Mazda vehicles, service, and parts, visit SportMazdaOrlando.com. You can even speak to a Mazda Expert on our website to see if they can help you with your automotive needs today!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

2013 Mazda Skyactiv CX-5 Finalist For 2013 Green Car of the Year!

Green Car Journal has announced their 5 finalists for 2013 Green Car of the Year and showing up on the list is the 2013 Mazda Skyactiv CX-5. As a Mazda dealership in Orlando, Florida, Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda has seen the demand first hand for the fuel efficient environmentally improved Skyactiv CX-5. Normally, people do not associate “green” and “sport utility vehicle” together, but Green Car Journal has recognized the engineering feat that Mazda has achieved with their crossover SUV which is the only type of car in its class that is nominated.

The Skyacitv CX-5 is the most efficient SUV available in the US with an EPA rating of 35 miles per gallon and has a shot at the title when you look at past winners like the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid SUV which won the title in 2008 even with only a gas mileage of 22 mpg which clearly gives hope for a Mazda win this year. We’ll find out who wins the title when the winner is announced next month at the LA Auto Show. For more information about the Mazda CX-5 or Skyactiv vehicles, visit SportMazdaOrlando.com.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mazda's i-ELOOP: Turning Stopping Power Into Real Power

When the all new Mazda 6 rolls into dealerships nationwide early next year, they are going to be equipped with Mazda’s latest safety and energy saving features. Highlighting one of these features, the new i-ELOOP regenerative braking system will harness energy lost from braking to help power electrical systems that car owners use every day such as air conditioning and the audio system. The i-ELOOP system improves fuel economy by 10 percent by applying energy that would otherwise be lost during braking to charge a capacitor that returns the energy as electricity to help power the electrical systems in the car. The chart below illustrates how the i-ELOOP system works while in motion and during a stop.

The second the foot comes off the pedal, the i-ELOOP system kicks into gear. One of the benefits of using a capacitor over a battery is that it can quickly be charged and discharged unlike a battery. In just a few seconds, the alternator can fully charge the capacitor and power the electrical components without needlessly wasting fuel. Expect more news in the future when Mazda reveals more about the 2014 Mazda 6. Check back here for Mazda news or visit SportMazdaOrlando.com to learn how the Mazda Experts at Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda in Orlando, Florida can help you with your Mazda needs today.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mazda CX-9 Kodo Infused Design Unveiled In Style

Kicking off the 2013 Australian Motor Show, Mazda has released a new video touting the newly redesigned Mazda CX-9. With updated features and sporting Mazda’s new Kodo design hallmark, the Japanese automaker is bringing new life into the CX-9 lineage. Information has been trickling out for the past few months on the updated SUV including a variation with the inclusion of the Skyactiv-D diesel engine but we won’t have the official North American release facts until Mazda releases them in the near future. Check out the video above and keep checking back for future updates on the all new Mazda CX-9. Visit SportMazdaOrlando.com to find out how you can be notified when the all new Mazda CX-9 becomes available or to test drive any Mazda today!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Takeri Concept Versus The 2014 Mazda 6: Can You Spot The Differences?

When the Takeri concept car was unveiled last year, Mazda indicated that the 2014 Mazda6 would be based on this industry innovating model. Mazda dealers in Orlando have been anticipating the demand for the new Mazda 6 for the past year since teasing car enthusiasts with the Takeri concept. With the recent appearances of the new Mazda 6 in Paris, Moscow and Australia, MotorTrend.com took all the facts known about the new model and the Takeri concept and ran a visual comparison.

It is very interesting to note that unlike most production models, the 2014 Mazda 6 looks identical to the Takeri concept, which isn’t very common in the auto industry. Look for the new 2014 Mazda 6 in the future. For more information on new Mazdas and future models, visit SportMazdaOrlando.com. The Mazda Experts at Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda in Orlando, FL are available 7 days a week and can help you with your Mazda questions.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Highly Anticipated: AutoGuide's 2014 Mazda 6 Gallery Gives A Glimpse of Engineering Excellence

The highly anticipated 2014 Mazda 6 is one slick piece of automotive engineering that is one of the sharpest designs to come from Mazda in years. For those that want to feast their eyes on the latest images of the future member of Skyactiv Mazdas, check out AutoGuide.com’s latest gallery. The European wagon model most likely won’t make it to the United States but it is something worth checking out. For more about the upcoming 2014 Mazda 6 and the future Mazda models, check out SportMazdaOrlando.com to find out how a Mazda Expert can help you today.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Introducing The 2013 Mazda CX-9 Sans The Smile

Later this month, Mazda will display to the public the newly redesigned 2013 CX-9 at the Australian International Motor Show. Although it was officially unveiled last month, we won’t get the full rundown until the show but Mazda did make some special announcements for the new CX-9. Just like the upcoming 2013 Mazda 6 and the CX-5, the 2013 CX-9 will feature Mazda’s new signature five-point grill replacing the iconic “Mazda Smile.” Expect an updated cabin and infotainment system with a new voice command system. The new “i-ACTIVSENSE” system will be employed as one of the many new safety features to the 2013 CX-9. For more about the new 2013 CX-9, check out this RankingsAndReviews.com article on the announcement. For more about Mazda’s in general, visit SportMazdaOrlando.com to find out how a Mazda Expert can assist you today

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Straight From Moscow: The 2014 Mazda6 Makes Its Global Debut

Back in August, Mazda unveiled the new 2014 Mazda6 at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show bringing new life to the Mazda6 model. Although not much is widely known about the North American specifications of the 2014 Mazda 6, but if we look at the announced Russian specifications, we can get a hint at what is in store or until Mazda announces them. Established technologies like the SKYACTIV-G, SKYACTIV-Drive and SKYACTIV-MT are making a return in the Russian-specified 2014 Mazda6 with more exciting technologies making a debut.

Gone! The "Mazda Smile" seen on previous Mazda grills have been redesigned for sleek simplicity that catches the eye and won't let go!
The 2014 Mazda6 is going to continue offering fuel efficient transportation through several new systems designed to help deter unneeded fuel consumption. The new i-ELOOP will be making its debut in the 2014 Mazda6. It is the world’s-first capacitor-based regenerative braking system that helps use the energy from frequent acceleration and braking to improve fuel efficiency by 10%. Another system making its first appearance is the “i-stop” which is an idling stop system that offers a class-leading restart time of 0.35 seconds and significantly reduces stop-and-go fuel consumption. Mazda is due to make a full announcement for the North American specifications of the 2014 Mazda6.

For more about the future of Mazda technology, vehicles, and service, visit SportMazdaOrlando.com or stop by Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda in Orlando, FL to speak with one of our Mazda Experts in person.

Monday, October 8, 2012

i-ACTIVSENSE: The Future of Mazda Safety Coming Soon

When the 2014 Mazda6 launches next year, safety will definitely be a major highlight of changes being introduced to the updated model. Among these features will be the i-ACTIVSENSE, Mazda’s newest perimeter safety monitoring and response system. Sensors installed on the 2014 Mazda6 will be able to help the driver in many events that can occur on the road that requires quick responses. One of these monitoring systems is Mazda Radar Cruise Control which judges traveling speed and distance to the vehicles ahead which causes it to work within a set speed range to maintain a safe following distance adding convenience and safety to cruise control.

The Mazda Radar Cruise Control is only a taste of the many features you will find with i-ACTIVSENSE. The chart above gives a demonstration of the monitoring systems at work. Not only does it provide driver support, but also hazard recognition and collision avoidance/ damage reduction support. Some hazards and conditions that these systems help monitor are lane drifting, oncoming traffic, and blind spots. For more information Mazda safety and Mazdas in general, visit SportMazdaOrlando.com.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ford Escape vs Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: An Automobile Mag Comparison

Automobile Mag earlier this year stacked up the 2013 Ford Escape, 2012 Honda CR-V and the 2013 Mazda CX-5 in a comparison of similarly classed vehicles. Out of the three vehicles, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 was the least expensive but that didn't stop Automobile Mag from gushing about it saying...
"somehow this porridge comes across as more substantial, more expensive, and more elegant. Or as Goldilocks might say, it's just right."
Read the entire article on AutomobileMag.com to find out what makes the 2013 Mazda CX-5 a standout vehicle. To test drive a 2013 Mazda CX-5 or learn more about Mazdas, visit SportMazdaOrlando.com. To speak to a Mazda Expert in person, please stop by Don Mealey's Sport Mazda in Orlando, FL today!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Service Made Simple: Mazda's Full Circle Service Inspection Report Card

The quality and convenience of service at a Mazda dealership beats any regular run-of-the-mill auto shop. The Mazda Full Circle Service inspection performed by certified Mazda service technicians is a thorough check up on the condition of your Mazda. At the end of the inspection, you will receive the Mazda Full Circle Service report card (pictured below) which is an easy to read detailed report on the condition of key components and fluid levels on your Mazda.

Items marked “green” indicate items that are in working condition or was replaced and fixed during the service visit. “Yellow” indicates something that needs your attention but is in no critical need of replacement or repair before the next scheduled service interval. Those marked in “red” indicate items that need your attention meaning that wear and tear is visible and has a high chance of damage or failure before the next service interval.

For more about Mazda service and the Full Circle Service inspection, visit SportMazdaOrlando.com. Have your Mazda serviced at Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda in Orlando, FL which is home to the Mazda Experts!

Engineered For Safety: Skyactiv Gets The Grade

The 2013 Mazda Skyactiv CX-5 is the epitome of safety for the future of Mazda vehicles. Traditional unibody vehicles focus on displacing crash energy primarily through the floor pan. The 2013 Skyactiv CX-5 was designed using the Skyactiv-Body which, as blogged about earlier, is engineered to handle the energy from a collision. Energy gets distributed through the floor, door beams, and over the roof reducing the physical jolt in the passenger compartment giving it an edge in safety over other similarly classed competitors.

Mazda engineers started by taking the top federal and independent crash-test criteria and took a reverse engineering approach to achieve their desired results. Not only will the rigidity and structure of the body will keep you safe in the event of a dramatic collision, but it also increases the Skyactic CX-5’s handling, ride quality, and interior quietness. With these safety and performance features, it’s easy to see why the 2013 Mazda Skyactiv CX-5 is a must own!

For more about the Skyactiv line by Mazda, visit SportMazdaOrlando.com. The Mazda Experts at Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda in Orlando, FL are a wealth knowledge relating to Mazda’s and will be happy to help today!