Tuesday, May 20, 2014

RUMOR: Return of the Mazdaspeed3 in 2016?

Since the launch of the 2014 Mazda3 in September 2013, Mazda enthusiasts have raised their voices demanding a new Mazdaspeed3. Unfortunately, the launch of the redesigned 3 signaled the end of Mazda’s popular hot hatch.

The latest batch of rumors come straight from the Japanese motor magazine Holiday Auto which claims to have an inside scoop on Mazda’s plans for the relaunch of the Mazdaspeed3.

Recent rumors indicated that Mazda was aiming to outfit the Mazda3 with a turbo diesel engine which would be released as the new Mazdaspeed3. Word on the street, or at least Holiday Auto, now indicates Mazda has ditched the plan for a turbo diesel in favor of a turbocharged variant of the 2.5-liter gasoline engine currently found in the s Touring and s Grand Touring trims in the US for the 2014 Mazda3.

Mazda corporate in Japan has denied rumors about turbo, especially concerns that the high compression ratio of the SKYACTIV-G engine paired with a turbo would create problems. However, the source makes it clear that the problem “has been already solved.”

The source also told Holiday Auto that we can expect to see All-Wheel-Drive on the new Mazdaspeed3 which would be the first compact Mazda to receive the AWD treatment.

If the rumors are true, we can expect the return of the Mazdaspeed3 in 2016.

For more information about the current 2014 Mazda3, please visit our convenient research guides created by the Mazda Experts at Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda in Orlando, Florida.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The 25th anniversary edition Miata is (almost) here!

This year marks Mazda’s silver anniversary with the MX-5 Miata, the most iconic roadster ever created. Unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989, the Miata quickly found its way into the hearts of auto enthusiasts around the world.

25 years after its debut, Mazda is still wowing crowds at auto exhibitions with the Miata. Recently at the 2014 New York Auto Show, Mazda unveiled the 25th anniversary edition 2014 MX-5 Miata and reactions have been unanimous. It’s beautiful.

The exterior illuminates class with its Soul Red Metallic body with Brilliant Black accents on the Power Retractable Hard Top roof, side mirrors, and A-pillars. Almond leather upholstery with red stitching makes for a comfortably classy ride inside the Miata. Not only does the car come with custom 25th Anniversary badges, but buyers will also receive a special edition Swiss-made, stainless steel Tourneau watch with a display winder box.

It is a fantastic must own for the most die-hard Miata enthusiasts and roadster aficionados but there is one small problem. Mazda only made 100 of these limited edition Miatas available for North America. Worse, you can’t pre-order it… for another week.

Next week on Tuesday, May 20 at 1:25 pm EST, Mazda will officially open up the 25th anniversary edition Miata for pre-order exclusively through their special anniversary website. Pre-orders will close after the first 250 deposits are submitted. These pre-orders will be processed to determine the first 100 qualified buyers.

For more information about the 2014 MX-5 Miata, check out our 2014 Miata research page created by the Mazda Experts at Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda in Orlando. Click here to go to the Miata pre-order site.