Mazda Reveals Two Concepts: KAI CONCEPT and VISION COUPE

Mazda KAI CONCEPT

Mazda revealed two concepts today at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The Mazda KAI CONCEPT, a compact hatchback that heralds a new generation of inspired vehicles from the award-winning Japanese carmaker, made its world premiere. It was the second appearance for the Mazda VISION COUPE, a design concept that debuted yesterday evening at a pre-show event called Mazda Design Night 2017.

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Featuring the next-generation SKYACTIV-X petrol engine, SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture and a more mature expression of the KODO design language, the KAI CONCEPT embodies the technology, engineering and styling concepts that will define the coming generation of Mazdas. Refinements in all areas of dynamic performance have produced a considerably quieter, more comfortable ride and enhanced performance. The KAI CONCEPT features muscular, solid proportions in a form brought to life by a delicate flow of reflections over the sides of the body.

Mazda Vision Coupe

Highlights of the VISION COUPE, meanwhile, include a KODO – Soul of Motion exterior that embodies a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, achieving a simple “one-motion” form that conveys a sense of speed. The interior applies the concept of ma (literally “space”) from traditional Japanese architecture, combining three-dimensional depth with a strong longitudinal axis to produce a relaxed space while maintaining the feeling of motion. As for the concept’s name, it pays homage to Mazda’s tradition of design elegance represented by coupé models like the Mazda R360, Mazda’s first passenger car, and the Mazda Luce Rotary, also known as the Mazda R130.

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The All-New Mazda CX-5 : Quality in Quantity

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Launched in 2012, the Mazda CX-5 was the company‘s first new-generation model to feature both KODO – Soul of Motion design and SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Proof of the effectiveness of Mazda‘s Jinba Ittai driver-and–car-as-one ethos, and its human-centred design and engineering philosophy, the CX-5 not only garnered acclaim for its dynamic design and responsive, engaging driving performance, but has also grown into a core model accounting for approximately 25% of the company‘s annual sales. To date, more than 1.5 million units have been sold in 120 countries around the world.

The all-new Mazda CX-5 builds on this success story with refinements to every aspect of Mazda‘s unique design approach and sophisticated SKYACTIV technologies, creating a stylish, spirited and intelligent vehicle which brings a new dimension of driving pleasure to SUV customers.

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Conceived under the development concept of ‘Refined Toughness’, the all-new Mazda CX-5 elevates the company’s unique KODO-Soul of Motion design philosophy to new levels of sophistication, giving the new Mazda a distinct and dynamic personality designed to appeal to the sensibilities of the mature SUV customer.

Behind a more three-dimensional evolution of the brand’s frontal design, the styling goal for the all-new CX-5 was to create a simple yet bold, mature and elegant form in which character line accents are minimised and the transitions between body surfaces emphasised to create changes in light reflected off the body. To maximise this effect, Mazda has developed the new Soul Red Crystal body colour.

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An evolution of the company’s hugely popular Soul Red Premium Metallic paint which raises the brightness level by approximately 20% and increases the depth by some 50%, the new Soul Red Crystal paint finish achieves even more stunning levels of transparency to highlight the beauty and quality of KODO design’s dynamic body shapes.

The all-new CX-5’s entirely human-centred interior design has been conceived with a focus on peerless cockpit ergonomics within an elegant, durable and spacious cabin layout, and painstaking attention to detail in the use of materials and the fit and finish of components. Both the front and rear seats have been extensively revised to offer occupants better body core support, improved fatigue relief and greater comfort.

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Making its first appearance on a Mazda, a power-operated tailgate* is operated by open/close switches located both on the tailgate itself and within the driver’s switchgear. Operated via the Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry button*, the degree of tailgate opening can also be set.The new 7” centre display[1] is the first in a Mazda to adopt optical bonding to join the Liquid Crystal Display and touch panel, which suppresses reflections and presents a clearer image.

A new-generation steering wheel design features a more comfortable grip and a heated rim*. The front windscreen is now equipped with a wiper de-icing system*. And an automatic door mirror retracting system* folds the door mirrors inwards when the doors are locked using the Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry system.

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Three interior colour schemes* are available -Black fabric, and Black or Pure White leather. And a newly developed decorative panel within the dashboard conveys both the warmth of wood and the strength of metal. The all-new Mazda CX-5 is available with a choice of three engines:  a SKYACTIV-D 2.2 turbodiesel and SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G12.5 direct-injection petrol units.

All three powerplants meet Euro 6 regulations. They are mated to a choice of upgraded SKYACTIV-MT manual and SKYACTIV DRIVE automatic transmissions, and are available equipped with either front-wheel drive or the latest generation of Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD all-wheel drive system.

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All-New Mazda CX-5 Unveiled in Los Angeles

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Mazda revealed the all-new CX-5 today in the run-up to the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s a completely redesigned edition of the compact SUV that in 2012 kicked-off a generation of critically acclaimed cars featuring the company’s efficient lightweight SKYACTIV Technology and award-winning KODO – Soul of Motion designs.

Mazda refined virtually every aspect of the all-new CX-5, aiming to share the pleasure of driving with everyone on board. The new generation was engineered with a strong focus on human sensibilities to deliver responsive performance corresponding to driver expectations, but also prioritising passenger comfort for a pleasant ride in a remarkably quiet and finely crafted cabin.

The all-new CX-5 comes with the full range of SKYACTIV Technology including two petrol engines – the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G 2.5 – and the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel. All three deliver powerful, linear performance along with outstanding real-world fuel economy and remarkably low emissions. The new model also features G-Vectoring Control, a new Jinba Ittai – enhancing technology from Mazda. Additional highlights include a windscreen head-up display – one of the first in its class – and a remote-controlled power liftgate.

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The bold, sensual KODO exterior enhances the CX-5’s distinct personality. Its physique emphasises a solid stance and expression of forward momentum, while the newly developed Soul Red Crystal body colour premiering on the CX-5 highlights KODO’s appeal by heightening the depth of the body’s surfaces. Soul Red Crystal is an advanced version of Soul Red Metallic, imparting a fresher, more radiant transparence with 20% greater colour saturation and 50% more depth.

.Like other Mazda premium colours, Soul Red Crystal uses Mazda’s Takuminuri painting technology, which gives mass-production vehicles the quality and precision of a hand-painted finish, in a unique three-coat structure. Thanks to a specially developed pigment and different flakes that reflect and absorb light, Mazda achieved an extraordinarily deep and vivid finish.

The all-new CX-5 will go on sale in February in Japan prior to its roll-out in other markets around the world. Currently Mazda’s best-selling model in Europe, the CX-5 is sold in more than 120 countries and represents around one-quarter of Mazda’s global unit sales.

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2017 Mazda6 Launching Across Europe this Autumn

 

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With numerous premium refinements and continuing to redefine the notion that one need not compromise driving pleasure for practicality and refinement, the 2017 Mazda6 sedan and wagon model range goes on sale in Europe this autumn.

The Mazda6 has long been regarded as one of the best-handling, most engaging vehicles in its segment. Now it raises the bar once again with the company’s first European application of G-Vectoring Control (GVC). GVC is the first in a series of new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission and chassis to deepen the Jinba Ittai -‘horse and rider as one’- sense of connection between car and driver that differentiates Mazda vehicles from others. Based on the revolutionary idea of enhancing chassis performance with the engine, GVC is the world’s first technology to adjust engine drive torque in response to steering inputs.

 

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The 2017 Mazda6 powertrain line-up features a choice of three SKYACTIV petrol engines -145 and 165 PS variants of the  SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and the 192 PS SKYACTIV-G 2.5 – and two diesel units -150 and 175 PS versions of the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 – mated to automatic or manual transmissions.

On board, design improvements to enhance the Mazda-unique, driver-focused environment include a new steering wheel design, a new Active Driving Display (Mazda’s heads-up display) now with higher resolution, full-colour graphics for greater readability in diverse light conditions, and a new 4.6-inch, full-colour TFT LCD driver’s multi-information display with enriched graphics. A new, Machine Grey exterior colour is also available.

Finally, backed by outstanding passive safety levels, the 2017 Mazda6 is available with a full range of i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technologies. These include a European first; a new, Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) feature which identifies No Entry and speed limit signs, providing alerts should the driver exceed the limit, and the Advanced Smart City Brake Support system (Advanced SCBS), which replaces a near-infrared laser with a forward.

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Mazda MX-5 RF : European Debut at Goodwood

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The all-new Mazda MX-5 RF, the latest adaptation of the best selling two-seater sports car ever, will make its European premiere in the UK at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed in June. First unveiled to the public at the New York International Auto Show in March, the retractable fastback version of Mazda’s legendary roadster will be the highlight of the carmaker’s Goodwood stand, where Mazda pays tribute to the MX-5’s past, present and future. The MX-5 RF in “Machine Grey” will feature alongside the one-millionth production MX-5, which rolled off the assembly line in Japan on 22 April, as well as the MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster concept cars.

While staying true to the practical rationale behind the previous generation’s retractable hardtop version, the MX-5 RF’s fastback styling gives it a unique look, roof open or shut. Even when open, occupants have the protection of the windowed rear roof section, which remains in place behind the seats after the top segments stow away. By offering customers more choice, the MX-5 RF further amplifies the appeal of the world’s favourite roadster.

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Roof aside, the MX-5 RF shares for the most part the KODO design of the soft-top convertible version, with the same length, width and wheelbase. The hardtop, which brings a 5mm increase in height, is one of the fastest available, opening or closing at the touch of a button even when the car is moving at up to 10km/h.

The MX-5 RF also retains the soft-top model’s trademark agility and curve-hugging balance. Specially tuned suspension and steering deliver a more refined ride, while a sound-absorbing headliner in the roof panels and special insulation to counter rear wheel noise further enhance cabin comfort, significantly reducing noise levels with the top closed.

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Launched in Europe last fall, the fourth-generation MX-5 was recently crowned 2016 World Car of the Year and 2016 World Car Design of the Year – the first time in the history of the competition that one model has captured both prizes. Also known as the MX-5 “ND”, it has won more than 40 awards so far, including 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan and 2016 UK Car of the Year. The MX-5 RF is slated to go on sale in Europe in early 2017.

The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place on 23-26 June at the Goodwood estate, which is located near Chichester, England, some 100km southwest of London.

All-New Mazda MX-5 is Japan Car of the Year

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The all-new Mazda Roadster, as the MX-5 is known in Japan, is the 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan. It is the second time the iconic two-seater has captured the home country’s most prestigious automobile prize after the previous generation did so in 2005-06. The new MX-5 is also the third Mazda from the highly acclaimed current model generation in the past four years to win Car of the Year Japan following the Mazda CX-5 (2012-13) and Mazda2 (2014-15).

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Among other things, the award jury praised the passion and workmanship that went in the new MX-5 as well as Mazda’s unwavering commitment to the lightweight fun-to-drive sports car, which now spans 26 years since the model was initially launched.

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The fourth generation MX-5 features SKYACTIV Technology and a stunning KODO – Soul of Motion design. And it’s still a blast to drive: Mazda has stuck to the Jinba Ittai rider-and-horse-as-one concept with the front-mid engine, rear-wheel drive layout, lowering the centre of gravity, optimising the driving position and cutting around 100kg compared to the previous model generation.

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Power is transferred from one of two petrol units – the high-revving SKYACTIV-G 1.5 or higher output SKYACTIV-G 2.0 – through a crisp, lightweight SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission. The new MX-5 also features an easy-to-operate manual soft top, a more practical boot shape and the latest i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology. It went on sale in Europe in late summer.

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Mazda Launches Turbo Petrol Engine in New Mazda CX-9

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Mazda revealed a new engine and a new model today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, the first turbocharged SKYACTIV-G petrol unit, was introduced with the all-new Mazda CX-9, a mid-sized SUV that will go on sale starting in North America next spring.

The SKYACTIV-G 2.5T is now the most powerful engine in Mazda’s line-up, putting out up to 184kW (250 PS) and 420Nm on the North American version. Based on the naturally aspirated SKYACTIV-G 2.5 offered in the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda6, the new turbocharged direct-injection powerplant delivers even stronger linear acceleration, especially in the low and mid-rpm range, along with superb responsiveness. Rightsized like all SKYACTIV engines rather than downsized, it also overcomes typical turbocharging issues like sluggish off-the-line performance (“turbo lag”) and often disappointing real-world fuel consumption.

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Highlights include Mazda’s Dynamic Pressure Turbo, the world’s first turbocharger to maximise turbine performance by varying the level of exhaust pulsation according to the engine speed. The cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, meanwhile, allows the engine to maintain the ideal air-to-fuel ratio, providing the right quantity of oxygen needed to burn the fuel – and that over a wide range of engine output.

It will initially power the all-new Mazda CX-9. Developed above all for the North American market, the family-friendly SUV moves upscale with a spacious and comfortable premium interior offering room for seven occupants on three rows of seats. Outside it features the latest rendition of the company’s award-winning KODO – Soul of Motion design philosophy. And like other Mazdas, it was built around SKYACTIV Technology to deliver an uncompromising combination of superb performance and efficiency along with the patented Jinba Ittai driving experience inspired by the iconic MX-5 roadster.

The new CX-9 will also be offered with Mazda’s advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety systems and i-ACTIV AWD, as the carmaker calls its intelligent all-wheel-drive system. North America is expected to account for 80% of the projected annual CX-9 sales of 50,000 units. It will not be available in Europe.

 

 

 

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