4 Items to Include in Your Winter Emergency Kit

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Here in New York, winter is a serious topic. Almost without fail we get multiple major snowstorms each year that can leave snow on the ground until spring arrives. Because of this, it is very important that you prepare your vehicle with the tools and supplies you’ll need in case you get stranded on the side of the road. Here are a few items to include in your winter emergency kit.

  • Jumper Cables. You never know when you might need a jump or find someone who needs some help. If you travel in more remote areas, consider a portable jump starter so you don’t have to wait for someone to pass.
  • Ice Scraper. While any number of items can scrape the snow and ice off your car, a dedicated, heavy-duty scraper with an added brush will do the best job. Keep in mind that you should clear as much of the snow off your car as you can, including the headlights and taillights.
  • Small Shovel. If your car gets buried in the snow or stuck in a snow drift, a shovel will be the easiest way to get out. You should also keep a bag of sand or kitty litter in your trunk so you can pour some under your wheels for extra traction.
  • Winter Gear. If you are stranded and can’t get on the road again, you will need to stay warm. Pack a blanket, extra gloves, and other winter gear.

Stay even safer this winter by staying top of your vehicle’s routine maintenance this winter. Give us a call here at Wantagh Mazda to set up an appointment.

Mazda Vehicle Autonomy

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If you have seen the movie “Minority Report,” it gives you a good idea of what the future of autonomous driving could look like. The driverless car industry has split autonomous driving technology into five levels. What you see in the movies, is level 5, meaning no human interaction required. Though many other automakers are working towards this goal, Mazda is taking a unique approach to vehicle autonomy.

Mazda has long been focused on giving drivers a thrilling driving experience. While having a car that can drive itself is a novel idea, it doesn’t offer any hands-on thrills. Instead, Mazda is focusing its future autonomous driving technology on being a supplemental function.

The Mazda Co-Pilot System would only activate if the driver needed help. For example, if the driver suffered a seizure or was attempting to drive while drunk.

Mazda deputy general manager Matsuhiro Tanaka articulated the company’s vision for autonomous tech. “What we are focused on is that it always has to be the joy of driving that comes first, then, should anything happen to the driver that renders the situation dangerous, then the autonomous driving functions will kick in and take them to a safe place.”

Tanaka went on to say that Mazda isn’t trying to develop a new technology. It is simply working to incorporate the existing technology in an innovative new way that will help protect the driver and everyone else on the road.

For more exciting news from this progressive automaker, contact us here at Wantagh Mazda. Or better yet, stop by in person to take a shiny new 2020 Mazda for a whirl.

Best Mazda Vehicles for Pet Owners

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When you plan to drive with your dog, it pays to find a car that’s spacious, low, and provides a smooth ride. Check out these Mazda vehicles for pet owners, all of which have been applauded for being safe and comfortable for both animals and their owners.

Mazda CX-3

If your small family includes a single pup, the Mazda CX-3 might be the perfect fit. This subcompact crossover is small and easy to maneuver and park, making it ideal for urban settings.

You can also fold the back seats down to give your dog 44.5 cubic feet to stretch out in. Another bonus in this model is the standard rear-heating ducts and air conditioning, which will help keep your dog comfortable in any season.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a slightly larger crossover with five spacious seats. If you plan to travel with more than one dog, or with children as well, this is a great fit. Even with the rear seats up and the kids buckled in, there’s still 30.9 cubic feet of space for your furry friend behind the seats.

The Mazda CX-5 has low height, so it will be easy for dogs to enter and exit the vehicle. When you’re on the road, your pets will have an easier time relaxing, thanks to a smooth and quiet ride.

Mazda CX-9

With seven seats and a maximum of 72.1 cubic feet of cargo space, the Mazda CX-9 is the most spacious of the canine-friendly Mazda models. There’s plenty of room to store one or two crates, while still having room for human passengers.

This model also has many of the features that will keep dogs comfortable, like a smooth ride, tri-zone climate control, and available heated second-row seats.  

Experience each of these rides for yourself when you test-drive them here at Wantagh Mazda.

 

Long Island Fall Festivals to Celebrate the Season

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Nothing says fall like a festival filled with food, beer, fun and family-friendly activities. Mark your calendars so you and your crew can celebrate the season at these Long Island festivals.

Long Island Fall Beer Festival 2019

Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Academy Sports Complex in Farmingdale, the Long Island Fall Beer Festival 2019 will feature the culinary creations of local vendors and food truck favorites. Of course, local breweries including Coney Island Brewing Co., Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Barnshed Brewing. Two Roads Brewing Company and more will have their finest creations available, too. Once you have something to delicious to eat and something refreshing to drink, head over to the Smash Ping Pong Lounge and challenge your friends to a lawn-sized game of bucket pong, Connect Four or Jenga®. Kids are welcome, too, as the festival will debut its new kids zone and a range of craft vendors.

The Oyster Festival

On Oct. 19-20, join approximately 150,000 of your closest friends at the “East Coast’s largest waterfront festival,” The Oyster Festival. Held in Oyster Bay, Long Island, the festival will feature a huge food court, pirate shows, family-friendly activities, a car show and amusement rides.

To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fall festival fun, schedule a maintenance check at Wantagh Mazda.

2019 Mazda6 Safety Features Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

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The 2019 Mazda6 recently earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS rates various vehicles in the industry based on six facets of crashworthiness, from front crash prevention to headlight visibility. The Mazda6 safety features give it great scores, due in part to the innovative design and the high-tech features offered on the 2019 model year.

According to The News Wheel, vehicles must earn “Good” in four of the six categories to become and IIHS Top Safety Pick. The Mazda6 earned “Good” and “Superior” scores in a variety of situations, the strongest of which was front crash prevention. Using driver assist technology, the Mazda6 can slow your vehicle in the event of an imminent crash to reduce damage.

The 2019 Mazda6 safety features include curve-adaptive LED projector headlights to change direction slightly based on where you’re steering. Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go technology uses cameras and sensors to maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle up ahead. This tool makes long-distance drives a bit easier, so you can relax more behind the wheel. There’s also an optional 360-degree view monitor to expand your range of vision when navigating the car into tight parking spaces.

Test-drive the 2019 Mazda6 for yourself when you stop by Wantagh Mazda.

Summer Activities in New York City

Summer Festivals in New York

New York City is always and exciting place to be. However, there is something special about summertime. If you are looking for some good fun in the next few months, we have some suggestions for summer activities in New York. Be sure to take your Mazda for some great summer driving, too.

MoMA PS1 Warm Up

If you love live music and hitting the dance floor, be sure to head to the annual MoMA PS1 Warm Up party. This festival is so big, it takes place every week through Aug. 31. To join in the fun, visit the MoMA PS1 courtyard every Saturday night. You can buy tickets in advance for $18.

SummerStage Music

All summer long, you can enjoy free music in Central Park via the The SummerStage main stage located at Rumsey Playfield. The SummerStage series runs through Sept. 24 with events happening almost every day. This includes free concerts, live theater, opera, ballet, and dance parties.

Ample Hills Creamery

Beat the heat with a cool ice cream cone from Ample Hills Creamery. They have a rotating offering of 24 flavors that range from tradition to decadent. This ice cream parlor is located at 623 Vanderbilt Ave. in Brooklyn.

Street Fairs

Summertime means street fairs all across the city. Choose from a seemingly endless list of options for delicious street food and live performances.

Contact us at Wantagh Mazda for more ways to celebrate the season. Or ask us about our newest Mazda models, if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from these dynamic activities.  

New Mazda Vehicles Aimed at Luxury Market

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Mazda has long retained a loyal following over the years. The brand’s consistency and focus is a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry with so many ups and downs. For years, Mazda has been a reliable source of affordable, fun-to-drive vehicles. New Mazda vehicles are becoming options that take the brand in a new direction: the luxury market.

 

The transition has been slow and meticulous. Mazda’s goal is not only to appeal to new demographics, but to grow with their old fan base, too. As millennials get better jobs and begin to earn more spare cash, Mazda wants to offer these loyal enthusiasts new premium options that compete with high-end brands such as BMW and Audi.

 

A few of these options can already be seen making waves. All 500 of the brand’s MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Editions sold out the same day it debuted in Chicago. Additionally, many vehicles in the Mazda lineup now offer a range-topping “Signature” trim with amenities ranging from Nappa leather to wood accents.

 

Does this mean new Mazda vehicles will only be available at higher price points? Of course not. The company’s aim is to keep producing the kind of vehicles longtime fans love while also offering luxury at a more affordable price point.

 

You can get many of these upscale models here at Wantagh Mazda. Visit us or give us a call to learn more about what we offer.

Explore the Night Sky This Summer with Elmo and Friends at Big Bird’s Adventure

Families in Long Island have multiple opportunities this spring and summer to catch Big Bird, Elmo, and their visitor from China, Hu Hu Zhu, at the One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure Daytime Planetarium Show. This educational event takes place at the Vanderbilt Museum, where there’s plenty to see and do, so it’s a perfect family outing for a rainy day or for a hot summer afternoon.

During the One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure Daytime Planetarium Show, the familiar hosts of Sesame Street will explore the night sky in a way that’s fun and entertaining for younger audiences. During the show, audience members will learn about the moon, the sun, the Big Dipper, and the North Star.

Dates for this planetarium show run from April 19, 2019 to August 31, 2019. Tickets must be purchased in person on the day of the show. Each ticket includes admission to the planetarium, as well as general access to many other portions of the museum, like the Hall of Fishes, the Memorial Wing, the Nursery Wing, and the Habitat & Stoll Wing. The Vanderbilt Museum is open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the spring, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so come early and spend some time exploring and learning!

If you need a new vehicle to get to the museum, consider a new Mazda model from Wantagh Mazda.

Mazda Builds More Crossovers with All-New Plants

2018 Mazda CX-3 - Crossovers

Crossovers are a rising star in an ever-changing car market, and Mazda is on top of its game. To make even more crossovers than before, Mazda is updating its production system by reformatting assembly plants.

Plants in North America are getting a revamp, including the Mazda factory in Mexico, which currently produces the Mazda2 subcompact and the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback. The factory in Mexico will be adding more vehicles to the production lineup in the future. Fingers crossed that a few crossovers will be added to that list!

An all-new assembly center is set to premiere soon, right here in the U.S.! This factory will be built in Alabama and is a joint operation between both Mazda and Toyota. This center is set to open in 2021, and will not only be producing current crossovers, but an all-new crossover as well, currently called the “CX-Secret.” In the past year alone, the U.S. saw an 18 percent increase in crossover sales, which means that the crossover is ready to take over!

The ultimate goal is for the majority of Mazda’s global factories to be able to produce any vehicle in the Mazda lineup. Akira Marumuto, Mazda Motor Corp.’s CEO, wants to achieve this goal in the next five to six years.

Here at Wantagh Mazda, we are excited to learn more about these upcoming Mazda models.

Mazda Named U.S. News’ Best Car Brand

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Every year, U.S. News releases a list of the best auto brands on the market, giving consumers the low-down on what the best options in the industry are. This year, the number one spot for the Best Car Brand went to Mazda.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to people who have been reading the list every year. Mazda has been the winner for the past three years in a row, proving that quality outdoes quantity every time. U.S. News even mentions Mazda’s relatively small lineup is “comprised of top-notch vehicles,” going on to praise the brand for its unparalleled driving dynamics for a low price.

The three Mazda vehicles U.S. News cites as major factors in the publication’s decision-making process include the compact Mazda3, the Mazda6 midsize sedan, and, of course, the popular MX-5 Miata sports car. It’s a diverse pool of top picks. The Mazda3 now comes in sedan and hatchback variants with a fun driving performance and a luxe cabin, while the family-friendly Mazda6 has a long list of standard features including blind-spot monitoring and an 8-inch touchscreen. And, of course, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata delivers high value, a fun driving experience, and amazing fuel economy as usual.

Having such a long list of award-winning, reputable vehicles for low price tags, it’s no wonder Mazda is U.S. News’ Best Car Brand of 2019. Here at Wantagh Mazda, we are proud to carry such an incredible car brand.