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

2018 Mazda CX-5 Front View

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.

Planning for Valentine’s Day? Check out These Most Romantic Spots in New York City

Valentine's Day Couple

Whether you’re just starting a relationship or celebrating a special anniversary, Valentine’s Day is a great time to check out something new in New York City. Not quite sure where to start? How about these most romantic places in New York?

Empire State Building

One of the best, affordable romantic date spots around, the top of the Empire State Building affords an iconic view of one of the most breath-taking cities in the world. If you’re going on Valentine’s Day, just remember to bring a jacket.

Carbone

Carbone is a classic New York restaurant. With a cozy yet energetic vibe, it’s also a perfect Valentine’s Day date spot and one of the most romantic restaurants around.

Buvette

For something a little different, check out Buvette on Grove St. This small, French restaurant is a sure to score you a ton of points with you date, especially if they enjoy the finer things in life.

Brooklyn Promenade

Short on cash but still intent on a romantic Valentine’s Day? Simply hit the Brooklyn Promenade for a romantic stroll. With striking skyline views and plenty to do in the surrounding area, the Brooklyn Promenade is a great way to spend time with someone special.

Here at Wantagh Mazda, we wish you and your significant other a happy Valentine’s Day.

Mazda Announces the Return of Rotary Engines

Mazda has recently announced an upcoming offering on their 2020 vehicle lineup that is both new and a return to the past. Mazda plans to make use of a modern take on the Rotary engine, one of the earliest forms of internal combustion engines widely used in the early 1900s. Mazda will do this by installing Rotary engines as a range extender on their electric vehicles. Rotary engines were well known at the time of their most common use to be efficient and reliable for their size, but scaling up for more powerful vehicles proved difficult. As such, their use fell out of common practice.

Upscaling isn’t an issue when talking about a range extender for a mostly electric vehicle, so Mazda engineers have harnessed this reliability and flexibility and incorporated it into their upcoming model lineup. Also working for the Rotary engine’s favor is that they are nearly vibration free and have comparatively few moving parts compared to modern piston engines. The engine’s compact size also allows it to potentially be hidden away in a lower compartment along with the vehicle’s installed batteries.

By 2030, as part of their “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term technology development program, Mazda will have 95 percent of their vehicles as combustion-electric hybrids with the remaining 5 percent being purely electric.

To learn more about this new engine setup, contact our staff at Wantagh Mazda.

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Must-Do Holiday Events in New York City

Must-Do Holiday Events In New York City

New York City is full of must-do holiday events, with plenty of Christmas cheer to go around and a number of popular shows and attractions that draw visitors every year. Mark your calendars with these can’t-miss events!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

While the streets are sure to be crowded with tourists, seeing the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is an iconic part of a New York Christmas. Even if you miss the lighting ceremony in early December, the tree itself is a sight to behold.

The Rockettes

Is there anything more quintessentially Christmas than the Rockettes’ yearly performance at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular? Pick a date night to go see the live show at the Radio City Music Hall.

5th Avenue Window Displays

Nothing speaks to the NYC Christmas experience more than a stroll down 5th Avenue, where local businesses’ window displays go above and beyond your average Christmas decor.

Holiday Market at Union Square

From the moment it opens in mid-November until Christmas Eve, the Holiday Market offers unique handmade gifts from local vendors and artisans.

Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens

You’ve never seen model trains like the ones at the New York Botanical Gardens around the holidays. Handcrafted miniature landmarks comprise over 175 well-known locations in NYC, with model trains touring the set.

We here at Wantagh Mazda wish you and your family a happy holiday season.


Long Island Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2018

If you don’t feel like going through the trouble of a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day, here are some Long Island restaurants that offer their own Thanksgiving specials. Making Thanksgiving reservations can be a fun and low-stress way for the family to enjoy the holiday.

Milleridge Inn

A miniature shopping village and holiday lights await you in Jericho, where Milleridge Inn provides adult and kids’ Thanksgiving meals when you make a reservation and pay ahead.

Galleria

Known for its traditional Italian-style menu, Galleria also offers Thanksgiving foods on the holiday itself. If you’re going Black Friday shopping, the restaurant is also a quick jaunt away from the Roosevelt Field Mall.

Davenport Press

Head to Main Street in Mineola to taste Davenport Press’ three-course Thanksgiving meals, where kids get the same food as adults in smaller portion sizes. Make sure to make reservations in advance!

Seasons 52

Head to this restaurant, centrally located in the midst of a shopping district, for seasonal favorite foods in close proximity to all your holiday shopping needs.

The Mill Pond House

It’s a little more of a drive to get to Centerport from Wantagh, but Mill Pond House is located right on the shoreline, providing excellent scenery as a backdrop to a delectable and diverse a la carte menu. Reservations are strongly recommended.

From our family at Wantagh Mazda to yours, have a great Thanksgiving.

photo by LuAnn Snawder


How to Have a Hauntingly Happy Halloween on Long Island

We fully admit our biased love of all things Long Island here at Wantagh Mazda, but we don’t think we’re just being blinded by our affection for our hometown when we say that Halloween on Long Island is unlike any other in the country. Just take a look at a few of the spooktacular Halloween haunts you can check out right here with your family this year:

Enchanted Forest Trail

Families are encouraged to don their costumes and head over to the Enchanted Forest Trail at Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Walk the paths with your young-ones and stumble into a delightful array of forest characters and activities. There are even games taking place in the parking lot.

Halloween in the Plaza

Pop over to Kennedy Plaza on Saturday, October 27th at 10:00 AM for their annual blow-out Halloween Bash. At Halloween in the Plaza, you can march in the costume parade at 11:00, trick-or-treat around the plaza all day, do the monster mash with the live DJ, and more.

The Best Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating

We’re not sure a bad neighborhood exists for trick-or-treating on Halloween on Long Island, but we have a few favorites: Bay Shore, Syosset, Sayville, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson.

We here at Wantagh Mazda wish you and your crew a spirited Halloween season.


New Kai Concept Debuts Mazda Single Motion Design

With the debut of the Mazda Kai, a sporty hatchback first introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show last October and then at the New York Auto Show this March, Mazda is rolling out an all-new design direction after its extremely successful use of the Kodo Soul of Motion design language.

When Ikuo Maeda, the current head of design at Mazda, took over the position in 2009, he dedicated himself to creating unique design language that quickly created incredible brand recognition worldwide and bolstered Mazda’s reputation for premium-quality vehicles.

Now, nearly a decade later, the design genius, nicknamed “Speedy” for his fast driving, is introducing the new “Speed of Light” Single Motion design language to emphasize the sporty, aerodynamic fluidity of Mazda vehicles.

Mazda Single Motion diverges from the Soul of Motion’s recognizable “Double Motion” design, removing sharp edges in favor of smooth, fluid surfaces. This artistically-driven reshaping will allow the Kai, as well as future Mazda vehicles incorporating this design language, to highlight the way light and shadow reflect on the vehicle.

The Kai concept doesn’t have an official release date yet, but we can be sure that Mazda plans to roll out the Single Motion design language in its other vehicles over the next several years. Mazda has always been at the forefront of innovative engineering and design, exemplified by Kodo Soul of Motion and its SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, and Single Motion’s sleek, futuristic style is years ahead of Mazda’s industry counterparts. Here at Wantagh Mazda, we can’t wait to see what the brand introduces next.


The Best Outdoor Activities On Long Island

Enjoy what’s left of summer with the best outdoor activities on or near Long Island. From spending time with family and friends or finding something for date night, there’s something for everyone.

Bronx Zoo

Clocking in at 265 acres and 6,000 animals, the Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in the United States. The animals are kept in natural environments, and guests are made to feel as if they are hiking through woods as opposed to walking in a zoo.

Rockaway Beach

This beach and boardwalk located in Queens is a hot spot year-round for locals and tourists alike. It’s also New York’s only legal surfing beach!

Montauk Tours

There are a variety of different cruises and boating experiences people can have off the coast of Montauk, from leisurely midday sailing tours to stargazing events.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

Observe the natural environments of Long Island and educate yourself about the history of the area’s Native American population. There’s even an interactive woodland village onsite, along with gardens that attract local birds and butterflies.

Discovery Museum’s Adventure Park

Located not too far away in Connecticut, the Adventure Park offers zip lines and fun climbing experiences through courses configured by rope, cable, and wood. Keep your eyes out for special events like Glow in the Park.

If you need a stylish vehicle to get you to these outdoor attractions, come check out our lineup at Wantagh Mazda.


Pro Tips: How to Drive on Long Island

Do you love Long Island, but sometimes hate driving  in the area? At Wantagh Mazda, we are right there with you. Here are a few ways you can de-stress and make the most of your time spent behind the wheel on beautiful Long Island.

 

  • Avoid driving west in the morning. West takes you toward the city, which just so happens to be where everyone with four wheels is heading at that time of day.
  • Avoid driving east in the afternoon and early evening. By this time the commuters are on their way home from the city, and they’re in a rush to relax and watch a few episodes of something online. Stay out of their way and put off your east-bound night drive until moonrise.
  • Pick the parkways. There are both parkways and expressways on Long Island, but only vehicles with passenger plates are allowed on parkways. This means less fumes, less rumbling trucks, and more easy-cruising for you – the perfect drive on Long Island!
  • For east and west travel, take: Ocean Parkway, Montauk Highway, Sunrise Highway, NY Route 25 or 25A, and the Southern State Parkway.
  • For north and south travel, take: Cross Island Parkway, Meadowbrook State Parkway, Wantagh State Parkway, Bethpage State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Nichols Road.

Next time it’s a beautiful night for a drive on Long Island, don’t hesitate to hop in your vehicle of choice. Enjoy the sea breeze and open road, and, as always, drive safe!