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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Since it first rolled out for the 2016 model year, the Mazda CX-3 has been a premium choice for drivers looking for a versatile subcompact SUV that delivers big on features and overall value. The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is the most appealing iteration of this popular SUV to date, boasting a stunning design and more exhilarating power than ever before.
Everywhere you look, the 2019 CX-3 offers interesting and striking new design details. On the front end, a new grille design compliments the lower bumper chrome accents. Around back, all-new LED signature taillights leave a lasting impression.
Inside, the 2019 CX-3 offers more high-end options than in previous years, including full-leather seat surfaces, complete with prominent stitching and pleated piping. Additionally, the 2019 CX-3 is equipped with new seats altogether, which are wider and firmer for additional support.
One of the most exciting changes coming to the 2019 Mazda CX-3 is the retuned SKYACTIV-G® 2.0-liter engine, which will now deliver 148 horsepower and increased torque across the rpm range, with a maximum torque of 140 lb-ft.
Check in with Wantagh Mazda for more updates about the highly anticipated 2019 Mazda CX-3, set to arrive on dealership lots very soon.
Geneva’s Car Design Night is a gathering of some of the most futuristic concept cars that the automotive industry has to offer. This year was no exception, and the Mazda Vision Coupe concept car stole the show. It was named ‘Concept Car of the Year’ by a panel of judges.
The Mazda Vision Coupe concept made its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show back in October. It made another appearance at the recent 11th Car Design Night in Geneva and took home ‘Concept Car of the Year.’
“We are delighted once again to have Vision Coupe recognized with a global design award. And it’s truly an honor to have this model, which aims to express the essence of Japanese aesthetics, applauded by some of the world’s top car designers,” said Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s Managing Executive Officer of Design and Brand Style.
Car Design News, an international car design publication, hosts Car Design Night. The publication puts together an 18-judge panel who vote on their favorite concept cars. Many of the judges work as design directors for major automakers.
The Mazda Vision Coupe winning the ‘Concept Car of the Year’ title follows another major award. The concept car took home ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ at the Paris Motor Show not too long ago.
While many concept cars are just for show and never head to production, that isn’t the case for the Mazda Vision Coupe. Ikuo Maeda confirmed that the Vision Coupe’s design will show up in the lineup beginning in 2019.
Mazda CEO Masahiro Moro said point blank that “No steering wheel is not an option for us,” and went on to say that autonomous tech should be there to help drivers enjoy the car more, not make driver input impossible.
There are five levels of automation, ranging from hands-on automation like Adaptive Cruise Control (Level 1) and full autonomy in certain situations (Level 3) to Level 5, the steering wheel-free level that Mazda prefers to avoid.
Moro says that Level 4, where the car can drive safely in all situations without driver input, is as far as Mazda will go, and only if the technology allows “driving dynamics between the car and the driver.”
Mazda autonomous drive technology is still in development and won’t be available on Mazda vehicles for some time, but here at Wantagh Mazda, we’re thrilled that Mazda is dedicated to balancing its values with evolving technology and needs.
Mazda is a family-centric automaker that makes it a priority to offer vehicles designed for families of all ages and lifestyles. Traveling through the suburbs is a breeze in the Mazda CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9, but heading into New York City can be cause for concern. That’s why Mazda is packing in more safety features each and every year. Here’s a closer look at some Mazda SUV safety.
The latest addition to Mazda’s safety features comes in the form of Automatic Emergency Braking. The active safety technology will be standard on all new Mazda vehicles by September 2022. The system is currently standard or available on the Mazda CX-3 and CX-5.
Automatic Emergency Braking uses on-board radar and cameras to detect when a crash is imminent. Once a collision is detected, the system warns the drivers and adjusts the brakes for more rapid braking. If the driver fails to respond, the system will apply the brakes on its own.
Mazda SUV safety is growing with more active safety technologies making their way to the road each year. Automatic Emergency Braking improves driver safety by offering the capability to hit the brakes fast to avoid hitting pedestrians and other vehicles.
Federal Crash Test Results
Many consumers put much of their confidence in federal crash tests results. We here at Wantagh Mazda are happy to announce that the Mazda CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9 all earned Top Safety Pick+ Ratings, the highest rating possible, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Mazda CX-3 awards collection has filled up in the short two years it’s been on the market. Safe, efficient, and powerful, the CX-3 is a favorite in the compact crossover market and has been recognized across the board by prestigious organizations like KBB, Car and Driver, and more.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named both the 2016 and 2017 CX-3 as a Top Safety Pick+, meaning they performed well in crash tests and earned a good rating when equipped with front collision mitigation technology. This designation isn’t awarded easily, and it proves both Mazda’s dedication to creating safe vehicles and the CX-3’s outstanding engineering.
Car and Driver has recognized the CX-3 as a top pick in the subcompact crossover segment, citing its “can-do attitude” and “taut handling with edgy styling.” New York Daily News awarded the CX-3 its City SUV award in its first ever auto awards in 2016, and the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada named it the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.
The CX-3 is one of the best, most versatile vehicles in its segment, and we’re proud to sell it at Wantagh Mazda. If you’re interested in buying a new CX-3, stop by any time!