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 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!
The Mazda MX-5 was the only vehicle to win two awards in the 2016 World Car Awards: It was named the World Car of the Year as well as the World Car Design of the Year. The World Car Awards were established in 2004 by a group of journalists, with the World Design Award being established two years later.
This year, the awards were determined by a 73 journalists from 23 different countries, who narrowed finalists for the World Car of the Year down to the MX-5, the Audi A4, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. The panel announced the MX-5 was the winner on March 24 at the New York International Auto Show.
The MX-5’s other win, the World Car Design of the Year, marks it as the first Japanese car to win the award in the award’s 10 years of existence. The World Car Awards established this award to recognize innovation in automotive design. Mazda’s General Manager of Design Ikuo Maeda said the award is “proof that our designs can connect with people all over the world.”
The Mazda CX-9 is setting new standard for sophisticated styling, especially since this model just won the EBONY Luxury Vehicle Award. Playfully nicknamed “Pretty Boy” by EBONY, the CX-9 has a new refined exterior, as well as an impressive interior trim selection. If you want luxury, look no further than the 2016 Mazda CX-9 – available Summer 2016.
This model year offers a new Signature trim level, which, according to Mazda, includes Nappa leather, rosewood, real aluminum trim, and a spacious interior. Mazda also utilizes a unique KODO design philosophy, or Soul of Motion, which heightens sleek curves and bold lines. Best of all, LED lighting, 20-inch wheels, and signature grille lighting add extra appeal.
“From its proud grille to its dual exhaust, and everything in between, we’ve designed a vehicle that paints the direction for where we want the Mazda brand to go, now and in the future,” said Julien Montousse, director of design, Mazda North American Operations. “We’re honored to be recognized by EBONY, as we believe CX-9 is a bold crossover that makes a statement in its segment.”
Luxury is about more than just leather seating and other premium material. The new CX-9 also features an intelligent SKYACTIV powertrain system, i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, and a host of driver assist technologies. This model is intelligent and refined, as well as incredible durable. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat of the new Mazda CX-9.
What makes a great family car? According to Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com, the most important features are just what you would expect: comfort, safety, reliability and value. With those simple criteria in mind, the two media partners determined the Best Family Cars of 2015.
Naturally, the Mazda3 made the list, scoring hits in every major area. The judges appreciated that the cabin, with a 5-passenger capacity, was “comfy, roomy, and inviting” for a budget car. They found the Mazda3 to be “stylish,” a rare characteristic for a family car.
The Skyactiv engine in the Mazda3 offers fantastic fuel efficiency at 34/41 mpg, and yet the Mazda3 still outputs plenty of pep, helping to make the Mazda3 a “pleasure to drive.”
The fact that the Mazda3 received the Institute for Highway Safety’s highest honor, Top Safety Pick+, for 2015 certainly didn’t escape the attention of the judges—it was a major factor in the Mazda3’s inclusion on the list of Best Family Cars of 2015.
You can find a 2015 Mazda3 perfect for YOUR family here at Wantagh Mazda! We have plenty in stock!
While the exterior design of your car may be what first drew you in, it’s the inside that really counts. Recently, the 2016 Mazda6 was given a Ward’s Best Interiors award. It was one of only 10 all-new interiors to receive this award, which includes all vehicles, regardless of segment or cost.
“When it launched two years ago as a ‘14 model, we said the all-new Mazda6 was arguably the best-looking midsize sedan on the planet, inside and out,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor, WardsAuto World magazine, Mazda Press Release. “Today, that statement remains true as a refreshed Mazda6 arrives with interior upgrades that put this sedan farther ahead of its rivals. The center console and instrument panel have been expertly redesigned to incorporate a new display screen and human-machine interface that works wonderfully. Overall, the new Mazda6 interior looks and feels state-of-the-art.”
Sitting in the Mazda6, you will immediately be able to enjoy the comfortable seats. You will also notice the driver-centric design. Inside the Mazda6 Sport models, drivers and passengers will enjoy the Mazda Connect suite of infotainment features, including Bluetooth, Pandora radio, SiriusXM radio, navigation, and a Bose sound system. On the Grand Touring model, there is even an available heads-up display.
If the interior design and functionality of your new car is important to you, come check out the 2016 Mazda6 available now at Wantagh Mazda.
When it comes to evaluating which cars are the best in the industry, Kelley Blue Book® has quite a bit of experience. If you been car shopping for a short time or are simply a car enthusiast, you have likely heard of the KBB.com® “10 Best” awards. Recently, the auto experts released several of these lists and the 2015 Mazda CX-5 was named on two of the lists.
The awards say it all: the CX-5 is the perfect combination of functional and fun driving for an affordable price. We at Wantagh Mazda also happen to know the CX-5 provides the best fuel efficiency in its segment, so you don’t have to feel guilty as you enjoy taking the crossover out for drive over any terrain.
The editors at KBB.com stated, “The Mazda CX-5 compact SUV is among the most fun-to-drive, most stylish vehicles in its class. Optional all-wheel drive only adds to its abilities.”
Stop by Wantagh Mazda today for a test drive and let us know what you think of the 2015 Mazda CX-5.
Though reliability tests are often a good measure of how reliable a car actually is, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, cars that are reliable in real-life score poorly on tests, and conversely, sometimes unreliable cars score well on the tests. That’s why Consumer Reports came up with their brand Report Cards.
The Consumer Reports Report Cards offer a composite of an automaker’s average road-test score, including factors like overall fuel-efficiency, refinement, driving and handling dynamics, among others. These scores provide an overall view of an automaker’s reliability and predicted performance.
This year, Mazda scored as second-best among all auto brands, coming in second only behind Lexus. Every single Mazda model was graded above average for reliability, with the Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 boasting particularly high scores.
“SKYACTIV Technology sets Mazda apart, with strong, lightweight and efficient engineering that instills excellent fuel economy and standout handling in every one of our new-generation vehicles,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO in a statement. “Our innovation prowess allows us to keep pushing boundaries with our dramatic KODO—Soul of Motion designs and first-class technology and features, and we’re proud to be recognized for our efforts.”
This accomplishment is especially impressive for Mazda, since more than half of its lineup is brand new or went through redesigns in the last three years.
To learn more about Mazda’s exciting and reliable lineup, stop by Wantagh Mazda today!