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 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.
The automotive market is always on the move. There is still a lot of 2017 to go, but 2018 is creeping up, and there are already some 2018 models available. Mazda has big plans for its 2018 model year. In fact, the 2018 Mazda updates include an all-new three-row crossover called the CX-8 along with updates for the CX-5 and CX-9.
The CX-8 is bound for the Japanese market and will be shorter and narrower than the large CX-9 model sold here in the United States. We Americans like things a bit bigger, which is why Mazda is just sending the CX-8 to Japan. As for the American 2018 CX-9, it should get a few exterior updates including new LED headlights.
One exciting change for the 2018 CX-5 is the addition of a diesel engine option. This engine promises to deliver a fun-to-drive, fuel-saving experience that experienced drivers should love. Additionally, it should have a sportier, more sculpted exterior design.
Here at Wantagh Mazda, we can’t wait to see what the 2018 Mazda model year will bring. We expect to see some of these models start rolling in as early as this fall. Which 2018 Mazda model are you most looking forward to?