All-New Mazda2 SubCompact Produced in Japan

All-New Mazda2 SubCompact Produced in Japan
All-New Mazda2 SubCompact Produced in Japan (2014 model pictured)

Mazda has recently unveiled the new-generation of the Mazda2 subcompact car, and we’re excited that it will come with all the latest of Mazda’s innovative design and engineering. We have the scoop for you here!

The Mazda2 is experiencing its first redesign in seven years, and is joining ranks with the new-generation Mazda CX-5, Mazda3, and Mazda6. It will be the fourth vehicle in the automaker’s lineup to feature Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and the signature design language, KODO – Soul of Motion.

In a video reveal of the new Mazda2, Mazda president and CEO, Masamichi Kogai, stated that “these new models incorporate Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY that improves not only the engine but also the transmission, the body, and the chassis to revolutionize fundamental performance; KODO – Soul of Motion design; our most advanced safety technologies; and our new connectivity system. The new Mazda2 integrates all of these innovative Mazda technologies into a sleek, compact body.”

We’re very excited about the Mazda2 with its new redesign and integrative technology, and can’t wait to test drive it! The model is currently being built at the Mazda Hofu Plant No. 1 in Japan, and it will be shipped to dealerships globally this fall. We’ll be sure to let you know when the all-new Mazda2 arrives here at Wantagh Mazda, so stay tuned!

Best States for Teen Driving

It’s not a surprise to hear that automobile accidents are a leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Administration has studied the phenomena and found that immaturity and inexperience are the primary factors that lead to teen car accidents. No surprise there either. But unfortunately, there’s no magic solution to this. No easy route to protect your kids. The only real solution is time and gaining more experience. However, another recent study found that some states are safer than others for teen driving.

There is good news for those of us here on Long Island and in Wantagh! The new study by wallethub.com found that our own state of New York is the safest state for teen driving; Hawaii is a close second. Who came in last? It might surprise you – South Dakota.

Wallethub’s study measures 16 key metrics to rank the states for safety. They consider the number of teen drivers in each state, the average cost of car repairs, impaired-driving laws, and teen driver fatalities, among others. Each state is ranked in three categories: safety conditions, economic environment and driving laws, and then compared as a whole.

No matter which state you’re in, summer is notoriously the most dangerous season for teen drivers. Many teens are getting their new license, and are out of school with fewer responsibilities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the monthly average last year for teen deaths on roadways was 235. This year, deaths have spiked to 276 in June and 290 in July.

While there’s no easy fix to keep your kids safe behind the wheel, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a difference. Statistics have shown that parents who are active in their kids’ driving education are more likely to raise safe drivers. Other factors include staying aware of where your kids are and what they’re doing. It is even suggested that making your kids wait to get their licenses could help.

If you’re looking for a safe and reliable car for your teen, stop by Wantagh Mazda today!

Mazda Named Official Partner of Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

We don’t know about you, but for us, music is one of the few things that makes running not absolutely terrible. Listening to one of your favorite upbeat songs while pounding the pavement can make the miles pass just a little faster. That’s why we’re so happy that Mazda North American Operations has recently announced that they have been named the Official Automotive Partner of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.

“Mazda is a brand built on passion,” said Russell Wager, Mazda’s vice president of marketing. “Expanding our relationship with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series allows us to meet customers within their existing passion-points of music and running, all to build a natural affinity between their interests and our vehicles.”

The Marathon Series combines running and entertainment, and will provide performances by live bands at every mile along the running course, as well as cheerleaders encouraging runners throughout the race. There will always be a post-race headliner concert.

Now the remaining Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon Series events in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, San Antonio, and Las Vegas, among other cities, will also see a more significant presence of the Mazda brand at the events. Mazda will have activities at each event for the marathon participants, including ride-and-drive opportunities and pre-race activities.

If running isn’t your thing, but you’re wanting to try a Mazda vehicle out for yourself, have no fear! Stop in to Wantagh Mazda today for a test drive!

Tips for Traveling with Your Pets

Tips for Traveling with Your Pets
Tips for Traveling with Your Pets

It’s hard to believe that July is already well upon us! Independence Day has come and gone. It’s the time of year that families are making plans for those last minute road trips for the summer. If you have a summer road trip on your horizon, make sure to prepare your vehicle for the road ahead while you’re making plans and reservations and packing up everything. You’ve got a lot on your plate, but make sure you don’t forget about your pet(s) during the whirlwind of getting ready! Sometimes, our furry friends unfortunately get lost in the mix of everything. We have a few tips for you to keep safety in mind when traveling with your pets.

  • You should always make sure that your pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations, but it’s especially important while traveling. It will protect them from airborne illnesses and other animals in different areas you’re traveling. Also bring with you their health records just in case of an emergency.
  • You would never forget to bring their food along during the trip. But remember to make it readily accessible while traveling. Also have water available and a travel bowl. Heat and/or anxiety can kick in while traveling and your pet will need water to cool off. And if it’s a long ride, they just need a refreshing drink just like you do!
  • We know it’s tempting if you’re traveling alone with your pet, but never put a pet carrier in the front passenger seat. Put small carriers on the floor if possible. For the safety of both of you.
  • If you have a larger dog, buckle them in using a harness. It’s not only important to keep them from distracting the driver, but it protects them in the incident of an accident.
  • NEVER leave animals unattended in your parked car in the summer heat. No excuses. Even if your windows are cracked and you think that there is a breeze to keep them cool, your car gets HOT inside. Even in the short time it takes you run inside a fast food restaurant to go to the bathroom and order a sandwich. Don’t believe us? Check out this video.

Be smart this summer, and don’t forget about your beloved pets! From your friends at Wantagh Mazda, have fun and be safe traveling!

2015 Mazda CX-5 even Better with Skyactiv

2015 Mazda CX-5 even Better with Skyactiv

Mazda has been planning the Skyactiv revolution for a long time now—and with the 2015 Mazda CX-5, that radical redefinition of the Mazda brand has finally exploded onto the scene. What makes the Skyactiv technology so powerful and different, then? While in “normal” cars, all the different systems under the hood—the chassis, drivetrain, suspension, etc—are designed separately, the Skyactiv system comes all as one integrated technology, which means the whole thing works in perfect harmony.

The Skyactiv suite technology isn’t just interesting for its groundbreaking integration. With Skyactiv, the 2015 model of the CX-5 is lighter, more efficient, and more powerful. The 2-15 CX-5 will be available in three trims levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The Sport runs on a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that gives you 155 horsepower when paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Plus, that engine provides great fuel economy—35 mpg highway and 26 mpg city.

The Hampshire Review says that the Mazda CX-5 is “an excellent choice for a young family or an empty-nester couple…it’s entertaining to drive, stylish to look at and illustrates that Skyactiv is more than a strange name.” Come visit us at Wantagh Mazda and we’ll let the CX-5 illustrate its greatness for you personally!