EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report Crowns Mazda for Highest Efficiency

EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report Crowns Mazda for Highest Efficiency
EPA Fuel Economy Trends Report Crowns Mazda for Highest Efficiency, Mazda6 Leads the Way!

When it comes to fuel economy, Mazda puts on an impressive performance. So impressive, in fact, that the automaker has had the highest fleet-wide adjusted fuel economy for the past two years. For the 2014 EPA Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends report, the automaker earned an average of 28.1 miles per gallon across its 2013 model lineup.

Mazda’s SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY enables the brand’s gasoline engines to maintain superior efficiency even amidst a field dotted with vehicles employing hybrid technology.

“Mazda has never been one to rest on its laurels, continuing to work hard, innovate and engineer vehicles that offer class-leading fuel economy in nearly every segment it competes in,” said Jim O’Sullivan, Mazda North American Operations president and CEO.

“Because the internal combustion engine is still used in more than 90 percent of the cars and SUVs sold in North America today, we chose to focus on perfecting both the operation and performance of the engine, as well as all the other systems and components that affect efficiency. Offering this technology – at an affordable price – to every consumer will help to improve our overall environmental impact.”

With Mazda’s currently available 2015 models – the CX-5, Mazda6, and all-new Mazda3 – reaching fuel efficiency in the 35 to 41 mpg range, we at Wantagh Mazda will continue to provide our customers with vehicles boasting even greater fuel economy than the top-ranking 2013 models.

Fun Fall Activities on Long Island for the Whole Family

Fun Fall Activities on Long Island for the Whole Family
Fun Fall Activities on Long Island for the Whole Family

The leaves are changing on Long Island and there are plenty of fun fall activities that you and your family will love! Here are Wantagh Mazda’s must-see festivities to help you welcome the new season!

Old Westbury Gardens has been spook-a-fied for Halloween with a 5,000 plus hand-carved pumpkin exhibit called “Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns”. The decorative pumpkins stretch for a quarter of a mile and showcase the talents of professional artists and sculptors. The display opens on October 16. Get ticket pricing and the complete set of dates here.

The Long Island Children’s Museum is hosting the Ghostly Gala on October 25, from 6 to 9 pm, which is the perfect time for your children to show off their costumes! There will be goody bag decorating, trick-or-treating, face painting, crafts, animals to observe, and so much more! Get tickets in advance for $9 from the museum’s website.

Head on over to The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center for “Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks” on November 1 in the early afternoon to celebrate the Day of the Dead. There will be trick-or-treating, a haunted house, face painting, crafts and games, hay rides, and pumpkin painting.

Mazda Set Sales Records with CX-5 and Mazda6 in September

Mazda Set Sales Records with CX-5 and Mazda6 in September
Mazda Set Sales Records with CX-5 and Mazda6 in September

September was a great month for Mazda. In fact, Mazda set sales records for both the CX-5 and the Mazda6. Total vehicle sales in the United States were up 6.7 percent over last year with 23,980 vehicles delivered.

“The past two years have seen a September sales month without the Labor Day holiday, which can present a challenge for our dealers, yet we still reported a year-over-year increase,” said Ron Stettner, vice president of sales, MNAO, in a statement. “Sales growth continues to be the product of strong dealer support and SKYACTIV Technology, specifically the quality, fuel efficiency, technology and value found in Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5.”

With 4,263 vehicles sold, the Mazda6 had its best September since 2005—a 34.6 percent increase over September 2013 sales. The CX-5 also had a great month, with a 28.9 percent year-over-year jump driven by the 8,097 units sold.

Helping to boost Mazda’s overall sales is its innovative Skyactiv Technology, which boosts performance and fuel efficiency at the same time. More than 84 percent of Mazda vehicles sold in September were equipped with Skyactiv Technology.

Come check out the fuel efficient, stylish, and high-performing Mazda lineup available here at Wantagh Mazda.

Mazda Chair Makes Way for Potential Mazda Design Brand

Would you buy a chair designed by Mazda? What about other furniture, gadgets, or apparel? Mazda’s global design boss, Ikuo Maeda, sure hopes so, and is giving a Mazda Design line a try, starting with a futuristic new metal and leather chair.

Merchandise lines and designer goods are part of a strategy typically associated with upscale brands. As a part of Mazda’s long term plan, the automaker hopes to make strides toward raising transaction prices, minimizing incentives, and boosting resale values. Creating a near-premium image with high-end materials, better interiors, flashy sheet metal, and must-have merchandise could help.

Porsche AG, for example, founded the Porsche Design Group to design, create, and sell an array of products – from $475 driving shoes to $900 puffy vests adorned with the Porsche logo.

As of now, Mazda has only created the one chair, called the Kodo chair – in reference to the automaker’s new, curvy design language. The chair is modern, sleek, and artsy, and is made of high-end metal and leather. The chair features four legs, and is reminiscent of the driver’s seat in a race car.

The Mazda chair was first exhibited at last year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, a leading global furniture fair in Milan. At that time Mazda released a statement saying, “Painstakingly crafted, there are distinct parallels between the chair and Mazda models with the Kodo design, such as the ready-to-pounce, forward-leaning stance conveying the sudden release of pent-up energy.”

Right now, there is no word on if a Mazda designer goods line will ever actually be launched, but Mazda is certainly feeling out its options. Maeda said he hopes to build more chairs to be sold, and then branch into other fashionable goods: “Not only furniture, but I’d like to build a Mazda Design brand. That’s my dream.”

Would you buy the Kodo chair? Tell us what you think in the comments!