Keyless Mazda3 Hatchback “Traps” Elderly New Zealand Couple Inside

Keyless Mazda3 hatchback

An elderly couple living in New Zealand had a Guy Fawkes Day they’ll never forget this past November. That was when the couple, Brian and Mollieanne Smith, found themselves “locked” inside their new keyless Mazda3 hatchback, which was parked it in their garage. They left the keyless transponder fob outside of the vehicle, and assumed that because they had done so, they couldn’t just… you know… open the door. Well, you know what happens when you assume…

Instead of just opening the door, the couple assumed they were trapped and began honking their horn, hoping someone would hear it and come help. But it was Guy Fawkes Day, and fireworks drowned out the sound of their Mazda’s horn. They even tried to break the windows of their brand new car with a car jack, but were weakened by shortness of breath. Finally they were “rescued” the next morning by their neighbors. Now that the couple realizes their mistake, they’ve taken to “spreading awareness” about the “dangers” of keyless vehicles.

As long as you possess a little common sense, the Mazda3 is actually a great (and very safe) car to own. Stop by Wantagh Mazda and test drive one today – we promise we won’t let you get “trapped” inside.

Kyle Loustaunau Wins $100,000 Scholarship in Mazda Club Racer Shootout

Mazda Club Racer Kyle Loustaunau Wins in Miata Championship
Mazda Club Racer Kyle Loustaunau Wins in Miata Championship

The annual Mazda Club Racer Shootout has a new champion, and he couldn’t have won it in more trying conditions.

Kyle Loustaunau from Vacaville, California, had won the 2014 NASA Western States Spec Miata Championship to earn his way into the shootout. On the day of the competition, he faced seven other championship-level club racers at Buttonwillow Raceway Park.

Despite a year of record drought in California, it was pouring rain that day at Buttonwillow, and the eight drivers never had a chance to equip their BFGoodrich g-Force R1-S slicks.

Kyle maneuvered through the rain expertly and was judged to be the best of the best among the Mazda-powered club racers. For his prize, he received a $100,000 scholarship package to compete in the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup—the largest prize ever in all of grassroots motorsports!

On behalf of Wantagh Mazda—congratulations Kyle! We hope to see you win more events in the future!

Mazda Motorsports Participates in North America’s Longest Road Race

Mazda Motorsports Participates in North America's Longest Road Race
Mazda Motorsports Participates in North America’s Longest Road Race in Mazda6 Vechicles

Its Mazda factory guys versus Mazda dealers in this year’s National Auto Sport Association (NASA)’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance – America’s longest endurance road race. Last year, Mazda dealers faced off with Mazda factory employees, and when the dealers finished ahead of the factory guys, they earned bragging rights for the year. In this year’s race (held on December 6th and 7th), the factory was looking for revenge.

The race runs for 25 hours straight, and was streamed live from inside the Mazda6 racecars at www.MazdaLIVE.com. The Mazda6 cars remained nearly stock vehicles, except a few chances required for it to be allowed to race, including the removal of the interiors to accommodate an Anthony Woodford Racing roll-cage, the addition of a Sparco Pro-ADV racing seat , Safecraft racing seatbelts, and plumbed-in fire systems and AIM MXL Pista dashes and data acquisition.

In addition, a recent news release notes that “under the skin, the SKYACTIV-D diesel engine has seen some upgrades since last year, with help from Derrick Ambrose and the team at CorkSport, Mazda performance specialists.  A cold-air intake, larger intercooler, aluminum radiator and custom tune should mean the Mazda6s will offer serious performance, as well as outstanding fuel economy, as they fight for the E1-class podiusm.”

At the time of the writing of this post, the official Thunderhill results have not been posted. Check out www.nasa25hour.com/past-results. To find out who took home bragging rights this year: dealers or factory guys.

If you’re looking for a true performance vehicle that boasts serious endurance and dependability, stop by Wantagh Mazda today!

New Mazda CX-5 Interior Gets Complete Overhaul

Mazda CX-5 interior

The CX-5 is already an award winner, receiving multiple accolades for its leading design as the best SUV on the market, but in 2016 this cream-of-the-crop SUV is getting even better.

The Mazda CX-5 interior has long been its weakest feature. Mazda has listened to the complaints and taken them to heart, announcing that the interior of the CX-5 will receive a major overhaul in the 2016 model.

The concept model, unveiled at the LA Auto Show last month, displayed a much more luxurious interior and improved design. The exposed stitching on the vehicle’s supple seats was a clear indicator of the attention to detail that Mazda paid when redesigning this vehicle.

Another clear difference is that the infotainment screen has no longer been fixed in the dashboard, a clear ode to the BMW’s design, adding to the feeling of luxury.

We at Wantagh Mazda are excited about this step towards enhanced comfort and luxury that our brand is making to improve your Mazda driving experience.

Mazda Drive For Good Going on Now

Mazda Drive For Good

During the holiday season, most people feel more generous, and that includes Mazda. Mazda is once again bringing back its popular Mazda Drive For Good charity event. Now through January 2, 2015, Mazda will donate $150 for every new Mazda sold or leased.

Mazda is even taking it a step further, and will volunteer one hour of service for every test drive. Those service hours will be fulfilled by Mazda employees, dealers, and business partners in 2015.

“We are excited to have increased the donation amount for the 2014 Mazda Drive for Good charity event,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO, in a statement. “Mazda donated more than $2.7 million last year and while we know the charity partners were appreciative, we always want to do more. However, no Mazda charity event would be complete without rolling up our sleeves and lending a helping hand by donating an hour of charitable service for every test drive.”

Customers will get to choose among four national organizations for the $150 donation: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Mazda Foundation. In addition, Mazda gave regional dealerships the chance to choose a local charity. If you lease or purchase a new Mazda from Wantagh Mazda, you can add Autism Speaks to the list of charitable options.

Are you planning on buying or leasing a new Mazda this holiday season? Which charitable organization will you choose?