Mazda Announces New Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup

Mazda Announces New Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup
Mazda Announces New Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup

The SEMA show went over well for Mazda, thanks in large part to its new sponsor relationship with Battery Tender. Mazda announced that their new racing series will be named the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.

The 2015 racing series will go on for six weekends, all of them being doubleheader weekends, supporting TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Verizon IndyCar Series, and the NASCAR XFINITY. This past year saw Kenton Koch as the champion, receiving the Mazda Scholarship that allows him to go up in the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy.

The new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will make its racing debut during a new Global Cup racing series, which will run in three continents: North America, Europe and Asia. This new series will feature multiple races worldwide that will have identical MX-5 Miata models racing against each other. The grand prize will be a test run in Mazda’s new prototype racing car.

Wantagh Mazda will be ready and waiting for the new racing series to start. When everything kicks off, we’ll keep you posted on the new Miata series and the racing series, too. Be sure to check back for more!

New Crossover Mazda CX-3 To Debut In LA

New Crossover Mazda CX-3 Shares a Lot with Mazda2
New Crossover Mazda CX-3 Shares a Lot with Mazda2

In the auto world, there is nothing wrong with being fashionably late. That’s why Mazda waited until the last big auto show of the year, the LA Auto Show, to pull back the curtain on its first compact SUV. The new crossover Mazda CX-3 will represent the automaker in what Motoring.com calls “the fastest growing new vehicle segment,” the crossover segment.

Using the Mazda2 hatchback as a template, the CX-3 will share a lot of the same basic structure. According to Motoring.com, “that means a higher ride height, new body panels and chunkier, off-road style appendages.” It also means the CX-3 will have a SKYACTIV chassis. Under the hood, it will have a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. Mated to this powertrain will be either a 6-speed manual or automatic.

The new crossover Mazda CX-3 will include the car manufacturer’s awesome safety package, the i-ACTIVSENSE, and boast Mazda’s proprietary infotainment system, MZD Connect. The Mazda CX-3 will go on sale in 2015, and we here at Wantagh Mazda look forward to its debut!

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!

Mazda STEM Program Reaches over 10,000 Students with Interactive Events

The Mazda Motor Corporation, and Mazda Motorsports especially, both understand that life is about more than just cars and trucks. Here at Wantagh Mazda, we can attest to the fact that working with Mazda is a holistic experience, and it’s an experience that the brand has been sharing with students around the company, thanks to a Mazda STEM program.

The program, called the Racing Accelerates Creative Education (R.A.C.E.) program, provides students with interactive events and presentations, hoping to inspire them to great accomplishments and full, successful lives. Now, the R.A.C.E. program has presented its positive message to over 10,000 students across the nation.

“This STEM program has been one of the most rewarding things we’ve done at Mazda Motorsports,” enthused John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports and driving force behind Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM initiative. “We’re happy to report that our future is in good hands as the students that we’ve been fortunate enough to interact with are demonstrating the drive, initiative and curiosity that it takes to convert STEM education into global innovation.”

To hear more about the efforts of the people involved in the R.A.C.E. program, or to check out our great inventory, come see us at Wantagh Mazda today.

The Very Pet-Friendly Mazda 5

The Very Pet-Friendly Mazda5
The Very Pet-Friendly Mazda5

Dog-lovers should know that next week is “National Dog Week”! What dog doesn’t enjoy riding in a quality automobile that seems, maybe a little, built just for the little four-legger? Edmunds composed a list of the top pet-safe vehicles. Featured on that list was the Mazda5.

Our furry friends will appreciate many features of this compact minivan. First of all, there are the side-curtain airbags in every row of seating. Pet safety seats can be fastened to pre-installed anchors in the last two rows of seating. The cargo floor sits low to the ground, so dogs don’t have to leap too high just to join us for a ride. The feature our pets will wag their tail at most? The Mazda5’s sliding rear doors, an inviting pet-friendly feature.

The Mazda5 also has features that humans will find just as attractive. For instance, it has automatic climate control and power accessories in the base Sport version. The midlevel Touring version adds foglights and a trip computer. The addition of heated front seats and leather interior can be found in the Grand Touring model.

Visit Wantagh Mazda to explore all of the elements that make the Mazda 5 a pet-friendly ride and great vehicle all-around!

Speculation on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Engine

Speculation on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Engine
Speculation on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Engine

We have FINALLY met the next-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata with the reveal in New York, and have gotten a peak at the mysterious new engine everyone was wondering about. However, our curiosity hasn’t been fully satisfied by what we got to see about the engine – some engine specs have yet to be disclosed.

There is no doubt that the new Miata will be powered by a Skyactiv inline four-cylinder, but we don’t know anything about the displacement. Will it be the 2.0-liter or the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G from the lower and upper-end trims of the Mazda3 and the CX-5? We had also expected a turbocharger, but it seems to still be missing in the first glimpses we’ve gotten of the engine in photos of one of the display cars.

Here are our guesses: the 2.0-liter is the most likely out of the options, since we know that the new MX-5 Miata is significantly lighter (dropping 220 pounds from the current year model). If we’re right, it generates 155 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque – however, there very well could be updates with new heads and revised airflow that could boost those figures closer to the 2.5-liter’s 184 hp and 185 lb-ft outputs. We’re excited to find out for sure when the new model make it to our lot!

Stay tuned to Wantagh Mazda for more on the new 2016 MX-5 Miata!

The Long-Awaited 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reveal

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Revealed
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Revealed (2014 model pictured)

Well folks, it’s finally here. We’ve been waiting for months now to see the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Mazda has teased us with spoilers and little tidbits about the car, like the chassis reveal at the New York Auto Show in April. This is one car reveal that was well publicized – the anticipation couldn’t have been higher.

For anyone who didn’t see the live reveal via live Youtube feed on September 3, we’ve got the scoop for you.

The Miata is all about fun and it just got FUNNER! The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is lighter, sportier and more efficient. What’s not to love? This 25th anniversary model is definitely worth celebrating!

LIGHTER

The 2016 Miata is lighter than the previous model by 200 pounds. Everything on the car is light and track-worthy, even the wheels.

SPORTIER

The 2016 Miata is like a luxury race car. The convertible roof and leather seats put the driver in the lap of luxury. But the rest of the car is definitely all about racing. It hugs the ground and is aerodynamic, and has a little more attitude in its appearance.

EFFICIENT

Mazda has, of course, added their signature SkyActiv technology to the 2016 model, which gives the car better engine performance and fuel economy.

The 2016 Miata can’t get to dealerships soon enough! We can’t wait to test drive it! But in the meantime, visit us here at Wantagh Mazda to test drive the 2014 Miata, OR any of the great vehicles in the current Mazda lineup.