Custom Mazda Vehicles Debut at Tokyo Auto Salon

Auto shows are often a place for manufacturers to get a little experimental, with brand names often showing off heavily-modified versions of existing models or wildly futuristic concepts. Mazda got in on the craze when it showed up to the Tokyo Auto Salon with two custom Mazda vehicles – more specifically, a modified CX-5 and MX-5 Miata. Tokyo Auto Salon is similar to the United States’ SEMA show so Mazda went all-out giving their entries an extra layer of cool.

Mazda at auto show

The 2017 CX-5 hasn’t debuted on the mass-market yet, having just been revealed about a month ago in Los Angeles. Consequently, Mazda decided to build up even more hype for the crossover by adding more sporty accents to the exterior, such as modified side mirrors, a different front and rear bumper, side skirts, height-adjustable suspension, and 20-inch wheels.

Two MX-5 Miatas are coming along for the show, too. One of them boasts similar upgrades as the 2017 CX-5 – sportier design elements and, inside, Alcantara leather trim – while the other features a Classic Red paint job that gives the MX-5 Miata a nostalgic vibe, recalling the car’s US debut in 1989.

Other custom Mazda vehicles said to make an appearance will be a rumored CX-3 model, as well as the Global MX-5 Cup race car.

Safer Driving Habits for New Year’s Resolutions

We all get used to driving after a certain point, especially if we take the same boring commute day after day. As a result, we stop paying as much attention as we should, or start cutting corners to get home faster. That’s why, if you’re still stuck on a resolution for 2017, you should consider making a goal to practice safer driving habits like one of these.

No Speeding: We’ve all done it. You may not think there’s much harm in going five or ten over the speed limit, but where do you draw the line? Slow down and pay attention to your surroundings.

Maintain Your Car: Keeping up with regular service appointments may seem like a hassle, but you’ll wish you’d done it when you’re on the side of the road with engine trouble.

Use Your Blinker: Don’t be that guy. When changing lanes or making turns, use your turn signal to let other drivers know where you’re headed.

Minimize Distractions: Messing with the radio, eating, drinking – all of these count as distractions behind the wheel.

No Phone Usage: This piggybacks off the last point. We know the hazards of texting and driving, but try to avoid phone calls, too.

Safer driving habits don’t just keep you safe, but they protect other drivers and model good behavior for your kids, too.

How to Keep Your Car Organized

For many people, life is hectic, and there isn’t always time left over to take care of the little things like staying organized. The best way to do it is to make it a part of your daily habits so that it comes naturally. Here are just a few easy tips on how to keep your car organized.

Repurpose Old Items

If you have a couple of extra remote caddies lying around your house, think about some different ways that you can use them to keep your car nice and clean. One way to use them is to attach them to the backs of the front seats to store little things that would get strewn about otherwise.

Use Folders

Ever opened your glove box to a huge mess of papers? Use folders and dockets to organize all of the papers in your glove box so that you don’t have to search and search for your registration.

Get Creative

Start looking at your car in different ways. One thing you can do is to fill a travel mug with tissues so that you can put the tissues in a cup holder.How To Keep Your Car Organized

By using your brain and getting a little bit creative, there are hundreds of ways to hack your car into a clean, organized machine.

 

How to Prepare Your Car for the Winter

As we move through the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in all of the festivities and fun. Unfortunately, this means that sometimes we forget to take care of the little things, like readying your vehicle for winter. Here is how to prepare your car for the cold to keep both you and your car safe.

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Prepare your car and yourself for the winter

While the snow is great during the holiday season, the salt that comes along with it does serious damage to cars if the proper steps are not taken. To prevent damage from the salt, it’s important to winterize your car. In the beginning of the winter season, wash and wax your car thoroughly to keep the exterior of your car from rusting. Do this once every month or two to keep your car healthy.

Once you’ve taken care of the exterior of the car, put together an emergency kit just in case something should happen while you’re driving. This kit includes things like a warm blanket, extra clothes, a flashlight, flares, spare food, and anything else you think you may need in the event of an emergency.

 By taking these few simple steps, you ensure the health of both you and your vehicle for many years to come.

New York Winter Getaways: Exploring the Region

Enjoy winter getaways in and around New YorkWinter is the perfect time to get some travelling done, especially in the area. With kids off school and vacation time to use up before the end of the year, take a drive to one of the many winter weekend getaways in the New York vicinity. Check out this list of New York winter getaways.

According to Travel and Leisure, one of the top places to visit is the Hudson River Valley. You can get a room in the historic Bear Mountain Inn, located just an hour north of the city. Nearby is Hyde Park, home to FDR’s home, Bear Mountain, and a range of museums on the Revolutionary War blockade.

Stop by Montauk if you’re looking for some scenic views. There is an 11-acre resort in the northwest corner of Long Island, as well as the extensive State Park. Montauk also has a lighthouse with stunning views of the bay, ocean, and a range of wildlife. Bird watchers will love it.

Finally, drive to Boston. If you have never been to Beantown, you must visit the Lenox Hotel, the Isabela Stewart Gardner Museum, and more. Get food at Mike’s Pastry or Maria’s Pastry in the North End. You can get famous seafood at Neptune Oyster, and the Freedom Trail is known for its history and walking tours. Though obviously not in New York, Boston is the perfect getaway for the winter.

 

New Mazda CX-5 Design: A Stunning New Crossover Style

Mazda CX-5 designThe new Mazda CX-5 is premiering at the LA Auto Show in late November, showcasing the latest in the brand’s engineering. This sleek and sporty crossover SUV is ideal for any driver, with a rugged exterior, roomy interior, and the latest technologies. Plus, the new Mazda CX-5 design has some truly stunning improvements for the latest model year.

According to Mazda, the new CX-5 will have a range of new features. This includes an impressive 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter engine with a geared automatic transmission. The CX-5 also builds on the existing Mazda platform, using the ever-popular KODO—Soul of Motion design. Drivers just can’t get enough of the new CX-5.

“Compact crossovers are the most important vehicles in most automakers portfolios these days,” said John Goreham at Torque News. “Aside from trucks, compact crossovers are the largest segment now, ahead of both compact and midsize cars in sales. Mazda’s CX-5 outsells the Miata by more than ten to one and is ahead of Mazda’s second-leading seller, the Mazda3, by a full of month of sales at this point in the year.”

Other new features include improved fenders, dramatic wheels, and a longer hood. A three-row seating setup is ideal for large families, while a tall ride height is perfect for those looking to go off road. We can’t wait to see the new CX-5 in action.

Should You Get Winter Tires This Year, and Why?

Get Winter TiresThe winter months are finally approaching, and you know what that means: snow, and lots of it. Luckily, there is one easy way that you can prepare for wintery roads, regardless of what sort of vehicle you drive.

With winter tires, your chances of driving through the snow without a slip or a loss of traction are much, much higher, especially compared to standard, all-season tires, with which most vehicles tend to operate.

Winter tires are designed specifically for snow and ice, though they also perform beautifully on dry roads. Compare this design to that of all-season tires, which aim to tackle each season as best as possible, sacrificing winter integrity.

Not only are winter tires better for driving in the snow and ice, but also, they are created with a different type of tread rubber that stays flexible at lower temperatures. Regular tires tend to freeze up and even deflate when the temperatures get cool.

If you drive on all-season tires this winter, you certainly won’t be doomed, but why risk it? If you are in a snowy area or have a snowy commute, consider switching it up this year with winter tires.

For more information on why you should get winter tires or to check out a winter-ready vehicle, contact us or visit us anytime at Wantagh Mazda.

Price and Pre-Order Info for Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition Revealed

We have been waiting on the release of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF  Launch Edition for months, and now, Mazda has finally revealed many of its details, including its price.

The MX-5 Miata RF is a lot like the standard Miata roadster, except its fastback top can retract surprisingly quickly, compared to the regular Miata’s manual cloth softtop. Want to put the top down while you are driving? No problem!

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition

The model is also surprisingly affordable, with a starting price of just $34,785. Plus, for a $500 refundable deposit, Mazda is accepting pre-orders right now. You will have to act fast, as Mazda is only securing 1,000 pre-ordered models.

Plans for the vehicle’s actual delivery are slated for February 2017, so drivers can start off their spring season in style with their brand new MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition. How better to enjoy the warm weather than with the retractable fastback?

If you want to learn more about the upcoming Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Launch Edition, or if you want to check out a few of the many available Mazda models we have available in the meantime, contact us or visit us anytime at Wantagh Mazda.

New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips from Wantagh Mazda on Long Island

Taking care of a new car is an easy task to accomplishment thanks to modern engineering. Most cars don’t need routine maintenance for thousands of miles. There’s still work to be done to ensure your car runs in tip-top shape in the later years though! Here are a few new car care tips to help you in the long run from us here at Wantagh Mazda!

  • Read – Learning about your car is one of the best things you can do. Knowledge is power, after all. Start by flipping through your owner’s manual and read up on the important points, especially things you may end up doing yourself in the future. Make sure to mark the service schedule as well!
  • Drive – It’s important to break an engine in the right way. Avoid flooring it and idling for long periods of time. Drive normally and your engine will run like a dream for years to come..
  • Insure – If you chose to forego gap insurance, it might be time to reconsider. The last thing any driver wants is to get into an accident early into their car’s lifespan. If the car is totaled and you don’t have sufficient insurance, you’re stuck paying for a car you no longer own. That’s a situation no driver wants to be in.

For more new car care tips, contact one of our service specialists at Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, NY

2017 Mazda6 Design: Stunning Athleticism and Luxury

The 2017 Mazda6 design is better than ever. Thanks to some innovative advancements, this model is getting a sharp new look and some exclusive features. Building on the upscale interior which features the KODO Soul of Motion design, the style of this vehicle is both athletic and sophisticated. You won’t be able to takes your eyes off this new model.

According to Mazda, the Mazda6 has been thoroughly updated inside and out. Some design features include 19-inch alloy wheels, leatherette seating, and dual-zone climate control. There are also some rear vents to regulate airflow, and innovative rain-sensing wipers to ensure visibility. Full LED lighting also adds a touch of class, and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) will ensure you can always see.

2017 Mazda6 design - See it at Wantagh Mazda on Long Island

For those looking for added sophistication and refinement, there is the Mazda6 Grand Touring. This trim level comes with navigation to help keep you up to date, as well as leather-trimmed and perforated seating. On top of that, LED fog lights and a signature grille set you apart. You also get a rear lip spoiler and dark alloy wheels.

This award-winning model is getting some sleek upgrades, though this model already looks incredible. Frequently rated as the most striking vehicle on the market, the new Mazda6 is setting itself apart once again.

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