Explore the Night Sky This Summer with Elmo and Friends at Big Bird’s Adventure

Families in Long Island have multiple opportunities this spring and summer to catch Big Bird, Elmo, and their visitor from China, Hu Hu Zhu, at the One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure Daytime Planetarium Show. This educational event takes place at the Vanderbilt Museum, where there’s plenty to see and do, so it’s a perfect family outing for a rainy day or for a hot summer afternoon.

During the One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure Daytime Planetarium Show, the familiar hosts of Sesame Street will explore the night sky in a way that’s fun and entertaining for younger audiences. During the show, audience members will learn about the moon, the sun, the Big Dipper, and the North Star.

Dates for this planetarium show run from April 19, 2019 to August 31, 2019. Tickets must be purchased in person on the day of the show. Each ticket includes admission to the planetarium, as well as general access to many other portions of the museum, like the Hall of Fishes, the Memorial Wing, the Nursery Wing, and the Habitat & Stoll Wing. The Vanderbilt Museum is open 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the spring, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so come early and spend some time exploring and learning!

If you need a new vehicle to get to the museum, consider a new Mazda model from Wantagh Mazda.

Mazda Named U.S. News’ Best Car Brand

2018 Mazda CX-5 Front View

Every year, U.S. News releases a list of the best auto brands on the market, giving consumers the low-down on what the best options in the industry are. This year, the number one spot for the Best Car Brand went to Mazda.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to people who have been reading the list every year. Mazda has been the winner for the past three years in a row, proving that quality outdoes quantity every time. U.S. News even mentions Mazda’s relatively small lineup is “comprised of top-notch vehicles,” going on to praise the brand for its unparalleled driving dynamics for a low price.

The three Mazda vehicles U.S. News cites as major factors in the publication’s decision-making process include the compact Mazda3, the Mazda6 midsize sedan, and, of course, the popular MX-5 Miata sports car. It’s a diverse pool of top picks. The Mazda3 now comes in sedan and hatchback variants with a fun driving performance and a luxe cabin, while the family-friendly Mazda6 has a long list of standard features including blind-spot monitoring and an 8-inch touchscreen. And, of course, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata delivers high value, a fun driving experience, and amazing fuel economy as usual.

Having such a long list of award-winning, reputable vehicles for low price tags, it’s no wonder Mazda is U.S. News’ Best Car Brand of 2019. Here at Wantagh Mazda, we are proud to carry such an incredible car brand.

Mazda Announces the Return of Rotary Engines

Mazda has recently announced an upcoming offering on their 2020 vehicle lineup that is both new and a return to the past. Mazda plans to make use of a modern take on the Rotary engine, one of the earliest forms of internal combustion engines widely used in the early 1900s. Mazda will do this by installing Rotary engines as a range extender on their electric vehicles. Rotary engines were well known at the time of their most common use to be efficient and reliable for their size, but scaling up for more powerful vehicles proved difficult. As such, their use fell out of common practice.

Upscaling isn’t an issue when talking about a range extender for a mostly electric vehicle, so Mazda engineers have harnessed this reliability and flexibility and incorporated it into their upcoming model lineup. Also working for the Rotary engine’s favor is that they are nearly vibration free and have comparatively few moving parts compared to modern piston engines. The engine’s compact size also allows it to potentially be hidden away in a lower compartment along with the vehicle’s installed batteries.

By 2030, as part of their “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term technology development program, Mazda will have 95 percent of their vehicles as combustion-electric hybrids with the remaining 5 percent being purely electric.

To learn more about this new engine setup, contact our staff at Wantagh Mazda.

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Simple Tips to Prepare Your Mazda For Cold Weather Driving

 

Whether you’re behind the wheel of a Mazda CX-9, CX-5, or CX-3, you’re at a huge advantage when it comes to winter driving. With superior performance and safety features, your Mazda SUV is well equipped to handle difficult cold weather conditions. Even so, it’s important to take these precautions to prepare your Mazda for cold weather driving.

 

Wax and cover

Colder weather means more salt and snow on the roads. These can corrode your vehicle’s exterior so be sure to put on a coat of wax before winter hits and cover your car to protect it from the elements.

 

Battery

Cold weather puts additional strain on your battery. As temperatures drop, make sure your battery is fully charged. And if it is excessively corroded, replacing it now could save you from being stranded in the cold.

 

Tires

Crossovers and SUV are engineered to perform well in less than ideal conditions, but without proper maintenance, your car may not be able to hold up properly under tough conditions. Make sure tires are properly aligned and inflated before you hit the road in the ice or snow.

 

Emergency Kit

Be sure to keep emergency items such as blankets, a flashlight, an extra gas tank, and water in your car as winter approaches. A little preparation now will go a long way in the case of an emergency.

 

Follow these simple tips and don’t let winter keep you from driving safely this year. And to find the perfect vehicle for any time of year, stop by Wantagh Mazda today!