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Mazda – Engineered to Celebrate Driving !!!

Every Mazda was was built with the goal of bringing joy to the people. They engineer a responsive drive that makes people feel connected. The safety technology gives even more confidence behind the wheel. 

Design

Each and every car in Mazda’s lineup is made to appeal to the senses, and design is the language used to communicate. The design philosophy of Mazda is KODO: “Soul of Motion”, which allows designers to imbue each model with its own personality while staying true to a unifying theme. The Process called “Exploratory Preparation” begins with human hands creating true art. 

Mazda uses more clay than any other carmaker. The Artisans shape the clay until the ideal lines reveal themselves and only then do they collaborate with digital modelers. This traditional/digital partnership takes the best of both worlds to create uniquely appealing designs. The color designer and master painter work together to make sure the designer’s color is translated perfectly onto the newly built cars. 

Interior Indulgence

The Expert fabricator like Koji Fijii who crafts it into a scale model and his goal is to create a model even “more perfect than the real car”. The designers take great pride in every aspect of an interior being intuitively placed and pleasing to the touch. An environment is created that encourages a bond between driver and car after countless sketches and revisions. 

Innovation

Mazda’s new technology, SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, helps achieve a smoother, less fatiguing drive for you and your passengers. i-ACTIVSENSE is the moniker for Mazda’s suite of available advanced safety technologies. It uses milliwave radars and cameras to keep you in tune with your surroundings. 

The i-ACTIV AWD system delivers traction and confidence on every type of road surface and in every type of weather. the i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system converts kinetic energy into electricity as the car decelerates. It can then be used to power the headlights, climate control, audio system or any other electrical equipment. MAZDA CONNECT allows you to access the information you need and the entertainment you want.

Safety

Active Safety Technology helps the driver prevent accidents by supporting his or her ability to predict and avoid hazards through visual and auditory alerts. Pre-Collision Safety Technology helps reduce the severity of a collision when one becomes unavoidable. The passive Safety Technology includes the rigid SKYACTIV-Body with ring structure, seatbelt with pretensioner and load limiter, anti-intrusion brake pedal, SRS Airbag Systems, and more. 

The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) reduces accidents and congestion by receiving and transmitting information about the location of pedestrians and other cars, then relaying it to drivers. Although it is not yet available, they continue to invest in this technology in the hope of one day making accidents a thing of the past.  

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Environmental Technology of Mazda!!!

Mazda is always working hard to develop environmental technologies which will contribute to an exciting and sustainable future for people, automobiles, and the Earth. 

Idling Stop Technology

Idling stop systems save fuel by automatically shutting down the engine when the vehicle is static and restarting it when the vehicle returns to motion. This Technology of Mazda improves fuel economy by approximately eight percent. Mazda’s i-stop restarts the engine through combustion. 

This technology enables the system to restart the engine with exactly the same timing every time, to enhance fuel economy, and to deliver smooth and comfortable acceleration for the driver at restart. The restart takes place in a mere 0.35 seconds, which is about half of the time taken by conventional starter-motor idling stop systems. 

Brake Energy Regeneration System

Brake energy regeneration systems convert a vehicle’s kinetic energy into electricity as the car decelerates. The electricity is then stored for later use. It can be used to power the headlights, climate control, audio system, or any other electrical equipment. This reduces the need for the engine to burn extra fuel in order to generate electricity, and thereby improves fuel economy. 

Electric Vehicle

Mazda undertook development of electric vehicles with the aim of offering all our customers fun-to-drive performance and outstanding environmental and safety performance. The result is the Demio EV which offers both the sporty driving people expect from Mazda and a remarkable driving range of 200 km. 

Electric vehicles have batteries and electric motors instead of engines and fuel tanks, and are powered entirely by electricity. The Demio EV features a unique coil-switching motor which delivers both high torque and high RPMs. Another special feature of electric vehicles is the quietude of the cabin due to the complete lack of engine noise.

Hydrogen Vehicle

Mazda’s hydrogen rotary engine use hydrogen as its fuel, emits no CO2 and offers superb environmental performance. A dual-fuel system allows the vehicle to run on either gasoline or hydrogen. The RENESIS hydrogen rotary engine employs direct injection, with an electronically-controlled hydrogen gas injector.

The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid combines Mazda’s hydrogen rotary engine with a hybrid system for significantly improved performance and practicality. The engine’s reduced intake/exhaust resistance and improved combustion efficiency yields high power output across a wide range of engine speeds.

Bio-based Engineering Plastic

Bio-based Engineering Plastic that can reduce its impact on the environment featuring high-quality finish made from plant derived materials. Mazda has succeeded in developing the automotive industry’s first high-strength heat-resistant plant-derived bioplastic for auto interior parts, and the world’s first biofabric for vehicle seat upholstery made entirely from plant-derived fiber.

This bio-based engineering plastic is used for the first time for interior parts for the all-new Mazda MX-5 was launched globally in 2015. Moving forward, it will be used for exterior parts in other production models due to the outstanding durability.

 

 

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Overview of 2017 Mazda3 5-Door Hatchback!!!!

The well-rounded Mazda 3 compact is being freshened up for 2017. The Mazda3 has been bestowed with our newest innovation: SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control.

Interior

The interior matches the exterior in terms of expressiveness and purpose beginning with the driver-oriented cockpit. Interior revisions are a bit more noteworthy, with the 3 adopting a steering wheel and electric parking brake that frees up center-console storage space, and some nicer trim for the door panels. Pedals are symmetrically laid out to the left and right of the driver’s center-line for further precision and comfort.
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A heated steering wheel is a new option, while upholstery upgrades include nicer fabric for the standard cloth interior, new espresso-colored accents for the optional black leather interior, and parchment-colored leather replacing the previous almond shade.

Exterior

The reshaped grille and headlights present a slightly more aggressive face to the world, and LED headlights are newly available on higher-trim models. A new rear bumper appears a bit cleaner and crisper than old one. The 18-inch wheels available on the 3’s s trim also are slightly different, although the 16-inch wheels and hubcaps on lower-spec i versions remain the same.

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Each chiseled feature serves a purpose, as both sedan and five-door models achieve a best-in-class coefficient of drag (Cd) at 0.255 and 0.28, respectively, when equipped with active grille shutters and i-ELOOP, a capacitor-based regenerative engine braking system to power all of a vehicle’s electrical components.

Performance

All Mazda3 vehicles equipped with a SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission feature a manual shift option but the Sport mode feature adjusts the shift mapping – and to a lesser extent the throttle response – to better match more spirited driving conditions, such as challenging twisty roads. 
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The 2017 Mazda 3’s two engine choices remain a 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder on 3 i models and a 184-hp 2.5-liter inline-four on 3 s models. The most significant addition is Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control, a new steering system that reduces torque when entering a corner to increase the responsiveness of the steering rack.

Safety

A suite of active-safety features remains on the options list: Forward-Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping Assist, High Beam Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart City Brake Support and Advanced Blind-Spot Monitoring. A new camera is now part of the package, which Mazda says expands the speed range at which pedestrians can be detected for the automated emergency-braking system.Cars equipped with the i-Activsense package can now also recognize road signs.

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Transmission of SKYACTIV Technology

Previous we discussed on the SKYACTIV Gasoline engine and Diesel engine, that how an engine works and what were its merits and de-merits. Let’s explore the transmission of SKYACTIV Technology. Today we learn perfect control of transmission with the help of Ideal Transmission.

Here we go…….

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Transmission:

Ideal Transmission for Perfect Control

Transmission is critical not only to fuel efficiency improvement but also to a cars driving performance. The “ideal transmission” that gives you perfect control over your car. With this concept, we have developed a pair of transmission systems that promise precise handling as well as improved fuel efficiency.

Thanks to an expanded lockup range of more than 80%, the SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission gives you the direct feel of a manual transmission. The SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission, with its class-leading light weight, ensures a crisp feel when shifting.

We have two different types of Transmission as mentioned below.

SKYACTIV-DRIVE

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A new-generation highly-efficient automatic transmission that achieves excellent torque transfer efficiency through a wider lock-up range and features the best attributes of all transmission types.

Features:

  • Combines all the advantages of conventional automatic transmissions, continuously variable transmissions, and dual clutch transmissions
  • A dramatically widened lock-up range improves torque transfer efficiency and realizes a direct driving feel that is equivalent to a manual transmission
  • A 4-to-7 percent improvement in fuel economy compared to the current transmission

 

All the Advantages of Conventional Step CVT (continuously variable transmission), Dual Clutch, and Step AT (Automatic transmissions).

Automatic transmissions (AT) can be categorized into three types:

  • CVT: generates various gear reduction ratios with a pair of pulleys
  • Dual Clutch: utilizes 2 separate clutches for odd and even gear sets.
  • Conventional AT: generates various gear reduction ratios with planetary gear sets

 

The key requirements for ATs are “good fuel economy”, “quick start-up” (including hill climbing), “direct feel” and “smooth shifting”.

The table below shows the drawbacks and advantages of each transmission.

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SKYACTIV-MT

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A new-generation manual transmission with a light shift feel, compact size and significantly reduced weight.

Features:

  • A light and crisp shift feel like that of a sports car
  • Compact size and reduced weight

Technical Aims & Concept

North American and Japanese markets always prefer Automatic transmission Whereas Manual Transmission is dominating in Europe. To meet global demand, two types of MT (“Large” and “Mid” sizes) have been newly developed. The development concept was to create a “light and compact MT with improved shift feel and better fuel economy”. The goal was to achieve an MX-5-like sporty and brisk shift feel.

For a quick shift feel, both a short shift-lever stroke and light shift effort had to be achieved. By pursuing the ideal structure of manual transmissions, 16% at maximum of weight reduction was achieved. Furthermore, internal friction losses were significantly reduced to achieve a 1% improvement in fuel economy.

Quick and Crisp Shift Feel

To achieve lighter shift effort with a short shift lever stroke, the lever ratio must be increased. However, a larger lever ratio reduces the internal stroke. To achieve precise synchronizer and torque transmission even with a short internal stroke, a small module spline is used. skyactiv-mt_02_en

Also, the shift effort gradually reduces through the stroke, providing reassuring resistance as the lever is first pushed, then getting lighter so it feels as if the shift lever is automatically moving into gear. With the current shift lever, shift effort in the select direction (right-left direction) increases with the movement of the shift lever, but with the new shift lever, a stable shift effort is achieved. Binding is minimized when shifting diagonally.

Light and Compact MT

Since the structure of an MT is relatively simple, completely new ideas and logical thinking are required to achieve further weight reduction and higher efficiency. skyactiv-mt_03_en

The triple-shafted gear train with a common gear for 2nd and 3rd was selected from approximately 30 different configurations due to its potential to achieve lightness, light shift effort, high efficiency, and a wide gear ratio. Based on this selection, the lightest structural specifications were selected from over 10,000 alternatives. By reviewing the function of each component, commonization of the 1st and reverse gears was newly adopted.

This enabled the length of the secondary shaft to be reduced by 20%. A common 1st and reverse gear made possible the removal of the reverse idle shaft. As a result, by reexamining gear configurations, the number of components decreased and the gear train weight was reduced by roughly 3kg.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF – Crafted with Passion!!!

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has earned its place in automotive history as arguably the most successful compact sports car in the industry.

Interior

The sophisticated comfort of a luxury sedan can now be found within the athletic styling of an exotic sports car. With noise‑absorbing headliner in the hardtop roof, insulation in the rear‑wheel housing, and a transparent windblocker, the MX‑5 RF was designed for a shockingly quiet drive that’s equally thrilling. 

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The Miata RF features a unique 4.6-inch color display next to its instrument cluster. The hardtop will also get exclusive Nappa leather, while the softtop will only offer regular leather on its Grand Touring model.

Design

KODO design is woven into the very fabric that makes the MX‑5 RF the masterfully crafted vehicle that it is. With its distinct KODO design, Mazda adorns each vehicle with a distinguished yet energetic look and feel that’s accompanied by uncompromised craftsmanship and engineering. 

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The hard top’s design doesn’t disrupt the side profile or jut from the rear fender. Thanks to a combination of engineering and design, the Miata RF achieves that coupe-like appearance without dramatically affecting the overall look of the car.

Performance

The nimble handling and a gripping suspension makes the vehicle seamlessly responds to the driver’s commands. Plus the SKYACTIV‑G 2.0 L engine and specially tuned electric power steering makes your drive that is both breathtaking and intuitive. 

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The drivetrain is unchanged from the Miata, with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder available in other markets and a 2.0-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder as standard equipment. Six-speed manual and six-speed automatic variants remain on the menu. 

Safety

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF safety features and design is found in the available i-ACTIVSENSE features that use milliwave radar and cameras to create a kind of sixth sense when you are behind the wheel. Adaptive Front Lighting allows you to see around corners at night, with headlights that shift up to 15 degrees to point in the direction you are turning. 

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Various other safety features include Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Hill Launch Assist, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Anti-theft alarm system.

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Mazda – Skyactiv Technology on Gasoline Engine

Breakthrough Innovations Lift Cars’ Performance to New Heights

SKYACTIV Engines

Conventional internal combustion engines are only able to harness around 30% of fuels potential energy. By pushing the limits of internal combustion, Mazda has developed the SKYACTIV family of engines which can deliver much greater fuel efficiency than conventional engines. Simply put, SKYACTIV engines can compress the air-fuel mixture in the cylinders to an extraordinary degree, squeezing far more energy from every drop of fuel.
With their compression ratio of 14:1, unparalleled among mass production engines, SKYACTIV engines bring you both sheer driving pleasure and outstanding fuel economy.

Let’s Move on with the Skyactiv Technology.

SKYACTIV-G Gasoline Engine –  SKYACTIV-G

A new-generation highly-efficient direct-injection gasoline engine that achieves the world’s highest gasoline engine compression ratio of 14.0:1

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  • The world’s first gasoline engine for mass production vehicles to achieve a high compression ratio of 14.0:1
  • Significantly improved engine efficiency thanks to the high compression combustion, resulting in 15 percent increases in fuel efficiency and torque
  • Improved everyday driving thanks to increased torque at low- to mid-engine speeds
  • A 4-2-1 exhaust system, cavity pistons, multihole injectors and other innovations enable the high compression ratio

*The 15% improvement in fuel efficiency and torque was calculated by comparing SKYACTIV-G to Mazda’s current gasoline engine.
Compression ratio, fuel economy and torque vary according to market, carline and transmission.

Merits and Issues of a High Compression Ratio

  • Increasing the compression ratio considerably improves thermal efficiency. The compression ratio of recent gas engines is generally around 10:1 to 12:1.
  • Theoretically, if the compression ratio is raised from 10:1 to 15:1, the thermal efficiency will improve by roughly 9%. However, one of the reasons preventing the spread of high compression ratio gas engines is the large torque drop due to knocking (Fig.1) 

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    fig.1:Torque decrease due to increased compression ratio
  • Knocking is abnormal combustion in which the air-fuel mixture ignites prematurely due to exposure to high temperature and pressure, creating an unwanted high-frequency noise. When the compression ratio is increased, the temperature at compression top dead center (TDC) also rises, increasing the probability of knocking.
  • In order to lower the temperature at compression TDC, reducing the amount of hot exhaust gas remaining inside the combustion chamber is effective. For example, with a compression ratio of 10:1, a residual gas temperature of 750 deg. C, and an intake air temperature of 25 deg. C, if 10% of the exhaust gas remains, the temperature inside the cylinder before compression increases by roughly 70 deg. C, and the temperature at compression TDC is calculated to increase by roughly 160 deg. C. Therefore, it can be easily inferred that the amount of residual gas has an major impact on knocking.

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    fig.2:Effect of residual gas reduction
  • These calculations are summarized in Fig.2, and as indicated, if the amount of residual gas is halved from 8% to 4%, the temperature at compression TDC is calculated to remain the same even when the compression ratio is increased from 11:1 to 14:1. 
  • This reduction of residual gas was focused on for SKYACTIV-G, enabling the realization of a high compression ratio gasoline engine.

Knock-Resistant Technologies

4-2-1 Exhaust System

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fig.3:Residual gas reduction by 4-2-1 exhaust system
  • One option to significantly reduce residual gas is the adoption of a 4-2-1 exhaust system.
  • As shown in Fig.3, when the exhaust manifold is short, the high pressure wave from the gas emerging immediately after cylinder No. 3’s exhaust valves open,
  • For example, arrives at cylinder No.1 as it finishes its exhaust stroke and enters its intake stroke. As a result, exhaust gas which has just moved out of the cylinder is forced back inside the combustion chamber, increasing the amount of hot residual gas.
  • With a short exhaust manifold, the high pressure wave arrives at the next cylinder within a short amount of time, causing this adverse effect to continue from low to high engine speeds.
  • However, with a long 4-2-1 exhaust system, since it takes time for the high pressure wave to reach the next cylinder, the effect mentioned is limited to extra-low engine speeds, making the reduction of residual gas at almost all engine speeds possible.
  • In addition, a pipe length of over 600mm was necessary to elevate actual-use torque, but space was saved by adopting a loop shape.
  • The major issue with the 4-2-1 exhaust system is that the long distance cools the exhaust gas before it reaches the catalyst, delaying the catalyst’s activation. Exhaust gas temperature can be increased by delaying the ignition timing, but too much retardation causes unstable combustion. For SKYACTIV-G, stable combustion was realized even when the ignition timing after engine-start is considerably delayed. 

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    fig.4:Piston cavity
  • This was made possible by adopting a piston cavity (Fig.4) and optimizing fuel injection in order to formulate a stratified air-fuel mixture around the spark plug. Furthermore, the piston cavity resolved the issue of the initial flame coming in contact with the piston head and generating a cooling loss.

Combustion Improvement

To improve resistance to knocking, shortening of combustion duration was also attempted. The faster the combustion, the shorter amount of time the unburned air-fuel mixture is exposed to high temperatures, allowing for normal combustion to conclude before knocking occurs. Specifically, aside from creating a more homogeneous mixture by means of intensifying air flow, increasing injection pressure, and using multi-hole injectors to enhance fuel spray characteristics, a piston cavity is used to prevent the initial combustion flame from hitting the piston and interfering with the flame’s growth.

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Family Friendly Cars

Many family buyers may be interested in SUVs and MPVs, but the traditional large family car continues to make an excellent case for itself. Each one of our selection is available with a wide range of engines, allowing you to prioritize economy, performance or a combination of the two.

Mazda6 Tourer

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  • If you’re looking for a stylish, practical, good-to-drive and cheap-to run family estate, then you can’t go far wrong with the Mazda6.
  • The Mazda6 is one of the best handling cars on this list.
  • Mazda’s engineers have perfectly balanced the 6’s suspension, so it offers a great deal of driver involvement with little body lean, yet still manages to insulate you from potholes and poor road surfaces well.
  • The Mazda6 Tourer is also comfortable, well equipped and – while looks are subjective – a distinctively handsome car.
  • recommended 2.2-litre diesel, which returns an excellent 67.3mpg, yet is powerful enough to get the Mazda6 from 0-62mph in just 9.3 seconds.
  • Standard equipment levels are high, too, with all models featuring air-conditioning and cruise control, and with a large centrally mounted infotainment screen to control systems such as the DAB radio and Bluetooth.

Kia Optima saloon

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  • The Kia Optima comes with plenty of equipment and the company’s excellent seven-year warranty, while the recently introduced hybrid model improves economy, emissions and overall appeal significantly.
  • The Optima is a handsome and generously equipped car and, while it was previously only available with a 1.7-litre diesel engine, the recent addition of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version brings the Optima out of the ‘also-ran’ category.
  • The Optima hybrid attracts a Benefit-in-Kind rate of just 7%, making it seriously appealing to the company-car drivers it’s (realistically) aimed at; fuel economy is also a strong point, as the hybrid Optima returns a (claimed) 176.6mpg.
  • Inside, the Optima has a well-designed dashboard and standard sat nav is a welcome feature.
  • The entry-level Optima 2 has a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a reversing camera and DAB radio, as well as a leather steering wheel and gearlever, alloy wheels, air-conditioning and all-round electric windows.

 

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2017 Mazda CX-5 debuts with new look!!!

The Mazda CX-5 is a good-looking, reliable crossover that’s solidly built, reasonably efficient and fun to drive. The popular compact crossover SUV has been freshened up, and it’s an all-new version of the sharp-looking fun-driving model.

Interior

The new CX-5’s interior looks more premium with additional soft-touch surfaces throughout the cabin. The controls seem to mimic those in the Mazda CX-9 with well-placed dash vents, a high-mounted screen, and a control knob for the infotainment system continues to reside behind the shifter.

CX-5 Interior

The new Mazda CX-5 have the pedals now wear an aluminum finish, while welcome lamps and illuminated scuff plates give off a more premium vibe. The all-new CX-5 has a driver-centric cabin to maximize hashiru yorokobi, or “Joy of Driving.”

Exterior

From the outside it’s obvious the design is all new. Mazda has injected even more KODO lines into the redesigned CX-5 without going overboard on the car. The headlights are slimmer, while the grille ditches the horizontal bars for a mesh pattern.

CX-5 Exterior

The automaker is also bringing a new paint color to market along with the redesigned CX-5. It’s called Soul Red Crystal. The door mirrors are finished in black rather than body color, and the brake calipers are finished in matte black.

Performance

The new 2017 Mazda CX-5 will be available with three engines: the Skyactiv 2.0-liter gasoline engine, the Skyactiv 2.5-liter gasoline engine and the Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter diesel. While the drivetrain remains untouched, performance is enhanced with a height-adjustable suspension. 

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Mazda’s newest technology, SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS with G-Vectoring Control, helps you steer more precisely by optimizing load control. It works smarter, not harder, to make you feel connected and in control.

Safety

The available i-ACTIVSENSE safety innovations give you confidence. It also have advanced technologies like milliwave radars and cameras to give you a sixth sense for safety, helping to alert you to hazards before they happen.

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Mazda’s available predictive i-ACTIV AWD system monitors everything from outside temperature to braking patterns to forecast when AWD might be needed to help deliver optimal traction before the wheels can slip. Optional safety equipment includes lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors that warn of passing traffic.

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Historical – Innovative Companies

When People think of the Possible out of the Im(possible), that’s where we find history in the making. Below are the Companies who are in the limelight for their innovation.

 

The Mazda RX-VISION

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Wow! Mazda stole the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show with a stunning innovative rotary-powered sports car, captured as the “Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year” award at the 31st Festival Automobile International.

 

HYUNDAI N 2025 VISION GRAN TURISMO

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The HYUNDAI N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo was created to inspire the passion of ‘N’, the high performance line-up in celebration of Hyundai’s 50th anniversary which comes in 2017. The innovation is with the body style and the speed is mind-blowing! We can use three key words to describe it Style, Light and Quick or say as fighter jet on wheels

 

Chrysler, Mopar 200S

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Chrysler vehicles are designed to be with you for the long haul. This time around, Mopar brought two cars — a customized 200S and 300S, emphasizing the sporty side of the luxury brand. The Mopar Chrysler 200S has a mild body kit and a suspension setup that brings the sleek sedan a little closer to the ground.

 

Mitsubishi GT PHEV

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“PHEV” the name gives away the car’s powertrain: the brand’s hybrid system, which uses a trio of motors. The GT PHEV concept includes the latest iteration of Mitsubishi’s signature ‘dynamic shield’ face. Mitsubishi claims the car has an electric-only range of 120km (around 75 miles), and a combined range of 10 times this.

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2017 Mazda6 Atenza First Drive!!!!

The debut of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control technology on its flagship sedan and wagon range, in conjunction with a bunch of noise-reducing, luxury-enhancing measures to give the Mazda 6 a chance up against other sedans.

Interior

The interior still delivers that genuine feeling of premium quality that Mazda has been nailing for a while now, despite the far-from-premium price tag. New Nappa leather for the Atenza grades we drive at launch help even more here, but the quality of the infotainment system, switchgear design and layout, seating comfort and general ambiance remain a carryover from the previous model.
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The new steering wheel looks premium and features re-positioned buttons with better tactile feel. The Multi-Information Display in the meter cluster is now full color – like the Active Driving Display (Head Up Display) – and has a more diverse range of functions. 

Exterior

Mazda6 is virtually unchanged on the outside, with just slight tweaks to the wing mirrors to set it apart. There’s no doubt it’s a stylish design, perhaps even more so in wagon form. On the road, the wagon cuts a dashing figure that leaves me wondering why more families don’t opt for a wagon as opposed to an SUV. 

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Engine

A ‘High Precision DE Boost Control’ system improves the precision and response of the engine’s torque delivery in light-throttle situations. The unchanged 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G petrol four also gets a bit vocal higher up in the rev range. 

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But the biggest addition to the 6 is Mazda’s GVC technology. Mazda claims that GVC reduces fatigue and increases stability by altering the amount of torque delivered to each front wheel while driving, resulting in smoother steering inputs and less roll movement.

Safety

The 2017 Mazda6 lifts its safety credentials further with an even more comprehensive safety suit which now adds pedestrian recognition to SCBSThe safety system also adds traffic sign recognition on some models and blind spot monitoring across the range.

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The boost in safety features makes the Mazda 6 one of the safest vehicles in its class, especially in the full fat Atenza variant tested here.  Every Mazda6 gets six airbags and all but the entry-level Sport get front and rear parking sensors.

 

 

 

 

 

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