New Blog and New FAQ’s
What’s up everybody? Welcome to Park Mazda.
It’s been some time since our last blog post, and we want to get a little personal to start things off. This last year has been an excellent year, not only for Mazda, but for us at Park Mazda as well. We can’t thank our customers enough for their business and for all the positive feedback we’ve received over the last year! We’ve grown a ton, not only in the sophistication of the products we promote, but in the amount of staff and quality of professionals we work with. So from all of us in the Park Mazda family, we thank you!
The changes in Mazda over the last year or so have been amazing, and there are a lot of questions being asked by, not only our customers, but our online community as well. So, we’ve taken some of the top questions and answered them below in our FAQ for September 2019.
Which Mazdas are turbocharged?
Great question, because several changes have been made recently, and there are now 3 Mazda models with a 2.5L equipped with Mazda’s Dynamic Pressure Turbo:
- The 2019 Mazda6 GS-L (Optional), standard in GT and Signature Trim.
- The 2019 Mazda CX-5 GT (Optional), standard in Signature Trim.
- All trims of the 2019 CX-9
When did Mazda and Ford split?
Some people don’t even know this happened, and many still think Mazda is owned and even made by Ford! First off, Mazda was never fully “owned” by Ford. It was a partnership where Ford owned about a 30ish percent stake in Mazda due to their financial difficulties back in the 60’s. Tomato, tomahto? Either way, as of sometime in 2014, Mazda and Ford no longer have a connection when it comes to production and development, and Ford sold its remaining shares in 2015.
So, Who Does Own Mazda?
Mazda is now wholly owned by Mazda Motor Corp.
How does Mazda’s AWD work?
Think of Mazda’s i-ACTIV All-Wheel-Drive like an intelligent AWD system. It can predictively detect the potential for the wheels to slip by monitoring road conditions from forward facing cameras and sensors around the vehicle. So, if you don’t need it, it won’t engage, thus saving fuel economy as well. Watch this video on the new AWD system now available in the Mazda3:
Why is Mazda Moving Away from Touchscreens?
Simple. Mazda has their priorities, and the number one priority is safety and proactive safety. By removing touchscreen functionality while driving, this eliminates the need for the driver to lean forward and reach towards the screen, and no longer risks applying unnecessary torque and pressure to the steering wheel. It also cuts down on the distraction altogether. By sitting in a regular driving position and simply using the HMI Commander, the driver is still able to clearly see the road and operate the infotainment as needed. It might not seem like a big deal, but try it out! See how much of your focus goes to operating the touchscreen and how that would impair your ability to drive. You’d be surprised once you focus on what reaching forward to touch the screen actually does to your driving posture and how much extra torque you’re putting on the steering wheel.
Can the CX-9 Tow Anything?
YES! The towing capacity of the 2019 CX-9 is approx. 3,500 lbs. So you can tow small trailers, boats, toys like ATVs and jet skis. Always make sure to factor in the weight of the trailer itself plus the gear you’re hauling and how many passengers if you’re getting close to the towing weight limit. The thing has 7 seats, so…
Where are Mazdas Made?
Right now, the majority of worldwide market production is based out of Japan, specifically Hiroshima and Yamaguchi. However, there are other regions of the world that assemble units for their own countries like Russia, China, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Mexico has been manufacturing Mazda2 and Mazda3 units for North America, South America, and Europe since 2014.
What Mazda Still Uses a Rotary Engine?
None! Mazda has shifted to the fuel efficient Skyactiv-G engines which are light weight internal combustion engines with high compression ratios to help achieve greater fuel economy. Mazda Canada is also entering the Canadian diesel market and introducing the Skyactiv-D into Canada via the 2019 CX-5 Signature. The rotary engine hasn’t been used in a consumer Mazda vehicle since the RX-8, which ceased production in 2012. Google “Mazda Wankel Engines” if you want to learn more!
Will Mazda Make an Electric Car?
They technically already have. In fact, Mazda’s latest EV road car is set to launch late 2020! Check out this video from Chasing Cars to see the first look at what Mazda’s first attempt at an EV will be like:
We love answering questions and engaging with our community, so make sure you keep us on our toes! Keep asking us questions via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google! You can also email us at [email protected].
Thank you very much for reading our blogs, It’s been our pleasure to serve you, and we hope to see you soon!