The US market doesn’t seem to care much about diesel engines. Oftentimes, diesel gas is cheaper, diesel-powered vehicles are more efficient, and engines running on diesel fuel are more powerful. So, what gives? Whatever the case, Mazda has plans to change that soon with the new Mazda CX-5 diesel engine. Many automakers tend to keep their diesel engine offerings to the pickup truck lineups, but with a diesel option now on one of the brand’s most popular and trendy crossovers, Mazda is hoping that 10% of Mazda CX-5 buyers will opt for the diesel engine.
The 2.2-liter diesel engine isn’t coming to the Mazda CX-5’s lineup until this fall, but that’s not stopping the manufacturer from setting goals in advance. Considering the Mazda CX-5 sold about 112,000 units last year, that means Mazda has a target of about 11,500 sales of the diesel-powered model. Mazda is currently awaiting EPA approval for the SkyActiv-D engine, but because its engineers tuned the engine to comply with strict environmental regulations, Mazda reps are confident the diesel option will get a pass.
Pricing and EPA fuel economy estimates for the Mazda CX-5 diesel engine is not yet known, but officials say it will only be available on upper-range trim levels. Mazda says this will also give the company the opportunity to observe American consumers’ buying habits so they can adjust their long-term business strategy.
For more information on the new Mazda CX-5 diesel, contact us today at El Dorado Mazda!
Diesel engines are all the rage in the European automotive market, but they don’t have the same popularity in North America. This is about to change, though, thanks to Mazda. The Japanese carmaker recently announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the all-new Mazda CX-5 engine option will be the brand’s SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel.
“We’re confident this engine offers a smart new option for North American drivers who want both performance and fuel economy,” said Akira Marumoto, Mazda’s Executive Vice President and Representative Director.
This new diesel engine will arrive in the North American market for the second half of 2017. It will make the Mazda CX-5 one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class, thanks to the fact that it meets the region’s strict emission standards. In addition, the engine quiets the sound of diesel knock with technology like Natural Sound Smoother and Natural Sound Frequency Control.
The diesel engine isn’t just fuel-efficient, though—it is also powerful. It revs freely to high RPMs, which means that it will accelerate quickly and provide a fun driving experience for all drivers. When a driver chooses the new Mazda CX-5 engine option, they are sure to fall in love with driving all over again.
For more information on the all-new Mazda CX-5 and its features, stop in to El Dorado Mazda.
If you’re looking for your next lightweight, affordable sports-car, you’ve probably narrowed it down a choice between the Mazda MX-5 and the Scion FR-S (known as the Toyota GT86 in the rest of the world).
You’ll find numerous sources comparing these two models on the Internet, but it can be hard to get a true idea of how they match up to each other without actually driving them yourself. That being said, the hard numbers are certainly meaningful.
Both the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 and the 2016 Toyota GT86 are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but both are not equal. The former gets better mileage and the latter gets more power, yet it’s not as simple as that. Because the MX-5 is so much lighter, it still beats the Toyota in a straight line and around the track despite having less power.
In fact, the MX-5’s lightweight nature makes it feel more responsive. It has a better front end, is more controllable, and though it’s a matter of opinion, we think it sounds and looks a heck of a lot better too. It’s even cheaper.
So, Mazda MX-5 vs. Scion FR-S—which one do you think wins?
America’s hunger for crossover vehicles isn’t showing any signs of slowing, and Mazda has every intention of delivering more of what we want. According to a recent Automotive News article, Mazda aims for more than half of its US sales to be crossovers within the next two to three years.
Mazda’s crossover sales are expected to reach 300,000 vehicles in the US this year, and through August, the CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9 accounted for 40% of total U.S. sales. The wildly popular Mazda CX-5 is currently carrying the majority of those sales, however the all-new CX-3 subcompact crossover is showing major potential, and a redesigned Mazda CX-9 is scheduled to launch soon – both of which should help the automaker reach its goals in the coming years.
“In the past, we have had a business model with too much reliance on Mazda3 series,” Moro, managing executive officer of global sales coordination said. For example, in 2010, the Mazda3 accounted for 46 percent of Mazda’s US sales. “With that business model, it is very difficult to make good money,” he continued.
Here at El Dorado Mazda, we look forward to the debut of the upcoming CX-9. In the meantime, stop by to check out the exciting CX-5 and CX-3!
The new Mazda CX-3 Sport is the company’s new entry-level crossover. This model features the latest technologies, including i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, a SKYACTIV-G engine, and MAZDA CONNECT™. It’s hard to believe this model starts under $20,000.
Mazda recently released the pricing for the new CX-3, set to go on sale mid-August for $19,960*. With an innovative AWD system, up to 146 hp and 146 lb-ft of torque, and 32 highway mpg, this new model is bound to be one of the most popular on the market.
“We wanted to send a strong statement that new buyers, early adopters, empty-nesters and right-sizers can get everything they want in a crossover that fits their needs,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda. “CX-3 offers the same technologies and thrilling driving experience seen across the rest of Mazda’s award-winning lineup.”
The Mazda CX-3 design will come in multiple trim levels, from Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Available packages include the Touring Technology Package and the i-ACTIVESENSE safety package. Take a look at the El Dorado Mazda site to see our new Mazda CX-3 inventory!
*MSRP excludes destination, tax, title, and other fees. See dealer for details.