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Mazda Teases All-New CX-5 Ahead of LA Auto Show Unveiling

Refined design and new technologies expected for 2017 crossover.

by on Oct.27, 2016

Mazda uses more of its Kodo design language with the 2017 CX-5 makeover.

It’s promising to be one of the busiest L.A. Auto Shows in years, with manufacturers already signaling plans to preview as many as 50 new cars, trucks and crossovers at the Los Angeles Convention Center next month.

Include Mazda in that list, the Japanese maker adding an all-new version of the CX-5 to the list. Considering current market trends, this could be one of Mazda’s most important launches in several years.

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While the automaker isn’t saying much, it issued a statement with this teaser image promising it has “refined all aspects of its award-winning compact SUV’s design and technology to deliver new dimensions of driving joy.”

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New 2016 Mazda CX-9 Shows its Soul in Motion

Three-row crossover picks up on design theme of Koeru Concept.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 picks up on the latest take on the Kodo design language.

Mazda has been offering us plenty of hints lately about its future design direction, but now it’s time to get down to business as it rolls the new CX-9 people-mover onto the stage at the L.A. Auto Show.

Adopting the latest interpretation of its Kodo design language, the 2016 Mazda CX-9 avoids the traps of a minivan, showing that three-row functionality can also be visually appealing. The new model also adopts the SkyActiv design philosophy, which translates into a big bump in fuel economy while also enhancing ride and handling, Mazda claims.

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“The focus was on authenticity,” it declares, “an experience rather than simply another commodity conveyance.”

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Safety Agency Investigates CX-9 Brake Problem

Mazda cooperating with NHTSA probe.

by on Feb.14, 2014

Mazda's CX-9 is under investigation for a brake issue.

Mazda is latest automaker coming under the investigative magnifying glass of U.S. safety officials as they look into problems with the brakes on 62,000 CX-9 crossovers built in 2010 and 2011.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received seven complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted brakes, although no crashes have been reported.

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According to the complaints, owners noticed a reduction in the effectiveness of the brakes and requiring more effort to press down the pedal. Some also noted a hissing noise when applying the brakes. (more…)

First Look: 2013 Mazda CX-9

A new face for new crossover.

by on Sep.18, 2012

The 2013 Mazda CX-9 adopts the maker's latest Kodo design language.

Mazda is rapidly replacing the older members of its line-up, introducing a sophisticated new design language while also rolling out the new, high-mileage SkyActiv technology.  Next up for a major makeover is the 2013 Mazda CX-9.

The new crossover will make its debut at the upcoming Australian International Auto Show, in Sydney, but should reappear on this side of the Pacific soon after that mid-October preview.

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The most notable update for 2013 is the switch from Mazda’s earlier Nagare design language – which seemed to give the maker’s products an exaggerated smile – to the newer, sleeker Kodo language first seen in concept form at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

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First Look: 2012 Mazda CX-5

First new offering with maker’s SkyActiv powertrain technology.

by on Aug.02, 2011

The new Mazda CX-5 crossover will first appear in Europe but will follow to the U.S. market, as well.

Mazda is offering the first official sneak peek at the latest in its expanding line of soft-roaders, the new CX-5 scheduled to make its first appearance in the sheet metal at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

As with the recently launched Mazda5, the new crossover will bear the distinctive imprint of Mazda’s latest design language, dubbed Kodo. (For more on the Mazda5, Click Here.)  But perhaps more significant is the fact that the CX-5 will be the first new product from the Japanese maker to use Mazda’s new SkyActiv powertrain technology.

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Since all but splitting off from its longstanding ties to Ford Motor Co., Mazda intends to steer clear of hybrid technology – for now, at least – putting its emphasis on SkyActiv, a system that it claims will dramatically improve the fuel economy of both its gasoline and new diesel-powered engines.  Indeed, Mazda is on a path to become the first Japanese maker to offer an oil-burner option.

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First Drive: Mazda CX-9

What to drive when family responsibility dictates that your sports car days be put on hold.

by on Jul.29, 2011

Mazda's CX-9 is really just a supersized sports car.

We’ve all heard it before. “You won’t catch me driving a minivan,” the raffish 20-something says. Of course, that is before the invasion of the Little People, and all of their paraphernalia, from diaper bags to portable playpens. Some have turned to sturdier-looking sport utilities and crossovers, but the stigma is even starting to attach to those.

So you’re longing for the days of BLP – before Little People – for the days when the idea of driving a vehicle with three rows of seats was unfathomable. But now there are two kids and another in the oven, so three rows are mandatory if the dreaded – and incurable – Don’t Touch My Syndrome is to be avoided.

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Mazda may have the answer. This is the Zoom-Zoom company, so it designs its cars with the goal of offering the sportiest driving experience in the segment. That includes its big three-row crossover, the CX-9.

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Mazda Minagi Concept Returning as CX-5

Taking new Kodo design language, SkyActiv powertrain technology into production.

by on Apr.19, 2011

Mazda will put the Kodo design language of the Minagi concept into production with the new CX-5.

Mazda’s Minagi concept vehicle made quite a splash at the Geneva Motor Show, earlier this year, which is good news for the maker considering the underlying design theme is set to return in a downsized crossover vehicle to be dubbed the CX-5.

Minagi served to preview an all-new design language Mazda calls Kodo, the soul of motion.  It “captures the energy of the moment,” explained Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi, following the show car’s debut.

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Back at the preview, Minagi was described as a “pure design exercise,” but while the Mazda CX-5 won’t be an absolute replica, it will carry over many of the basic elements of the concept crossover.

We’ll get a better look when the new CUV makes its formal debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this coming autumn.

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