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Hazumi Concept “Foreshadows” Maker’s Next Mazda2

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by on Mar.04, 2014

The new Hazumi Concept is expected to receive relatively minor tweaks before transforming into the next Mazda2.

Over the years, we have learned to pay close attention when Mazda rolls out a new concept vehicle.  Chances are that we’ll see the design again, as even the most extreme show cars tend to have a clear influence on the Japanese maker’s upcoming production models.

So it seems to be with the new Mazda Harumi Concept making its debut outing at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The little prototype is, according to the maker, a “foreshadowing” of what’s to come when it launches its next-generation Mazda2 minivar.

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In sharp contrast to some of its more conservative Asian rivals, Mazda has been pushing the limits of design and using its show cars to gauge both media and consumer reaction.  And if the Harumi is any indication, it could strike a responsive chord with those who’ve grown tired of the formula that has long contended that buyers on a budget must settle for bland and boring econoboxes.


Mazda Reveals First Mazda6 Teaser

Is this Mazda’s make-it-or-break-it car?

by on Jul.11, 2012

Mazda does a slow striptease with its critical new, 2014 Mazda6 sedan.

Every so often, a carmaker’s future comes to depend upon the success – or failure – of a single product.  The original, 1986 Ford Taurus is one of the best examples.  Could the next-generation Mazda6 fall into that group?  Here’s a first teaser image of the new sedan.

While the Japanese maker does have a number of other important offerings none feeds a more important segment of the market.  And no product will mark a more critical transition for Mazda, which has abandoned its long-running joint venture with Ford in Flat Rock, Michigan, moving production of the next Mazda6 back to Japan.

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The third product to share the maker’s new SkyActiv technology, the 2014 Mazda6 will also face the challenge of coming to market right after the launch of updated entries from key competitors – starting with the 2012 Toyota Camry remake and running through 2013 with the new Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu and, from former ally Ford, an all-new Fusion.


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.