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When the Mazda Motor Corporation was founded in Hiroshima, Japan in 1920, the company’s specialty was “Autorickshaws.” These three-wheeled motorcycles were the star of Mazda-sponsored events in the 1930s, which subsequently caused the company’s popularity to skyrocket. In short, Mazda became a household name, and by the 1940s, Mazda started to design compact cars, trucks, and more three-wheeled vehicles. In 1960, the company introduced the Mazda R360, a tiny, two-door car.
In the early 1960s, Mazda focused on the development of the German-designed Wankel rotary engine to differentiate the vehicles they were making from other Japanese automobiles. While most vehicles on the road used a reciprocating piston engine—in which pistons rapidly change directions by 180 degrees—all parts rotate in one fluid direction in a rotary engine. Powerful and lightweight compared to piston engines, rotary engine-equipped Mazda cars started to become popular overseas in the 1970s, especially with models like the Mazda R100.
Starting in 2011, Mazda once again pushed automobile engineering forward with the company’s latest engine tech: SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY. Found in newer Mazda3 and Mazda6 models, SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY-equipped vehicles are some of the most powerful and fuel-efficient on Hartford roads. Needless to say, the competition is having a difficult time keeping up.
Who makes Mazda cars and SUVs? Unlike many other foreign car companies, Mazda has kept most of the company’s car production in its home company of Japan. Wondering where your Mazda6 or Mazda CX-3 was made? Mazda makes most of its vehicles at one of three plants in Japan, two in Hiroshima and one in Yamaguchi. With that said, Mazda does have one plant that makes Mazda3 sedans in Salamanca, Mexico for the North American market, and is currently constructing another plant in Huntsville, Alabama. The Mazda plant in the U.S. should be operational by 2021!
When it comes to pushing the auto industry forward with superior technology, Mazda hasn’t stopped with the engine. The company has made safety technology a focus in its latest Mazda models with features like a 360-degree monitor and i-ACTIVSENSE®, a suite of driver-assist and safety features that use sensors, cameras, and other measures to make Vernon roads safer than ever. Power, safety, and style are the trifecta of qualities that make new Mazda cars and SUVs so unique.
Whether you’re impressed with the advanced SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L engine inside the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, or want to further explore driver-assist and safety features like Lane-Keep Assist with the Mazda CX-9 SUV, Manchester Mazda is happy to help. Schedule a test drive to see which Mazda is right for your Glastonbury commute!
The Mazda CX-50 is a new advancement when it comes to SUVs. It’s a bold new vehicle meant to slot in between the Mazda CX-5 and the Mazda CX-9. What does this vehicle offer Hartford drivers? For one, it gives you the 2023 Mazda CX-50, crafted to be a cut above the typical SUV experience….
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A new model year means new reviews from automotive critics. If you’re in the market for a new SUV in Hartford and are still undecided, we hope the 2022 Mazda CX-5 reviews show you a new level of automotive excitement. We’ve got reviews from several prominent automotive critics and we’d love to tell you all…