WATCH: 100 YEARS OF MAZDA
This year is, of course, a very special one for Mazda as it marks 100 years since its foundation in 1920. The company originally started out as a cork manufacturer, but moved into vehicle production within a decade. To celebrate the centenary, a special video has been produced that records some of the landmark moments in the firm’s history and pays tribute to some of its most significant cars.
2021 Mazda3 gets a turbo boost
Mazda has added a turbocharged Skyactiv-G 2.5T engine to the 2021 Mazda3 offering, bringing an extra level of excitement to an already refined driving experience.
The Mazda3 2.5 Turbo with Premium Plus Package is paired with the i-Activ all-wheel drive (AWD) system to deliver greater responsiveness and enhance driving confidence. Available in sedan and hatchback, the 2.5 Turbo boasts up to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque with premium 93 octane fuel and up to a solid 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque with regular 87 octane fuel.
The fourth-generation Mazda3 has been hailed for its bold yet sophisticated styling. The 2.5 Turbo model boasts exclusive features such as larger tailpipes, 18-inch black aluminum alloy wheels, gloss-black heated door mirrors, and a “TURBO” badge on the trunk and engine cover. The Mazda3 2.5 Turbo also features a gloss-black front grille and a sleek front lower spoiler.
The Mazda3 GT Turbo comes with an i-Activsense safety suite of technologies such as Mazda Radar Cruise Control with stop and go function, Smart Brake Support, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane-Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert, Adaptive Front-lighting System, and High Beam Control (please see the 2021 Mazda3 Owner’s Manual for further details).
The Skyactiv-G 2.5 T engine is available on the Mazda3 2.5 Turbo and Mazda3 Sport 2.5 Turbo, and comes standard with Apple CarPlay™ integration and Android Auto™ integration, Bose 12-speaker premium audio, 8.8-inch large center display with Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio, two front USB inputs and Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry.
Images are of a pre-production vehicle.
Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.
“Even after retiring from use as a rental car, my little Mazda2 has many miles of zipping around left to deliver. It is reliable, easy to repair, and fun to drive.”
“I love my Capella because of its stunning bodywork. The beautiful design (with round side mirrors and shiny metallic color) turns heads wherever I drive. It’s one of a kind in Finland.”
“The main reason I love my Mazda is because of how it drives. Every corner feels amazing, the ride is smooth, and it’s quick to respond. That’s why I chose Mazda over anyone else.”
"In 1995 a neighbor happened to have parked their brand-new, sparkling RX-7 in their driveway... I knew at that very moment I was destined to someday own and modify one.”
“When I graduated from university, my dad bought me this 323. Even though it is quite old, it has more life than many new cars. It is a Japanese car that steals attention despite its years.”
Mazda 100th anniversary editions
To celebrate Mazda’s centenary, a limited number of the 100th Anniversary Edition models will be released in the U.S. The editions are the MX-5 Miata Soft Top and RF.
The special editions pay tribute to the company’s first passenger vehicle, the R360, by way of a two-tone color scheme, which was a feature of high model grades of the R360. Inside the vehicles, red features prominently, appearing on the seats, carpets, and mats, while a special 100th Anniversary logo is used on the headrests and keyfob.
The unique heritage-inspired look of Snowflake White Pearl exterior and Garnet Red interior features on the 100th Anniversary Edition.
GAME ON WITH MAZDA RX-VISION
One of Mazda’s most exciting concept cars—the RX-Vision—is now available to drive. Sadly, it’s only in the virtual world, but the vehicle, developed exclusively for Gran Turismo Sport on PlayStation®4, still conveys the joy of driving that Mazda engineers into its real-world cars.
The RX-Vision GT3 has received a few enhancements over the original concept car, adopting a more aggressive appearance; there’s an increase in both the front and rear track width and the width of the fenders. But the most exciting news for Mazda fans is the introduction of the next-generation rotary engine. To meet the required engine output for its class, the RX-Vision GT3 mounts a four-rotor Skyactiv-R engine in the lightweight chassis.
Players over the age of 18 who use a Mazda are automatically eligible to participate in the FIA-certified Gran Turismo Championship. This competition pits players from around the world against one another during the 2020 season, with winners progressing to regional finals and a world final. For more about the GT Championship, click the link below.
WATCH: MAZDA MOTORSPORTS MOMENTS
Whet your appetite for the return of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship by watching Mazda Motorsports Moments on YouTube. Produced during lockdown, the video series features driver interviews and behind-the-scenes insight reflecting on the 2019 breakthrough season, when Mazda recorded a hat trick of memorable victories. Search for Mazda Motorsports Moments or click on the link below.
Club Focus: RidgeRunner Miata
The RidgeRunner Miata Club was formed in 2001 for the purpose of bringing together Miata owners and enthusiasts in and around Western North Carolina. Most of our members reside in the Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Weaverville, and surrounding areas, although we also have several “part year” members. Western North Carolina is a Miata Mecca—where any day of the year is apt to be a top-down day.
Countless Miata-worthy roads weave through the delightful Blue Ridge Mountains that make up our backyard. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the famous “Tail of the Dragon,” and many lesser-known routes make great day trips for our club.
We endeavor to keep the business end of our club to a minimum: just enough to organize the club and provide gatherings for socializing and driving our Miatas together. Most of our club events are open to guests. So, if you’re a Miata enthusiast living in the area, or just passing through, we invite you to join us!
Imsa CONFIRMS RETURN TO ACTION
IMSA has confirmed plans for its race series to return to action following the enforced absence caused by the coronavirus. A revised calendar for 2020 has been published, with the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship having resumed on July 4 with a sweeping victory for Mazda at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito, in Mazda No. 55, took first place in the 95-lap race by 10 seconds ahead of the No. 77 Mazda of Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez. That order was reversed on July 17, when Nunez and Jarvis took fourth place and Tincknell and Bomarito fifth at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
The IMSA series continues in Virginia, Laguna Seca, Wisconsin, Ohio, Watkins Glen, Atlanta and Lime Rock Park, and is scheduled to conclude with the 12 Hours of Sebring in November.
“IMSA is grateful to all of our promoter partners for collaborating with us to develop a revised schedule of outstanding events,” said IMSA President John Doonan.
“Our priority since March has been to get back to racing as safely and as quickly as possible, and this revised schedule is evidence of that. We appreciate the patience, cooperation, and input of our IMSA stakeholders, and we all are very much looking forward to going racing again.”
Mazda had already made an excellent start to the season with Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez, and Olivier Pla claiming second place in the Daytona 24 Hours in January in the RT24-P prototype.
YOUR CHANCE TO SEE INSIDE CLASSIC MAZDAS
Would you like to be behind the wheel of some of the most iconic Mazdas ever made? Well, now you can, thanks to a new series of 360-degree interior videos produced by Mazda UK to mark the company’s centenary. Models featured include the Cosmo Sport, RX-3, RX-7, RX-8, and MX-5. Check them out via the link below.