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Mazda stories from across the globe
Race car surfaces
Mazda famously won the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race with the 787B number 55 car, but the victory was the culmination of a decades-long program that dates back to 1970. One of the 787B’s predecessors, the RX-7 254i, competed at Le Mans in 1982, then was sent back to Japan to take part in various local racing series before vanishing after the 1984 6 Hours of Fuji race. Now, after 35 years, the car has been found in a remote western prefecture of Japan, and is being considered for full restoration.
GVC Plus arrives
Under the striking surface of the new Mazda3’s exterior you’ll find a new technology: G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus). This is the second generation of Mazda’s vehicle dynamics control tech, and builds on the original’s ability to vary engine torque in response to steering inputs, increasing cornering stability and performance. GVC Plus takes the technology further. It subtly applies brake force to the outside wheel when the car is coming out of a corner to increase stability, and is available on all future Mazda models.
“The last three years with my MX-5 have been spent on countless trips through the Arizona deserts and cruising along the coast of California. A reliable drive that keeps it fun. I look forward to more adventures with this car over many years to come.”
“The car has come a long way since I took the keys as my own, five years ago, and it’s becoming the FD I’ve always wanted. I’ve made too many modifications to list here and typically the car is lower with its ‘roll’ setup, but right now is sporting slicks and skinnies.”
“When horsepower and tech reign supreme, the Mazda2 delivers a sleek and simple modern classic. Lightweight construction, adept handling and just the right amount of shove to provide excitement at any speed.”
“When I decided to build two Mazda3s, I challenged myself to use the same chassis in building two very different vehicles. The result is one competitive race car (pictured) and one beautiful show car, proving the brand’s capable design and versatility.”
“I had my first-generation U.S. Miata imported for sunny days. The car is naturally aspirated and equipped with ITBs (individual throttle bodies) which suit it perfectly for road trips through the mountains. I spend most of my free time with my Mazdas—they play an important role in my life.”
“I’ve owned my RX-7 for more than seven years. What I like most about the FD3S is its beautiful shape and the rotary engine that it’s equipped with. The pleasant drive uplifts me every time.”
“I bought my Mazda 323F aged 18 as an ordinary car—but I decided to tune her. Every year we go to a Japanese car festival near my city, and the attention she gets there makes me realize that my work was not in vain.”
MORE mazda awards success
Mazda scooped three category wins at the Canadian Car of the Year 2019 awards held in Toronto earlier this year. The winners, as selected by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), included the updated MX-5. The roadster, now available with more power, was awarded Best-Sports Performance Car, while the CX-5 and CX-9 took the top spot in their categories for the second year running, being named the Best Small Utility Vehicle and Best Large Utility Vehicle respectively.
“Mazda’s done it again in 2019... to win three categories is a very clear demonstration that Mazda’s vehicles are right in sync with what Canadians want to drive this year,” said the judges. The victories also cemented Mazda’s status as the most awarded brand in over 30 years of the AJAC awards. The President of Mazda Canada, Massey Kondo, said: “We are very humbled to be awarded three of the category awards once again in 2019. We are grateful that this platform exists to highlight the very best available to consumers today, including the MX-5, CX-5 and CX-9, which we are proud to feature in our Canadian line-up.”
Mazda3: Tailored to you
Watch as Mazda’s designers and Takumi work on the new Mazda3’s interior details. The use of premium materials provides the car with unparalleled comfort and Japanese beauty.
New MX-5 Anniversary 30th Edition announced
The year 1989 was one of change. The Berlin Wall was torn down, the first GPS satellite was put into orbit and Mazda debuted the MX-5 to the world. Thirty years on, and with more than 1 million units sold, the MX-5 is one of the best-selling sports cars of all-time with a global legion of fans. To help celebrate this birthday, Mazda unveiled the all-new Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Available as either a soft top or RF model, it builds on the 2019 Mazda MX-5 GT while adding several new features.
The exclusive Racing Orange body colour, developed especially for the anniversary edition, pays tribute to the yellow MX-5 Club racer that debuted 30 years earlier on the same stage. The striking visual theme continues into the interior, with orange louvers and matching stitching on the heated Recaro® seats. The anniversary model also features 17-inch alloy wheels (based on those fitted to Global MX-5 Cup race cars) and a 30th Anniversary badge that shows each car’s serial number. Sales of both models will be limited to 3,000 units worldwide, with 164 arriving in Canada as early as July.
- Racing Orange body colour
- Rays forged aluminum wheels (Rays ZE40 RS30)
- 30th Anniversary badge (with serial number)
- Orange brake calipers and orange accents on the seats, door trim, dashboard and shift lever
- Recaro seats
- Bilstein dampers (manual-transmission models only)
- Brembo front brake calipers (in orange)
- Nissin rear brake calipers (in orange)
- Bose® sound system (AudioPilot™2) with nine speakers
- Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
Watch: From soccer injury to driving pleasure
Discover how a soccer injury inspired the forward-thinking approach to Mazda’s next-generation Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture. Mazda’s new technology is based around a human-centric approach to car design, and is geared towards key components working in harmony with the driver.
CLUB FOCUS: MIATAS OF MUSKOKA
The Miatas of Muskoka spend their free time cruising the twisty backroads and lakes of Canada’s premier vacation playground. The club was formed in 2010, when Gordon and Laurel Bauldry of Bracebridge, Ontario, invited ten known MX-5 owners to attend a “meet and greet.” The rest is history, and soon enough cruises were planned, newsletters printed and firm friendships formed. Today, club membership has grown to 33 cars, covering much of the Muskoka District and the neighbouring Simcoe County. The club enjoys biweekly ice-cream runs, monthly adventures behind the wheel and their annual “fall colours tour” to discover new places in the land of lakes.
MAZDA’S NEW COMMERCIALS
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