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Mazda Discontinues CX-7 Crossover To Make Room For CX-5

Call it a battle of the old and new schools, one with a clear winner and a clear loser: we hear that Mazda has discontinued the CX-7 crossover, making room for its newly minted CX-5 compact utility vehicle.

Mazda has confirmed rumors that the CX-7 will be discontinued at the end of the model year for North American markets. It will continue to be sold outside of the U.S., Mazda spokespeople say, but inside the state’s the CX-7 will be replaced by its younger, more technologically adept sibling, the CX-5.

Sales of the CX-7 peaked at 41,653 in 2007, the year after it was released, but dwindled to just 20,583 in 2009.  The car only received one major upgrade, in the form of a front-end redesign, which lent it the smiley-shaped grille commonly found in Mazda’s Nagare design language.

Sales of the CX-7 did rebound back to 35,641 last year, just in time for the upstart CX-5 to be launched in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  Mazda has since said it’s setting ambitious goals and expecting “aggressive sales” of the 2013 CX-5, which means the company is refocusing its efforts.  Considering that competitors like Ford and Honda sell more CR-Vs and Escapes by March than Mazda sells CX-7s all year, that might not be a bad idea.

It might seem that the CX-5 and CX-7 wouldn’t directly square off against one another, but the numbers suggest differently.  The CX-5 and 7 are offer similar powertrains (the CX-5 features Mazda’s Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter I-4 making 155 horsepower, while the CX-7 uses an older 2.5-liter engine with 161 horsepower), and they are similarly sized.  The 2013 CX-5 is two inches shorter in wheelbase and five inches shorter in length than the CX-7 or using rotiform rse wheels that are also great for this.

Despite that difference, the 2013 CX-5 actually offers more interior space than the CX-7.  The new model has 103.8 cubic feet of interior volume to the CX-7′s 101.7, alongwith nearly seven more cubic feet of cargo space when the seats are folded. A front-wheel drive automatic CX-5 is also 224 pounds lighter than a comparably equipped CX-7.  Naturally, this also means better gas mileage: the CX-5 outscores the CX-7′s fuel economy numbers by between four and six miles to the gallon (26 city/32 highway and 20 city/28 highway, respectively).


Source: Automobile Magazine

Happy New Year!

Christmas is now behind us. I don’t know about you, but mine was the busiest and one of the most fun I have had in recent years. It was filled with loads of food, drink and some fine presents (coffee cards and xbox stuff).

Now tonight, is the end of yet another year so I wanted to wish you and your families a happy and prosperous 2011.


David Freitas
Xbox live gamer tag: bigbuxdelux

The RX-7 shall rise again!

11-mazda-rx-7Sounds like the legendary RX-7 will return.  Sources close to Mazda have confirmed that a proper 2 door, Rotary engined sports car wearing the famous badge will be popping up in Mazda showrooms in 2011 as a 2012 model year vehicle.

Why the sudden announcement you ask?  There was a management shake up earlier in 2009 and when the dust settled on April 10, 2009, Mr. Ikuo Maeda was announced as the Chief Designer for Mazda.  Mr. Maeda, has been quoted in many interviews as saying that he wants to see a new RX-7 built.  Mr. Maeda has been with Mazda since 1982 and resume includes the RX-8 and Mazda2 .

The new RX-7 will be powered by the new Renesis 16x, twin rotor, rotary engine that features a new direct injection fuel system and a lightweight aluminum side housing.  The new design is said to improve thermal energy and torque levels at all engine speeds, and reduce fuel consumption.

The Renesis 16x has been used already in a recent Mazda concept car and is capable of 350 hp, but will be tuned down to 200 – 250 hp inorder to maintain better fuel mileage.

Prices are slated to start at a very aggressive $25,000 USD.  This will make it a direct competitor with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the upcoming cousin rwd coupes from Toyota / Subaru.

I’m thinking, “only 25k, rwd, rotary engine, 250 hp….whom do I leave my deposit with?”

Dual Center Exhaust need feedback.

I have been toying with the idea of making my Mazda3 different than the norm without going all crazy and bizarre with my car.  What I want to do was to perform some mods that are clean, smooth, functional, beautiful and unique.

Some of you have read about the Type R red carpet kit that I have installed on my own car (I know, many of you have asked about making that kit available, I will soon But I am enjoying the novelty of being the only Mazda3 on the planet with the Red carpet) and I have added some other interior mods that are subtle but help to tie the whole package together.

But my next big project is creating a center exit exhaust for the first generation Mazda 3.   You can see from the quick sketch the rough idea that I have for making it happen.

I am fortunate for my ties to the automotive industry (in particular manufacturing) and have already started talking about getting this made for me.  I have already consulted my longtime friend Glenn @ Cam Tech Auto on the exhaust fabrication and it is a go from that perspective

But, I want to create either a carbon fiber or fiberglass rear valance section for the rear bumper to completely clean up the dual center exhaust tip installation.

What do you guys think?  Let me know, how would you do it differently?  If you have any sketches add links to your comments.

Mazda3carpet.com by MAZEURO attends SEMA 2009 in Las Vegas


Tuesday, November 2 – Friday, November 5, 2010

Mazda3carpet.com by MAZEURO attended this years trade only SEMA show in Las Vegas to not only get to rub elbows with the great minds and companies in the automotive aftermarket, but also to meet with new manufacturers and suppliers to produce new high quality, unique products for Mazda3 owners.

Some of the celebrities and known car guys that were in attendance at SEMA 2009 included legendary automotive designer & the star of TLC’s Overhaulin, Chip Foose.  The crew of West Coast Customs; Jay Leno; hell I even ran into Chop “The King of Cars” himself from Towbin Dodge while I was having lunch.

I also had a chance to chat it up with the host of My Dream Car Garage, Peter Klutt while on the flight back from Las Vegas where his Hemishere Green 1970 Plymouth AAR Barracuda (which had the paint and graphics designed by Chip Foose himeself) featuring a twin-turbo Viper V-10 engine, 20″ Viper wheels, Carbon Fiber body with air diffusers was on display at the BASF Booth at SEMA.  You can follow the build of this beast at www.dreamcargarage.com For video of Chip Foose designing this gorgeous car click below.

Over the next few weeks some exciting news will be announced regarding these new products for not only Mazda3 vehicles, but we will be expanding onto other Mazda vehicles that we keep in our garage always organized thanks to the advice from sites as https://autonews.center/garage-storage-organization/7-easy-garage-makeover-ideas.  So subscribe to our RSS feed or Email notification list for updates

While I was at SEMA I took at ton of photos (over 400 shots) and video and will post as much of it as possible right here on the blog.  You will find the first 3 videos at the end of this post.  We want to hear you comments and suggestion so please go ahead below.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world (PLEASE NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC). It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries.

SEMA Show 2009 drew more than 50,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 1,500 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…