Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Aug 8, 2017.
Are they competing for the world's worst blind spot at the right rear?
Can you post these three stories?
All-new Mazda3 World Premier at LA Auto SHow
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Mazda's Electrified future
Mazda's Joint Research on improving thermodynamic efficiencies
Not sure what you're asking, Wayne, since you got it covered.
This is one of the few times I wish I was living in Lancaster, CA again. It was the worst area I ever lived in but it was fairly close to LA. I'd love to visit the convention center again.
I just heard a rumor that the next gen 2019 Mazda3 will have a torsion beam rear end... Nothing verified of course but I found the discussion very interesting. Can you imagine the PR spin on this if true?
We can, we did, it is better, it matches, the performance, ...
The torsion beam RS rumor has been persistent mainly because Mazda's engineers keep spreading it. They say they need it to meet NVH goals but that's BS. It's a cheap out. And you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
I don't believe it's such a big deal from driving point of view, but it could get you a little more trunk space.
Or space for a battery.
Mazda's unveiling of the new Mazda3 at the LA Auto Show will be this evening at 7:30pm Pacific time. I'm shaking in my Asics.
I'm looking forward to that as well , Jay. The current 3 is already excellent. How will they improve on that ?
Hi Jay and Edwin:
From tonight's reveal.
This (polarizing) design is certain to turn a few heads. I kinda like it. As always , too much engine.
That C pillar is terrible. Visibility is going to be bad. The back seat is going to be a dark place.
The rear hatch is tiny. Very sloped forward, the rear load height is way up high. It is less than 2/3 the opening size of my Fit. (quick measure by license plate size from photos)
From a family-with-kids perspective, and from a utility perspective, it's got two marks against it already.
Looks gorgeous! Let see the Sky-X numbers maybe in 2020?
Looks like the old 2.5 engine is the only one available at the beginning. No , thanks.
Andrew , you're spoiled by Honda design. After driving the Prius for 3.5 years , I've found that rear visibility is best handled by three mirrors.
But yeah, there is a considerable blind spot on this Mazda. My normal technique of constantly scanning all three mirrors compensates
to some degree. That's the price of "look at me ! zoom , zoom ! "
I watched the reveal last night (which was several minutes late getting underway) and the talk was all about the styling. There was one quick flash on the screen "Skyactiv X" but no mention whatsoever of the engine and chassis.They are both, the sedan and hatchback, hot looking but I was amazed at how much better the sedan looked. They really nailed it! The proportions of the hatchback looked amiss somehow but I can't put my finger on it. I saw a faint resemblance to the AMC Pacer from some views. I will reserve judgement till I see one in person. Some great-looking cars don't photograph well.
My dad and I did a test-drive in a Pacer in 1975. It rode like a larger car. But I think it also drank like a larger car , too.
Somewhat true, but I feel the mirror settings that work best for spotting traffic in adjacent lanes don't work well for seeing what you're about to hit whilst reversing. It needs a way to conveniently jump between two settings per side. (Much like systems that allow storing favorite settings for two different regular drivers ... )
What , you don't use the back-up camera , lol ? I don't use it.
You do make a good point about dual settings. I'm not one of those who gets excited and buys a higher trim level
because of features like that , but I'm sure some folks will.
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