Month: February 2017

Winning Mazda Engine Named to Wards 10 Best List

Mazda CX-9 - Memphis, TN

The stellar Mazda CX-9.

One of the first things that car enthusiasts think of when they imagine Mazda is the brand’s penchant for churning out innovative, powerful, but fuel efficient engine technology. Year after year, Mazda keeps delivering capable but lightweight vehicles that are fun and affordable. It’s exactly that kind of commitment to excellence that allowed Mazda to make it onto the Ward 10 Best Engine list. The winning motor in question is the Mazda CX-9’s 2.5-liter DOHC turbocharged inline-4.

Utilizing Mazda’s signature SKYACTIV-G technology, the CX-9 replaced its former heavy V6 with this new lightweight engine to cut 250 pounds from the 2017 model year vehicle, boosting its fuel efficiency by a whopping 25% over the previous model year. The secret is the Dynamic Pressure Turbo System hidden inside the engine, which creates extra pressure by funneling exhaust through a smaller space. Cranking out 301 lb-ft of torque, it’s obvious this isn’t your average four-cylinder engine.

The winning Mazda engine attracted attention and awe from the WardsAuto editors, an impressive feat that earned it the number one spot on the 10 Best Engines list for the year thanks to its incredible innovation and unusual engineering. Mazda doesn’t seem to be slowing its roll any time soon, continuing to crank out excellent new engines year after year that take the market by storm.




Seven Consecutive Years of Hyundai Sales Growth

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - Memphis, TN

Hyundai is soaring higher and higher every year.

There was a time when Korean automakers were regarded as cheap, off-brand knockoffs of higher quality Japanese cars, but no longer. Between seven consecutive years of ongoing success and the debut of the brand’s new luxury Genesis sub-brand, Hyundai sales growth is all the evidence you need to prove that more and more drivers are flocking to the Korean carmaker as their first choice, rather than a flashier or trendier alternative.

For 2016, Hyundai posted a grand total of 775,005 units sold, a record number for the company in United States market. Sales dropped slightly in December by 1.9%, but Hyundai remained confident, with Derrick Hatami, vice president of national sales in Hyundai Motor America, announcing that “consumer confidence surged in December, to the highest level in more than a decade,” allowing the company to capitalize on that and cross the finish line for a record year.

So is this drastic Hyundai sales growth streak going to continue? Representatives aren’t worried. Between the Tucson and Santa Fe nameplates setting personal records for December and growing sales for the Genesis sub-brand, Hyundai simply seems to be gaining steam, not losing it. Hyundai plans on gaining even more momentum over the course of 2017.