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Looking for a car free of gimmicks and empty promises? Take a look into the future with the new 2015 Mazda6. The Mazda6 is a mid-sized sedan equipped with classic and elegant features designed to meet all your expectations. This breathtaking ride is stylish, environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient. It is custom-designed with technology and luxury features engineered for optimum performance. “The mid-size sedan is the bread-and-butter of the automotive industry, a vehicle that finds its way into nearly every driveway and garage in America,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).
Mazda6 Trim Levels
The ’15 Mazda6 will be offered in three trim levels:
- Sport with a starting MSRP of $21,190
- Touring with a starting MSRP of $23,845
- Grand Touring with a starting MSRP of $29,895
The Sport and Touring come with a standard six-speed manual transmission. You can optionally upgrade to the six-speed automatic transmission. With that upgrade, you’ll also get Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio connectivity, HD Radio™ technology, Pandora® Internet radio, audio menu voice command and a 5.8-inch, color, touch screen display and rearview.
On the Grand Touring model, the six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. This option comes with Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), High Beam Control (HBC) and i-ELOOP and active grille shutters.
Mazda6 Color Palette
For all trims, the Mazda6 is available in six exterior colors, Blue Reflex, Meteor Gray, Jet Black, Snowflake White Pearl, Liquid Silver and Soul Red. Only two interior colors, black and almond are available.
Safety Features on the Mazda6
The 2015 Mazda6 is the ultimate mid-sized sedan when it comes to safety features. Distinguishing safety features include stability control, surround impact airbags, ignition disable security system and seatbelt pretensioners which automatically tighten seat-belts during a collision. There’s also the anti-whiplash feature that actively reacts to constrain the driver’s head to reduce the likelihood of head injuries during a collision. The new Mazda6 is unparalleled when it comes to finesse, reliability and safety. To learn more about Mazda6, call the experts at Morrie’s Mazda. You can reach us at (952) 977-7040.
Morrie’s Mazda, home to the Buy Happy® car shopping experience, is a Mazda dealer of choice in the Minnetonka and the Twin Cities metros. We serve car owners and shoppers with new Mazdas, used cars, expert auto repair, Mazda parts and Mazda accessories. Visit us at 13700 Wayzata Boulevard or call us at (952) 977-7040 the next time you need to buy or service your vehicle.
It’s been awhile since we’ve updated you on the progress of the Minnesota Zoo Field Research vehicle that we donated back in 2012. By providing the Zoo with the CX-5 we are able to assist with conservation research efforts by providing the necessary means of transportation so that researchers can to travel to area’s where field work can be conducted.
Since our last update, Biologist, Nick McCann published a scientific manuscript in the Canadian Journal of Zoology that describes how moose at the Minnesota Zoo responded to heat last summer. He also drafted a second manuscript that identifies habitat that free-ranging moose in northeastern Minnesota select when “bedding down” (laying down to rest and digest food). Results from his research will be used to develop science-based management recommendations, with the goal of keeping moose in Minnesota into the future.
Researcher, Brian Kot and his field team recently completed a short series of tests where attempts were made to capture wolves and then release them with GPS tracking collars. This is part of the study was to understand wolf-moose interactions in northern Minnesota. Based on information from these field tests, Brian will build new equipment this winter and resume field work in the spring. He is now working with federal, state, and tribal biologists to analyze behavioral and ecological data from wolves in different areas of Minnesota.
Last but not least, Kim VanderWaal is also making strides in field research in the Mazda CX-5. She traveled to northern Minnesota, where she placed GPS-collars on wild white-tailed deer. She was in the field during Winter Storm Cleon, wading through thigh-deep snow (36 inches!) in this unseasonably cold December. The aim of the project is to determine how deer and moose utilize the same habitat, and how that might influence the transmission of harmful parasites from deer to moose.
Here is a picture of the whole butterfly research team!
We’re so thankful that the Mazda CX-5 Field Research vehicle has helped with Minnesota Zoo Moose and Butterfly research efforts. Here at Morrie’s, giving back is important to us and we are proud to be able to work with such a great organization to help grow our community. Make sure to stay tuned for our blog for updates on the Minnesota Zoo Field Research Vehicle and everything else going on within our organization!
Last weekend, Morrie’s Mazda loaned me a fully-loaded 2014 Mazda3 Grand Touring. The Snowflake White Pearl sedan blended in perfectly with the snowy weather but kept my passengers and I coddled with leather-trimmed, heated seats in a nice and cozy interior. The SkyActiv 2.5L 4-cylinder uses a very high-tech hybrid-like system called i-ELOOP to increase fuel economy to 32 MPGs which means I had no problems driving all over the metro area visiting family before the holidays on less than a half tank of gas. The available navigation system that came standard on the Grand Touring trim level helped guide me along as if I was in command of Santa’s reindeer.
The 2014 Mazda3 is all new and completely redesigned. The exterior styling now falls more in-line with the more recent offerings from Mazda and to my eye, the Mazda3 looks like a miniature Mazda6. To me, that makes it the best looking compact car on the market today. The front of the Mazda3 no longer features the big, smiling grille that gave the car a rather polarizing look. Now, the front end is a bit more angular with the grille taking on more of a sneer than a grin. The new LED taillights look almost jewel-like which adds a touch of class as well. There’s also a hatchback which offers a bit more space in the back for transporting those large or unusually shaped items. In my case, it would’ve been great for carrying presents around! That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I could fit in the trunk or rear seat.
Inside, it’s obvious that Mazda has taken a more European approach to Mazda3 GT. The seats are covered in perforated black leather with sporty red stitching. This same theme is carried over on the shifter and steering wheel where all of the touch points feel solid and well-made. Even the dash is entirely covered in soft-touch plastic which is almost unheard of in this segment. The hard plastics around the buttons on the steering wheel and door panels have a cool, high-tech looking carbon fiber pattern as well. All in all, it contributes to the Mazda3’s interior feeling much more luxurious and expensive than it actually is. Suffice to say it’s also incredibly quiet inside.
Taking a look at the technology inside, first and foremost is the all-new 7.0-inch touchscreen. It’s crisp and colorful with big icons on the home screen to access things like media and phone features or the navigation system. In addition to the touchscreen, there is also a small control knob that works similarly to BMW’s iDrive system in that the driver can scroll through the menus, toggle through screens, and press down to make selections. There are also a handful of helpful shortcut keys surrounding the control knob for accessing phone, audio, and navigation features as well as back button. What really sets this Mazda3 apart from everything else in the segment is the available head-up display. Mazda has implemented a small, clear plastic screen that elegantly rises out of the top of the dash above the instrument cluster and information like speed or navigation directions are then projected onto it. The Mazda3 is the only vehicle in the USA to use a system like this and it really does work well with the navigation system. The navigation system also features 3D map graphics for big cities like downtown Minneapolis and St Paul which add a touch of class to the Mazda3.
Now, Mazda has a long-standing partnership with Bose for their stereo systems and the same holds true for the 2014 Mazda3. This car featured a 9-speaker Bose stereo with a Centerpoint 5.1-channel surround sound and active noise cancellation. Of course, there’s also AM/FM radio, HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a single disc CD/MP3 player and two USB ports. In terms of sound quality, this is easily one of the best in its class. When a phone is connected via Bluetooth, it also enables Pandora, Aha Radio, and Stitcher which all feature integrated apps that can play through the Bose stereo. One other advantage to pairing a phone is that this Mazda system will receive and read SMS text messages back to the driver and allow them to reply by voice command. One last thing to note about the technology inside the Mazda3 is that it is WiFi enabled. Although it’s not available to use quite yet, a future software update will allow the driver to connect their Mazda3 to available WiFi networks and download content like traffic and weather information.
Continuing with the all-new theme, the Mazda3’s SkyActiv direct injection 2.5L 4-cylinder engine uses a trick hybrid system to boost MPG while delivering 184 HP and 185 lb-ft of torque. The i-ELOOP system is basically a big capacitor that stores energy recovered from braking and uses it to power things like the headlights, stereo, navigation system and air conditioning so that these systems don’t need to draw power from the engine to work. This means that there is less there is less stress on the engine and better fuel economy. Other high-tech features in the Mazda3 include a blind spot monitor that alerts the driver when a vehicle is in their blind spot as well as a lane departure warning system that will let the driver know if they drift out of their lane. A back-up camera combined with a rear cross-traffic alert system makes parking in busy parking lots a snap.
So, what’s it like to actually drive the 2014 Mazda3? Well, Mazda has kept the “zoom zoom” DNA with a peppy engine and tight suspension that feels well balanced between sporty and comfortable. After driving the new Mazda3 with both the 6-speed manual transmission and the 6-speed automatic, I found the automatic to be the better all-around car. In the past, Mazda’s have made compromises in interior features and technology in exchange for being more fun to drive than the competition. Mazda has made it clear that there are no more compromises. With the Mazda3, you really can have it all. It’s a fun to drive compact sedan with loads of technology and safety features that delivers great gas mileage while still offering a level of refinement nearly on par with that of German luxury cars.
Now, with an as-tested price of $28,035 for this fully-loaded model, that’s priced near the top of the compact, front-wheel drive segment but by backing off on some of the options, you still end up with a really nice car that has all of the features you’d use on a daily basis for around $20,000. For those that are a little more budget-conscious, the entry-level Mazda3 comes in at just $16,945. Whether in base trim or fully loaded, the new Mazda3 firmly establishes itself as one of the best compact cars on the market today.
Guest blog post written by: Alex Bellus – a well-known automotive photographer in the Twin Cities area and a frequent attendee of MN C&C at the Automotorplex. He is an Automotive Analyst for IHS Automotive and has a wide range of automotive knowledge. Keep your eye out for his next Blog Post where he will highlight another popular new vehicle!
Tis the season to give back to those in your community and this year we’ve teamed up with Mazda to do just that. Now through January 2nd 2014 for every test drive we will donate an hour of our time to a local worthy cause. But that’s not all! When you buy or lease a new Mazda, we will donate $100 to one of the select charity organizations:
Giving back is an important part of how we do business here at Morrie’s, that is why we created the Buy Happy giving program. This program gives us the opportunity to give back to local organizations through volunteering, donating, spreading awareness and much more. When Mazda customers purchase a new vehicle they will choose from the above organizations to donate to. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and Mazda Foundation are the four national charities chosen by Mazda and United Health Care Children’s Foundation has been chosen by us as our local charity.
For more information about United Health Care Children’s Foundation head over to their website. Make sure to check the official website of Mazda Drive 4 Good often to see how many service hours have been pledged and how much money has been donated!
Stop by one either Morrie’s Minnetonka Mazda or Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda today to test-drive or purchase a vehicle and give back to one of these great organizations.
Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda is excited to announce that we have partnered with Gordy’s County Market once again to bring you the 90 Days of Giving!
Over the next 90 days, Morrie’s will be giving away three cars and $1,500 worth of gas to individuals in need. If you know someone in need of a vehicle please take a moment and nominate them here.
In order to nominate an individual for the 90 days of giving, you will need the following.
-The individuals name and contact information
-An explanation as to why they deserve the vehicle
- You name and contact information as a nominator.
Deadlines for nomination submissions each month are as follows:
November 20th 2013, December 11th 2013, and January 15th 2014. Winners will be chosen after we have reviewed all nominations in order to determine who ultimately wins the vehicle. Vehicle give-away’s will be held on November 27th, December 18th and January 22nd 2014. Make sure you stay tuned to our Facebook page for coverage of these heartwarming giveaways!
If you have any questions regarding the 90 days of giving or would like to nominate someone, head over to our website. We look forward to working with other local businesses to give back to the Chippewa Falls and surrounding area communities.
The Morrie’s Mazda/Miracles Of Mitch Mazda 2 made its second appearance this past weekend. Many consider Road America to be the United States premier racetrack. With its dramatic elevation changes and technical corners, it demands the best from both driver and car. Then, stir in a couple long straights where maximum speed is obtained.
At Road America, our nimble and reliable little Mazda 2 routinely hit speeds well over one hundred miles per hour bringing home third place. This was a particularly strong finish given that it is difficult for a single car to compete against a team of several cars as they can use each other for drafting and even bump drafting.
With Michael Ashby at the wheel, the Morrie’s Mazda/Miracles Of Mitch Mazda 2 broke up their formation to finish a very strong third. An engine control unit re-flash, now available, will give us some additional horsepower and a few more RPM’s at the top end. With these modest upgrades, we will improve on these already fantastic results.
Do you live in Chippewa Falls or the surrounding area? Are you a hardworking individual looking for work? Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda will be holding a Job Fair on July 9th, and we want to meet you! The Job Fair will be help at the Eagles Club in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin from 4-7pm on the 9th of July.
We are looking to hire for the following departments:
Light Duty Technician
Business Development Center (BDC)
Experience for the following positions is preferred but not required. For more information please give us a call at (715) 720-7000. The Eagles Club is located at 2588 Hallie Rd, Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729. We look forward to meeting you!
Phase 3: The Roll Cage and Wrap
A recent trip to the LA Auto show to see the unveiling of the all-new 2014 Mazda6, amongst many other exciting cars, triggered a trifecta of firsts for me. This was my first trip to a major auto show, my first (and second) time to an In-N-Out Burger and the first time I’ve driven a Mazda MX-5 Miata more than 100 yards. The latter came complements of Mazda USA, who graciously provided me and a colleague with a 2013 Mazda MX-5 Special Edition to drive during our stay in SoCal. The MX-5 proved to be a great car to drive up and down Pacific Coast Highway.
Perhaps it was the pre-trip excitement, a bad frame of reference or poor planning, but it wasn’t until we arrived at Mazda HQ in Irvine, California, that we realized that our car would be challenged in the cargo carrying department. You see, in addition to our regular luggage and briefcases, we were also hauling a full load of camera gear to get footage at the show. In a prior life I spent many years working for company that sold two-seat roadsters, that shall remain unnamed, offering substantial trunk space in a front and rear trunk. It was not until we had our rendezvous with the MX-5 in Mazda’s parking lot that it finally clicked that not all convertibles are adept at swallowing large pieces of luggage. Despite its Spartan trunk space, some creative packing allowed us to fit everything quite snugly in the car. So snug, in fact, that when it came time grab the camera to snap a picture of our packing prowess, I realized it was in the bottom of the trunk. So, you will have to envision a trunk overflowing with luggage and equipment.
Tis’ the season to give thanks for what we have. We all love the opportunity to pay it forward. It just feels good. Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda we has partnered with Gordy’s County Market to bring you 90 Days of Giving.
Every month for the next 90 days Morrie’s will give one car away along with $500.00 worth of gas or groceries. That’s 3 cars and $1500 worth of gas in 90 days! The Metropolis Resort and Waterpark also jumped on board and put together a great package to pair up with each car give away.
There will be three give-a-ways, happening on December 22nd, January 31st, and February 20th. If you know someone in need this holiday season, nominate them for the cause. All you have to do is submit the name of the person or non-profit organization that you think deserves the car. E-mail us and tell us who you nominated and why at email@example.com. This is one opportunity to really help a family in need. Do something great, help out a friend and give back this season with 90 Days of Giving from Morrie’s. We want to thank The Metropolis Resort and our friends at Gordy’s County Market for their contributions. For more information and official rules click here.