Considering the Mazda 2

This is a message for Mazda North America; Why is the Mazda 2 not in North America?  Ford no longer has their hand in the cookie jar so what is the hold up?

I have various personal theories as to why; it will cut into Mazda 3 sales or perhaps production output for the 2 isn’t high enough. The economy is in the tank so we know Mazda isn’t at its max capacity. People are broke! We cannot afford the more expensive cars so a smaller car like the 2 makes sense. Its biggest competition would be the Fit, Yaris, and the soon to be offered Fiats. The Mazda 2 gets great gas mileage, and would argueably be car the best in class if Mazda sold the DI diesel model in the states.

Personally I want one because they are super light and prime for upgrading. I would try and fit a 2.3 DISI engine under the hood. Actually, I will fit a 2.3 DISI engine under the hood! A lightly modded 300hp DISI engine in a 2100lb car would produce an absolutely crazy-fun car to drive. Even in stock form the stock 1.6 liter is rated at 120 hp and torque.  If/when Mazda brings the car to the North America you can bet we will be getting more power out of that engine.

When I was in Tokyo last year I had the opportunity to ride in the AutoExe tuned Demio heading to a lunch meeting with them.  The car is just like a Mazda 3 in terms of fit and finish.  The interior was nice, not over the top.  Despite the 2 being small it was not uncomfortably small for 4 adult men.

There are rumors we may actually get the Mazda 2 late this year but nothing is available to the dealers yet.  Cross your fingers!

Derrick

Derrick Shares his Thoughts on the New MazdaSpeed 3

There have been lots of pictures and postings on the internet about the new Mazdaspeed 3, Mazdaspeed Axela, or MPS3 (depending on your location on the planet).

After the first few looks at the car I thought that the front end looked a little off with the ‘happy face’ Mazda came up with.  However, after looking at the car overall, the style and design has grown on me.  With the new body styling, wheels, and stance I think I like the upcoming car more than the older Mazdaspeed 3.

Several things which really stand out to me in the new car are the lower body line which comes up and over the rear wheel well.  From a front view this integrates really well with the styling of the car.  I am really digging the new headlights and taillights as well.  The evolution of the car was a good one.

2010 MazdaSpeed 3

I really want to get a good look under the hood to see the changes to the intercooler and intake system.  So far I have not found any good pictures of the engine bay.  I will probably have to wait a few more months or until we receive our special-ordered MazdaSpeed 3.  With the hood scoop in the new location the CorkSport Ram Air FMIC kit we sell should really make some impressive power gains at speed.

Derrick

New Header and Intake for 1.6 DOHC MX3s!

CorkSport has gone back to its roots so to speak. We have been working on developing new performance parts for the MX3.

One of the parts Jason has been working on is a header for the 4 cylinder MX3s, seen below.

We are working to incorporate all of the emissions fittings for the header to make this a sensor friendly upgrade.

The second part we have been developing is an intake system for the MX3 4 cylinder model. The test vehicle shown below is the 1.6 DOHC model.

The intake we have been working with is a bolt in design which incorporates all of the fittings for the crankcase and the idle air control valve.

If you are interested in these parts let us know by submitting feedback on this blog post or contacting me at derrick@corksport.com.

Derrick

CorkSport goes to the OCC Mazda Meet in NY!

CORKSPORT attended the OCC Mazda meet on May 2nd and 3rd in Newburgh NY. The event had a wide range of Mazdas, everything from from a 1972 RX-2 in pristine condition to a brand new 2010 Mazda 3.

Jason and I attended the show to answer product questions and to show off our latest products like the Power Series Short Ram Intake (SRI).

We met people from all areas of the Northeast including a group from Club Mazda Quebec who drove down for the OCC event. They came with a full range of Mazdas including this BJ model protégé with a Sport 20 bumper purchased from us here at CorkSport.

MazdaSpeed 3s where out in force at the event. There was everything from stock to heavily modified cars present including this tasteful MazdaSpeed 3 which I especially liked the looks of.

That’s all for this time, be sure to say hello to CorkSport representatives at upcoming Mazda events this year!

Derrick