Archive for February, 2019

Turbochargers are able to provide performance and fuel economy

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
A stock photo of a vehicle's engine bay.

How does turbocharging in a car engine work?

In the old days, a vehicle owner had to choose between a vehicle that made a lot of horsepower and one that can record high fuel economy scores. Recent advances in automotive turbocharging technology are allowing car owners to have their cake and eat it, too – so to speak. So, how does turbocharging in a car engine work? The actual engineering behind turbochargers can get a little difficult to understand, but in practice, it’s pretty simple. There are several new vehicles in the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown lineup that employ this technology. Our team of product experts wanted to give you a quick primer on how this works so you can make a more informed decision during the shopping process. (more…)

A rushed decision is a bad decision when buying a new vehicle

Monday, February 25th, 2019
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What steps should I take to buy a new car?

Most financial experts will say that impulse buying of any kind isn’t a terribly smart idea. This goes double for buying a new vehicle. For most customers visiting the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom, their vehicle is going to be among their most important and valuable asset. If you’re thinking it’s time to make an upgrade to your daily driver, you should be thinking, ‘What steps should I take to buy a new car,’ long before you make your first visit to our, or any dealership. Our team of product experts wrote this short guide to get you started on a successful path that will hopefully end with you driving back home in a new Mazda sedan, hatchback or crossover SUV from our showroom. (more…)

They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, we couldn’t agree more!

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
A stock photo of people playing bag pipes at a St. Patrick's Day Parade.

When is the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Memphis, TN?

As February winds down, a lot of people around the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown have already started their countdown to this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the area. If you’ve been having similar thoughts, you may have been wondering, when is the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Memphis, TN? Not only has our team tracked down several pieces of information that will be helpful to those who plan on attending Memphis’ largest parade, but they have also found a few other appropriately themed St. Patrick’s Day activities around the city that people might also be interested in attending. If a new Mazda vehicle would make your St. Patrick’s Day a little easier, stop by the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom today. (more…)

If you’re not excited about the 2019 Mazda3, these videos will do the trick

Friday, February 15th, 2019
A photo of the rear of the 2019 Mazda3 hatchback.

2019 Mazda3 videos from the Chicago Auto Show

It always surprises people to know that we get our updates about new Mazda vehicles from the manufacturer, just like everyone else – save for a few important exceptions. Our team of product experts has been desperate for more images and information about the 2019 Mazda3. The Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Blog was fortunate enough to have a friend that was able to new shoot some new 2019 Mazda3 videos from the Chicago Auto Show. Mazda had examples of the sedan and hatchback models on display and our far-flung correspondent jumped on the chance to get a closer look at them. Suffice it to say that these videos have only ramped up our anticipation for the vehicle’s arrival. Even though the release date for the 2019 Mazda3 is still a month or two away, you can start the pre-ordering process by calling the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom today. (more…)

Are you ready for the summer driving season? These tips might help!

Thursday, February 14th, 2019
A left profile photo of a 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

How do I bring a car out of storage?

It might not feel like it, but spring is right around the corner. Not only will the weather start to improve and get warmer, but it will also be time to get our collectible vehicles back on the road. Sure, Gwatney Mazda of Germantown is a new car dealership and our inventory of pre-owned models is filled with modern vehicles, but we still know some things about older models. In fact, we have had more than a few customers ask our expert service technicians, ‘How do I bring a car out of storage?’ While every vehicle is going to have its own unique set of needs, there are a few standard procedures that our team follows when they bring their summer cars out of the garage. (more…)

Obviously, your headlights are important. But, how long should they last?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
A photo of the headlights being used by the 2018 Mazda6.

How long do headlights last on a car?

It’s hard to believe that in the very earliest days of horseless carriages, drivers had little more than oil lamps to provide light for driving at night. Thankfully, times and technology have changed a lot and automotive headlights can essentially turn night into day. Being on the road after dark is filled with enough challenges without someone struggling to see. This is such a problem, that it’s not terribly uncommon for a driver to call the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Service Department to ask, ‘How long do headlights last on a car?’ Unfortunately, there is no one answer that is going to be universally correct because there are just too many factors to take into account. But we’ll try to do our best to cover the most important information. (more…)

Mazda marks 30th anniversary with blockbuster effort in Chicago

Monday, February 11th, 2019
A photo of the badge used on the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition.

What comes with the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition?

When Mazda officially unveiled the 30th Anniversary Edition of the Mazda MX-5 Miata at the Chicago Auto Show, the public response was overwhelmingly positive. The automaker and 500 of the 3,000 models set aside for global preorder. In just one hour, 100 of those models were spoken and just a few hours after that, the rest of the designated pre-sale convertibles had been reserved. However, Gwatney Mazda of Germantown customers will still have a chance to own one later this year. So, what comes with the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition? Let’s take a look. To be sure, the anniversary model has some crossover with the standard production version. But, there will also be a few exclusive features to set it apart. (more…)

Make sure your kids are safe when they get their license

Thursday, February 7th, 2019
A stock photo of a young couple in a car.

Safety tips for new teenage drivers

There is nothing quite like that first feeling of freedom that goes with getting one’s driver’s license. It’s a pretty important milestone in most young people’s lives. On the other side of the equation are parents who are not only proud but also profoundly worried – if not actually scared that their children are venturing out into the world. We also understand this apprehension as well. The team of product experts working at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown showroom did a little research to come up with a concise list of the best safety tips for new teenage drivers. Never hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can help you with. (more…)

New Miata returns to Chicago where its story began in 1989

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
A blurred photo promoting the introduction of the Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition.

What comes with the Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition?

The lineup of new Mazda vehicles available at the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown is made up of some of the most popular sedans, hatchbacks and crossover SUVs in the automotive industry. As great as these vehicles are, there is one vehicle that really sparks imagination more than the others. When the Chicago Auto Show opens on Feb. 7, the automaker will be marking an important milestone in this model’s history. So, what comes with the Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition? Just like our previous blog entry about a potential redesign of the Mazda CX-3, early descriptions for the new anniversary edition are sparse, but there is a little bit of information we can share. (more…)

Mazda holding new engine technology for a little bit longer

Monday, February 4th, 2019
A photo of the SKYACTIV Technology label used on the automaker's engines.

Which Mazda models are getting the SKYACTIV®-X engine?

The ultimate goal of the automotive industry is to build vehicles that meet the needs of its owners, can protect them in the event of an accident and do all of that in as a fuel-efficient manner as possible. Mazda has made huge advancements in all of those areas, especially the last of that list. The automaker is currently developing new engine architecture that is reported to offer more performance and better fuel economy scores. It is being called ‘SKYACTIV®-X.’ So, which Mazda models are getting the SKYACTIV®-X? According to an article from the automotive news website, Jalopnik, it doesn’t look like Mazda is ready to put it into production just yet. Let’s take a look at what the article had to say. (more…)

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