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25th Anniversary Miata debuts at New York Auto Show

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 04/21/2014 at 9:43 AM
Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition

– All Photos courtesy of Drew Phillips (Autoblog)

Miata 25th Anniversary Edition

The Mazda MX-5 received a lot of attention at the New York Auto Show last week for a few reasons. First, Mazda revealed the Miata 25th Anniversary Edition, which is sure to be a collectible model for Miata enthusiasts. Secondly, because Mazda revealed the Skyactiv chassis of the highly-anticipated next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata. In a display dedicated to Mazda’s iconic roadster, Miata fans had the opportunity to reminisce through the Miata’s past and get a glimpse into its future. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazda introduces new features in the 6 for 2015

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 04/16/2014 at 11:12 AM

Red Mazda 6

2015 Mazda 6 vs. 2014 Mazda 6

The Mazda6 received a complete redesign for the 2014 model year that spawned an abundance of critical acclaim. As Popular Mechanics Car of the Year, Mazda could have rested on the success of that redesign and carried over the Mazda6 as is into the 2015 model year. While that is an approach that many automakers choose, Mazda takes the stance that if you’re standing still, you’re moving backward. While the Mazda6 maintains all the things you experienced in the 2014 Mazda6, the 2015 Mazda6 in Chicago IL also adds some new features that previously were not available. We’ll show you what is new for 2015 by comparing the 2015 Mazda 6 vs. 2014 Mazda 6. Read the rest of this entry »

Join Bill Jacobs Mazda for a Spring Baseball Event

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 04/08/2014 at 2:35 PM

Bill Jacobs Spring Baseball Event

It’s been a long winter. No, it’s been a REALLY long winter. But last week’s Major League Baseball opening day was a sure sign of spring and Mother Nature took notice, as temperatures are on the rise. So we figure it’s time to celebrate!

Spring Baseball

– Photo Courtesy of M Dreibelbis

This year’s Bill Jacobs Mazda Spring Baseball event will take place Saturday April 12 at the dealership from noon to 5 p.m. Whether you’re a Cubs fan, White Sox fan or your fan allegiances are outside of Chicago, you’re welcome to join us for an afternoon full of food, music, warm weather, and springtime fun.

The Bill Jacobs Mazda Spring Baseball event has all the ingredients for a really fun afternoon. Bill Jacobs staff will be wearing baseball uniforms, so that will be a treat in itself. More importantly, we’ll have people grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, because what is a baseball event without some good old fashioned tailgating? Read the rest of this entry »

Active safety features help Mazda owners stay aware of surroundings

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 04/07/2014 at 12:24 PM

Mazda Safety

How Do Lane Departure Warning Systems Work?

Mazda goes to great lengths to ensure its vehicle are safe in the event of a collision. While post-crash safety is essential, Mazda is doing more than most automakers to utilize technology to help drivers avoid accidents altogether. With the i-ACTIVSENSE proactive safety suite, you have access to cameras, sensors, radar, and lasers that help you stay more aware of your surroundings. While the i-ACTIVSENSE package includes a number of features, we’re going to focus this blog on the Lane Departure Warning System.

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warnings only sound during unintentional lane drifting, not during deliberate lane changes.

So how do Lane Departure Warning Systems work? In Mazda vehicles equipped with Lane Departure Warning Systems, the system warns drivers when they begin drifting into another lane by sounding an alarm.

The system is able to detect yellow or white lines on both sides of the car and is can reliably determine whether a lane change is intentional or unintentional. If the system detects your turn signals, acceleration or deliberate turning, the system likely won’t sound the alarm. If you begin drifting into another lane without signaling, however, the an alarm will sound to help you realize you are entering another lane.

This Lane Departure Warning System is especially useful in situations where you are driving on a straight road and your attention to driving may begin to wane. While it’s just one element of Mazda’s active safety features, it’s one of the most useful. If you don’t want the system to send you alerts in certain situations, you can easily turn it off with the push of a button.

The Lane Departure Warning System is available throughout the new Mazda lineup and is a good additional feature for every driver. Test drive the award-winning 2014 Mazda3 or Mazda6 to experience the Lane Departure Warning system and other elements of the i-ACTIVSENSE active safety suite.

Stay up-to-date with automotive recalls to ensure your car is safe to drive

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 04/01/2014 at 3:53 PM

safety recall notice

How to find out if your Mazda is recalled

If you’ve never driven a car that’s been recalled, it can be a little scary. It’s normal to feel anxious about a recalled vehicle, but you shouldn’t let it affect the way you drive for the next few days or weeks unless it is specifically outlined by the manufacturer.

The fact is, a recall is an automaker’s way of correcting a problem that has appeared in numerous models similar to yours due to manufacturing error. While you shouldn’t wait too long to bring your recalled car in for service, if you aren’t noticing immediate problems, you don’t have to race to the dealer. Remember, recalls get fixed free of charge, so don’t let budget constraints stop you from taking advantage of a recall. Read the rest of this entry »

Reach for the SKYACTIV

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 03/26/2014 at 12:35 PM

How Do SKYACTIV Engines Work?

For many of you, the engineering behind what makes your Mazda so efficient and fun to drive doesn’t interest you all that much, as long as the car continues delivering the spirited performance and fuel-sipping mentality you love. But many of our customers want to know more about the SKYACTIV Technology suite to understand how their Mazda offers comparable fuel-economy figures to many hybrids on the road without using any fuel alternatives. While there are many facets to the SKYACTIV Technology Suite, we’ll take a little time to answer the question, “How do SKYACTIV engines work?” so you can have a better understand about what’s going on under the hood of your new Mazda. Read the rest of this entry »

Which Mazda 3 model is right for you?

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 03/24/2014 at 9:56 AM

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2014 Mazda 3i vs. Mazda 3s

So you’ve decided your next car is going to be a Mazda 3. Good choice. But you you still have some important decisions to make. First, you have to decide whether you want a hatchback or a sedan, which is a battle between space and style preferences. Another choice you’ll have to make is whether you want the Mazda 3i or Mazda 3s. With that in mind, we’ll compare the 2014 Mazda 3i vs. Mazda 3s to help you decide which model best fits your needs. Read the rest of this entry »

MX-5 Miata to Celebrate 25th Birthday at New York Auto Show

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 03/20/2014 at 10:43 AM

Mazda MX-5 Miata

It’s been 25 years since the Mazda MX-5 Miata first arrived in showrooms and since that time, it’s gone on to earn a spot on Car and Driver Magazine’s 10 Best List an incredible 14 times. The Miata has also been named Wheels Magazine’s Car of the Year twice and Grassroots Motorsports called Mazda’s roadster the most important sports car built in the last 25 years. While that is just a small sample of the awards the Miata has pulled in since its release, it gives you an idea of the impact the Miata has made on the industry. Offering true sporty performance and style while remaining extremely affordable and rather fuel efficient, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most iconic cars on the road today. Read the rest of this entry »

Have your Mazda maintained by the best technicians in Joliet

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 03/18/2014 at 2:38 PM

Mazda Maintenance

Mazda Maintenance Specials Joliet IL

There are few vehicles in the automotive industry that strike the balance between fun and practical as well as those in the Mazda lineup. As you enjoy the exceptional fuel economy and “zoom-zoom” performance, it’s important to remember maintaining that elite level of performance takes some work. That’s where we come in. Sure, you can take your Mazda to any local mechanic or quick lube center, but you won’t get the Mazda-specific service you will with our team of Mazda certified technicians. Additionally, we offer a number of Mazda maintenance specials in Joliet IL to ensure our prices remain competitive with other service centers vying for your attention.

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Trust the advanced engineering and active safety features of the Mazda6

By Bill Jacobs Auto | 03/13/2014 at 3:01 PM

2014 Mazda6 Safety Scores

Mazda 6 Safety Scores

The 2014 Mazda6 after the small overlap front test.

The 2014 Mazda6 has proven to be one of the most impressive redesign models of the 2014 model year. Earning a number of awards for its outstanding package of fuel economy, performance, and interior commodities, the Mazda6 joined the Mazda3 in taking the automotive industry by storm. While we’ve outlined some of the details surrounding Mazda’s i-Activsense safety features, the 2014 Mazda6 didn’t receive official scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration until recently. Those tests confirmed what we already knew about the 2014 Mazda 6, as it received a five-star overall safety rating for the Mazda6. Read the rest of this entry »



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