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Cars in the Community - Pink Campaign 2016


Every October, Smail donates to local charities to fund research, raise awareness and fight for a cure for breast cancer. This year we had the pleasure of working with The Pink Pamper​, Westmoreland Walks, Inc.​, Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital​, and Magee - Womens Hospital of UPMC​. Watch our video to hear more about their stories and learn ways to help these worthy causes. 

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Preview the 2016 North American Auto Show

Acura will unveil the Precision Concept at the 2016 North American Auto Show

    The North American Auto Show's Press Preview will begin Jan. 12, 2016 in Detroit.

    Each year, manufacturers head to Michigan to debut new models to the industry and to the public.

    This year, the show's main focus will be on luxury vehicles and crossovers.

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The MVPs of the Tailgate

    Football season is here, the Pirates are going to the postseason and all seems right with the world. And, with these outdoor sporting events, comes pre-game celebration: Tailgate parties.

    "Like jazz and blue jeans, tailgating was born in the USA. The earliest example of tailgating at a sporting event took place in 1869 at a football game between Rutgers and Princeton, just a few years before the advent of the automobile in the U.S. For those not familiar with the term, tailgating involves the consumption of food and beverages in the back of a parked vehicle. Usually there's music playing on the car stereo to buoy the mood. The venue is most often the parking lot of a stadium or arena, before or after a sports game or concert. To indulge in this uniquely American event, you'll need good eats, strong drinks and a properly equipped vehicle." (Edmunds)

    Wi-Fi hotspots, built-in glovebox coolers and in-cabin vacuums have made current lineups elite tailgating machines.

    We reviewed and compared some "best-of" lists and picked the best-of-the-best autos to take to your tailgate.

Honda Fit
Honda Fit
It may be considered a subcompact vehicle, but the Honda Fit has an "amazingly accommodating cabin." (Edmunds) Keep up with all your sports news with a four-speaker sound system, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.


Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5
"CX-5 is teeming with wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD radio, Pandora Internet radio and navigation system, pushbutton starter and three power outlets. The ample rear seating and up to 65.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats down aren't exactly throwaways, either, nor is the combined 30.5 miles per gallon." (The Street)

Honda Odyssey
Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey, both Kelley Blue Book's "Best Buy" and also U.S. News' "Best Minivan for Families," houses an incredible interior feature. A vacuum. Messes happen. And they'll happen at a tailgate. But with the Odyssey, you can quickly sweep up the remains of a back-seat chip spill and keep on having fun.

Kia Soul
Kia Soul
"The Kia Soul's boxy design and large, airy cabin are great for tailgating. An available eight-speaker Infinity sound system with sharp sound quality and fun speaker lights keeps things festive." (Edmunds)

Ford F-150
Ford F-150
"The best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for more than three decades running is the tailgate wagon of choice for a whole lot of the nation's fans. After a big upgrade for 2015, however, it just got a lot better.

"Throw a spray-in bed liner in the back and a cap on any F-150, and you get a fairly ideal tailgate vehicle. Throw in electric outlets, under-seat storage in the cab, LED spotlights and tailgate step in the back and you have yourself a better seat in the parking lot than you will anywhere beyond the club seats and luxury boxes in the stadium itself." (The Street)



When it Comes to Manual Transmissions, These Cars Stand Out

    The manual transmission may be scarce but its not dead. Each year's clutch-count decreasing because people simply don't want to fuss with pedals and shifters.

    The people at Popular Mechanics, though, don't see the problem with a more captivating commute provided by a manual transmission.

    "Shifting a manual transmission is not only more engaging and fun than flicking some dainty little paddles, it also requires more skill and makes the driver a better one."

    While there are a few options on the market as far as cars that offer manual controls, three stand out among the rest.


Ford Focus RS manual transmission
"Ford's ultimate-performance Focus, the RS model, has eluded buyers here in the US for fifteen years. But for 2016, the rally-bred super hatch is no longer only for Europe. Even better news: This built-in-Germany monster with 315 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque will come only with a manual. That should keep this machine in the hands of those that appreciate its capabilities." (Popular Mechanics)




Civic Si manual transmission
"Next to the definition of 'smooth and zingy' is a picture of the Civic Si—well, in our dictionary, anyway. Available as a sedan or a coupe, each looks zestier than its non-Si counterparts, along with a high-revving, 205-hp four-cylinder engine that makes 174 lb-ft of torque. Equipped only with a six-speed manual, the Civic Si delivers lively acceleration, while its lowered suspension and sticky tires let it tackle corners with aplomb, making it the most fun-to-drive car Honda currently sells." (Car and Driver)




Mazda Miata manual transmission
"The Miata's sports car formula has lasted for more than a quarter century. The all-new 2016 model not only retains the easy-shifting and precise 6-speed manual transmission, but also elevates the entire Miata experience. It's still one of the best manual transmissions available on any car at any price." (Popular Mechanics)




Visit Smail Auto to shop all manual transmission inventory

Great New Cars Less Than 20K

    Owning a vehicle comes with a hefty price tag no matter what your budget. But there's no need to sacrifice comfort, safety or style to secure a mode of transportation.

    There are great cars that won't obliterate your bank account and they're all priced below 20k.

Ford Focus. Cars under 20k. Smail Ford, Greensburg.
"The 2015 Ford Focus brings European design into Detroit showrooms. When shopping for new cars under $20,000 that are available in both hatchback and sedan form, the Ford Focus stands out. The Focus delivers exceptional handling for its price point, along with the availability of features like the Ford SYNC vehicle interface." (Autobytel)
Mazda3. Cars under 20k. Smail Mazda.
"...[The Mazda3] is a pint-sized performance car that just happens to be a practical economy car, too. The steering is sports-car precise, and the suspension does a great job of limiting body roll, resulting in an athletic feel that's unmatched in this class. Both available 4-cylinder engines are smooth and peppy, and both are great on gas, too." (Autotrader)
Kia Forte. Cars under 20k. Smail Kia. Serving Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Monroeville, Latrobe.
"Since arriving on U.S. shores back in 1991, Kia has rapidly evolved from a purveyor of bargain-basement econoboxes into a stylish and fully modern brand that can compete with the best the mainstream market has to offer. Perhaps no model is as emblematic of Kia's progress as the latest Forte, a compact sedan that combines the value for which the automaker has become known with an attention-grabbing exterior design and a high-quality cabin." (Left Lane News)
Honda Civic. Cars under 20k. Smail Honda Village.
"The 2015 Honda Civic meets and exceeds small-car buyer preferences for reliability, safety, fuel efficiency, quality, and value without so much as breathing hard. It’s everything you’d expect in a compact economy sedan, and so much more." (CarGurus)
Kia Soul. Cars under 20k. Smail Kia, Greensburg.
"[The Soul] gives Kia an injection of, well, soul to complement its reputation for building competent cars that pack plenty of value." (Edmunds)

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Star Trek Into Darkness will be opening in local Western Pennsylvania theaters on May 17, 2013.  But if you are itching for some extra Star Trek content and a Movie App check out what Mazda and Paramount have been working.

Star-Trek-Into-Darkness-AppA new "Star Trek" app will feature Mazda along with several interactive missions starting mid-April.  By successfully completing each mission, fans can earn points and rise in rank through Starfleet Academy.  Additionally, the app allows fans to enter sweepstakes, buy movie tickets, unlock coveted film-related content and stay connected with the most updated Star Trek news.  The app is available for download through the App Store and Google Play at

Mazda's movie-tie in campaign will include a Mazda/Star Trek Into Darkness co-branded television spot, as well as outdoor properties, digital extensions and social media assets such as a dedicated Facebook tab.  

On sale now at Smail Mazda, the Mazda6 starts at $20,880[1] MSRP and is the second vehicle in the Mazda lineup to fully incorporate SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY[2], the brand's breakthrough engineering approach toward increasing overall vehicle efficiency.  Offering both powerful performance and improved fuel economy, the 2014 Mazda6 features best-in-class highway fuel economy of 38 miles per gallon (MPG). 

Mazda6 also will be the first production vehicle to feature Mazda's capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system called i-ELOOP, and will be Mazda's first North American vehicle to feature the SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine when available during the second half of the year.

[1] Starting price is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest trim level. MSRP does not include $795 destination charge (Alaska $840), title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.

[2] SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).

SOURCE Mazda North American Operations




AUTOWEEK Reviews the 2014 Mazda 6

Autoweek shared their thoughts on the all New 2014 Mazda 6.

2014 Mazda 6

On Sale: Now

Base Price: $21,675

Drivetrain: 2.5-liter, 184-hp, 185-lb-ft I4; FWD, six-speed manual

Curb Weight: 3,183 lb

0-60 mph: 8.2 sec (est)

Fuel Economy (EPA City/Hwy/Combined): 25/37/29 mpg


The 6 is the second vehicle to go on sale featuring the entire portfolio of Mazda's fuel-saving Skyactiv technology, including a new family of engines, transmissions and lighter bodies, and suspension components.

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Mazda CX-5 & Dr. Seuss' The Lorax


Mazda-cx-5Only the Mazda CX-5 has received the Certified Truffula Tree seal of approval for their earth-friendly SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY! 

Please enjoy this YouTube Playlist from MazdaUSA.  You'll find a series of videos that take you behind the scenes and show you sneak peaks from Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.  Go behind the scenes with Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Betty White, as they discuss their characters in Dr. Seuss' The Lorax—the new animated adventure from the creators of Despicable Me and the imagination of Dr. Seuss.

Mazda proudly supports Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, in theaters March 2nd!

2013 Mazda CX-5 Named 2012 Crossover of the Year by AutoBytel

2013 Mazda CX-5A Crossover that is truly ahead of its time - LITERALLY!

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 was name the 2012 Crossover of the year By Autobytel.  This All New Compact SUV Features a Full Suite of SKYACTIV Technologies and Best-In-Class Fuel Economy.

A segment newcomer, CX-5 is the first Mazda to fully encompass SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, the brand's engineering-focused philosophy toward improving all-around vehicle efficiency, and is expected to offer best-in-class fuel economy when the vehicle goes on sale in the spring of 2012.

"The 2013 CX-5 is poised to join a fast-growing and increasingly competitive compact SUV segment," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "To be honored with an award of this distinction so early in the launch process is a testament to Mazda's dedication toward building vehicles that perfectly combine captivating design, dynamic handling, unexpected efficiency, flexible functionality and first-class safety."

The 2013 CX-5 is equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine which features a 13:1 compression ratio, the highest of any mass-produced car in the world, and delivers 155 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm and reaches redline at 6,500 rpm.  Available with a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic, the vehicle has a 2,000-pound towing capacity as well as an all-new optional all-wheel drive system.

For more information on SKYACTIV Technolgy that is currently available, please check out a previous post on What Is Mazda3 SKYACTIV Technology?