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#18 of 437 Re: rave review for Mazda3 Skyactiv [backy]
Oct 27, 2011 (6:46 am)
While agree there should be Velocity Red offered, or some sort of red, it has been around since 2004 and has not really been a big sales success, on the Mazda3 anyway...
Mazda has a tricky delima....they want to appeal to those who are driving enthusiast but it is not good business practice to offer items to those that will only appeal to a very, very select few.
Unfortunately, every other manufacturer gets a pass on this, but Mazda gets blasted. It is something they have delt with for a while.
On a side note, the Sky Blue is an awesome color! At least they got that right!
#19 of 437 Re: rave review for Mazda3 Skyactiv [aviboy97]
Oct 27, 2011 (7:01 am)
They're offering it on the S models. No reason to not offer it on the SkyActiv models as well.
If I buy one I want my own paint booth and an unlimited supply of Velocity Red Mica paint.
#20 of 437 Re: rave review for Mazda3 Skyactiv [bpizzuti]
Oct 27, 2011 (11:01 am)
It is offered, but no dealers order it because it does not sell. Out of the 50 Mazda3's I have in inventory, I have one Mazdaspeed3 in Velocity Red and one 5-door s Grand Touring in Velocity Red.
I love the color, but it appears the majority of consumers do not feel the same way.
#21 of 437 Re: rave review for Mazda3 Skyactiv [aviboy97]
Oct 27, 2011 (11:48 am)
Well, having blue as the only color of note isn't a good thing either you know. How about a green or an orange or something?
Honestly, three shades of grey is overkill. Keep the graphite and dump the rest. Get a forest green in or something. And a beige. Three shades of grey but no beige?
#22 of 437 Re: rave review for Mazda3 Skyactiv [bpizzuti]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Oct 27, 2011 (2:29 pm)
Hard to say. People get really picky about colors and it wouldn't surprise me if three shades of gray might sell more cars than one gray and a green. Color names can play a big part too. Some people might looks at a charcoal and say, "That doesn't look like charcoal to ME" even though they might like the actual color.
#23 of 437 Re: rave review for Mazda3 Skyactiv [pf_flyer]
Oct 27, 2011 (2:39 pm)
The Dolphin Gray, Graphite and Liquid silver are all very different. The Graphite is the only real "gray" color. The others are silver and Dolphin Gray looks more like a sea foam.
Mazda has never done well with tans or golds or forest greens. Those colors are for Toyota and Subaru.
Indigo Lights is a new color as is the Dolphin Gray along with Sky Blue.
Buyers prefer white, silver, black and gray the most. The others are spot sellers. Always have been, always will be.
#24 of 437 Re: rave review for Mazda3 Skyactiv [aviboy97]
Oct 27, 2011 (3:52 pm)
I dunno, just doesn't seem right to not have a red available. I mean, the Graphite looks pretty decent at least, if I could force myself into ANOTHER grey car but... *shudder* sea foam? Foamy zoom zoom? Sorry but silver looks grey to me, just a light grey. Other than one beige car and my previous Velocity Red can of zoom-zoom, every car I've ever owned was grey...66% of them.
Kind of hard to tell without actual color chips (and yes I am waiting for a brochure) but on my screen that Dolphin gray looked about 98% grey and 2% green.
I like Indigo Lights, but the Graphite actually seems to hide/camouflage the grin a little better.
Still seems like a little bit of a blah color pallette, especially with the red still available on the S models. Still, if they aren't selling I guess I can't blame them. I just hope if they are phasing it out they replace it with another color with some pop...
#25 of 437 Re: rave review for Mazda3 Skyactiv [aviboy97]
Oct 27, 2011 (4:21 pm)
Unfortunately, every other manufacturer gets a pass on this, but Mazda gets blasted.
Every other manufacturer offers something other than white, silver, gray, or blue. Like... red.
For example, have you seen the Desert Bronze on the Elantra? I think that's a very sharp color. Oh... they offer red also. That looks good also IMO.
And GM (and others) offer a gorgeous medium red metallic on their cars, including the Cruze. Oh yes... Ford offers red also. Just about everyone offers red. Even a niche player like Subaru offers red. Heck, they offer TWO reds on the Impreza.
I didn't think Mazda was trying to cater to the masses but to people who like a little excitement in their driving. How about catering to those who like a little excitement in the color of their cars?
#26 of 437 Re: rave review for Mazda3 Skyactiv [backy]
Oct 27, 2011 (4:29 pm)
Not to mention the fact that we expect better of Mazda than we do GM, Hyundai, Ford, and Subaru.
#27 of 437 Re: rave review for Mazda3 Skyactiv [bpizzuti]
Oct 27, 2011 (4:45 pm)
Yes... I used to. Looks like Mazda has done some needed catching-up with the Skyactiv. Just need to catch up in the Paint dept.