All-New Mazda MX-5 Hits the Paris Catwalk
Originally first seen as the star of the show at Mazda's new facility the "Mazda Space" in Barcelona earlier this year, and 25 years after the original MX-5 was unveiled at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, Mazda have revealed to the automotive world Mark VI of their legendary MX-5 sports car at the Paris Motor Show.
It comes at a great time for the Japanese automaker based in Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture, as they are growing their business in terms of sales and profits – and they have great hope that this MX-5 model will help continue the trend.
The MX-5 was on show with the Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5, but despite the obvious attraction of these models, it was the new MX-5 that was the apple of many visitors’ eyes in Paris.
Lighter by 100kg than the outgoing model – and therefore by association lighter on the road – the model that was on show in Paris featured SKYACTIV technology that included a SKYACTIV-G 1.5-litre petrol engine and six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual gearbox, ready to make use of the roadster's rear-wheel drive layout and near perfect 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.
The breathtakingly sporty exterior of the car features a bit of a designers’ dream with what they have called the KODO - Soul of Motion design; and it fits perfectly with the car’s lower centre of gravity and longer bonnet along with character lines expressing vitality and motion.
And inside the new MX-5 is everything that you would associate with the close-fitting yet comfortable fit inherent in the world of an MX-5 driver, along with state-of-the art technology like i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology and MZD Connect, the company's in-car connectivity concept.
In the past 25 years, almost 950,000 Mazda MX-5s have been produced and sold, making it the best-selling two-seater sports car of all time. There is no reason at all why that title should not be held by the Mazda MX-5 for a lot longer.