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Mazda Shows Off Two Lightweight Miata Concepts At SEMA

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It’s not like the standard MX-5 roadster was a heavyweight, but Mazda designers wanted to see what could be achieved if weight savings were pushed to the limits. They were given free reign to craft a couple examples of lightweight prototypes based on the MX-5 and the result are the two concepts below: The 2016 MX-5 Spyder Concept and 2016 MX-5 Speedster Concept.

The MX-5 Spyder takes the unique characteristics of a vintage roadster and modernizes it to include a bespoke leather interior and a fresh new Mercury Silver prototype paint color.

For the MX-5 Speedster, Miata designers took it to extremes while paying homage to the minimalist roadsters of the ’50s. Painted in a Blue Ether paint, the MX-5 Speedster even ditches the windshield in favor of a carbon fiber deflector providing that true wind in the hair driving experience.

Both of these vehicles weigh significantly less than the already light 2,332 pound MX-5 roadster. Take a look through our gallery and let us know what you think!

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2016 Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 Given Refreshes

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While all the attention may have been on the new baby-ute Mazda CX-3 that is joining the Mazda family, a couple of vehicles were given some mid-cycle refreshes by Mazda. The Mazda 6, which in my opinion still had a pretty fresh design was given a quick nip and tuck for the 2016 model year. The most obvious change is the revised grill which we saw Mazda CX-3. The newer grill really works with the larger profile of the Mazda6 mid-sized body. The new grill almost blends right into the LED portion of the redesigned headlights giving the front end more seamless look. The interior was not left alone as Mazda replaced the smaller built in infotainment screen with a larger free-standing screen that many automakers seem to be going with despite how ugly it looks. Under the hood, nothing is changed. This update just brings the Mazda6 in line with all the newer models that have come out since giving the lineup a more cohesive look.

The CX-5 received similar interior updates as the Mazda6 with the addition of the updated infotainment system first launched in the
2015 Mazda3. Mechanically, the updated CX-5 sees the addition of an electric parking brake and newly designed wheels. Of course as with all facelifts the headlights and taillights have been updated with some trims getting LED lighting. Exclusive to Mazda6 is the addition of a unique addition to the car’s nighttime lighting signature, as the distinctive five-point grille is edge-lit on certain trim levels.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Debuts in Paris

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The new Miata is a long time coming. The ND generation is to be released to the public as a 2016 model. Mazda’s Kodo design language has brought an aggressive nature to what I considered a cute car. I am unsure if I like it. Well, change that, I don’t like it. I think it has more to do with Kodo than the overall look of the car. The design language really works on the Mazda6, not so much on the Mazda3. The Miata being even smaller, has me thinking that Kodo is more appropriate to larger cars (to me anyway).

This iteration has lost some weight. 2,200 lbs is the figure I have seen floating around the internet as a curb weight. No surprise is that the engine will still be a 4 cylinder and rumoured to be the 2.0L Skyactive that sees duty in other Mazda products. Expect 150-170 hp. With the weight loss, this should make it a very fun car to toss around.

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Mazda’s Parade Of Miatas At The NYIAS

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For the 25th birthday of the Miata, Mazda put together a huge number of historically significant Miata’s throughout it’s history at the New York International Auto Show. #14, #15, and #17, the world debut cars from the 1989 Chicago Auto Show are here, as well as #500,000 and #700,000 milestone cars. Many other Miatas dot its history, and Mazda has done a great job of rounding out the most interesting ones from the last 25 years.

Check out the massive 75 pic gallery after the jump.


Mazda Celebrates Miata’s 25th Birthday With Anniversary Edition


As the Mazda Miata turns 25 this year, Mazda is churning out a 25th Anniversary Edition to celebrate the occasion. The 25th Anniversary Edition revealed here in New York is based on the power retractable hard top model, and available with either manual or automatic transmissions. The only color available is Soul Red Metallic, and other details includes white leather upholstery and door trim, hand-finished decorative panel, Bilstein dampers, and black painted roof, A-pillars, and door mirrors.

Click through for more pics of the 25th Anniversary Miata.


Mazda Intros All-New 2014 Mazda 6 Sedan

Mazda has finally brought the new Mazda 6 to the North American market and is showing it off at the LA Auto Show that is opening its doors to the public today. Carrying the automakers latest KODO “Soul of Motion” design language, Mazda’s entry into the competitive family sedan market packs a one-two punch to win the hearts of car shoppers when it arrives in early 2013.

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