Here is everything you will need to know about the latest and greatest Mazda MX-5, available to buy in 2015
For over 25 years and three generations, the Mazda MX-5 has more than deserved its place as the world’s most popular roadster. And now with the arrival of the mark4 Mazda MX-5 (known as the Mazda Miata across the water in the US) is nearly upon us and Mazda is planning on revealing the car to the world with a spectacular big bang.
Mazda have planned simultaneous events in Spain, Japan and the US to bring the new MX-5 into the spotlight of the world’s media and press for the first time in September 2014, just before the open of the Paris Motor Show in October.
Mazda and Fiat team up
A venture between Fiat and Mazda has been organised so that the two companies can share the initial investment and boost profits, while sharing the risk. Although, the new Fiat model that will use much of the same technology as the new Mazda MX-5 is not expected to be released until the end of 2015 so the Mazda will be a step ahead and get a clear run at the roadster market. An Abarth version of the car has also been rumoured but details have not been confirmed as of yet. The current MX-5 is known as the MX-5 Miata in North America and the Roadster in Japan.
Apart from the basic structure, the Mazda MX-5 won’t share a lot with its Fiat counterpart. With high-strength steels used throughout, engineers are looking to ditch at least 100kg from the current MX-5’s kerbweight, with around 1,050kg the target figure.
The prices for the new Mazda MX-5 model have not been revealed yet, but we don't expect too much movement in either direction from the current MX-5's price of around £20,000.