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Mazda MX-5 Production Begins, For Sale in Coming Years

Mazda MX-5 ProductionIn a news release, Mazda announced that it has finally begun 2016 Mazda MX-5 production, meaning less time until we see the redesigned roadster for sale. The MX-5 is currently being built for the Japanese market, but we’re hoping it’ll make it to our side of the pond soon.

The car will go in sale in Japan sometime around June, when we’re likely to see a flood of reviews for the vehicle leak online. The release adds that after the Japan sales begin, the “the MX-5 will be progressively rolled out to overseas markets.”

Mazda believes that the latest MX-5 fully represents its philosophy of the “pursuit of driving pleasure.” In fact, the MX-5 holds the Guinness World Record for world’s best-selling two-seater sports car, so consumers must agree.

Here’s the super-cool track version of the MX-5 to hold you over, while you anxiously await the vehicle to hit US dealerships. Let us know what you think of the new MX-5 in the comments.

Accessories Concept Miata Debuts in Chicago

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has returned to its genesis; where it all began. That is the Chicago Auto Show, where in 1989, Mazda delivered a game-changer in the beloved first generation of the iconic roadster. This year’s show marked the debut of the next-generation Miata adorned in a concept package that really turned heads.

Accessories Concept Miata“There is so much MX-5 history at the Chicago Auto Show, and we wanted to continue building on that,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. “The MX-5 is the soul of our company, and its enthusiast following both inside and outside of Mazda drives us to keep innovating new ideas for it and the rest of our lineup.”

To that end, the accessories concept Miata dazzled with its gloss-black aero kit, consisting of a spoiler, side skirts, and down-force wings to the front and rear bumpers. The roadster also sports red-calipered Brembo brakes on all four BBS forged black 17-inch wheels. Lastly, the package includes a sporty carbon-fiber luggage rack weighing only two pounds.

The new 2016 Mazda MX-5, available this summer, features the innovations today’s drivers crave as well as its predecessors’ pure joy to drive. It’s the best of both worlds at Steet Ponte Mazda!

Mazda is Considering a Turbocharged MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 has always been regarded as an incredible value proposition. It’s one of those cars that, for an affordable amount of money, can give you that proper roadster experience you’ve always wanted.

Turbocharged MX-5The announcement and reveal of the all-new model has gotten us even more invested than usual in the MX-5 at Steet Ponte Mazda, and now the automaker’s head of global public relations, Kudo Hidetoshi, is hinting at an even more powerful version.

“We will have this ND-series model for maybe ten years, which gives us plenty of time to make many variants,” he said. “And yes, a turbocharged or MPS variant is one of the options we will definitely consider.”

The current engines will be 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinders. Possible upgrades could include the 2.5-liter version of those engines already found in the high-end Mazda3s, though Hidetoshi was adamant about a turbocharged Mazda MX-5. Looks like we’ll have to wait and see!

Mazda Bio-Based Material Expected in Upcoming MX-5

Mazda Bio-Based Material The Mazda Miata is elevating its status to an even more innovative level, with Mazda establishing its 2016 model as the first to incorporate parts made from an all-new bioplastic, made directly by Mazda.

The bio-based engineering plastic is suitable for many automobile parts on the exterior of cars, allowing the company to lower its environmental impact significantly. This comes in handy not only for the environment, but also for Mazda, at a time when environmentally friendly cars are more popular than ever.

Little is known about the new material, but allegedly, it’s easy to mold, remarkably durable, and able to achieve a mirror-like finish that looks to be even higher quality than classic plastic.

The Mazda bio-based material can be used for interior parts as well, as it will be utilized for the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5.

No official release date has been announced for any Mazda models with the new material, so in the meantime, head on down to Steet Ponte Mazda to explore our available models.

Introducing the MX-5 Global Cup Series: Racing At its Finest

MX-5 Global Cup Series - 2016 Mazda MX-5 MiataAt Steet Ponte Mazda, we take pride in knowing the MX-5 Miata is the best-selling roadster in history. With drivers around the world grinning from ear to ear in this sporty model, it seems like Mazda doesn’t need to change a thing. But will we ever see a race-worthy model?

Mazda recently announced that the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 will appear in a new MX-5 Global Cup Series. This series will feature race-modified Miatas that will go head-to-head in competitions around the world. If you’re a fan of the MX-5, you’re not going to want to miss this.

“We’re excited to take the elements of success of the existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series, and introduce them to a new global audience,” said Masahiro Moro, a Managing Executive Officer.  “It has long been our goal to see Mazda fans around the world competing in identical MX-5s, and the launch of the 2016 MX-5 Miata is the perfect time to make this goal a reality.”

Although few details have been released, the race-models will feature a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder, according to a Mazda press release. Final details will be released in 2015.

2015 Mazda Miata Continues Award-Winning Tradition

2015 Mazda MiataThe Mazda MX-5 Miata is probably one of the most recognizable sports cars on the road.  It’s low-profile, succinct convertible design is very much part of its trademark.  Sporting a design that harkens back to the fun and snappy European sports cars of yore, it’s also a magnet for awards. About two hundred of them, to be exact.  That comes as no surprise when one takes a good long gander at the 2015 Mazda Miata.

A peek under the hood quickly explains the Miata’s reputation for quickness.  This year, you’ll see a 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor in there. The 2015 Mazda Miata’s engine yields 158 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque.  Considering it’s light design, those ponies will undoubtedly get you cooking in no time!

The new Miata still features the classic drop-top.  Just like the original model released in 1990, it can be folded back with one hand.  This time around though, you can get it with a retractable hard-top.

Other fantastic amenities abound: The Miata is outfitted with heated leather seats.  There’s keyless entry and a 7-speaker stereo by Bose. The trunk is unbelievably sizey, with 5.3 cubic feet of room.

These and other awesome features are what helped the Miata win the Guinness World Record for “best-selling two-seat roadster!” If you would like to be a small part of that world record, stop by Steet Pointe Mazda, where you can test drive the new 2015 Mazda Miata.

2015 Mazda MX-5 Revealed

Mazda SupercarMazda Motor Company has finally unveiled its much-anticipated fourth generation 2015 MX-5 Miata. The all-new MX-5 features SkyActiv Technology along with Mazda’s Kodo-Soul of Motion design language, and will roll out to markets globally in 2015.

The MX-5 is an iconic sports car, perfectly representing Mazda’s vehicle-engineering philosophy—the pursuit of driving pleasure. “Innovate in order to preserve” is the fourth generation’s moto, and the development team searched for all-new innovations to meet this demand. Despite stringent new environmental and safety standards, the all-new Miata holds true to its original reputation of being a fun-to-drive, lightweight sports car.

The design of the all-new Miata reflects the automakers new design language, featuring perfect proportions, flowing lines from front to rear, and a smaller, more compact, and more lightweight Miata than ever before. There’s no doubt the 2015 MX-5 will be fun to drive.

The Miata continues to be one of the most popular and widely celebrated sports cars in the world. As of July 2014, production exceeded 940,000 units, holding the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car.

Learn more about the 2015 MX-5 in Mazda’s recent news release.

Stop by Steet Ponte Mazda to check out our entire lineup of fun-to-drive cars, and keep your eye out for the 2015 MX-5 to arrive in dealerships next year!

2016 Mazda MX-5 Teased Under Blue Sheet

2014 Mazda MX-5 MiataA thin blue sheet and a couple of weeks are all that stand between us and the 2016 Mazda MX-5. Before its official September 3 debut, Mazda has released a teaser image of the all-new MX-5 under a blue sheet that shows off some of the roadster’s shape.

Based on the curves revealed by the sheet, it seems the new model will have similar proportions to the current design. It also seems to match the thinly camouflaged MX-5 spied out on the road recently in Japan.

We’ll have to wait until the September 3 debut to get the full picture, but we do know the new MX-5 will have a SkyActiv chassis and will be about 200 pounds lighter and more rigid than the current model. Auto experts expect engine choices to include 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter options, both utilizing SkyActiv technology.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 will be unveiled on September 3 at Laguna Seca in California. You can bet we’ll all have our eyes on California that day.

What features do you hope to see in the next-generation 2016 Mazda MX-5?

Forty-Four Mazda MX-5 Miatas Used to Pop the Question

2014 Mazda MX-5 MiataWe’ve heard of creative proposals and we know a thing or two about Mazda enthusiasts, but we’ve never seen the two combined quite like this. Forty-four Mazda MX-5 Miatas were strategically parked in a lot to spell a question one man hoped would be answered with happily ever after.

An aerial photographer and member of the Miata.net forum solicited the help of his fellow MX-5 fans, asking to borrow their vehicles for a special proposal. At the appointed time and place, 44 MX-5 Miatas were on hand to spell “Marry Me?”.

Once they were arranged, the hopeful groom-to-be asked his girlfriend to check out what she thought would be overhead shots of real estate taken by an unmanned drone. Among the photos captured was the parking lot where the Miatas helped our photographer friend pop the question.

Don’t worry. She said yes!

We at Steet Ponte Mazda enjoy learning how Mazda’s vehicles are bringing together fans and now creating new families. Has Mazda played an integral role in your special moments? We’d love for you to share your stories with us in the comments below.

MX-5 Miata Anniversary Edition Turns Heads in New York

2014 Mazda MX-5 MiataMazda has revealed a new MX-5 Miata Anniversary Edition at the New York International Auto Show. The sexy roadster was created to celebrate 25 years since the launch of the brand’s iconic MX-5, simply known as the “Mazda Roadster” in Japan.

More than 900,000 MX-5 units have been sold since its launch in 1989, setting a Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater open-top sports car.

The Anniversary Edition aims to reflect on those 25 years of heritage and fun shared with fans. It’ll be available only in Soul Red Metallic with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Buyers can expect the utmost attention to detail in every part of the vehicle, like the A-pillars, door mirrors, off-white leather upholstery, hand-finished decorative panel, and more.

Mazda also revealed the new SKYACTIV-Chassis on which the future MX-5 models will be based. One major improvement will be a lower center of gravity and more than 100 kilograms of shaved weight.

We can’t wait! Be sure to check out the MX-5, new and old, at Steet Ponte Mazda!