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Mazda showcases MX-5 at Paris

The fourth-generation roadster is revealed 25 years after the original was unveiled at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show and features SKYACTIV technology and KODO design.

First revealed last month at Mazda's new facility the "Mazda Space" in Barcelona, the new Mazda MX-5 has shed 100kg versus the outgoing model. The model on display in Paris features SKYACTIV technology, including a SKYACTIV-G 1.5-litre petrol engine and six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual gearbox in the roadster's classic front-midship engine, rear-wheel drive layout with near perfect 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.

It also adapts Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion design for the exterior, with a lower centre of gravity and longer bonnet along with character lines expressing vitality and motion.

Inside, the new model retains the MX-5’s usual snug cabin and brings i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology and MZD Connect, the company's in-car connectivity concept.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.