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Mazda unveils new MX-5

Unveiled this morning (4th September) at simultaneous events around the globe, the new model will go on sale next year weighing 100kg less than the outgoing model and with the lowest-ever centre of gravity. The weight reduction puts the new Mazda MX-5 at a level comparable to the original model, launched 25 years ago.

As part of the changes, Mazda has sited the engine closer to the vehicle’s centre, produced the bonnet, boot lid, front fender and front and rear bumper reinforcements from aluminium, and reduced the weight of the soft top. These combine to attain a lower yaw inertia moment and a lower centre of gravity.

The new MX-5 also bucks the trend on increased dimensions for new models, and is shorter (by 105mm), lower (by 20mm) and wider (by 10mm) than the current model, with its wheelbase reduced by 15mm (to 2315mm) and overhangs (front and rear) cut by 90mm.

The new MX-5 also gains the latest in the brand’s SKYACTIV technology, including specially tuned SKYACTIV-G petrol engines mounted longitudinally and the first rear-wheel drive version of the SKYACTIV-Chassis, which features a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear end.

Exterior design also sees a sharp new look, based on Mazda’s KODO – Soul of Motion design philosophy seen on other models, but with a more sculpted, aggressive adaptation.

Inside, the MX-5 remains focused on a snug two-seater approach with a strong emphasis on quality. Small changes include a lowered bonnet height and repositioned A-pillars and windshield header to provide greater visibility.

‘Mazda's current win streak is driven by our highly acclaimed new models, and the all-new MX-5 should only add fuel to the growth engine,’ said Mazda Motor Europe president and CEO Jeff Guyton. ‘Built for the love of driving, this car underscores what Mazda is all about. It will certainly give our brand an added boost.’

The new MX-5 goes on sale in Europe in 2015.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.