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    Exit Stage Left The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata


    • Finally, The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Is HERE!


    The wait is finally over. Last night at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Mazda introduced the forth-generation MX-5 Miata to the world. Details on the ND MX-5 Miata are very slim, but there are a few details that Mazda has revealed.

    For one, the new MX-5 Miata comes in 220 pounds less than NC model it replaces. For those keeping track, that means the ND will likely have a curb weight somewhere around 2,200 pound range.

    Mazda's Kodo design language is also very present here with a mix of flowing lines and sharp angles, and a wide, low stance. What powers this generation of the MX-5 Miata is being kept quiet. But according to Mazda, the new MX-5 Miata features the full suite of Skyactiv technologies.

    The 2016 MX-5 Miata is expected to start rolling out starting next year.

    Source: Mazda

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Mazda Unveils All-New Mazda MX-5

    HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation today celebrated the unveiling of the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 (known as Roadster in Japan) together with fans at events held simultaneously in Japan, USA and Spain. The all-new MX-5, which adopts both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and Mazda's KODO-Soul of Motion design language, will be rolled out to global markets starting in 2015.

    The MX-5 is an iconic model representing Mazda's vehicle-engineering philosophy-the pursuit of driving pleasure. "Innovate in order to preserve" was the motto for the fourth generation, as the development team searched for innovations that go beyond simple evolution. Environmental and safety demands are much more stringent than they were when the first generation MX-5 was introduced 25 years ago, but the fourth generation stays true to the model's original aim of offering the pure driving fun that only a lightweight sports car can. It achieves this through the adoption of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and refinement of its appeal to the senses and sensations through which people enjoy cars.

    The design of the all-new MX-5 reveals another layer to Mazda's KODO design language. The exquisite proportions make the driver and passenger stand out, and both the interior and exterior evoke the exhilaration of open-top driving. It is the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far and is more than 100 kilograms lighter than the model it replaces, promising a dramatic leap in Jinba-ittai driving fun.

    As of July 2014, total production volume of the Mazda MX-5 exceeded 940,000 units and it continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car. This highly-celebrated model has received over 200 awards from around the globe including Japan Car of the Year 2005-2006.

    Moving forward, Mazda will continue to develop products which offer all customers driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.

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    Looks fantastic.  A buddy of mine in Atlanta drove out for the reveal in a cross-country Miata pack w/ his 2nd gen model, said the new one looks much better in person than in pics..

     

    One impression I had last night is the profile photo 4 in the gallery here)--incl. the triangular marker light and rear kick up--reminds me a bit in passing of the late Pontiac Sostice...

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    Guess you have to really love sitting on the floor in this UGLY car. The back end looks like someone smacked it in the face and it is just blah with a frowny face. The front looks like a Giant grabbed it with it's thumb on the hood and squished it so now it has a catfish looking front. Side profile looks like some one cut the back end with scissors and squished the front. Wheels I can see these being scratched up in no time and a mess. Never understood having rims that stuck out farther than the tires. Interior looks like a mish mash of stuff thrown together and what is up with that thick center piece on the steering wheel. It looks like you could impale yourself on it.

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    doesn't sound like much hp is to be had yet.

     

    I'm guessing that we'll see the 2.0L Skyactiv Four.

     

     

    Guess you have to really love sitting on the floor in this UGLY car. The back end looks like someone smacked it in the face and it is just blah with a frowny face. The front looks like a Giant grabbed it with it's thumb on the hood and squished it so now it has a catfish looking front. Side profile looks like some one cut the back end with scissors and squished the front. Wheels I can see these being scratched up in no time and a mess. Never understood having rims that stuck out farther than the tires. Interior looks like a mish mash of stuff thrown together and what is up with that thick center piece on the steering wheel. It looks like you could impale yourself on it.

     

    Why hello Mr. Brightside.

     

    On the interior, I think it actually looks very good. Reminds me of the 3, which I think has one of the best interiors in the compact class.

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    I really liked the outgoing model, especially with the retractable hardtop.  Less weight is always good, but I don't care for the styling of the new car.  I find some of the detailing to be odd, especially the taillights.

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    I really liked the outgoing model, especially with the retractable hardtop.  Less weight is always good, but I don't care for the styling of the new car.  I find some of the detailing to be odd, especially the taillights.

     

     

    I would love to have a retractable hard top model, living in Ohio as I do.

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    Good interior. The exterior kinda gives me a BMW vibe, especially the rear. Put a kidney grille and it would pass as an upcoming Z2.

     

    I am impressed with the specs. Now let us see if we get a ~200 hp motor.

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      Seats, after our first day in the CX9, the kids let me know that the back seat was hard and not comfy for more than an hour of driving. The front bucket seats while having good side support and for a person as big as me was fine, for my more petite wife, she and the kids when they sat in the front all felt like they were sitting in a Toilet falling through. Very uncomfortable bucket seat. On top of this, only the drivers seat has full electronic control so I could have it go down to the floor, the front passenger seat was set very high and so you only had back and forth and low back support. Very limited, why not have the front seat equal to the drivers. Made no sense and the one time I tried to sit in the front, it was impossible, the setting of the seat was too high for me. All around failure. 3rd row seat was nice folding flat into the floor, but two poor designs, again head rest were manual as they had to be folded down and then you had to pull the 2nd row seats forward to allow you to put up or down the third row seat. Kay said it was the same comfort as the second row and for her plenty of space but then she is only 5'2" tall and very petite.
      Engine, WOW, Yes on Kona you have 3 mountains, 1 that is spewing lava, very cool to visit and see, above 9000 feet they had snow after snow storm so was able to snorkel / scuba in the morning and ski in the afternoon. Why do I bring this up, simple the engine really leaves a ton to be desired. average for the week was 16.8 mpg in a FWD CUV. Sucky no way to put it for this auto, worse yet was unless you kept it revved above 4500 rpm, any minor hill caused you to loose speed fast. Driving up to the Observation scopes was very tricky as it was a dirt road with snow and traction just sucked. Not what I was expecting. So according to Mazda this is a 227HP motor on regular gas or 250 on premium. I only used regular the whole time and should have gotten 22/28/25 average of City/Highway/Combined and yet did not matter, 16.8 is what the auto reported to me as average MPG. I was filling up every other day, plus who ever thought hiding the fuel filler door release on the left side of the drivers seat under the seat was cool is an idiot. Not easy to get too.
      Lighting, Interior left much to be desired as places I would expect lights to be the auto had none, places that should be easy to read where not, only the drivers dash and nav system would give you clear visible displays, otherwise even the overhead lights left allot to be desired. Mazda says they have key-less illumination entry system, but it never worked on our auto unless the pathetic light they had on each rear view mirror that put out barely any light is what they consider to be this system. Exterior, the headlights are OK, they give you enough light to see the road, but when no other auto's were around I did use the high beams to see the curves better in the road.
      Door Locks, Mazda says they have speed-sensing auto locking, not sure what it is, but the double click to unlock the auto was slow and most times a third press of the button was needed.
      Center console, comfy for my arm rest, strange with the dual split opening in the center, you had to open both sides to store anything in it, so not sure why they decided to split such a small center storage arm rest into what is about two 2 1/2 inch wide doors. A single door would be much better.
      USB ports, sad that all would allow connection to the NAV system but only 1 port in the center arm rest would charge your device and even then only android, apple could not get a charge off the port. Really weird cheap implementation of the USB ports.
      End Result - The auto was reliable and got us all over the island for 812 miles. Other than that, I really could not find any exciting point that would make me recommend the auto to anyone. My family was happy with our trip, wished we had a better auto. Next time I will reserve much earlier.
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