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 |  Sep 11 2014, 8:12 PM

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While the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has officially debuted, the company has been mum on its specifications. . . until now!

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 |  Sep 03 2014, 9:14 PM

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The wait is finally over for sports car enthusiasts because the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata just made its debut in Monterey, Calif.

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 |  Sep 02 2014, 4:07 PM

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The completely redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 is ready to make its debut and you can watch all of the action right here. 

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 |  Aug 11 2014, 10:35 PM

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This might be the best look yet of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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 |  Apr 16 2014, 6:29 AM

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Mazda has revealed the chassis that will underpin the next-generation MX-5 today at the New York Auto Show, promising a sports car that will be both lighter and smaller.

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 |  Mar 22 2014, 10:00 AM

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It’s not quite the full car reveal, but Mazda will be bringing something from its new MX-5 Miata to the 2014 New York Auto Show.

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 |  Mar 20 2014, 12:29 PM

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This year’s New York Auto Show is going to play host to a birthday party for one of the most iconic two-seat roadsters in the business. 

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 |  Mar 03 2014, 10:43 AM

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Rather than being sold as an Alfa Romeo as originally planned, a new sports car developed in collaboration with Mazda may be sold as a Fiat, or possibly even an Abarth model.  Continue Reading…

 |  Feb 14 2014, 3:01 PM

Ask AutoGuide No. 36


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Unlike past installments of Ask AutoGuide we’re taking a moment to help one of our own this week. Don’t like it? Well then, how about you send us some car-buying questions then? How’s that sound? In any event road-test editor Mike Schlee could use a new ride. He’s the proud owner of a first-generation Mazda Miata that’s sitting just shy of 200,000 miles.

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 |  Feb 10 2014, 6:07 PM

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is celebrating its 25th birthday, having made its debut at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show.

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 |  Jan 18 2014, 12:12 PM

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The next-generation Mazda MX-5 is currently scheduled to make its debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, where the original MX-5 was launched in 1989.

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 |  Sep 18 2013, 5:02 PM

Top 10 Cheapest Convertibles


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In the market for a convertible but the Jaguar F-Type doesn’t fit your budget? AutoGuide has compiled a list of the top 10 cheapest convertibles currently available.

 |  Jul 10 2013, 1:02 PM

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Car thefts have dropped an average 13 percent each year since 2006 according to the latest data from the government safety regulators.

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 |  Jun 18 2013, 4:30 PM

Zoom-Zoom for Years


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Mazda-mania just happened over the weekend, with a record setting 683 Miatas parading in Lelystad, Netherlands. The sight of so many Mazda enthusiasts jogged our foggy memories, and helped us to remember our own personal connections with the brand, as well as some of the greatest Mazda’s of all time.

Perhaps best known for the MX-5 Miata, Mazda has done a lot more than make small roadsters. In an era when many said the small Japanese automaker would have to partner with a bigger industry player, Mazda (as usual) took the road less traveled, engineering new chassis, new engines and an attractive new design language. Combined, it has surprised with an excellent new lineup of vehicles, like the 2014 Mazda6 and CX-5.

Much of that same philosophy and attitude has led Mazda to offer up some impressive models over the years, making the world stand up and take notice. Take a look at this top 10 of the greatest Mazdas over the years, and be sure to pipe in with your own favorites.

 |  Jun 06 2013, 4:32 PM

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In a clever fashion, Mazda has proved that its MX-5 Miata is the world’s fastest convertible in a drag race set in Southern California.

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 |  May 16 2013, 11:31 AM

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Mazda is looking to set a new world record for the “largest parade of Mazda cars” with its MX-5 Miata.

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 |  Dec 30 2012, 6:58 PM

The new Mazda6 will be the star of the Japanese automaker’s booth at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, with three modified concept versions already confirmed.

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 |  Oct 25 2012, 4:02 PM

The list of convertibles on Amy Tokic’s list gets shorter and she considers the benefits of buying a used car. Catch up on Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 of the series as Amy navigates the world of car buying as a single woman.

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 |  Oct 17 2012, 2:13 PM

In the fifth installment of the series, Amy Tokic takes out her last two picks for a test drive. Miss the other articles? Catch up on all her adventures – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

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 |  Oct 10 2012, 2:08 PM

In the latest installment of Amy Tokic’s quest for the perfect convertible, she takes the Mazda Miata and MINI Cooper Convertible for a spin. You can catch up on all her car shopping adventures in Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the series.

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 |  Aug 28 2012, 5:31 PM

Trying to appeal to a wider customer base, Mazda is planning on offering a high level of customization when it brings the next generation MX-5 Miata to market. 

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 |  Jul 06 2012, 8:01 AM

No big surprise here, but Mazda has given its popular MX-5 Miata sports car a refresh for the 2013 model year, which is now on sale over in Japan.

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 |  Dec 06 2011, 4:45 PM

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To go with the supposed 1.3L turbocharged powerplant the next-generation MX-5 will be getting, Mazda‘s MX-5 development boss Hirotaka Kanazawa also revealed that the 2014 MX-5 will go to a back-to-basics approach towards being a fun sportscar, just like the 1989 original model.

“We will return to the original. It will be lightweight and the cost will be lightweight too. It will be easy to handle and fun to drive,” he said in an interview with What Car?

The next-generation convertible will also utilize Mazda’s new Skyactiv technologies and as we reported before, it’ll shed some weight – though now it’s a more believable figure of 2,200-lbs. Originally Mazda hoped to get it around 1,780-lbs but now it appears that the next-generation MX5 will be more in line of the original which weight 2,178-lbs.

Mazda is also exploring the idea of multiple models in order to appease all the MX-5 enthusiasts out there. Whether they want power or comfort, they’ll be able to make a choice rather than being alienated. Design boss Ikuo Maeda also hinted that the company’s new Kodo design language could find its way onto the MX-5′s design.

[Source: What Car?]

 |  Dec 04 2011, 1:00 PM

A while back, we reported that the next-generation Mazda MX-5 would be going on a major diet and could be powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged powerplant rather than the 1.8L or 2.0L naturally aspirated motor used today. Now reports are coming in that the new MX-5 will likely sport a 1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder, with Mazda’s SkyActive technology.

Scheduled to be released sometime in 2014, the 1.3L turbocharged motor will feature variable cam phasing, lighter, low-friction reciprocating parts and possibly a new exhaust manifold to achieve better exhaust gas evacuation. Mazda is also looking to lighten the load in the transmission as well as reducing the friction in order to make each shift short and snappy on the manual. For the automatic fanatics, Mazda will probably offer a paddle-shift, torque-converter auto with a lock-up clutch.

The next generation MX-5 has been confirmed to be built on a new rear-wheel-drive SkyActive platform called the S-platform, and Mazda engineers continue to work towards their goal of making the sports car weigh in at a scant 1,765-lbs or so.

[Source: Autocar]