Mazda MX-5 2012 Review

December 17th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

Sometimes you have to look for a picture that perfectly describes a car, and in this case, the MX-5 does handle like it’s on rails.

The world’s best selling sports car has returned in slightly more muscular clothing to give you back road thrills on a budget. If the Lotus Elise is a featherweight and the Dodge Viper is a heavyweight, Mazda punches in the lightweight class. Mazda has kept the same formula: keep it light, keep it rear wheel drive and make the handling like it’s your own hands pummeling the tarmac.

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Mazda to launch four new or updated models by 2014

November 9th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Big things are happening at Mazda and according to recent reports the Japanese carmaker’s product range is about to get a major overhaul with the introduction of four redesigned models by 2014.

For starters the redesigned CX-5 will be released, but the big launch is the all-new Mazda6 which is due to go on sale late next year.  Previewed by the Takeri concept (pictured), the production model is expected to blend sleek styling with a range of fuel efficient engines.

After the 6, Mazda will apparently introduce redesigned versions of the Mazda3, MX-5 and CX-9 in 2013. All the new models will use Skyactiv technologies and ride on lightweight platforms.

Nissan developing all-new sports car to challenge MX-5

August 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

According to recent reports coming out of Europe, Nissan has entered into full development of a new budget sports car that will challenge the Mazda MX-5′s dominance in this market.

Apparently the sporting model will use a completely new platform that may be sourced from Daimler. This is the same platform pegged for the next-gen Nissan 370Z. Nissan is also in discussions with Lotus to collaborate on the car’s handling.

Engine options and power outputs remain a mystery for now but there are rumours Nissan may use either hybrid power or a fully electric system for this new machine. Continue reading “Nissan developing all-new sports car to challenge MX-5” »

Mazda Europe builds special edition ‘Karai’ MX-5

July 6th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Mazda knows the current generation MX-5 is a tidy piece of kit and what better way to prove it than with another special edition. Mazda’s European division has handled the mods on this latest limited MX-5 naming its creation the ‘Karai’ which apparently means ‘sharp’ in Japanese.

The Karai is based on the MX-5 Roadster coupe, meaning it’s equipped with a retractable hardtop. Its defining paint work is a lime-green hue named “Metal Green Metallic” on the body and a gloss black finish for the metal top, exterior mirrors, and various trim. Packing out the wheel guards are 17-inch multispoke alloy wheels cloaked in low profile performance rubber.

In the Karai cabin there’s a pair of black leather Recaro sport seats, aluminum pedals and leather steering wheel with white stitching also feature. Mazda has painted all the interior trim pieces that are usually finished in silver, with a gloss black. Continue reading “Mazda Europe builds special edition ‘Karai’ MX-5” »

Mazda MX-5 sets new production record – 900,000 units

February 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Mazda MX-5 has just reset its own Guinness World Record for the “Best sellling two-seat sports car”. To achieve this feat the little Mazda needed  21 years and to endure countless jokes about it being a girl’s car, but no one is laughing now. The 900,000th MX-5 has just rolled off the assembly line in Hiroshima, Japan.

The MX-5 originally achieved the new world record when it reached 531, 890 units back in May, 2000. The Guinness World Record has been updated every 100,000 units since and Mazda is now going to reapply to have the record updated to 900,000.

Originally created to capture the essence of classic British roadsters, the 1989 MX-5 won over critics with its simplicity and engaging driving dynamics.

Nobuhiro Yamamoto, the program manager of the current MX-5 said, “Since Mazda launched the original MX-5, it has undergone two complete product redesigns and a series of upgrades. Its enduring success is due to the strong support it enjoys from MX-5 fans around the world. Going forward, I will strive to keep the MX-5′s spirit alive while evolving it into a car that will be loved by even more people.” Continue reading “Mazda MX-5 sets new production record – 900,000 units” »

Mazda MX-5 Matte and Black Special Edition

March 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham


The Mazda MX-5 is one of the most neutral cars we’ve ever driven on a racetrack and now it’s become all stealthy in a matte black. It’s an odd mix of sinister blackness and a smiley face, but we’d still take one.
However, there’s nothing new in the mechanicals – you still get the same 2-litre engine pushing out around 167hp (125kW). And it doesn’t come with the girl. But, it does come (apparently) with some rhinestones, gems and crystals courtesy of design label LK by Laure Kczekotowska. We can’t even pronounce that, so we’re not sure how to ask to have them removed!
Check out the images by clicking below
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Mazda preps 20th Anniversary MX-5 for Geneva

February 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mazda’s MX-5 has moved a long way in the past two decades here in New Zealand. Once shunned as a hairdressers car, lacking in power and serious street cred, Mazda has turned it into a razor-sharp handling, mean machine. Now, to celebrate the MX-5′s 20th birthday, Mazda will unveil a special anniversary edition of its rear-wheel drive roadster at the Geneva Motor Show this March. Not so creatively named the MX-5 20th Anniversary Edition, the vehicle will have a limited production run of just 2,000 units and will only be available in Europe.

Based on the 1.8-litre model, the limited edition MX-5 comes with a unique exterior styling package that includes chrome grille, door handles and headlight fascia along with silver fog lamp surrounds, 17-inch alloy wheels and 20th Anniversary badging.

It’s to be produced in thre available exterior colors – True Red, Crystal White Pearl and, specific for this edition, a new Aurora Blue, with matching body-color painted interior trim.

A front suspension bracing bar and a scuff plate in stainless steel with its unique serial number (from 1 to 2000) round off the special treatment.

Mazda MX-5 2009

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Celebrating its 20th birthday, this is the facelifted third generation of the MX-5 (Eunos)


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