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Mazda MX-5 coupe ruled out

Mazda has no plans to make a MX-5 coupe rival to the Toyota 86, because an MX-5 “always has to have an open roof” if it is to live up to the badge. These are the words of longtime Mazda MX-5 project leader Nobuhiro Yamamoto, speaking with us in New York this week at the world reveal of the MX-5 RF retractable fastback hardtop...

Mazda MX-5 RF hardtop revealed in New York

The Mazda MX-5 RF made its world premiere in New York today, bringing a new twist to the traditional idea of how to produce a folding hardtop. The ‘RF’ in Mazda MX-5 RF, as you’re no doubt wondering, stands for Retractable Fastback, which outlines what you need to know first and foremost about this new take on the world’s most popular convertible...

2017 Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe ready for New York motor show

The anticipated 2017 MX-5 Roadster Coupe name is on track for debut this month, if an official invitation for the New York motor show is anything to go by. The option of a folding hardtop was last seen in the now retired NC MX-5 range, with the all-new ND model currently available only in ragtop form...

Audi, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz headline 2016 World Car of the Year finalists

Among the frenzy of super, hyper and mega cars revealed at this week's Geneva motor show, the top three finalists for the 2016 World Car of the Year (WCOTY) award have been announced. With four key categories covered, comprising World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year, the top prize is the coveted title of World Car of the Year...

Mazda MX-5 AWD, new turbo rotary hero both ‘possible’

Although cagey on the topic, the man in charge of all-wheel-drive development for Mazda reckons there’s no reason the new 2016 MX-5 couldn’t be fitted with an AWD system - if the driving dynamics weren’t affected, and if the market wanted it...

Crash safety stars: Euro NCAP names 2015 Best in Class

Crash safety testers impressed with Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Jaguar XE, Mazda MX-5, Infiniti Q30 in 2015 Euro NCAP, sister organisation to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has named the cars that impressed most in crash safety tests carried out through 2015...

Mazda overtakes Holden in 2015: First full-importer to finish second overall

By beating Holden in the 2015 sales race, Mazda has become the first full-line vehicle importer to crack the top-two in the Australian market for a full calendar year. The Japanese brand sold 114,024 vehicles in 2015, representing healthy growth of 13.2 per cent over 2014. This propelled the company from bronze to silver, given local hero Holden shrunk 3 per cent to 102,951...

Mazda MX-5 tops November sports car sales

The Mazda MX-5 hit the top of the sports car sales charts in November for the first time in years, on the back of the new model’s greatly improved pricing. The fourth-generation of the now iconic budget convertible series managed 221 sales in November, edging out the Toyota 86 (209), BMW 2 Series (176) and Hyundai Veloster (149) to lead the segment...

‘Sports’ car sales plummet in October

Sales of dedicated sports cars fell off a cliff last month, with industry database VFACTS recording a 23.6 per cent drop over the same month in 2014. This statistic is a significant outlier, given sports car sales as a whole are down by a comparatively modest 3.8 per cent for the year so far. Naturally, the concept of a ‘sports car’ is a slippery one...

Mazda MX-5 Speedster and Spyder introduced at SEMA 2015

The Japanese car maker has unveiled two concepts, the Mazda MX-5 Speedster and Mazda MX-5 Spyder, at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Created for a pared back "unadulterated, wind-in-the-hair driving experience, evocative of the open-top sports cars of the 1950s", the MX-5 Speedster (above and below) features a far greater number of modifications than its Spyder sibling...

New Mazda MX-5 sales: 66 per cent male; noticeably younger buyers than before

The new Mazda MX-5 is attracting a younger and different audience than those of the previous-generation model. The new Mazda MX-5 - which launched with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine in August - has been a hit with early adopters, with the two-door sports car registering 220 sales in August and a further 97 in September...