All-new Mazda MX-5 delivers design excellence

20 August 2015

Presenting the ultimate expression of the KODO – Soul of Motion – design language,  the fourth-generation MX-5 will be a real show stopper when it launches in New Zealand this month. 

26 years on from the launch of the iconic roadster the design team have struck a balance between the traditional and modern and created a perfectly proportioned lightweight sports car.   

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand, says the new MX-5 is stunning.

“It looks great in pictures but when you see it in the flesh you really get to appreciate what a fantastic job the design team has done.

“The new car remains true to the MX-5’s rich history but the design has been evolved, and pushed, to create a vehicle that not only looks incredible but is an absolute thrill to drive. They have paid special attention to every detail and created a vehicle that looks simply outstanding from every angle.

“Previous MX-5 models have won a total 180 awards around the globe including two New Zealand Car of year Awards in 1990 and 2005 and I really believe this latest MX-5 will significantly add to this number.”

The first things that strike you about the MX-5 are its lean silhouette and ideal proportions. Occupants are seated literally at the vehicle’s midpoint, closer to the ground than in previous MX-5s, reflecting the new model’s lower centre of gravity. The all-new MX-5 is also sleeker and has a more aggressive grown up look that than earlier models. 

The low-slung nose and short overhangs give drivers the confidence that the MX-5 will hug the road in any driving conditions. The sharp character lines running from the upper edge of the grille towards each headlamp emphasise the glinting nature of an untamed animals eyes, which conceal ultra-compact four-lamp LED headlamp units. Situated at the lower corners of the front bumper, the LED daytime running lamps underscore the MX-5’s wide stance.

The lines travelling from the headlamps through to the rear fenders, which are reminiscent of the Japanese tradition of calligraphy, create a sense of motion at varying speeds.

“It’s not the first time Mazda designers have been inspired by Japanese traditions and further highlights that care and passion they have for creating a great looking vehicle, while still preserving the authentic roadster aesthetic ” says Clearwater.

The interior of the all new MX-5 matches the exterior for look and quality, further enhancing the driver’s total experience. There is a real feeling of the exterior and interior being united that further underscores the traditional Jinba Ittai – ‘horse and rider as one’ connection.

A snug yet comfortable cockpit puts the driver at the heart of the action delivering maximum roadster enjoyment while still allowing them to concentrate on the road. . A new seat and steering wheel design work in harmony with a new shifter layout to provide greater comfort and less fatigue while dialing up the special connection between car and driver. . Plus, a new soft top design and one-step operations allows for easy use whatever the weather.  

The completely redesigned and elegantly detailed three-gauge analogue instrument panel

is centred around a large tachometer with the speedometer to the right and an information display on the left.

Driver distraction has been a hot topic recently but as with other sixth generation Mazdas the all-new MX-5 safely and effortlessly connects driver and passenger with the world around them. And without distracting from what matters most: the joy of the iconic roadster.

Mazda’s new-generation HMI and connectivity solutions keep the driver in touch even when they want to switch off from the world. Using a top-mounted 7-inch colour touchscreen display, MZD Connect can be operated via the touchscreen or rotary commander to control everything from navigation and communication to social media.  

The driver needs to simply lower one hand from the steering wheel to the centre console-based control in one quick, easy motion without taking his or her eyes off the road. The screen minimises visual distraction, allowing for safe enjoyment of media, communications and online content.

The all-new MX-5 will be available in both 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre models. The GSX-grade will be launched in September which features a 6-speed manual and a SKYACTIV-G 1.5L petrol powertrain. Early next year the Limited models with increased specifications will feature a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L petrol engine with the choice of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

There are six exterior colours available, including Soul Red Metallic, and Ceramic Metallic, both of which significantly change their appearance based on the level of ambient light and match the dynamic contours of the MX-5.

mazdacare features as standard with every new Mazda MX-5 – a commitment Mazda makes to ensure each new vehicle continues to perform in optimum condition. mazdacare comprises a Mazda Genuine Factory Warranty and Mazda On Call Roadside Assistance for a 5 year, unlimited kilometre period and Genuine Mazda Servicing for 3 years/100,000 km (whichever occurs first) at no extra cost.

The all-new Mazda MX-5 - the sixth model in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation vehicles is available from Mazda dealerships nationwide from $40,995 plus on road costs.  For more information, please visit

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