Mazda debuts the newly developed chassis of the next MX-5

Mazda Motor Corporation will reveal a newly-developed SKYACTIV-Chassis at the New York International Auto Show.*1 that will be used in the upcoming next generation Mazda MX-5.

The MX-5 which is celebrating its 25th anniversary symbolises Mazda’s car-making philosophy and tireless pursuit of driving pleasure.

The engine and chassis are being exhibited together, and it will be the first time SKYACTIV technology has been displayed in front mid-ship engine rear-wheel drive layout.  While the next MX-5 will feature the most compact configuration yet, the engine will be located more centrally and the center of gravity lowered.  Also, while the upcoming model will feature outstanding rigidity and crashworthiness, Mazda is aiming to reduce the overall weight by more than 100 kilograms.

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand says this is very exciting news especially given the phenomenal following the MX-5 has in New Zealand.

“While this is not the next generation MX-5 in its entirety it is a preview of how this exceptional sports car will get even better,”

The original concept behind the MX-5 was simple; to offer the pure joy of a lightweight sports car that moves precisely as the driver intends.  While responding to increasing safety and environmental requirements, over the 25 years since its launch Mazda have had to continually reinvent the MX-5—far beyond simple evolution—in order to stay true to that original ideal.

“The history of the MX-5 is one of changing everything in order to stay the same. A history of innovation in order to preserve its essence.” adds Clearwater.

Since its launch in 1989, the MX-5 has consistently offered the kind of fun that only a lightweight sports car can, and has won a huge variety of fans from different countries, cultures and age groups.  More than 940,000 units have been produced*2 and the model continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater open-top sports car*3 (over 900,000 units sold).


Mazda exhibits at the New York International Auto Show *4

Reference Exhibits

‐Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition (World Premiere)

‐Mazda MX-5 heritage models (13 units)

Vehicles currently on sale

‐Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-9

Technology exhibits

‐SKYACTIV-Chassis for the next Mazda MX-5 (World Premiere)


Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary website

*1         Open to the public from April 18 through 27, 2014

*2         As of end of March 2014

*3         Certified by Guinness World Records Limited

*4         Displays at the Mazda stand. In addition, Mazda vehicles currently on sale models are displayed on level one of the venue (Jacob Javits Convention Center)

BT-50 commercialcare disclaimer

** is also available to new BT-50 owners where every scheduled service completed by Mazda specialist technicians for a 3 year/100,000km term (whichever wherever occurs first) will cost no more than $200 (incl. GST) per service for models built after 1 November 2012. *** 3,350kg applies to earlier models.

* whichever occurs first