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Future Car: 2014 Mazda MX-5
200 lb. lighter and turbocharged?

According to sources within the company, development for the next-generation MX-5 (the ND) is well underway, but the Hiroshima-based company seemed to have hit a snag when it came to deciding on an appropriate powerplant. Apparently, Mazda engineers were originally planning to equip the ND with a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter inline-4 with SkyActiv technology, but couldn’t quite squeeze the desired horsepower from the engine. A variant of the current 2.0-liter inline-4 was also considered, but it couldn’t meet their fuel economy goals. Instead Mazda has narrowed it down to either a 1.8-liter inline-4 with SkyActiv or a 1.3- or 1.5-liter inline-4 with forced induction.
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The New York International Auto Show 2014 was the world premiere of the next Generation MX-5's SKYACTIV-CHASSIS. The program manager Yamamoto itroduces the new chassis at the show.
 

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Weight, handling, and power I'm optimistic about. But really worried the new one's gonna be fugly...
 

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Mazda Unveils All-New Mazda MX-5
Mazda Motor Corporation today celebrated the unveiling of the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 (known as Roadster in Japan) together with fans at events held simultaneously in Japan, USA and Spain. The all-new MX-5, which adopts both SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and Mazda's KODO-Soul of Motion design language, will be rolled out to global markets starting in 2015.

The MX-5 is an iconic model representing Mazda's vehicle-engineering philosophy-the pursuit of driving pleasure. "Innovate in order to preserve" was the motto for the fourth generation, as the development team searched for innovations that go beyond simple evolution. Environmental and safety demands are much more stringent than they were when the first generation MX-5 was introduced 25 years ago, but the fourth generation stays true to the model's original aim of offering the pure driving fun that only a lightweight sports car can. It achieves this through the adoption of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and refinement of its appeal to the senses and sensations through which people enjoy cars.

The design of the all-new MX-5 reveals another layer to Mazda's KODO design language. The exquisite proportions make the driver and passenger stand out, and both the interior and exterior evoke the exhilaration of open-top driving. It is the most compact of any generation MX-5 so far and is more than 100 kilograms lighter than the model it replaces, promising a dramatic leap in Jinba-ittai driving fun.

As of July 2014, total production volume of the Mazda MX-5 exceeded 940,000 units and it continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car. This highly-celebrated model has received over 200 awards from around the globe including Japan Car of the Year 2005-2006.

Moving forward, Mazda will continue to develop products which offer all customers driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.












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That front grill's screaming for an intercooler...
 

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All-new Mazda MX-5 is the sixth in Mazda's new generation of products that adopt both the KODO--Soul of Motion design theme and the full-suite of SKYACTIV Technologies. / 新型「ロードスター」は、「SKYACTIV技術」とデザインテーマ「魂動(こどう)*−Soul of Motion」を全面的に採用した新世代商品の第六弾です。
 

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