New MX5 is Car of the Year in Japan

Car of the Year

The all-new Mazda Roadster, as the MX5 is known in Japan, is the Car of the Year Japan. It is the second time the two-seater has captured the home country’s most prestigious automobile prize.

Among other things, the award jury praised the passion and workmanship that went in the new MX5 as well as Mazda’s unwavering commitment to the lightweight fun-to-drive sports car, which now spans 26 years since the model was initially launched.

The fourth generation MX5 features SKYACTIV Technology and a stunning KODO – Soul of Motion design. And it’s still a blast to drive: Mazda has stuck to the Jinba Ittai rider-and-horse-as-one concept with the front-mid engine, rear-wheel drive layout, lowering the centre of gravity, optimising the driving position and cutting around 100kg compared to the previous model generation.

Power is transferred from one of two petrol units – the high-revving SKYACTIV-G 1.5 or higher output SKYACTIV-G 2.0 – through a crisp, lightweight SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission. The new MX-5 also features an easy-to-operate manual soft top, a more practical boot shape and the latest i-ACTIVSENSE active safety technology.

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