THE news just keeps getting better for Mazda.
Just four years after the first of its new-generation vehicles entered production, Mazda recently built the three-millionth car to feature both its SkyActiv technology and latest Kodo design language.
The combination of the two marks the Japanese maker’s latest model range.
And the all-new Mazda MX-5 was last week judged the best in the Roadster and Spider category in The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars.
SkyActiv is a design and engineering philosophy that focuses on lightweight construction and low-friction powertrain technology.
It’s a modular system that ensures maximum component-sharing between models of different sizes and genres.
The first of Mazda’s new generation vehicles was the CX-5 mid-size SUV, which first rolled off the Hiroshima production line in November 2011, followed by the Mazda6 in 2012, the Mazda3 in 2013, the Mazda2 in 2014 and the latest CX3 and MX-5 in 2015.
Currently the new-generation cars are built in Hiroshima and Hofu in Japan, Thailand, China and Mexico, as well as being assembled in Russia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
The all-new Mazda MX-5 won, the Sunday Times said, because “in a market obsessed by huge power outputs, the MX-5 makes a refreshing change.
“It produces just 129bhp from its entry-level 1.5-litre engine, but Mazda’s engineers have obsessively pared weight back to a lean 1,050kg. On the road the MX-5 changes direction like a featherweight boxer, revs freely and allows you to use all the power without troubling the traction control.”
With rear-wheel drive, perfect 50:50 weight distribution, plus more comfort and technology than ever before, the all-new Mazda MX-5 (below) is offered with a choice of two SKYACTIV-G petrol engines.
The fourth-generation of Mazda’s iconic roadster has wowed the motoring hacks and public alike with its lightweight design, sleek cabin, beautifully engineered mechanicals and balanced handling.
With nine models across five trim levels, the all-new Mazda MX-5 has reaffirmed Mazda’s dominance of the affordable sports car sector.
Maintaining the driver-focused ethos that has made the Mazda MX-5 the best-selling two-seater sports car of all time, the engineering philosophy behind the all-new MX-5 has allowed Mazda to retain the agility, fun and engagement that has always defined the MX-5, while at the same time meeting ever-increasing safety and efficiency requirements, alongside improved refinement.