Mazda Improves The MX-5

(Wednesday 11 July 2012)

Mazda MX-5.

An upgraded version of the Mazda MX-5 sports car has started production in Japan and will arrive in UK dealerships later this year.

The most obvious visual change is the new design of the front bumper, which has been introduced partly to make the car look better, partly for aerodynamic reasons and partly to improve pedestrian safety.

On that last subject, the revised MX-5 will also be the first with an active bonnet, which rises up if a pedestrian should be unfortunate enough to land on it, thereby reducing the chances that he or she will make contract with anything really solid underneath.

The interior trim has been titivated, and more interestingly Mazda has worked on the characteristics of the brake and - on manual-transmission models - throttle pedals. Obviously we haven't had a chance to try this yet, but Mazda claims that the effect is to make the car "even more fun to drive", which of course has been the whole point of MX-5s since they were introduced more than twenty years ago.

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