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Latest model: Mazda MX-5 2009
Mazda MX-5 2009Mazda MX-5 provides roadster driving at its best. Its original concept has been so successful that Mazda has never changed it: cheap to buy and use, lightweight, Jinba Ittai 'onewith- the-car' handling, and classic roadster looks. The third generation launched in 2005 was designed with a strict 'gram strategy' which helped to keep the weight at the same level while product an even stiffer body and more equipment. This year Mazda introduces a facelift of the current third-generation Mazda MX-5 with improvements that will attract even more people tothis original, pure roadster.

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Year 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5, which is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling twoseat sports vehicle ever (currently at 850000, units). In fact, 855000, Mazda MX-5 have been manufactured since release in 1989, and 254000, units were sold in Europe (through November 2008). The Mazda MX-5 has won a total of 178 major auto awards in these two decades. The current third generation is no exception and carried home 58 awards - including Japan Vehicle of the Year 2005-2006 and Top Gear magazine's Roadster of the Year 2005.

In 2006, Mazda launched the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe featuring a performance retractable hard top while keeping the original roadster look-and-feel. The hard top weights only 37 kg including its folding mechanism and takes no add-on luggage room, ensuring the same perfect 50:50 weight distribution and the same boot volume (150 litres) as the soft top. Now there were two agile open-top sports vehicles to select from.

The facelift model of the third-generation Mazda MX-5 carries the popularity of this expanded line-up forward. Both body styles have a layout improved to be more dynamic and strong, and harmonised with Mazda's next-generation line-up. Both soft top and Roadster Coupe deliver an evolution of Jinba Ittai driving fun and have more equipment. With these upgrades the Mazda MX-5 soft top version will continue to appeal to buyers looking for a pure roadster experience. The retractable hard top has always appealed to buyers looking for a more coupe-like and luxury roadster experience.