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Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary display at NYAIS is a dream come true

25 years ago Mazda introduced the MX-5 Miata, making this year’s New York Auto Show a special one for the Mazda family. To celebrate this milestone, Mazda put together a large display of MX-5’s from throughout the years. Some of the cars in the display are the Super20 Concept, Club Racer from the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, M-Speedster from the 1995 Chicago show, and the M Coupe from the 1996 New York Auto Show. You can see the pictures here courtesy of Autoblog.

Also on display at the Auto Show is the next-generation  SKYACTIV chassis that will boast 220 pounds shed from the previous generation. For some of the trim levels this will bring the MX-5 back to under the ever elusive 2,000-lb figure. Mazda states that even with the weight-loss that this chassis achieves more rigidity than that of previous years.

A release date for the next-generation MX-5 has yet to be released, but rest assure that when the news is leaked that we will bring all the information straight to you! In the meantime in order to satisfy your Miata obsession come on down to Parks Mazda to test drive one today.

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Mazda Helps Tampa High-School Students R.A.C.E. to Success

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The Mazda Racing Accelerates Creative Education (R.A.C.E.) program is in the middle of its victory lap right now, after seeing great success at Tampa’s Middleton High School last week. Over 300 students participated in the R.A.C.E. program, which aims to inspire interest in the real-world fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), fields that have endless applications across the automotive industry. These students have the potential to become the next generation of automotive creative geniuses, and they will doubtless be in great demand: as automobiles become increasingly technologically advanced, demand for workers skilled in these areas also increases.

“The students were thrilled with the presentations and impressed by the number and diversity of STEM-related career opportunities in the field of motorsports,” said Kim Moore, the Assistant Principal of Magnet Curriculum at Middleton High School. “I’m confident that after seeing Mazda’s R.A.C.E. program, many students left with an even greater respect and enthusiasm for the STEM disciplines.” Moore’s own enthusiasm was certainly evident; she was decked ou in a full racing suit for the event.

At Parks Mazda, we mostly see the finished result of all this STEM research, design, and development in the form of the world-class vehicles prominently displayed in our showrooms and across our inventory. But we’re always mindful of the incredible detail, intricate hard work, and creative genius that goes into sculpting a machine as beautiful as the MX-5 Miata. So, if you’re in the next generation of STEM professionals, we welcome you and wish you the best of luck!

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Mazda Ups the Amazing Factor for 2015 Miata

The next-generation Mazda Miata will be revealed at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show—which, admittedly, is quite a long time from now. However, we’ve already got some good information to whet your appetite—and hopefully, tide you over until next year in Chicago. The Miata MX-5, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, is apparently now going “back to basics”—music to any Miata fans ears.

The 2015 Miata will be lightweighted, reducing it back to its original weight. Plus, they’re leaving behind the current styling and going back to the oval-shaped design that first made the car famous. “The oval-shaped grille is a major departure from current Mazda styling and will hint back to the original car,” a Mazda source stated. “And, of course, the MX-5 will feature all of the company’s new Skyactiv technologies that we’ve seen in the CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3.”

The new Miata will house a 1.5L four-cylinder engine—the newest in SkyActiv technology—which is currently used in the Mazda3. The 2015 Miata has been rumored for a very long time, but it’s finally becoming a reality. Look for it to finally hit the showrooms—like ours here at Parks Mazda—sometime in the summer of 2015.

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The Newest Mazda Miata; Even Lighter

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The fourth-generation Mazda Miata is shedding some weight, according to Mazda executive Kiyoshi Fujiwara—not that it was very heavy to begin with. The automaker is aiming for a curb weight of a metric ton, or 1,000 kilograms / 2,200 pounds. That would make it about 300 pounds lighter than the current NC Miata, which can only come with benefits.

In performance cars, weight is everything. Less weight means faster acceleration, better handling, and even better fuel economy if that’s something you’re interested in. We don’t know how Mazda intends to ditch the 300 pounds, but we could see some key features being removed in favor of a better power-to-weight ratio, such as the power retractable hard top on the current model.

We can probably expect an even more powerful engine as well, though at this point this is just speculation. Obviously, we’re really hoping for an awesome new Mazda. In the meantime, come by Parks Mazda to check out cars that are not the product of speculation but are instead quite real—and quite excellent.

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