Win a New TV, Xbox One, and More in Mazda MX-5 Livery Design Contest

Mazda is teaming with Xbox for the second consecutive year to give Forza Horizon 2 players a chance to enter the Mazda MX-5 Livery Design Contest.

The contest will allow players to design the livery for the 1994 Mazda MX-5 currently available in-game. In March, two finalists will be awarded a trip to South by Southwest 2015 where they will compete in a final design showdown.

The winner will get a new 55-inch curved TV, audio music system, Xbox One, and MadCatz Racing Wheel—for a total estimated value of $3,500. In addition, his or her winning design will be made available as a free gift to all Xbox One and Xbox 360 users who own Forza Horizon 2.

Mazda MX-5 Livery Design Contest“In addition to shining the spotlight on the 2016 Mazda MX-5 through the partnership, we also wanted to give Forza fans a way to engage and pick up some cool prizes and see their work featured in the game,” said Russell Wager, VP of marketing, Mazda. “Fans of the Mazda MX-5 are some of the most passionate enthusiasts out there and we look forward to seeing the creativity that comes from this contest.”

For all of the instructions, check out Mazda’s press release. If it gets you excited for the new 2016 Mazda MX-5, that’s where we come in—check it out at Parks Mazda!


Mazda’s 2014 Miata Continues the Legacy with an Economic Price and Easy Handling

The Miata has quite the legacy behind it. It’s been 25 years running as a great commodity to Mazda’s line up. With the anniversary edition coming along with the 2015 release, let’s look at the 2014 and how it contributed to the solid reputation the 2015 Miata will have to stand on.

Mazda Miata MX-5The 2014 Miata MX-5 Miata is equipped 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission, giving it a pretty good kick. The Miata’s handling has improved consistently over the years and the 2014’s is smoother and more responsive than ever before. Its rear-wheel drive handles tight turns with no struggle and the overall quality of the drive has gotten markedly better.

The Miata’s still rocking the Mazda smile, but is otherwise very modest and simple in design. It’s rounded and had just a few accents of style to give it the bit of flare it needs to look attractive.  The interior is just as simple, giving the car an economic but engaging look.

Parks Mazda is glad to see the Miata’s legacy continuing into the coming years. For more information on our dealership’s line up and more, be sure to come visit us!


2016 MX-5 Miata Revealed

Mazda has finally revealed the next MX-5 Roadster, and the 2016 MX-5 Miata promises to be one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles on the road. The next Miata will be lighter, more efficient, and better performing.

Mazda introduced the pristine Miata at the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Show, and simultaneously released a gallery of photos of the newest roadster. The Miata appears to have a wider and lower front end, with a nose that curves nearly all the way to the ground, a low belt-line dip, fenders pulled back further from the front, and a dramatic taper into the rear bumper.

In order to improve efficiency, the Miata will not only be lighter, but will also feature SkyActiv engine technology and will mirror the design language of other Mazda vehicles.

The debut was broadcast live in Barcelona and Tokyo, and featured director of design Derek Jenkins. Jenkins discussed the difficult balance the design team faced: how could they keep everything enthusiasts love about the roadster in an effort to respect the Miata’s current fan base world-wide, while still appealing to a new generation of drivers?

“We started with the basics,” Jenkins explained. “Simple, lightweight, affordable, and of course completely in sync with the driver.”

That pretty much says it all – simplicity, efficiency, and respecting 25 years of iconic design were major priorities for the automaker.

Here at Parks Mazda, we can’t wait to see the MX-5 Miata for ourselves!


Special Edition Miata Sells Out in Just Ten Short Minutes

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has long been a fan favorite—both here at Parks Mazda and across the continent, and even the globe! So, when Mazda announced they were releasing an exclusive, limited edition run of 100 Miata 25th Anniversary Editions, every loyal Mazda fan began to salivate immediately. Then, when Mazda announced their special pre-order program for the Anniversary Edition, those salivating fans began to plan ahead. When the pre-order program went live on May 20, it took under 10 minutes for the 100 Anniversary Edition Miatas to sell out.

“It is no secret the MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition is a specially-crafted ‘Thank you’ to every MX-5 fan – former, current and hopefully future,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). “The enthusiasm surrounding the MX-5 since its debut in 1989 has been nothing short of phenomenal, and we sincerely appreciate every single person that has experienced the absolute joy of driving in an MX-5 – whether behind the wheel or as a passenger. Since day one, this vehicle has been a true driver’s car and we hope to continue to build upon its dynamic legacy for generations to come.”

While—unless you’re one of those happy hundred who got their name on the reserved list—it may be too late to snatch up an Anniversary Edition MX-5, there are still plenty of great Miatas to choose from here at Parks Mazda. So come see us today!2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata


Count Down to the New MX-5 Miata in Style with Mazda’s Pre-Order Program

You’ll be able to pre-order your very own, very exclusive 25th Anniversary model of the 2015 MX-5 Miata very soon—at 10:25 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20, in fact. Until then you can read all about the special sports car on Mazda’s website or even visit their new microsite to count down to the start of the pre-order program along with us here at Parks Mazda. Make sure not to miss the final countdown, as you must get your name on a list just to be eligible to order one of the 100 anniversary MX-5 Miatas headed for the United States.

“The MX-5 Miata is not about making history but about taking innovation a step further,” Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, said. “Twenty-five years after the vehicle was introduced, the MX-5 continues to be the benchmark for light, responsive and fun-to-drive roadsters. It is the genesis from which every Mazda since has been born.”

O’Sullivan’s glowing and reverential statements drive home just how special this 25th Anniversary edition of the MX-5 will be and just how special and meaningful it will be to own one. O’Sullivan also made sure to mention that the 25th Anniversary model is not a swan song for the MX-5. “With the fourth generation MX-5 on the horizon, we look forward to reinventing the segment once again.”

We can’t wait to see the results. As for now, the 2015 MX-5 Miata will be hitting dealerships soon, starting at $28,665. Check back on the blog often for more information—and don’t forget to patrol that countdown!

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