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To Celebrate 25 Years of MX-5, Mazda to Bring 15 Miata Models to New York Auto Show

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It was at an American auto show that Mazda first introduced us to the now iconic MX-5 Miata, so it just makes sense that the automaker would also choose an American auto show for their celebration of a full quarter-century of Miatas. That’s right, Mazda will bring a veritable parade of Miatas—fifteen in all—along to the 2014 New York Auto Show next month. Mazda won’t say exactly which Miatas will be featured in that parade, so start making your wish list now. Then when the auto show rolls around, see how many boxes you get to check off.

“MX-5 Miata is the quintessential Mazda,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. “And after 25 years, every vehicle in the lineup continues to feature some characteristic of MX-5: a fluid shifter, lightness on its feet, quickness around a corner, a fun-to-drive DNA. With all the whiz-bang technology and comfort amenities increasingly added to modern vehicles, MX-5’s direct connection between car and driver still remains the standard feature that puts smiles on drivers’ faces.”

At Parks Mazda, there’s definitely one special Miata we’d like to see unveiled at the grand Mazda display in New York this April—the brand-new fourth-generation MX-5 Mazda has already promised to give us sometime this year.

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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.