Twenty-five years after resurrecting the roadster, Mazda has unveiled the latest version of its MX-5 Miata, the bestselling two-seat convertible in history.
The all-new fourth-generation Miata — known only as the MX-5 abroad — goes on sale next year as a 2016 model and is expected to make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
Mazda shaved roughly 220 pounds off the outgoing model — an impressive feat given the existing car weighs only about 2,500 pounds. It also lost 3 inches in overall length and half an inch in width, a profile closer to the original model.
That original Miata defined affordable thrills for a new generation of buyers. Drawing on the heritage of lost roadsters from brands such as Lotus, MG and Triumph, the first-generation Miata proved a sensation at its Chicago Auto Show debut in 1989.
Over the subsequent generations, Mazda has sold more than 930,000 copies of the Miata globally, enough to earn certification from the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's bestselling roadster.
- with thanks to the LA Times