Cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of go­ing top­less

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Mazda North Amer­i­can Op­er­a­tions is set­ting its sights on sun-drenched dreams of spring and sum­mer by cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of the MX-5 at next month’s New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show.

Show­cas­ing 15 MX-5 ve­hi­cles, from auto show con­cepts to race cars to pro­duc­tion mod­els, New York will host the big­gest birth­day party yet for the sto­ried two-seat road­ster. Mazda North Amer­i­can Op­er­a­tions pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive Jim O’Sul­li­van said the MX-5 was the quin­tes­sen­tial Mazda.

“And af­ter 25 years, ev­ery ve­hi­cle in the line-up continues to fea­ture some char­ac­ter­is­tic of MX-5 – a fluid shifter, light­ness on its feet, quick­ness around a cor­ner, a funto-drive DNA,” Dr O’Sul­li­van said.

“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.”

Mak­ing its global de­but on Fe­bru­ary 9, 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, the MX-5 won over crit­ics and con­sumers with its styling, han­dling and af­ford­abil­ity. Af­ter all, here was a rac­ing-tuned con­vert­ible sports car that al­most any­one could af­ford – and buy one they did.

The MX-5 is the quin­tes­sen­tial Mazda

With more than 900 000 units sold across its three gen­er­a­tions, MX-5 continues to be a multi-faceted mas­ter of the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. As an en­thu­si­ast favourite for deep­div­ing into S-curves, a smooth weekend coastal cruiser or the ve­hi­cle that speed-hun­gry rac­ing cham­pi­ons as­pire to, MX-5 ex­udes driv­ing with emo­tion.

The New York In­ter­na­tional Auto Show opens to the pub­lic on April 18. Mazda will have two dis­play booths at the event.

For a full run­down on Mazda ve­hi­cles call into McPher­son Mo­tors Shep­par­ton, or phone the show­room on 5823 2100.

MX-5’s di­rect con­nec­tion be­tween car and driver still re­mains the stan­dard fea­ture that puts smiles on driv­ers’ faces

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