New Mazda MX-5 prom­ises more fun than ever

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - AUTOS -

MAZDA’S MX-5, now in its 26th year on the mar­ket, is a mem­ber of a rapidly de­clin­ing club: a two-seater road­ster. It’s the kind of model, Gerry Gor­don Mazda sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dave Hal­lock said, you want to own be­cause it’s fun to drive and no one you know is likely to also have one.

At about $32,000 new, the MX-5 of­fers many of the fea­tures found in higher-end road­sters at half the price.

“For driv­ing en­thu­si­asts,” Hal­lock said, “the MX-5 is about the thrill of the ride — like be­ing on a roller coaster. It is the feel­ing you get be­ing out there with the top down, en­joy­ing the feel of the open air.”

Hal­lock said the 2016 MX-5 ar­rived in lim­ited num­bers in Man­i­toba dealer show­rooms at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber.

“The model has been up­dated for 2016,” he said. “There is a new KODO de­sign and new stan­dard tech fea­tures, in­clud­ing Mazda’s Con­nect sys­tem, lane de­par­ture and blind=spot mon­i­tor­ing — and the lux­ury level has been kicked up.”

Hal­lock said the big­gest dif­fer­ence is the no­tice­ably re­duced weight and in­creased roomi­ness in­side. Mazda

Cat­tle roper Brad Mid­dle­ton was raised

on a farm near Carman.

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