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Order books open for the new MX-5.

Byline: Examiner Motors Correspondent

MAZDA has begun production in Japan of the all-new MX-5 and the order books have opened for those arriving in this country later this summer.

The models rolling off the assembly line at Ujina Plant No.1 in Hiroshima are initially destined for the Japanese domestic market, where sales are scheduled to begin in June.

The Mazda MX-5 will then be rolled out progressively to other markets, arriving in the UK later this summer.

The fourth generation of the iconic two-seater preserves the fun element that has always defined the MX-5 while at the same time meeting everincrease safety and efficiency requirements.

The all-new model is the lightest MX-5 since the first-generation and the first with Mazda's 'Skyactiv' technology, including a choice in Europe of two ultra-efficient lightweight petrol engines delivering power of 131ps and 160ps.

The new design has the lowest centre of gravity to date on an MX-5 and is said to have a new "people-oriented" interior that's optimised for open-top driving.

It is also available with the MZD Connect infotainment system and pre-crash safety technology.

First launched in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 instantly revived the market for affordable lightweight sports cars.

Some 26 years and almost 200 awards later, the legend is still going strong.

With production of the previous models surpassing 950,000 units in January, Mazda continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car of all time.

Ahead of its arrival in dealerships later this year, UK customers excited by its arrival can already register their interest or pre-order their car.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Mar 13, 2015
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