Mazda pulled the covers off of the new 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Launch Edition concept at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Today they have announced that the concept will go into limited production with just 1,000 units being sold in the US.
The initial group of eligible purchasers will only be from a select group of loyal buyers that will be contacted by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). These potential buyers get a non-disclosed, to the public, window of time to place their orders before the remaining inventory may be sold to additional buyers. It is likely that none of these will make it past the first round and all will be sold out very quickly.
The Mazda MX-5 Cup series has announced their schedule for the 2016 season. The single make series will head to some of North America’s best circuits, including Laguna Seca and Virginia International Raceway (VIR).
New for 2016 is a trip to historic Watkins Glen. The competition at the track will share the weekend with Trans-Am.
There are six scheduled dates in all with each weekend featuring a double header. This adds up to a twelve race season.
We are just over a week away from the Rolex 24 and the start of the endurance racing season. The legendary American 24 hour race at Daytona will see Mazda with a new engine powering their prototypes. Both of the Japanese auto maker’s prototype entries will use the new MZ-2.0T power plant and they are hoping that it will lead to a class victory.
Mazda has had a good amount of success at the Rolex 24 with 23 class victories since 1975. This year also marks 25 years since Mazda took an overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They are still the only Asian based manufacture to have pulled off an overall victory in French classic.
At one time many thought that vehicles produced from Japanese car companies were pieces of junk. That perception has largely changed and now these same automakers produce some very dependable cars.
Beyond daily drivers they all make some very good performance cars. These range from the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster to the supercar beating Nissan GT-R. Without further hesitation we announce our nominees for our Import Car of the Year.
The editors over at Yahoo have named the 2016 Mazda MX-5 their “Fresh Car of the Year”. So just what is the “Fresh Car of the Year” award? Yahoo defines the criteria for the award as a car that simply puts a smile on your face and tugs at your heartstrings.
The category is for cars that can’t be chosen by pure stats. Cars like the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 have impressive stats that tell you much of what you need to know, but the lot in this category just don’t fully fit in.