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  • Mark Gilbert 7:35am on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Congrats to Bruce Winter – 30th Anniversary MX-5 

    South Florida Miata Club member Bruce Winter was able to secure one of only 500 of the 30th Anniversary Edition cars. Can’t wait to see it.

     
  • Mark Gilbert 6:35am on Saturday, February 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    New Colors Coming On Future NDs 

    You’re too late to get a 30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata, unless you were one of the 500 Miata fans who raced to Mazda’s special website to order one of the 500 special Racing Orange convertibles or RF coupes being made available to Americans. Still, after studying the car and conducting interviews with Mazda North America operations president Masahiro Moro and MX-5 chief designer Masashi Nakayama, we uncovered some tasty tidbits about the Miata and the company’s mainstream SUVs and sedans that make it possible. Here’s what we learned.

    Keep your eye on the special wheels.
    The Rays ZE40 RS30 forged aluminum wheels save mass on the famously Colin Chapman-esque lightweight sports car, though Nakayama, who spoke Japanese through an interpreter, would not say how much weight. It makes sense that this new wheel will find its way onto the more track-focused Miata Club models, at least as an accessory option, by the 2020 model year or later. They won’t have the cool “30th Anniversary” etching on the rim, of course.

    Don’t expect yearly special editions.
    Through the NA, NB, and NC generations of the Miata, Mazda regularly introduced special-edition models at the Chicago Auto Show, the event where car was first unveiled in February 1989. But Nakayama and Moro would not commit to future special editions like those old models, which often had special wheels, Momo steering wheels and shift knobs, and the like. Do expect new and special paint colors, and continuous engineering improvement as was done for 2019, since the MX-5, like all sports cars, must have a long lifecycle.

    Do expect more new paint colors.
    Racing Orange was one of three special colors proposed for the 30th Anniversary Miata after Nakayama’s team began working on the special edition about two years ago. (And here it seems like we were just celebrating the car’s 25th anniversary.) The other two colors will likely show up in future model years, he hinted.

    https://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-miata-30th-anniversary-suvs-diesel/

     
  • Mark Gilbert 8:41pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    30th Anniversary Unveiling Tomorrow 

    Log on to Mazda USA website tomorrow at 12:30pm to see the official unveiling of the 30th Anniversary Edition of the MX-5.

    It will be offered in the new Racing Orange color, in both soft top and RF models but only 500 will be available for sale in the U.S., so have your credit cards ready.

    30th Anniversary MX-5 Miata

     
  • Mark Gilbert 8:04am on Sunday, December 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Model Coming 

    30th Anniversary Edition ND for the United States

    Status: Confirmed
    Release: Most likely Spring of 2019
    Model year: Unknown at this time (might be 2020, or, might not)
    Limited Edition: Only 3,000 worldwide, only 500 in the USA
    New or different features: Unknown at this time
    Color: Orange

     

    2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary will be available for pre-order with a starting MSRP[1]of $34,995

    This special edition MX-5 Miata is equipped with a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine rated to deliver 181 horsepower

    Exclusive features include Racing Orange exterior paint and interior accents, special serial number badging, RAYS 17-inch forged alloy wheels and RECARO sports seats with Alcantara seating surface

    CHICAGO (February 7, 2019) – In 1989 the Chicago Auto Show played host to one of Mazda’s biggest milestones, the debut of the MX-5 Miata. Now, 30 years later, Mazda is proud to share another milestone at the Chicago Auto Show with the world premiere of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary.

    Continuing to embrace the philosophy of the original 1989 MX-5 Miata, this special edition represents three decades of history. A history that has been filled with so many people, from the passionate Mazda engineers who created the first-generation MX-5 as a homage to early lightweight European sportscars, to the succeeding development engineers who took up the challenge to build on the high ambitions of their predecessors. Collectively, they all helped the MX-5 reach amazing heights, from being the first car to win both World Car of the Year and World Design of the Year in the same year with the current generation MX-5 Miata in 2016, to achieving production of one millionth units in April 2016. In total, the MX-5 has won over 280 awards, as of January 2019, with many of those accolades thanks to the unshakable support of Mazda owners and fans all over the world. This special edition is meant to commemorate all these milestones and the important people that have been part of this special journey, especially Mazda’s enthusiastic fans.

    The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary, offered in both soft top and RF models, builds upon the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring, which added many new features including a newly refined powertrain rated to deliver 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque; a 17 percent increase over the previous model year. The first noticeable new feature is the exclusive Racing Orange exterior paint color. This strikingly vivid color pays homage to the yellow MX-5 Miata Club Racer that also debuted at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Racing Orange is meant to represent sunrise and anticipation, while staying true to the characteristics of a pure sports car. The roof on RF is painted Racing Orange, while the soft top will feature a black cloth top. The theme continues to the interior with orange interior louvers and orange piping on the heated RECARO sports seats. The seats in this special edition are wrapped in Alcantara, which is also found in the door inserts and lower instrument panel. All of these features help to further enhance the customer’s sense of exclusivity and pride of ownership.

    To contrast the brilliant color, the new RAYS ZE40 17-inch Dark Gunmetal forged alloy wheels play up the MX-5’s driving legacy. Customers may notice these wheels are based on the Global MX-5 Cup Car, further connecting the iconic roadster’s anniversary edition to its racing roots.

    Standard in all 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary models are Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM infotainment technologies. Also standard is SiriusXM with three-month subscription and new SiriusXM three-year Traffic Plus and Travel Link® subscription.

    No special edition would be complete without the appropriate badging. Each 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be affixed with a special “30th Anniversary” serialized badging on the driver’s side rear quarter panel to help commemorate 30 years of endless gratitude and unbending determination to keep evolving.

    Production of 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary model will be limited to a total of just 3,000 units worldwide. In the U.S., there will be a total of 500 non-sequentially badged units available through a custom build to order website at http://www.mazdausa.com/30th-anniversary. Owners can order their 2019 Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition model as either a soft top or RF with either a manual or automatic transmission. Orders can be placed starting on 2/7 at 12 p.m. CST.

     
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