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8th July, 2012

Mazda Motor Corporation has upgraded the Mazda Roadster (MX-5 in export markets) for the Japanese market. The refreshed two-seater open-top sports car went on sale on Thursday at all Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealerships throughout Japan.

The design of the upgraded Roadster distinguishes between the sporty manner of the soft top and the refined manner of the power retractable hard top (RHT) through the use of coordinated black and silver features respectively. The front end of both versions has been redesigned to present a more aggressive look. For the interior, a new luxury tan colour is available for the genuine leather seats. In addition, revised characteristics of the throttle and brake booster have improved control of the accelerator in the manual transmission models and the brakes in all models. The enhancements add a little 'polish' to the pure driving pleasure which has made the Roadster (MX-5) famous.

In addition, the updated Roadster features an Active Bonnet (pedestrian protection system) which raises the rear end of the bonnet in the event of an accident in an endeavour to reduce the impact to the head.

Cutting weight one gramme at a time: In order to keep weight down, uncompromising attention was paid to weight reduction in the design of new parts including the re-designed front bumper, the active bonnet, the new 17-inch aluminium wheels and the internal wiring.

Main features of the upgraded Mazda Roadster

A distinct 'character' for the RHT and Soft-top version

  • The keywords guiding the design of the soft top were "tight sports". Coordinated black features express its sportiness
  • The keywords guiding the design of the RHT were "premium sports." Coordinated silver features denote refined, high quality driving performance

Soft Top Power Retractable Hard Top
Front combination light bezel Black Chrome
Design No change New design for 17-inch wheels
Colour Dark grey metallic Silver
Soft top New "saddle tan" coloured cloth top
(Available as an option for the RS)
Decoration panel Glossy dark grey (new) Glossy dark grey (new)
Steering wheel bezel Glossy dark grey (new)
(Available only with RS)
Glossy dark grey (new)
Inner door handle Black Aluminium colour
Meter hood Compact type (new design) Standard type
Meter ring Glossy dark grey (new) Aluminium colour
Seatback bar garnish Glossy dark grey
(new to the RS model grade)
Black (S, NR-A)
Aluminium colour
(RS RH and, VS RHT)
Black (S RHT)

Aggressive front view

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  • Front end has a sense of depth with a larger front grille opening
  • Newly designed front fog lamp bezel
  • New front chin spoiler
  • New body colour, Dolphin Grey Mica now available (Total seven body colours are available. Metropolitan Grey Mica is no longer available).

Enhanced interior quality

  • A lustrous and expressive new colour, Glossy Dark Grey is used for the decoration panel and steering wheel bezel. (The colour is an option for the Soft Top version of the S model grade.)
  • Addition of a new tan colour for the genuine leather seat covers. Black on the seat sides provides a stylish two-tone design. Fabric (black), leather (tan and black) and a combination of Alcantara and black leather seat cover materials are available.

There is no confirmation, at this time, when the updated model will arrive in Australia.


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