MAZDA MX-5 MIATA UPDATED FOR 2020
A host of updates to the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata have made the world’s favorite sports car even more desirable. The car is more appealing than ever inside, with perforated leather seats now available, including the option of a dynamic new red color scheme. All stitching in the cabin—from steering wheel to gear lever—is now a soothing gray, providing a calm, premium feel. Standard support for Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ makes connecting your smartphone to the MX-5 Miata easier than ever, while a re-engineered key fob is also included.
Exterior enhancements see the 2020 MX-5 Miata now available in Polymetal Gray, the understated but beautiful color that debuted this year with the new Mazda3. Stainless steel door sills are available, adding to the car’s visual appeal and protecting it from damage, too.
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Mazda’s First Electric Car
An electric car that feels completely natural to drive—that’s what to expect with the all-new Mazda MX-30, the SUV that promises to usher in a new era for EVs. Mazda has produced a model that puts people at the heart of the experience with a blend of stunning design, an easy-to-use and beautifully crafted cabin, and the great handling and stability you’d expect of any Mazda.
Revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show, the MX-30 makes an immediate impact with a striking look that includes bold freestyle doors for easy access. The sophisticated exterior takes Mazda’s Kodo: Soul of Motion design philosophy in a new direction with a dramatic three-tone finish.
Inside, the premium-quality cabin uses bespoke materials and handcrafted cork surfaces, providing a soothing ambience to complement the modern design. There are two screens: an upper 8.8-inch panel that displays the navigation and entertainment features and a lower display that operates the climate control.
As with every Mazda, the driving experience is key to the MX-30. e-G-Vectoring Control Plus ensures strong driving dynamics while, unusually for an EV, the braking is smooth and feels natural. The car’s battery—which has been chosen to limit the impact on the environment—is made of lightweight materials and delivers a range of 125 miles, more than enough for most drivers’ daily needs.
Mazda Team Joest: A Season To Remember
Mazda Team Joest wrapped up a successful season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a brave performance at the final race, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Georgia. The second half of the 10-hour marathon saw the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P, driven by Timo Bernhard, Oliver Jarvis, and Tristan Nunez, establish itself in the lead.
Jarvis was out in front until the final caution of the race, with 40 minutes left. But a mechanical failure after the restart saw the Englishman fall back and ultimately finish in sixth. The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P driven by Jonathan Bomarito, Olivier Pla, and Harry Tincknell, was retired in the fifth hour with a mechanical failure. A frustrated Jarvis said afterwards: “It was really ours to win and it’s pretty difficult to take that we didn’t.” But it couldn’t take the shine off what was a successful 2019 for Mazda Team Joest, which recorded three victories over the course of the season.
The breakthrough win came at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen in New York, when Bomarito, Pla, and Tincknell led home Bernhard, Jarvis and Nunez in second. Jarvis and Nunez then stood on top of the podium at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, before Bomarito and Tincknell took the honors at the IMSA Road Race Showcase at Road America in Wisconsin. Former director of Mazda Motorsports John Doonan summed up a tremendous 2019 by saying: “I am immensely proud of every person on the staff and the work they put in to elevate this program in 2019.”
John has recently left Mazda Motorsports to take up the role of IMSA President and, as the team looks to the 2020 season, has been replaced by Nelson Cosgrove. Nelson has a wealth of experience having held numerous senior posts for various manufacturers in a number of motorsports series: “I’m honored and excited to start this new role with Mazda. Mazda has a storied history in motorsports and a strong presence with IMSA, MX-5 Cup and grassroots programs. The brand had a lot of success in 2019, highlighted by the Mazda Team Joest three-race win streak, and I’m very much looking forward to beginning my work with the Mazda Motorsports team and preparing for the 2020 racing season.”
Mazda3 TCR Race Car revealed
In 2020 Mazda will go racing in its newest race car, the Mazda3 TCR (Touring Car Racing). Based on the current Mazda3, the car will be built by Long Road Racing, which creates the official Global MX-5 Cup Car. Power will come from a turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine (producing 350hp) and the car will compete in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
The series pits sports cars, coupes, and sedans from a variety of manufacturers against each other. All vehicles are based on cars that are available to the public, with limited modifications catering to safety and competition requirements.
Former Mazda Motorsports director John Doonan said: “The Mazda3 features the outstanding design and engineering that Mazda is known for, and because of that, it is a fantastic foundation for our new Mazda3 TCR. We have looked forward to returning to the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge for several seasons, and everyone at Mazda is very excited that we will do just that in 2020.”
As of next year, customers will be able to buy their own Mazda3 TCR to race in one of the many international championships the car is qualified to enter. Masahiro Moro, Chairman and CEO of Mazda North American Operations said: “The TCR represents a great opportunity for us to showcase the new Mazda3 and provide our customers another avenue to race Mazda vehicles.”
The Mazda3 TCR will debut on the four-hour Endurance Challenge Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend of racing on January 26, 2020.
MX-5 Miata Restoration Program
Mazda has always produced fantastic driving cars that are built to last. This reputation is epitomized in the MX-5 Miata, and the company’s latest initiative cements its determination to design cars that will go the distance. That’s because Mazda has made more than 1,100 legacy parts available for the first-generation MX-5 Miata (launched in 1989) so that owners can continue to enjoy, maintain, and restore their car with official components.
The full list of products available can be found below, but highlights include a new fabric soft top that uses the same rear-screen material featured on the 1989 car, and reproduced wheels (crafted by aftermarket manufacturer Enkei) made with modern materials and techniques, making them lighter and more durable than ever before. For more information, contact your dealer.
“I love the car as it is well built, has great power once tuned and handles like it’s on rails since I installed the Quaife Differential and ISC Coilovers.”
“The CX-3 is the first car that I’ve owned. I hope that it will continue to accompany me and help find life’s next surprise.”
“I’d always dreamed of owning a convertible sports car—now I know the freedom and joy that being behind the wheel of one brings.”
“I love my Mazda because there’s nothing else like it. I treat it like my own brother rather than just a car.”
“My car has accompanied me to many places. I can always rely on her stability and control.”
“My Miata connects me to the road. The way it feels as I accelerate around a corner is surreal.”
“The all-new Mazda3 is not just a vehicle—its design, sensation and presence bring a rich and attractive lifestyle.”
Club Focus: Renegade Miata Club
Renegade Miata Club is a group of about 100 driving enthusiasts located in New England, and the club’s goal is simple: to enhance the enjoyment of Miata ownership. Its members mostly come from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, and all Mazda owners are welcome to join. Drivers of other name plates are welcome as Associate Members.
Renegade Miata Club members mostly enjoy dodging cones. The club hosts nine AutoCross events each season, starting every year with the popular AutoCross School. Members attend to hone their driving skills with the help of some of the best AutoCross instructors in the country. The club’s one-mile course is located on an old military airfield and is the envy of many AutoCrossers around New England.
AutoCross isn’t the club’s only activity, though. It also enjoys several weekend outings over the course of a year. An excursion might include a scavenger hunt or a trip to a nearby winery for a nice drive and tour. A favorite outing is the Maine Lighthouse Tour, where members drive along the Maine coastline with tops down enjoying the scenery, camaraderie, and seeing as many lighthouses as they possibly can.
In addition to driving around with tops down, RMC members actively support “Loaves and Fishes,” a charity food pantry serving the MA area. Thanks to the club members’ generosity, RMC was recognized in 2017 as a Bronze Donor by the charity.
Harnessing the Power of Potential
As part of our continuing partnership with ESPN and the National Football Foundation, we highlight the story of former NFL quarterback and William V. Campbell Trophy recipient Chad Pennington. Chad donated his own money and more crucially, his time and dedication to reviving the football program at Sayre School in Lexington, Kentucky—bringing together a community and giving his students an outlet to discover the Power of Potential.