The Mazda MX-30 is the latest in a line of cars Mazda has honored with the legendary MX prefix, reserved for the manufacturer’s most innovative vehicles. The MX-5 Miata is probably the most famous custodian of the name, but here Mazda Stories takes a look at some of the other cars to have proudly sported the MX badge.
Six years before the MX-5 Miata arrived to reshape the automotive landscape, Mazda released the MX-02 concept car. The vehicle never made it to production, but it was jam-packed with innovative technology, including keyless entry, four-wheel steering, and a low-drag body design that provided excellent fuel economy figures.
“THE MX-02 WAS CRAMMED WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING A HEAD-UP DISPLAY.”
Mazda threw the kitchen sink at the MX-03 concept, which boasted a huge spec and enticing list of innovations. The four-seat coupe featured four-wheel drive, a triple-rotor 315-hp engine, four-wheel steering, a head-up display, and an aircraft yoke steering column instead of a regular wheel.
“THE MX-03 COULD HIT 186 MPH AND HAD A 0-60 MPH TIME OF ONLY FIVE SECONDS.”
This stylish, discreet coupe was produced for nearly a decade from 1987 and featured two generations. It was known for both reliability and its powerful performance, with some models using a V6 engine (generating 164 hp) to make the MX-6 an exhilarating prospect to drive.
“THE MX-6’S SWOOPING DESIGN, IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE AND LUGGAGE SPACE MADE IT A VERSATILE CAR.”
Launched in the early 1990s (in the same era as the MX-5 Miata and RX-7), the sleek MX-3 shared many characteristics of its illustrious stablemates. As with all Mazdas, it was a real driver’s car, and its headline-grabbing V6 engine—one of the smallest ever produced—made it a highly innovative vehicle, too.
“THE V6 IS THE notable MX-3 VARIANT, BUT A FOUR-CYLINDER OPTION WAS ALSO RELEASED, AND HUGELY POPULAR.”
In many ways, the MX-Sport Tourer was one of Mazda’s most forward-thinking concept cars. It featured a hybrid gas-electric engine to reduce emissions that switched seamlessly between rear and four-wheel drive, a Vario Lamella folding roof, and freestyle doors.
“THE CAR BOASTED A 10.4-INCH TOUCHSCREEN YOU COULD REMOVE FOR INTERNET BROWSING.”
This funky concept made its debut at the 2004 Detroit Auto Show. Featuring a four-cylinder engine, the car would signpost the way for a small city vehicle aimed at a young audience. The MX-MicroSport featured a keyless entry system in the form of a card, which held driver preferences such as favorite navigational routes and audio sources.
“ENHANCING THE CAR’S ENERGETIC STYLING, ITS EXHAUST MANIFOLD WAS SPECIFICALLY TUNED TO A SPORTY NOTE.”