2012 Mazda MX-5 NR-A ‘Jinba-Ittai’ coming to the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 28, 2011

Mazda will be presenting 10 different models at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon, one of which is the MX5 NR-A Jinba-Ittai. Mazda will be displaying modified versions of nearly all the models in its full lineup. The 2012 CX-5 crossover, in both standard and customized trims, will also be seen. This customized CX-5 is a special edition model that features a red exterior body color, matte black alloy wheels, and a ride height that’s a bit lower.

The other models that fans will be watching out for are the previously seen RX-8 Spirit R, the final iteration of the rotary-powered sports car, and the MX-5 Black-Tuned, a regular MX-5 that uses black-colored special features for the cabin as well as the exterior.

These include the BBS lightweight alloy wheels, Bilstein height adjustable dampers, Brembo brakes, and Recaro sports seats. The 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon will be open from January 13 to 15 at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center in Chiba prefecture.

When the term “roadster” is mentioned, the Mazda MX-5 easily comes into people’s mind. Because the original MX-5 launched 20 years ago was a tremendous hit, Mazda never changed its concept. It remains affordable, easy-to-drive and lightweight, and features Jinba Ittai handling and classic roadster looks. Mazda developed the third generation MX-5 (launched in 2005) employing a strict 'gram strategy' that helped make the roadster as light as its predecessor while featuring a stiffer body and offering more equipment.

In 2006, Mazda introduced the Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe with a power retractable hard top but still keeping its distinctive roadster styling. With a weight of just 37 kilograms including its folding mechanism, the hard top does not compromise cargo space (150 liters) and ensures that the MX-5 retains its 50:50 weight distribution. The 2009 MX-5 is essentially a revised version of the current third-generation Mazda MX-5, boasting of several improvements that should increase its appeal to more people.

Mazda is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5 in 2009. In this span of time, the Mazda MX-5 has grabbed a total of 178 major auto awards. The third-generation alone has won 58 awards, including Japan Car of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and Top Gear magazine's Roadster of the Year 2005.

So far, Mazda has sold around 850,000 units of MX-5 (855,000 cars produced) since it was launched in 1989, earning it a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling two-seat sports car. Through November 2008, Mazda has sold 254,000 units of the MX-5 in Europe.

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