Mazda begins production of upgraded Mazda MX-5 at Hiroshima site

Article by Anita Panait, on July 12, 2012

Mazda has started producing an upgraded version of the Mazda MX-5 at its Hiroshima assembly plant in Japan. The upgraded Mazda MX-5, both its Roadster Coupe and soft-top variants, boast of having improved safety features and better driving characteristics, complemented by enhancements in interior and exterior.

Interior improvements include upgraded panel décor with matching steering wheel spokes that surely enhance the cabin ambience. Exterior improvements, meanwhile, include a new, more aggressive front bumper design especially developed to improve MX-5’s aerodynamic performance.

MX-5 buyers could now opt for their units to get the new Dolphin Grey Mica paint finish.  Mazda made sure to improve the responsiveness of the MX-5 to driver inputs by modifying the throttle pedal actuation on manual transmission models. This increases the feeling of linear acceleration and gives the driver superior control when accelerating from lower speeds.

Mazda also modified the car’s vacuum brake-booster to optimise brake return control, which is needed when the driver brakes while entering a curve.  The MX-5’s new acceleration control goes to work when the driver takes his foot off the brake and steps on the accelerator.

These two new upgrades on the MX-5 allow more controllable, smoother and faster braking and acceleration. This also allows drivers of the upgraded MX-5 to live through Mazda’s legendary Jinba Ittai ‘horse and rider as one’ driving experience. Aside from the upgraded MX-5’s better looks, aerodynamics and handling, the sportscar also features a system that regards pedestrian safety.

Mazda fitted the MX-5 with the new ‘active bonnet’ pedestrian protection system, which automatically raises the trailing edge of the bonnet if it detects pedestrian impact. The MX-5, regarded as the world’s best-selling open-top sportscar, will be rolled out in the United Kingdom later this year.

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