The lightweight SkyActiv technology that’s gradually filtering out across today’s Mazda range and is set to feature on the fourth generation MX-5 was previewed by the MX-5 Ibuki way back in 2003.
The concept car’s use of lightweight materials and a petrol/electric hybrid powertrain with regenerative braking made sure it lived up to its name, which means ‘to breathe new life’ in Japanese.
The Mazda MX-5 is a modern motoring icon, a two-seater, open-topped sports car with an overriding focus on fun.
Through three generations and 25 years, the MX-5 has wormed its way into the hearts of millions, whether as an inexpensive route to rear-wheel-drive handling purity or as a simple, pretty roadster in the classic vein.
Click through the gallery for a history of the Mazda MX-5 in pictures...