2005 brought the arrival of the third generation Mazda MX-5 a significant step forward from the mk2 car with multi-link rear suspension, traction control, stability control and a beautifully simple roof mechanism added. It was named as Japan’s Car of the Year in the same year.
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.
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