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Winding Road sat down with the newest print issue of Autocar and discovered that Mazda dealers are particularly pleased with the soap-bar aesthetic of the current MX-5. More to the point, they're hoping that Mazda designers don't nuke the fridge when the iconic roadster goes under the knife next year.

According to Autocar's sources, the new MX-5 won't benefit from the swooping Nagare theme that's expected to influence all of Mazda's future designs, primarily because dealers are happy with the current car. However, Mazda's designers want to kick up the MX-5's flavor, saying that the car was "never radical enough" for their tastes. Since we've always been split on the styling of the current MX-5, we're hoping both parties can be assuaged with a balance between mild and wild. We'll see, and we're looking forward to the clean sheet makeover the MX-5 gets in 2012.

[Source: Autocar via Winding Road]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      mmmmm, not so sure. I like the 3's but use a lot of gas.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am actually within a week or two of buying an 08 MX-5 Grand Touring edition with soft top. Will be in dark green with tan leather.

      I actually like it the way it is. The Miata is about driving. It also is hands down many times more useful for trips than those GM abominations.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The MX-5 is subtle in appearance and is more of a performer. Junba Ittai. That's the whole premise of the car. This doesn't bar it from having a Mazdaspeed (MPS) version of it now though.

      If Mazda's future stable holds any truth to what the Nagare or Furai promised, they're in good shape otherwise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The rear end of the current model looks great IMHO. The front end, however, could benefit from some more aggressive styling. Looks a bit like a harmless fish.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The current MX-5 definitely needs a little more "stand out" styling. Next to a Solstice, the MX-5 looks like the frumpy girl in school... despite the fact that we all know it puts out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The absolute BEST Miata was the previous-generation's MazdaSpeed Miata (MX-5). They 1) NEVER should have gotten rid of the name of the car in lieu of it's designation and 2) NEVER should have shared-platformed with the stupendously ugly RX-8.

      Where did all of Mazda's styling go in the last generation? Did it take a nap? Did the main designer have a retarded baby and felt that everything should look like his kid's facial features? Seriously. The current generation simply looks like the retarded siblings of the previous- the MX-5 of the Miata and the RX-8 of the (most perfectly styled car of all-time) RX-7.

      Bring back something that makes me look at the miata diving into a corner and go "wow."
      • 7 Years Ago

      A few years ago when shopping for a new car I mentioned the MX5/Miata to coworkers and hands down everyone said that it just looked like bathtub on wheels.

      Let's face it the car is bit long in the tooth. But considering how many are on the roads it's look that people like. The Pontiac/Saturn's are a bit too drastic for some. The Miata is the car to get when you want top down action but don't want to scream mid life crisis.

      With that said it's time for some tweaks. Nothing too radical but it's past due.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That photochop looks worse than a 3rd grader's attempt at drawing a complex design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The current one is an ugly frog/catfish. Please change it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because then you'll buy one? Somehow I doubt it....
      • 7 Years Ago
      why not split it into two models: the Miata for what we have now and the MX 5 for what they want to do to it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know. Put some barn-door headlights up front, a la the first gen MX5. The current third gen just looks bland while the first gen looks super cool. People still gawk and turn their heads when my Moss low profile twin-dual headlights pop up every evening.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The mx5 looks too simple.
      Overall shape- fine, but nothing (sharp lines, side vents, etc.) to set it apart from other convertibles like the Sky and Solstice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, are you blind?

        It's obvious you're mad because the Sky/Solstice's design run laps around the Miata's design,but I think you are more angry that 2 American car companies created a better looking car than the MX-5.

        You do have one thing right, they are sassier than the MX-5, because that's the way they were meant to be and they have record sales to prove it.

        *Jus' spreaddin' da troof*
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow does everyone hate American cars?

        I'm sorry, I never got the memo that I was supposed to start hating American car companies as of 1987. People who make American cars are trying to make a living, too. I just happen to support my country, despite build quality, the designs are good enough and as long as they get me from A to B, I'm fine. If you have a problem with that, move to Japan.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry, not hanging with you here.

        Solstice's giant bug-eyed, bucktoothed front end makes me ill. I can't hope on that wagon.

        Sky, sure. Sexy and sleek.

        Miata, overall is quite fine but the front does need it's tweaking. It is somewhat blah, but from what can find blah has worked it's entire life. A very light hint of the new design language could suffice.

        As for sales of them all, I don't know numbers so I won't play that but the miata's been around forever so I'd expect there'd be no rush to get one due to it's newness despite the redesign. Sky/Solstice have the "WOW" it's new and "What's that" factor...it's plausible the sales are in respect to that and the adding of new/addtional engines and such.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I find the miata to be reserved and tasteful compared to the "blingy" sky and the "why did you put that THERE!?" solstice.

        I feel that every other little roadsters failing was that it tried to be more "sassy" than the miata. The only roadster I would say looks classier than the miata is the TT, and that is even more plain, yet somehow still beautiful.

        If anyone is going to make the miata look better it will be Mazda, they are a great design shop... but they definitely need to stay away from the sky/solstice design language because those seem to be from the same team that designed the new focus: "Ohhh, it'll be like a regular sedan but COOLER with bars in the lights and chrome fender vents!"
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have an idea - just make over the mazdaspeed version. Problem solved.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or maybe create a MX-7 with more agressive styling and a bigger motor and leave the miata as it is.
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