Mazda is being very sneaky about what it is bringing to the New York Auto Show, and it might have something to do with the next-generation MX-5 Miata. Australian website Motoring.com.au spoke to a company insider who told the Aussie publication that at least the chassis for the roadster will debut in Manhattan. As the rumor goes, the show will act as a kickoff for the PR campaign for the new model.

We contacted Mazda USA PR Director Jeremy Barnes to find out more, and he would neither confirm nor deny the rumor. "Just because you read it on the Internet doesn't mean you should repeat it," he said to Autoblog. That's not exactly an outright denial.

Supporting evidence that the new droptop might be appearing in the Big Apple includes Mazda's plan to celebrate the model's 25th anniversary at the show. It's bringing 15 cars from the first three generations to display. "It will be absolutely worth attending the New York Auto Show if you're a Miata fan," Barnes said. That at least hints that there might be something he's not telling us. Otherwise, it's a lot of sizzle without any new steak.

The new MX-5's platform has been developed as a joint venture between Alfa Romeo and Mazda. However, there is now a question whether Alfa is going to actually use the platform, because Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne reportedly refuses to build the cars outside of Italy. Thankfully, the wait won't be very long to find out whether some portion of the new Miata is being unveiled, because the New York Auto Show opens on April 16.


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      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Seeing as the prototypes are still in the mule stage, I have a hard time believing this, but I do love me some exposed chassis.
      thedriveatfive
      • 9 Months Ago
      This will offend all the purists but more miatas would sell if they at least offered a version with the turbo engine from the mazdaspeed three.
        AutoVido
        • 9 Months Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        If they are going to make a more expensive version I'd prefer they take away weight rather than adding the weight of a turbo-charger. Leave the straight-line acceleration muscle car market to others. Not sure how much it would cost to reduce the weight by 15% say, but even a dramatic looking interior with lighter seats, exposed metalwork here and there would attract attention. Would a lighter hood and trunk make a difference?
          bwahahahaha
          • 9 Months Ago
          @AutoVido
          The goal for this car is already to lose about 200 lbs over its predecessor. There is no way they could reduce that much more weight in order to create a performance version. Skyactiv engines are not conducive to turbocharging due to their extremely high compression ratio. If a higher performance option is released, I would expect it to come from the Skyactiv 2.5 found in the higher trim Mazda3 and Mazda6, but tuned for the Miata's personality.
          thedriveatfive
          • 9 Months Ago
          @AutoVido
          I guess I could live with the 2.5 and maybe some painted carbon fiber and light weight rims, to lighten things up
      Jaybird248
      • 9 Months Ago
      I would not want to be the Mazda booth rep if they showed a four door Miata!
      Lachmund
      • 9 Months Ago
      seems highly likely
      Foolonthehill
      • 9 Months Ago
      Gee, if Alfa's not going to use the chassis, Mazda should use the Alfa version body! Drool! @: TDAF: We have a Mazdaspeed MX-5 (i.e., turbo) of the last generation. They didn't sell all that well. I've seen only one other on the road. Turbo kicks in just before shift points.
        friscobrah
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Foolonthehill
        It poorly cause it was a sucky car. Small turbo that fell flat on it's face before redline and had heat soak issues.
      Brewster
      • 9 Months Ago
      We still have our `90, lost interest in them after `97. There's an old saying " the newer Miata is a better car but the originals are better Miata's"
      sinistro79
      • 9 Months Ago
      Okay, so if Alfa doesn't use the MX-5 chassis for its next-gen Spider, then what platform will Alfa use to meet their 2015 launch deadline for it? Even the current-gen MX-5 chassis is better than anything Alfa has used for their Spider since the last 105-series Spider rolled off the line in 1994. If they plan on developing something in-house, then I smell another delay all over again. Or I suppose they can just import the chassis from Japan and build the thing in Italy...
        sundude
        • 9 Months Ago
        @sinistro79
        They'll just brand the car as a Fiat or Abarth, instead of Alfa.
          Teleny411
          • 9 Months Ago
          @sundude
          Really-the Fiat Spider revival. I like the sounds of that!
        Teleny411
        • 9 Months Ago
        @sinistro79
        I think that the imported chassis scenario seems likely.
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