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Now in its 25th year and on the market in its current form since 2005, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been due for replacement for some time now. A mid-life facelift helped things along some in 2008, but the moment that roadster enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting is almost upon us.

Mazda has now confirmed that the 2016 MX-5 will be officially unveiled on September 3 in Monterey, CA (at the nearby Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, perhaps?) just ahead of the "Miatas at Mazda Raceway" event, where the Japanese automaker will also display "an array of heritage, concept and motorsports MX-5s," just as it did alongside the upcoming new roadster's Skyactiv chassis at the New York Auto Show.

Not to leave the European and Asian markets out of the fun, Mazda will simultaneously unveil the new Miata in Spain and Japan as well. But in the meantime you can view the teaser video and press release below to keep that excitement drummed up.
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ALL-NEW 2016 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA CONFIRMED
- Fourth-Generation Roadster to Debut via Simultaneous Global Events on Three Continents -

IRVINE, Calif., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This fall, 25 years of storied MX-5 Miata history will turn the page to unveil the beginning of its fourth chapter as the next-generation roadster will be rumor no more during simultaneous global events in Japan, Spain and the United States. Officially confirmed as a 2016 model, the all-new MX-5 coyly made an initial debut at this year's New York International Auto Show in the form of an exposed SKYACTIV-CHASSIS. MX-5 historians eagerly scribbled notes, snapped photos and speculated on what the final product would be. On September 3, 2014 speculation will shift into revelation during an exclusive event to be held in Monterey, Calif.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

"We're excited to make this official, to announce that the newest member of the MX-5 Miata family will be arriving soon," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "Along with our colleagues around the world, we continue to celebrate the MX-5's 25th anniversary and look forward to sharing even more news in the near future."

In addition to the global unveil of the 2016 MX-5 Miata, MNAO has partnered with the enthusiast-operated event eponymously known as Miatas at Mazda Raceway, which will be held on September 5-7. The next-generation roadster will be on display along with an array of heritage, concept and motorsports MX-5s. MNAO also will lead consumer discussion sessions covering history, motorsports, R&D and design as well as coordinate one of the largest gatherings of MX-5 Miatas in North America. Registration for the annual event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.MiatasAtMazdaRaceway.com.

About Mazda North American Operations
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.


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      Brodz
      • 9 Months Ago
      It should look stunning hopefully with the new mazda family design language. However that's not always the case, as the Mazda 3 looks like a 6 that was in a pileup.
      Teleny411
      • 9 Months Ago
      2000lbs sky active chasis 200hp NA No turbos, nov8s, no. dct No robots Just a raw car!
        icemilkcoffee
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Teleny411
        I am guessing around 2300lb and 165hp. I don't think Mazda can reach 100hp/liter yet.
          jonnybimmer
          • 9 Months Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          "I don't think Mazda can reach 100hp/liter yet." Rotary heads would disagree.
      MJ
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'M SO EXCITED I'M SO EXCITED I'M SO SCARED
      BipDBo
      • 9 Months Ago
      Let's hop they finally drop in a small block V8 as it was always meant to have. I know. Not gonna happen. How about a 2.0 - 2.5 liter turbo 4 with some real power? I know. Not gonna happen.
        Fazzster
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        "I know. Not gonna happen." Yes, because from the beginning, the Miata was designed with the Colin Chapman philosophy of simplicity, light weight and agility. Dropping a heavy V-8 or an over powered 4 would be fundamentally wrong. Much like a turbo'd 3 cylinder Corvette would be.
          Ron
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Fazzster
          Oh please.... Heavy v8? HAHA. I think you would be shocked to know that an LS3 V8 does not weigh that much more than the stock MX5 engine; the stock 2.0L 4 cylinder weighs 315 lbs, an LS3 v8 weighs 400 lbs. If you want to follow Simplicity, light weight, and agility, and LS3 fits in perfectly.
          BipDBo
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Fazzster
          That's a common misunderstanding. Modern V8s, especially the LS series, are much lighter than the iron blocks of the 60s. People expect the Miatas with V8 conversions to be very front heavy and under steer, but in truth, they are known to handle beautifully.
          ReTired
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Fazzster
          "Oh please...", Ron. Fazz is addressing the character of the Miata...and your "400 lbs" LS3 is suspect - GM lists an LS1, dressed with manual clutch @ 497#...and an LS - capacity trans (TREMTEC ?) will add some more to the package weight difference. It's do-able, obviously...but is it still a "Miata" ?...or just a "Sports-Rod"?
        bullitt2605
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        Look up monster Miata.
          BipDBo
          • 9 Months Ago
          @bullitt2605
          That's exactly why I said that. V8 "monster" Miatas rock. It's the closest modern equivalent to a Cobra.
          CoffeeJones
          • 9 Months Ago
          @bullitt2605
          That, or flyinmiata.com which will sell you a turnkey LS powered miata. You'll need a new differential, new transmission, new suspension, new ecu, new fuel delivery system, new ah crap, a used vette is cheaper.
        jonnybimmer
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        "How about a 2.0 - 2.5 liter turbo 4 with some real power? I know. Not gonna happen." Makes me wonder if Mazda and Ford were still as close as they were in the mid-2000's, the next Miata could have gotten an Ecoboost which wouldn't be a bad thing at all.
      Kuro Houou
      • 9 Months Ago
      Makes me miss my 94 Miata.. loved that little car.
      • 9 Months Ago
      I drove a Miata with a ford V8: very boring. It ruins the character of the car, there was no zing, no light weight tossable feel, it just lumber along…
      Design1stCode2nd
      • 9 Months Ago
      10 years without a significant change is a very long time. I hope it's something special after all this time.
        jonnybimmer
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Design1stCode2nd
        Less weight + new current design (death to smiley!) is honestly enough to make me happy. Doesn't really need much more than that. Well, beyond the usual request for a turbocharged powerplant of course.
          Teleny411
          • 9 Months Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          No turbo-no business case. Sky active is an alternative approach to 'slap on a turbo'. Mazda will be build a cohesive NA product. Save the turbo problems for VW .& BMW.
          Teleny411
          • 9 Months Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          Mazda stopped making Miata speed because of increased costs. It it was such a no brainier why did they do it for for a few years a decade ago?
      ACURA23CL
      • 9 Months Ago
      I definitely heard a turbo.
      Dynamho
      • 9 Months Ago
      I hear turbo.
      David
      • 9 Months Ago
      Bet it looks just the same, except the same tired Koso front, pinched sides, tweeked back, and SOME of Mazda3's styling cues. No mystery here.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 9 Months Ago
        @David
        Even a standard, run of the mill Kodo design, would be a huge improvement over the current bar-of-soap design.
          David
          • 9 Months Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          They will though. Mazda can't help themselves. They've gone in whole-hog with this design motif and will definitely make the front look just as on the upcoming 2, the 3, 6 and CX-5. I'd bet on it.
          superlightv12
          • 9 Months Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          Agreed. Every car company out there is establishing a design langauge that is recognizable. Audi, BMW, VW, Kia, Hyundai, Porsche etc. all have a front end that tells you who the brand is. I think Mazda's design language is outstanding and I hope they apply it to the new 2 and Mx-5. One thing the MX-5 has always lacked is an interesting design. It's a sports car, it is supposed to get noticed.
        Brad Hill
        • 8 Months Ago
        @David
        I would enjoy a Kodo-ish MX5. I'm also happy with the bar of soap. I just need the new car to lose 300 pounds, and I'd like a little more pep. Those two things would pull me out of the second generation where I am currently stuck.
      Lachmund
      • 9 Months Ago
      Please don't ruin the design, please don't ruin the design!
      audisp0rta4
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hmmm...I just might have to attend that reveal. In my Mazdaspeed Miata of course!
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