Mazda MX-5 retractable roof
Another big introduction for next month's London International Motor Show has been announced!

Mazda will use the venue to debut its new MX-5 Miata with retractable hardtop. The addition of the hardtop transforms what was already one of the best three season roadsters ever into a legitimate year-round machine. No details have been released other than the brief announcement and the two photos included here.

Expect much more in the coming weeks as we get closer to the Miata hardtop's July 18 debut.

MX-5 outside

(Press release after the jump)

[Source: Mazda] Mazda to Exhibit New Mazda MX-5 with Power Retractable Hard Top at the British International Motor Show

Hiroshima, Japan, June 20, 2006. Mazda Motor Corporation will use the 2006 British International Motor Show for its global reveal of the new Mazda MX-5, now equipped with a power retractable hard top roof ** - and the regional debut of the Mazda BT-50 one-ton pickup truck.

The British International Motor Show will be held in London from Tuesday, July 18, through Sunday, July 30, 2006.

Featuring a new, unique power retractable hard top roof, this is an all-new addition to the third-generation Mazda MX-5 which has been celebrated globally since 2005.  This new Mazda MX-5 model provides a unified sense of driving exhilaration, ready to spread the fun of lightweight sports cars in diverse and distinct new ways.

"Jinba Ittai"-or 'rider and horse as one' is the essence of Mazda MX-5, the expression reflecting the emotional connection between a horse and rider. 

Mazda will also reveal its new one-ton truck, the Mazda BT-50, equipped with a powerful new 2.5- litre Direct Injection Turbo Diesel engine.  The British International Motor Show marks the European premiere of this diesel engine, which made its world debut at the Bangkok Motor Show last March. 
Along with these models, the Mazda Sassou and Mazda Kabura concept vehicles will also be exhibited.

Mazda will hold a press conference on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 11:45 a.m. (British Summer Time).

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