The Japanese company can equip your model with hybrid or fully electric propulsion.
Manual Mazda is thinking about next generation sports car the MX-5, when considering how to improve a popular model, potentially using electrified installation. Given its relatively low volume, the MX-5 can be one of the few cars that can avoid electrification for its fifth generation.
“Light weight and compact size are important elements of the MX-5, so even if we use electricity, we must be sure that it really helps to achieve light weight of the car”, – said the head of research and development, Ichiro Hirose.
Head of brand and design Ikuo Maeda noted the variability of public opinion as reasoning about what powerplant to use.
“The preferences of people who like to drive sports cars may change, so we need to think about the direction of society,” he said.
“We want to select the best transmission to lighten the car, but because of the diverse needs and preferences we need to explore various options. “I have no answer now, but we need to create a car that people can own without worrying that they are not environmentally friendly,” added Maeda.
The current MX-5 continues to show good sales this year in the UK, has sold 4 000 units. Director of Mazda UK, Jeremy Thomson describes the model of “evergreen car that supports one aspect of the brand,” and says that he’s “incredibly passionate”. He added:
“Not so long ago the MX-5 was so well known as Mazda. We tried to implement this MX-5-ness in all our cars.”