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In Pictures: First photos of the 2016 Mazda MX-5, aka the Miata

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2016 Mazda MX-5

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The fourth generation of the MX-5, known as Roadster in Japan, was just released.

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The car, formerly known as the Miata, has been in production for 25 years.

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Until now, every redesign has meant a larger, heavier car to meet demands for safety and environmental performance. This latest generation is 100 kg lighter than the previous model.

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Having sold over 940,000 of these cars in its lifespan, Mazda holds the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car, claims the company.

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The car will arrive in dealerships starting next year.

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Front-midship engine, rear-wheel drive car will maintain the car’s front-rear 50:50 weight distribution.

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The pedals, controls and other equipment are positioned for good ergonomics for the driver.

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Available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

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The design is based on Mazda’s “KODO - Soul of Motion” design language.

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The soft top can be operated while seated.

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Headrest speakers benefit convertible drivers when the top is down.

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