2009 Mazda MX-5: Model car of event in Trinoma mall

Posted: May 24, 2009 in Mazda

Car buyers and car enthusiasts were all present in “The 3rd Car Manufacturers and Contributors Expose (Luxury Car Series)” held at Trinoma’s Activity Center last May 22 to 24. Car participants were Honda, Kia, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai, and a lot more. But one car that stood out the most was the Mazda MX-5, which was proclaimed the “model car of the event”.

This latest version of Mazda’s two-seat sports car carries forward the Roadster’s traditional “Jinba Ittai” (“rider and horse as one”) concept, and features detailed improvements in the exterior and interior design, quality, functionality and dynamic performance.

Here are the main features of the updated Mazda MX-5:
– The front fascia now features Mazda’s hallmark five-pointed grille
– Sharper headlights and bold fog light bezels enhance the lively and refined styling.
– An exclusive mesh grille with a chrome border, chrome headlight inner bezels, silver fog light inner bezels and chrome outer door handles
– The rear end has been updated with new rear combination lights that flow smoothly into the bumper
– newly designed alloy wheels
– Eight exterior body colors are available, including three new options: deep Metropolitan Gray Mica, high quality Aluminum Metallic, and Sunflower Yellow
– Five gauges on the instrument cluster have been newly designed to make them easier to read
– The seats have larger side bolsters for greater support. For added comfort, heated seats with a five-setting temperature control are standard for the VS RHT and available for the RS and RS RHT grades as a factory-installed option.
– An auxiliary jack that is located at the base of the center stack provides connectivity for portable audio devices
– A BOSE® sound system, features a six-channel digital amplifier and seven speakers with independent playback
– The design of the inner door pocket has been flattened to increase space in the foot well. Soft padding has been added to the lid on the center console storage box and the door armrests to increase comfort levels.

The 2009 Mazda MX-5 also boasts of a 2.0-liter double overhead cam (DOHC) engine which features a newly forged crankshaft for extra strength. And the updated six-speed manual transmission provides a smoother shift feel thanks to the carbon-coated meshing surfaces on the first to fourth triple-cone synchronizers and a larger diameter third to fourth synchronizer.

And because Mazda evolved the eco-friendly and safety features of the Mazda Roadster to increase its fun-to-drive qualities, the MX-5 qualifies is a Super-Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SU-LEV) by achieving exhaust emissions that are at least 75% lower than the levels required by the Japanese government’s 2005 exhaust emissions standard.

That’s certainly quite a list of updates for the MX-5, and because of that, I guess it really deserves to be the “Model Car of the Event”.

For more information, visit http://www.mazda.com.ph

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