Mazda Motor Corporation recently unveiled its long-term plan for the inevitable electric vehicle (EV) era that should significantly be adopted by 2030 in various markets around the world. The Japanese car company’s “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” plan hasn’t thoroughly discussed which of its current models will be either discontinued or electrified.
The current fourth-gen Mazda MX-5
Fortunately, we got an early lead after Mazda USA confirmed through Motor1.com that the next-generation model of one of Mazda’s most iconic nameplates, the Mazda MX-5 (or Miata in North America), will be electrified. This means that the roadster will live on to boost Mazda’s name in the automotive scene.
“Mazda is seeking to electrify the MX-5 Miata in an effort to have all models feature a form of electrification by 2030. We will work hard to make it a lightweight, affordable, open two-seater sports car in order to meet the needs of customers,” shared Mazda USA from its official statement to Motor1.com.
One of the lightest vehicles in today's time
The confirmation, however, did not include the exact details of the next-gen model including its release dates. It only states that the Mazda MX-5 will be retained in the lineup with the addition of a form of electrification while keeping its fundamental characteristics such as its lightweight nature and affordability.
If we follow Mazda’s timeline in updating its 2-seater sports car, one can expect that the new fifth-generation version will be out by 2023 considering that each of the model’s generations has an average lifespan of eight years. The current fourth-gen model was launched by Mazda in 2015 with a design that pays homage to the roadster’s core design.
The Miata nameplate has come a long way
This makes sense as the “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” states that its current models with SKYACTIV engines will come with electrification solutions starting 2022 to 2025. And by 2025 onward, Mazda will start rolling out its unique EV platform called “SKYACTIV EV Scalable Architecture” to help further electrify and innovate its lineup.
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<p>The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 is recognized as the best-selling 2-seater sports car in history by the Guinness World Records. It returned to the Philippine Market, acquiring a sleeker yet more aggressive compact body that reflects the brand's KODO - Soul of Motion design philosophy. The roadster's development was stimulated by the motto "innovate to preserve," and now adapts the SKYACTIV technology that enables pure driving that a lightweight sports car provides.</p> <p>Mazda Philippines offers the sports car with two variants, with loads of options made available to cater to various Filipino buyers. In other markets such as North America, the model is more commonly known as the Miata. And to celebrate its 30 years of production, the brand introduced its convertible version with a metal folding room and offers a single color only - racing orange.</p>