The eagerly-awaited all-new Mazda MX-5 - on sale in the UK from November - will be priced from £15,600 up to £18,900 on-the-road, Mazda Motors UK announced today (Friday 29 July 2005), and is available to pre-order from www.mx5liveit.co.uk from Monday (1 August 2005).
The third-generation Mazda MX-5 continues the tradition of affordable open-top motoring with the entry-level 1.8-litre 126ps model priced at just a £100 premium over the current second-generation 1.8i model. The 2.0-litre 160ps model starts at £16,600 on-the-road, while the 2.0-Sport is priced at £18,900 - just £900 more than the current Sport model which is powered by a 1.8-litre 146ps engine.
The 2.0-litre Special Edition Launch Model, in striking Velocity Red with red leather seats, premium BOSE audio system and chrome detailing and priced at £19,995 on-the-road, was available exclusively to Mazda MX-5 Owners Club members from 4 July on the pre-order website, while a limited number are still available for all MX-5 enthusiasts to order from Monday, (1 August 2005).
Meanwhile, the current second-generation Mazda MX-5 continues to fly out of the showrooms with sales in June exceeding expectations for the Zoom-Zoom manufacturer. A restricted number of the current model are still available - including the Mazda MX-5 Icon Limited Edition model priced from £16,600 featuring unique black and orange leather interior - although stocks are likely to run out by the end of August.
Strong residual values are set to maintain marketplace popularity of the ubiquitous Mazda MX-5 - the world’s best-selling roadster. Alan Cole, editorial consultant at Eurotax Glass’s Market Intelligence Service, which publishes used car value bible Glass’s Guide, said: "The MX-5 has been, and remains, the roadster that probably comes to mind first when anyone considers buying a car of this type."
New three-year/60,000 mile residual value forecasts by Eurotax Glass’s for the outgoing model reveal that the 1.6i MX-5 with option pack will retain 40 per cent of its price, while the 1.8i derivative will retain 41 per cent - figures that are almost unprecedented on cars with such longevity.