Mazda MX-5

Autocar magazine has just voted the Mazda MX-5 as the best driver's car under £15,000 and now is the opportunity to find out why through the National Mazda MX-5 test drive weekend.

Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June Mazda dealers will be opening their doors for a special event for drivers who want to put fun back into their motoring. Everyone taking a Mazda MX-5 test drive over the weekend will receive a free £20 voucher for goods from the 'Mazda Collection' merchandise and branded apparel range. Furthermore, anyone ordering a Mazda MX-5 from the weekend for delivery before the end of June will be eligible for a range of celebratory offers including a free detachable hardtop worth £1,500 or one year's free insurance or £500 of free accessories.

The Mazda MX-5 is the world's best selling roadster, having sold in excess of 650,000, it has received numerous accolades in its 13 year history and continues to be a favourite with people looking for a fun sports car but do not want to compromise on comfort.

The Mazda MX-5 has been credited with being the car that re-ignited interest in the affordable sports car segment, leading to many manufacturers copying the classical design and layout of the Mazda MX-5.

Popular for its looks and driving dynamics the Mazda MX-5 brought fun back into motoring; no longer were motorists enclosed in a tin box, there was the freedom to throw off the roof and enjoy the sunshine, suddenly motoring became more than an ability to get from A to B and owners of MX-5s started driving just for fun, an emotion long forgotten.

In describing why they voted the Mazda MX-5 the winner over other brands such as Honda Civic Type-R, Ford Street Ka and Peugeot 206 Autocar said: "The original and still the best of the current generation of affordable sportster, Mazda's evergreen tried-and-tested MX-5 recipe of revvy engine and entertaining rear-wheel drive handling makes it an easy winner."

Last year was an all-time record year for the Mazda MX-5 with sales exceeding 7,100, in the UK and already this year the car looks set to top even that record. In the first four months of this year the Mazda MX-5 has sold 3,124 compared to 2,728 for the same period last year, an increase of 14.5%.

There has never been a better time to test drive the world's best selling sports car and the 'best driver's car' under £15,000.

Published : 25/05/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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