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The most fun on four wheels


The stunning 2022 Mazda MX-5.

The stunning 2022 Mazda MX-5.

The stunning 2022 Mazda MX-5.

The appeal of the critically acclaimed Mazda MX-5 continues to grow today after more than three decades and 1.1 million units sold.

The world’s favourite roadster has evolved over the years in breath-taking style, yet always remained true to the Jinba Ittai ethos that puts driver and car in perfect harmony.

The latest edition, which will be available later this year, is even sturdier in the curves thanks to a unique new technology.

Offered exclusively on the 2022 MX-5, Kinematic Posture Control (KPC) boosts confidence and comfort in any situation, whether going out for a drive on winding country roads or piloting the MX5 around the race track. KPC uses instantaneous braking adjustments to increase rear suspension stability and body roll during cornering, enhancing the MX-5’s characteristic road-hugging behaviour – particularly when pushing the car to its limits.

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Design-wise, Mazda adds some new colour options inside and out for the newest version of its iconic World Car Design of the Year-winning sports car. These include a glamourous new Platinum Quartz Metallic exterior finish, a boldly coloured Terracotta interior featuring ultra-smooth Nappa leather, and a sophisticated Dark Blue soft-top option.

What hasn’t changed? All the benefits of the MX-5’s innovative lightweight construction and perfect balance, its free-revving Skyactiv-G engines mated to an exquisitely shifting manual transmission, and the peace of mind of a comprehensive range of available i-Activsense driver assistance technology.

Visually, the 2022 Mazda MX-5 remains true to its celebrated Kodo design, which captured World Car Design of the Year as well as World Car of the Year in 2016. Indeed, the MX-5 retains an energetic style that blurs the boundaries between exterior and interior while emphasising the two-seater’s perfectly balanced proportions.

The MX-5 roadster’s soft-top, which opens and shuts instantly with a flick of the wrist, is now available in Dark Blue. This offers new possibilities for a crisply modern ambiance, for example alongside body colours like Machine Grey Premium Metallic.

The retractable fastback (RF) model, meanwhile, brings a special touch of design prowess and comfort. The MX-5 RF’s fully automatic three-piece power hardtop offers the best of both sports car worlds: Open-air motoring with the security and comfort of a fixed roof. It’s the fastest hardtop on the market, too, with a cleverly compact mechanism that opens or closes in only 13 seconds, even when moving at speeds of up to 10km/h.

Inside, the driver and passenger sit lower than in previous MX-5 generations and enjoy better all-round visibility as well as easier seat adjustment and door operation. The steering column is adjustable not only in height but also telescopically, with the steering wheel, instruments and controls all arranged symmetrically along a single axis for stress-free operation.

Mazda was able to comply with the rigorous Euro 6d emissions (which took effect in 2021) without needing a particulate filter for either of the high-compression, high-revving Skyactiv-G direct injection petrol engines offered with the MX-5.

The Skyactiv-G 2.0 is responsive across the engine’s range, reacting instantly to throttle input, yet remains as efficient as ever. The two-litre unit redlines at 7,500rpm with maximum output of 135kW/184PS at 7,000rpm. With the Skyactiv-G 2.0, the MX-5 soft-top accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 6.5sec. (RF: 6.8sec.) and to a top speed of 219km/h (RF: 220km/h). Fuel consumption in both body versions is 6.9l/100km (CO2: 157-156g/km).

Toyota most popular car brand in 2021

Toyota Ireland has closed out the year as Ireland’s most popular car brand. With 12.44% share of the passenger car market and four of its models in the top ten best-sellers list, Toyota sold an impressive 13,053 passenger cars, which represents more than a 30% year-on-year increase.
Toyota maintains that when a wide range of electrified options are made available to customers, they tend to choose these more environmentally friendly models as evidenced by the fact that 92% of Toyota’s sales were for its low emission self-charging hybrid electric vehicles.
In 2021, electrified vehicle options saw significant annualised growth, with battery electrics (BEVs) enjoying a 115% increase and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) increasing by 210% respectively. Both BEVs and PHEVs have typically lower volumes in comparison with that of self charging hybrids (HEVs). In 2021, HEVs increased by 63% from an already strong position built up over the last five years. In actual sales terms, HEVs were by far the most popular electrified vehicles with 16% overall market share, followed by BEVs at 8% and PHEVs at 7%. With significantly more low emission vehicles on Irish roads than any other car brand.