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Mazda MX-5 RF with Retractable Hardtop Makes Global Debut
- Will be on display at the New York International Auto Show -

HIROSHIMA, Japan, March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda Motor Corporation has revealed the Mazda MX-5 RF (retractable fastback). The latest addition to the MX-5 family fully embodies the model's 26-year-old tradition of "lots of fun". While staying true to the original MX-5 Retractable Hardtop's goal of making open-top driving more accessible, Mazda has broken the bounds of conventional thinking to create something entirely new.

The Mazda MX-5 RF

The MX-5 RF features fastback styling with a smooth roofline that slopes down to the rear end, and its unique rear roof and retractable back window offer a new open-air feeling. The power roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 10 km/h with the press of a button, and the roof is stowed compactly and efficiently in a limited space. Despite its fastback styling and hardtop roof, the MX-5 RF offers the same amount of trunk space as the soft-top model.

The model will feature either the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 or SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine, depending on the market. The North American model will have the SKYACTIV-G 2.0.

Through the MX-5, Mazda hopes to offer even more people the pleasure of open-top driving, enrich their lives and become a brand they feel a special connection with.

The MX-5 RF will on display at the New York International Auto Show which opens to the public from March 25 through April 3.*

Mazda's Exhibits at the New York International Auto Show

Show Model

Mazda MX-5 RF (world debut)

Model to be Launched

Mazda CX-9

Currently Available Models

Mazda6, Mazda3, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda MX-5


SKYACTIV-G 2.0 and SKYACTIV-G 2.5 gasoline engines, SKYACTIV-G 2.5T direct-injection turbocharged gasoline engine


Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at


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SOURCE Mazda Motor Corporation

For further information: Jacob Brown, Mazda North American Operations, 949-727-6751, Eric Booth, Mazda North American Operations, 949-727-6144