First pics: Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe

19 June 2006

  • First pics of new MX-5 with folding metal roof
  • Car goes on sale later this year from £17,000
  • MX-5 to be unveiled at British Motor Show

The first-ever MX-5 with an electrically folding metal roof will be shown at the British Motor Show

This new Mazda MX-5 with an electrically folding metal roof will be unveiled at the British Motor Show next month.

The MX-5 Roadster Coupe is the first-ever MX-5 to have electric roof operation, as well as the first to be offered with a folding metal roof.

The car is expected to go on sale later this year, with a starting price of around £17,000.

July's British Motor Show looks like being the best in decades, with a host of world debuts including the next-generation Land Rover Freelander and Vauxhall Corsa.

Held at the ExCeL centre in London's Docklands from July 20-30, the British Motor Show will also have live rock concerts, stunt drivers and on- and off-road courses. Tickets cost from £8. For more information call 0870 060 0245 or visit the website

Come back to on July 18 to see more of the new Mazda, and all the other stars of the London show. For a first look at the new Freelander, make a date with for this Friday, June 23.

What do you think of the MX-5 Roadster Coupe?

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