Mazda Miata Makes 20, Fans Taste The Rainbow

February 12, 2009
A history of the Mazda Miata -- via Autoblog

A history of the Mazda Miata -- via Autoblog

Car fans in the U.S. have had two decades to revel in the sporty, miniaturized glory of the Mazda Miata/MX-5. To celebrate, Mazda took to the floor of the Chicago Auto Show with a heaping handful of Skittle-toned Miata specialty models--concepts, one-offs, and the like. Our colleagues at Autoblog have been kind enough to post a gallery of tasty, sugary shots; take a gander when the boss isn't looking.

In scrolling through the pics, we had two immediate thoughts:

  • Mazda's been fairly consistent in the Miata profile over the years. Even in the Miata concepts--where designers had more leeway to improvise--the results have been more like variations on a theme instead of wacky reimaginings that merely evoke the "classic" Miata. Some might call that lazy, but many others would agree that it's testimony to the model's strong design fundamentals.
  • Clearly, Americans can't be as fat as studies say. How else would we be able to fit into such tiny cars? Bring on the carbs, yo.

But what about you? Does the Miata make your heart go zoom-zoom? Or is it a toy fit for Ken and Barbie? Drop us an email or weigh in below (obesity pun not intended).

[via Autoblog]

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