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Seeing and touching are critical parts of development, so it was crucial that the new Mazda MX-5 looks and feels like a spirited sports car. This is a discipline of large and small details-the relationship of the wheels to the overall body shape at the grand end of the scale, down to the way the shift knob rests in the driver's hand at the fine end.

The original Mazda MX-5 thrived for 16 model years with but one major update. The design of the original 1990 model has been described as being a classic expression of simple, friendly and fun, for it carefully celebrated the virtues of compactness and efficiency.