Mazda MX-5 stars at Beaulieu

Nearly half of all the cars at the ‘Simply Mazda’ event at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu were examples of the Mazda MX-5, whose production run of over 20 years has seen it outsell every other two-seat sports car.

A number of Mazda MX-5s were chosen to take part in a tour of the grounds as part of a moving motor show, but it was the Mazda RX-8 which took the prestigious ‘Pride of Ownership Award’ highlighting the best car on show.

The winning model featured a silver and grey camouflage paint job and has previously appeared at the 2010 Le Mans rally.

The Mazda RX-8, a performance coupe, is perhaps most famous for its unique rotary engine which had previously won two Engine of the Year awards.

The Mazda RX-8 is the sportiest model in the Mazda range, featuring 19" alloy wheels, partial leather sports seats and a sports styling pack including a bumper and spoiler to emphasise its performance roots.

It also includes cruise control, dynamic stability control and traction control to aid the driver, and boasts a high level of multimedia equipment such as a Bose sound system and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Mazda RX-8 can be bought for a little over £26,000. The Mazda MX-5 meanwhile, can be bought from all Mazda dealerships from £15,000

Mazda also builds the Mazda2 supermini and Mazda3 hatchback, two cars which will soon feature new, efficient engine and gearbox technology named SKYACTIV.

They will be joined by the Mazda CX-5, a small SUV-style crossover built using a new lightweight design to lower CO2 emissions and increase fuel economy.