Mazda MX-5 Miata prototype

Mazda MX-5 Miata Launch: Designers went all out to destroy border between interior and exterior

Mazda says that a key point of the next-generation MX-5 Miata’s design is that it erases the boundary between interior and exterior.

This is according to the company’s Production Design Studio Interior Design Group’s Masato Ogawa. He says the reason was to give it the true feeling of a convertible.

The idea for the interior design, he says, comes from his experience riding many cars starting with the first-generation MX-5 Miata. Through this experience he noticed, he says, “What really makes a convertible is that there is no line between the interior and exterior.”

One feature that realizes this in concrete terms is the upper door trim, which is the same color as the body. Ogawa says, “When you take the car for a drive, you can see the scenery over the hood and doors. You can take it all in as one scene.”

The new MX-5 Miata was also designed to erase the lines from the exterior as well. According to Masanori Minamizawa, also of the design studio, “We paid especially close attention to how the fender looks from the driver’s seat.”

“You can see exactly where the front tire is running and which way it’s pointing when it’s turned. Its shape tells you how the car is maneuvering. That’s a distinctive feature for the exterior.”

Mazda has taken Ogawa’s idea of seeing the scenery pass over the hood and doors and built a car that realizes it. Minamizawa says, “Because it’s the MX-5 Miata, we had to go all out on its design. I don’t think its fans would let us slip up.”

(Translated by Greg Scott)