Mazda MX-5 waiting times exceed 12 months for some models

Mazda MX-5 waiting times exceed 12 months for some models

The most popular variants of the Mazda MX-5 sports car range have to expect waiting times of more than a year – as a new model appears in 2025.

Mazda Australia says it has no plans to pause orders for the 2023 Mazda MX-5 sports car even if the waiting times are longer for some models beyond 12 months.

The long line for Mazda’s enduring sports cars comes as the current model nears its eighth year on sale, and is reporting a new MX-5 about two years from now, based on typical model schedules.

A notice on Mazda’s website indicates delivery times are “much longer than usual” for MX-5 RF models with retractable hardtops, and Mazda Australia chief executive Vinesh Bhindi said drive Last week, certain variants had to expect waiting times of more than a year.

It’s unclear how many orders Mazda Australia currently holds, but the company has been delivering an average of 40 to 45 MX-5s a month since the start of last year – which could result in several hundred orders.

However, there appear to be no plans to suspend orders for the MX-5 – unlike brands like Toyota, Hyundai, Suzuki and Audi, which have all stopped taking deposits on their most sought-after cars after waiting over 12 to 24 months.

“We definitely say that to our dealers and also to our customers on our website [for] There is a long waiting list for certain models. Some customers may say okay, I understand there is a waiting list, but I’d rather queue. It’s important for us to be very transparent,” said Mr. Bhindi drive.

The current ‘ND’ generation Mazda MX-5 has been on sale in Australia since mid-2015 and last received a slight update in early 2022, dropping the entry-level 1.5-litre engine and adding a claimed kinematic posture control system was to reduce body roll.

The previous Mazda MX-5 had a life cycle of 10 years – so if the current model follows this trend, the next generation MX-5 (probably codenamed NE or NG) will be out in two years.

The next-generation Mazda MX-5 is expected to be developed in-house by Mazda – and funded entirely by the Japanese company – compared to today’s model, which was developed with Italian Fiat and includes the Fiat 124 Spider and one Abarth performance version.

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Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up with performance vehicles in a car loving family.

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