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Will this be the 2015 Mazda Miata's last award?

The New England Motor Press has awarded the NC-generation MX-5 Miata its “Affordable Convertible Award." Will this be the last award for this vehicle?


Last month at its annual symposium at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. the New England Motor Press (NEMPA) awarded the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata its annual Convertible Award in the Affordable class. NEMPA may end up being the last organization to honor the outgoing car that will soon be replaced by the 2016 model of the new generation (called ND). The NC generation ran from 2006.5 through the 2015 calendar year, making it the second longest-running generation after the first which ran from 1989 through 1999.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will start to appear on dealer lots about late July or August. It is already for sale in Japan and some limited media test vehicles have been in use for about a month here in the U.S. The awards for the new ND, 2016 Miata have already started to pour in. Being smaller and lighter than the outgoing car it is being called a return to the Miata’s roots.

Wheels TV did a great job of creating this overview, likely one of the last for the NC. In the narration, Wheels notes that NEMPA says the “MX-5 Miata demonstrates a spirited mix of performance, handling and drop-top excitement that keeps sports car enthusiasts comin’ back for more.


Tom Brown (not verified)    June 23, 2015 - 2:13PM

No shame to have an NC! When rumors began making their way around that the "new" MX-5 might have a smaller engine with a turbo, I started getting anxious. My beloved '97 M Edition wasn't going to last forever, and I thought long and hard about getting one of the final NC's.

Now I have a deposit on a 2016 Club, my son is waiting for the NA and the NC gets an award. Everyone wins!