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2016-10-06 12:40

SA-BOUND ROADSTER: The hardtop version of Mazda's MX-5, the MX-5 RF, is set to arrive locally during the first quarter of 2017. Image: QuickPic

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Hiroshima, Japan - Mazda has started production of its MX-5 RF retractable hardtop at its Ujina Plant, near its global headquarters in Hiroshima.

Production began on October 4 2016 with models bound for the European and North American markets, where sales will start early 2017.

While South Africa is scheduled to receieve the first units of the new roadster during the first half of 2017, the MX-5 RF will go on sale later this year in Japan.

Still with MX-5 heritage

The MX-5 RF, says Mazda, fully embodies the automaker's Jinba-Ittai philosophy of "driver and car in harmony" that has defined the MX-5 throughout its 27-year history, the automaker says.

READ: Road test - Mazda MX-5 in pictures

This latest adaptation of Mazda’s lightweight two-seater features an eye-catching fastback design with a three-piece power retractable roof that, when opened, leaves the rear buttressed section in place for a unique convertible atmosphere.

Total production of the MX-5 reached 1 million units on April 22 2016. The model is highly acclaimed, having so far won more than 280 automotive awards around the world, says Mazda SA.

These include 2016 World Car of the Year and 2016 World Car Design of the Year for the current fourth-generation MX-5.

READ: The new Mazda MX-5 knows what it wants and won't change for anyone


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