The all-new MX-30 is the latest in a line of cars Mazda has honoured with the legendary MX prefix, reserved for the manufacturer’s most innovative vehicles. The MX-5 is probably the most famous custodian of the name, but here Zoom-Zoom takes a look at some of the other cars to have proudly sported the MX badge.
Story Tommy Melville
Six years before the MX-5 arrived to reshape the automotive landscape, Mazda released the MX-02 concept car. The vehicle never made production, but it was heaving with innovative technology, including keyless entry, four-wheel steering and a low-drag body design that provided excellent fuel economy figures.
“THE MX-02 was crammed with innovative technology, including a head-up display”
Mazda threw the kitchen sink at the MX-03 concept, which boasted a huge spec and enticing list of innovations. The four-seat coupe featured four-wheel drive, a triple-rotor 235 kW engine, four-wheel steering, a head-up display and an aircraft yoke steering column, instead of a regular wheel.
“THE MX-03 COULD HIT 300 km/h AND HAD A 0-100 km/h TIME OF ONLY FIVE SECONDS”
This stylish, discrete coupe was produced for nearly a decade from 1987, and featured two generations. It was known for both reliability and its powerful performance, with some models using a V6 engine (generating 122 kW) to make the MX-6 an exhilarating prospect to drive.
“THE MX-6 was quite a performance car for its time, starting with a 2.2L Turbocharger with 4-wheel steering and then moving to a 2.5L V6 in later models"
Launched in the early 1990s (in the same era as the MX-5 and RX-7), the sleek MX-3 shared many characteristics of its illustrious stablemates. As with all Mazdas, it was a real driver’s car, and its headline-grabbing V6 engine – one of the smallest ever produced – made it a highly innovative vehicle, too.
“THE V6 IS THE notable MX-3 VARIANT, BUT A FOUR-CYLINDER OPTION WAS ALSO RELEASED, AND HUGELY POPULAR”
In many ways, the MX-Sport Tourer was one of Mazda’s most forward-thinking concept cars. It featured a hybrid petrol-electric engine to reduce emissions that switched seamlessly between rear and four-wheel drive, a Vario Lamella folding roof and freestyle doors.
“THE CAR BOASTED A 10.4-INCH TOUCHSCREEN YOU COULD REMOVE FOR INTERNET BROWSING”
Making its debut at the Detroit Motor Show, the car was designed in Hiroshima but made with a global audience in mind. The vehicle’s sporty exterior paid homage to the Mazda RX-8 and was described at the time by Mazda as “off-highway”. The MX-Crossport debuted a new red colour, called “K2-Red”, and ultimately influenced the hugely popular CX-7.
“THE CAR’S INTERIOR WAS DRIVER-FOCUSED, AND A PHYSICAL MANIFESTATION OF THE ZOOM-ZOOM DRIVING SPIRIT”
The MX-30 is Mazda’s first all-electric vehicle and the latest to use the MX naming convention. You can find out more about the car in the link below.